On this trip, we have always had a Plan A to serve as a guide. From this base, we discuss possible changes. Often the changes come unexpectedly but sometimes they arise from finding the proposed route ahead to be unsatisfactory.
Below in blue is our proposed route into Europe. It gets us to Avignon from where we plan to take a train to Paris and fly home. We’ve checked that it is reasonably safe according to the official Canada Travel Warnings. We haven’t checked mountain weather, but we’ve calculated we’ll be home in early December if we do it all, assuming we travel as fast as previously. If we travel slower, we can drop one or both of Corsica and Sardinia, use more boats along the Turkish Coast, take a bus, or cross from Turkey to Greece by boat and follow the green route to Macedonia. In the unlikely event we’re faster, we can cycle to Paris or go home earlier.
We might use the yellow route to avoid Macedonia, Albania, and Montenegro.