The Impact of Long-Term Touring on Family & Friends

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”

Are Cavapoos ‘The Perfect Dog’?

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Four Cavapoos; Four Personalities

We are often asked about The Fab Four. These are the most common questions;

  1. What breed are they? Cavapoos – a cross between a Poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
  2. Are they related? No – they are all the same breed and the same age, but they are not related. We have been told that sometimes, siblings can bond with each other more than they bond with you.
  3. Why is Rosie bigger? Kai, Ruby and Lani are crossed with Toy Poodles; Rosie is crossed with a miniature poodle.

We chose the Cavapoo as a breed because it suited us in many ways, however, I would always be wary of an attempt to label any dog as ‘The Perfect Dog’. There is no such thing. When choosing a dog, you must find a particular dog or breed that suits YOUR lifestyle.

And remember. Although our four are all the same cross; all the same age – they have four completely different personalities. Kai is shy and understated; ‘Princess’ Ruby is fussy and highly strung; Rosie loves EVERYTHIIIING and Lani – she is a Mini Minx… Continue reading “Are Cavapoos ‘The Perfect Dog’?”

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

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

Dog-Friendly Dorset: A Jurassic Gem, Far From the Madding Crowd

The Fab Four at Swyre Head, Overlooking Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset, UK

We’ve gone global again!

This time we have been invited to write a guest post for Travelnuity, the excellent Dog-Friendly Travel Around the World Community founded and run by Australian, Shandos Cleaver.

Since I always urge people not to discount their doorstep, we opted to share some local knowledge about the beautiful county that has been our stamping ground for the last decade – and home when we are not touring.

Welcome to Dorset!

Click here to read Dog-Friendly Dorset: A Jurassic Gem, Far From the Madding Crowd.

The Red Post – Distinctively Dorset