THE ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP THIS SUMMER

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THE BIG CHILL 2016

This is the ultimate summer journey for true adventurers. For too long you have been staring at your smartphone and you are looking for something new, something different. Beat the Balkans in a banger ride on your flip-flops; don't let this chance for a relentless journey slip away. Dress to care less and join The Big Chill. Start to defy boundaries and go crazy this summer!

Get your shit together

Tuck away your toothbrush. This is the real deal! Get a banger car, bring a BBQ & drive with us to the east. The Big Chill is a challenge for you to complete; drive on Europe’s most beautiful and roughest roads to the Caucasus mountains.

The summer of '16

Join in on The Big Chill, starting from Amsterdam, August 5, 2016. Your destination? The outskirts of the European continent; with a finish party in Montenegro on August 13, 2016. Eight countries, nine days of adventure!

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DRESS TO CARE LESS, BECOME A WANDERLUST KING!

Albert Einstein
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ESSENTIALS

PUT THE FUNK IN YOUR TRUNK!

We travel like madmen! Bring along crazy equipment to fire up a party (and your BBQ). Get your car going in local garages when broken down. Besides bringing your camp gear, follow the DNA of The Big Chill which consists of the wonderful formula below.

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Music

Make some noise! This trip is all about keeping your neighbors up at night.. Bring music, pump up the volume!

Flip-flops

No need to suit up. You’ll be beach bummin’ every step of the way. Bring flip-flops!

BBQ

You’re the chef. And the eastern European countryside is your kitchen. Make dinner where you stop, dine under the stars all together.

 

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ROUTE

Kick-off is in Amsterdam on August 5, 2016.
Finish in Montenegro on August 13, 2016.

Albert Einstein

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FEED ME!

This is the page for the guys who are uptight and have a detail fetish, for the chill dudes: just get your flip flops, a banger car and the BBQ. Need more info? Check the FAQ page for more elaborate information.

Besides good fun and humor, The Big Chill is a great adventure. Don’t be boring; buy a banger car and drive with us over the most challenging roads in Europe this summer. Together with other participants you will drive to the edge of Europe, passing through eight countries in nine days; an estimated 3500 kilometers with asphalt, mud and gravel under your tires. No rules, lots of music, meeting people and having a great time. At the finish line there is a party to top it off. Teams drive back and start preparing for the next road trip or continue to celebrate life a bit longer and drive back taking the long way around. 

We’re the guys behind the famous Amsterdam Dakar Challenge, which exists now for more than a decade. The Red Sea Challenge has made its way through Syria for years (until that thing happened…). The Mongol Challenge, Bombay Challenge, Noordkaap Challenge and more… Basically, we drive to the most remote corners of the world, thousands of Challengers have joined our trips.

The departure is on Friday, August 5, 2016 from Amsterdam. The finish will be on Saturday August 13, 2016.

Quite a bunch! The start is in The Netherlands. From there we will cross Germany, Austria, Slovenia and the Balkans (Croatia, Servia, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro). Our finish lies in Montenegro!

Go camp! It’s the right time of year. We suggest camp sites, you can pitch a tent there or sleep in your own car …or where ever you want to sleep. In some places we might find a hotel, so you don’t have to wash up in a river for a day. No obligations.

It’s the second edition, and we are aiming for 20-30 teams, so around 40-60 people. Be swift and register in time!

If you are a Dutchie, you won’t need visas in advance. Bring your passport though! Coming from elsewhere? Check with local embassies whether you need visas or not and apply in a timely fashion.

REGISTRATION COSTS
Participating will set you back €480 euro per person.

The following is included in the registration fee:
* The organization of the challenge
* Creating a ‘Challenge Pack’ with T-shirt and stickers)
* Departure event
* Finish party in Montenegro
* Support by telephone 24/7 during the trip
* Roadbook with a lot of helpful information (handed out at departure)
* Official The Big Chill stickers, T-shirt

WHAT ARE OTHER EXPENSES I SHOULD KEEP IN MIND?
It completely depends on how much you and your car drink. Roughly calculate for around 1500 Euro per person for the complete trip after you have arranged a car (petrol, accommodation, participation fee etc…) if you go low-budget.

So, not included in the participation fee is:
* A car (max. 500 euro’s – or Ford Transit)
* Petrol
* Accommodation (we’ll go for budget-friendly ho(s)tels and campsites)
* Food/Drinks
* BBQ Meat (or use road kill if it is too expensive)
* Car insurance

Yes! That’s part of the Challenge. On a breakdown? Talk to locals, or try to tail people that do know how a tow-bar works.

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JOIN THE BIG CHILL

Join this awesome trip!
Claim your spot and depart August 5th, plow your way to Montenegro, become a legend!

Claim your spot

 

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challenges

CHALLENGES

We’ve been doing cool stuff since way back. This is our track record of other road-journeys to the unknown.