Category: It Worked for Us

The Black Dog – Coping with Depression & A Midlife Crisis

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Winston Churchill suffered from depression. He called it ‘The Black Dog’.

I want my blog to be uplifting, but I have also vowed to produce an honest narrative of our experience, rather than an “It was all sunshine and rainbows!” account. As such, although it is a tough admission to make, I have something that I want to bring to group; Continue reading “The Black Dog – Coping with Depression & A Midlife Crisis”

Zero Waste Caravanning – Save Money, Weight, Space & The Planet!

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We replaced all this…
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…with this!

Caravanning is pretty eco-friendly anyway. For a start, we’re not flying anywhere for our hols and we’re living in a fairly self-sufficient bubble. But there’s always room for improvement!

The great thing about the tips that I am going to give you is that besides saving the planet, they will save you hundreds of pounds (hurrah!) – as well as space and weight, both of which are a major plus in the confines of a caravan.

In this blog, I am going to concentrate on reducing single-use plastic. The tips here are changes that you will barely notice – and they will also carry over to save you money and space at home too. All I am doing is replacing everyday products with more sustainable alternatives 

Continue reading “Zero Waste Caravanning – Save Money, Weight, Space & The Planet!”

The Impact of Long-Term Touring on Family & Friends

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There is a whole world out there, so what’s stopping you? Often, it is the thought of leaving behind family & friends

How To Cope When Forced to Live by Your Own Rules

“It’s like a bereavement!”

This was my Mum’s reaction when I set off to backpack around Australia and New Zealand.

Many of those who ask us about our lifestyle say that they would like to retire early and travel full time as we do. However, one of the most common barriers that they cite is the issue of leaving behind family; grown-up children, grandchildren and elderly parents. Continue reading “The Impact of Long-Term Touring on Family & Friends”

From First-Timers to Full-Timers in Two Bottles of Champagne

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A champagne celebration of an accidental purchase opened a portal to a new life

We are delighted to have been asked to write a guest post for Charlotte Brimstone’s excellent blog, Caravan Living.

While Mark and I have taken early retirement to tour in our caravan, Charlotte and her partner, Darryn are a young couple who have elected to live in their caravan in the UK.

Although there is an age difference, our objectives are fundamentally the same; caravan living allows both of us to live comfortably within our means and even save a little, while still having the lifestyle that we love!

Click here to read ‘From First-Timers to Full-timers in Two Bottles of Champagne.‘ which covers;

  1. How to budget for and fund going full-time
  2. The rules and regulations that you need to know
  3. How to de-clutter and downsize
  4. How to avoid killing your partner
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A happy family can live very successfully in 7m of space

For more information on living in a caravan, check out my Tips section.

To read more about our European travels, click here

The Question that No-One Dares Ask – “What Does It Cost You to Tour Full Time?!”

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Money can’t buy you happiness – but it can buy you travel, which comes close!

We were made redundant at the age of 51 and 53 respectively. It was terrifying. Continue reading “The Question that No-One Dares Ask – “What Does It Cost You to Tour Full Time?!””

Winterised World Wide Walkies – 10 Tips to Keep Chilly Canines Cosy!

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The Fab Four on their first ski trip to the Italian Alps.

It’s that time of year again. The wrong kind of snow has brought the country to a halt. But with the UK’s weather turning Baltic and the infrastructure buckling due to literally centimetres of snow, now is a good time to share some tips on Winterising your World Wide Walkies!

Our precious pups came skiing for the first time in the Italian Alps last year. It got down to -20, so we can claim a bit of experience in this area! Continue reading “Winterised World Wide Walkies – 10 Tips to Keep Chilly Canines Cosy!”