Country/City Spreadsheet

I wanted to make sure I was at least somewhat prepared for being on the road for 6 months without having every detail planned out. In order to do this I created a spreadsheet in Google Drive where I listed all the cities I wanted to visit on my travel and included an estimated number of days, link to Google Maps with points of interest highlighted and a link to the Wikitravel page. I also used this to track how long I'd be in the Schengen Area and how much time I needed to spend outside of it.

You can check out my spreadsheet here:

Everything I'm bringing

Brandon's 6-month Europe Trip Gear
This is a list of everything I'm bringing with me on my 6 month trip through Europe. If I've already purchased it or have it, there is a green check mark next to the item in the list.
  • Backpack
  • Flip flops
  • towel
  • Sleep sheet
  • 1x athletic shorts
    • Double as swimsuit
  • 2x long pants
  • 2x shorts
  • 3x t-shirts
  • 2x long sleeve shirt
  • 5x boxers
  • 3x undershirts
  • 7x socks
  • 1x jacket
  • Winter hat
  • Eagle Creek Specter Cube
    • For storing socks and underwear.
  • Eagle Creek Expandable Cube
    • For shirts, shorts and pants.
  • Locks
    • For securing the zippers on my backpack and for securing my backpack at hostels
  • Money belt
  • Ear plugs
  • Sunglasses
  • Face mask for sleeping
  • Passport
  • Drivers license
  • Debit/credit card
  • Computer
  • Digital camera
    • Canon G15
  • Journal
  • Day bag
  • Phone - Galaxy Nexus
  • Plug adapters
  • Small sewing kit
  • Playing cards
  • Bandana
  • Watch
  • Water bottle
I had gelato here last time I was in Rome. It was just as good this time. Over 150 flavors to choose from. #gelato #rome #europetrip2013
The beach in Valencia. Cold and windy today though. #playa #europetrip2013 #valencia
St Andrews Old Course. #europetrip2013
Home made lunch today. Pasta, green beans, bell pepper, olive oil and local spices with wine from the cinque terre. #5terre #riomaggiore #europetrip2013
River Corrib walk in Galway. Another beautiful day! #europetrip2013
A day at the beach in Galway. #europetrip2013
Beer on the beach. #barcelona #cervesa #europetrip2013
St Mary Radcliffe #europetrip2013 #bristol
Montjuic communications tower. #barcelona #europetrip2013
#amsterdam #europetrip2013


Where I've been:

Good Evening… Planet Earth
All the countries I visited on this trip (in yellow).

What's this about?

Traveling is something I've loved doing for as long as I can remember. I've been lucky enough to travel out of the US a few times but never longer than 2 weeks at a time. I decided that I should go see the world and experience all it has to offer. I booked a one-way ticket to Dublin, Ireland to depart on June 26, 2013. After I get to Europe I'll let serendipity take hold and see where I end up. No schedules and no itinerary… just go with the flow. That's as close to a plan as I'm making.

Who am I?

My name's Brandon O'Brien and I'm a travelholic. Before this journey I've been to 11 countries and put over 17,500 miles on various motorcycle trips through the USA and Canada. I'm a self-employed web developer so I'm fortunate enough to be able to work anywhere there's an internet connection. That's what truly made this experience possible.


By Country

By Date

daily journal (174), spain (42), england (39), italy (17), ireland (16), brighton (16), barcelona (15), wales (15), newquay (12), seville (10), cardiff (9), morocco (8), france (8), paris (8), tangier (8), valencia (7), belgium (7), cordoba (7), scotland (6), naples (6), madrid (5), berlin (5), dublin (5), amsterdam (5), netherlands (5), germany (5), bruges (4), llandudno (4), lucca (4), cinque terre (4), edinburgh (4), bristol (4), kilkenny (4), brussels (3), dingle (3), galway (3), florence (3), riomaggiore (3), vienna (3), austria (3), york (3), birmingham (3), czech republic (3), prague (3), preparation (3), post trip (2), brecon beacons (2), snowdonia (2), llanberis (2), observations (2), doolin (2), gent (1), loch ness (1), bath (1), stats (1), USA (1), howth (1), malahide (1), ronda (1), bennettsbridge (1), blasket islands (1), tips (1), limerick (1), rome (1), inverness (1), london (1), herculaneum (1), pompeii (1), nairn (1), pisa (1), glenfiddich (1), glenlivet (1), highlands (1), st andrews (1), conwy (1), banksy (1), penarth (1), favorites (1)