This might be stating the blooming obvious, but Europe is rather big if you don't take a direct route from one part to another. And there's plenty to see.

On Wednesday our journey in the new Nissan Qashqai didn't even manage to make it all the way across Romania; we started in Bucharest and called it quits in the bustling city of Cluj-Napoca in the North of the country.

Then yesterday we had a reality check; our ambitious plan was to head north through Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and loop down to finish somewhere in the Czech Republic. 

That, we felt, would put us within striking distance of reaching home on Saturday without having to pull all-nighters behind the wheel. This far into the trek, neither of us quite have the stamina, or any wish to be irresponsible.