Category: The Knowledge – Caravan Advice & Tips

How And When Can We Return to Road Tripping Safely in Europe?

When will we be able to do this again?

The question we are asked most frequently is, “What are your plans?”

Mark and I always have plenty of plans, although in these extraordinary times, there is no guarantee that any of them will come off. Nevertheless, by having plans in place and ready to go, we can respond quickly to the changing situation.

Yet even if the restrictions lift so that you can travel, should you hit the road? Here is our latest appraisal of the situation. Continue reading “How And When Can We Return to Road Tripping Safely in Europe?”

How Travel Journals Led Me to Publish Four Books

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“Keep a diary, and someday, it will keep you.”

Attributed to Mae West, Margot Asquith, Lily Langtry & Anonymous!

Making a living from writing is difficult, but not impossible, although writing books and making money is certainly not the reason that I started keeping travel journals.

My memory is terrible, so when people used to ask me things like,

“What did you do on your trip-of-a-lifetime to Zimbabwe?”

I would say things like, “Er. Nothing much…”

If this is you, you need a travel journal! Continue reading “How Travel Journals Led Me to Publish Four Books”

Caravan / Motorhome Sat Nav – Tom Tom GO Camper Review, Warts & All!

Tomtom_Go_Camper (2)If you are thinking of investing in a Caravan Satnav, here is my independent review of the Tom Tom GO Camper, which we purchased with our own money and have used in Europe for the last year.  Continue reading “Caravan / Motorhome Sat Nav – Tom Tom GO Camper Review, Warts & All!”

25 Ways to Improve Caravan or Motorhome Security At Home & Abroad

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The sun sets on another season for some of us, but make sure the start of your next season goes more smoothly than it did for us…

It’s that time of year when many of us are putting our beloved caravans and motorhomes to bed for the winter.

It is difficult to find reliable figures, but my research suggests that each year in the UK, between 1500 and 3000 caravans are stolen. Most sources suggest that, with the increasing popularity of the British ‘staycation’, theft of recreational vehicles is on the rise. Very few stolen caravans are recovered – so besides the upset and inconvenience, theft will have a very adverse impact on your insurance premiums.

Theft can happen at any time, but the majority of caravans and motorhomes are stolen from storage. Gangs are even using satellite mapping technology to identify valuable leisure vehicles on vulnerable driveways or storage sites. Continue reading “25 Ways to Improve Caravan or Motorhome Security At Home & Abroad”

10 Tips to Titivate Your Travel Journal

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We got up and had breakfast. I had cereal. Then we…

What’s wrong with this?

“We got up and had breakfast. I had cereal with a coffee but Mark went off piste and had tea instead! I fed the dogs then we went for a walk. It was beautiful! We had sandwiches for lunch, went shopping then had dinner overlooking the beach. The sunset was beautiful. We love it here!!!!”

If you think it’s fine, you don’t need this blog.

If it makes you ask the following questions, read on;

Continue reading “10 Tips to Titivate Your Travel Journal”

The Black Dog – Coping with Depression & A Midlife Crisis


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”