When I was eight we left our home in Africa and returned to the United States. Our tickets were to take us back by way of the Netherlands, and so my parents decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to stop and explore Europe. And so they planned a two week stop over in which we would drive through seven European countries in a VW camper van. We had been living as volunteers in Tanzania for seven years and so money was definitely tight. This was budget travel at its best which meant that there was no staying anywhere but the camper van and that we spent the whole time doing covert camping so we wouldn't be saddled with campground fees.