Tag: Brexit

Carbon Footprints & The Beast

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The Beast – a Volvo N10. Our new home from late 2020

‘Let he who is without carbon footprint cast the first stone’

If you follow my blog, you will know that the environment is high on our agenda. Travelling overland in a caravan or motorhome is already more eco-friendly than most methods of living, travel or holidaying. Mark and I have a very minimal lifestyle, with few possessions, we try to avoid waste and have reduced our use of plastic considerably.

However, as part of our Brexit Busting plan, we have bought a truck to convert for overland travel outside of the E.U. Continue reading “Carbon Footprints & The Beast”

Our Brexit Busting Plan

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St Lucia – but is it still paradise if you can’t leave?

In St Lucia on my 40th birthday, a local told us, “I wish I had a French passport, then I would be able to travel freely, wherever I want.”

Effectively, he couldn’t leave the island. To travel almost anywhere in the world, he needed a visa, which he could only obtain from Barbados. St Lucia is poor. With 30% unemployment, the likelihood of most St Lucians being able to afford to travel to Barbados to get a visa was close to zero. The man did not have Freedom of Movement; his options were limited. He could not choose where to go to live and work nor could he go elsewhere for a holiday, to study or to better himself. He lived in what we would call paradise, but we had choices. For him, it might as well have been a prison.

I remember feeling humbled. By an accident of birth, I held a British passport; one of the most powerful passports in the world. I realised that I took my freedom to travel so much for granted that until then, I had never even given it a thought.
Continue reading “Our Brexit Busting Plan”

Brexit Blues – How Brexit Will Affect European Travel

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When travelling, you never run out of things that can go wrong!

If there is one thing that we have learned in three years on the road, it is that you never run out of things that can go wrong!

We should have been making our way through France towards Spain and Portugal, but we had tenant trouble. And then there is Brexit…

In my previous blog, I looked at the impact of Brexit on travelling with pets. This time,  I look at how Brexit will impact European travel for all British Nationals. Continue reading “Brexit Blues – How Brexit Will Affect European Travel”

Pet Travel After Brexit

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This may not be so easy post-Brexit

“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” – Woody Allen

We were supposed to be on a ferry bound for Spain and Portugal this week, but He must have found out. Three days before they were due to move in, our prospective tenants let us down. Two days later, a second set of tenants gave notice. And then last Monday, we went to visit the vet…

If you intend to travel with your pet, you need to prepare several months in advance and, depending on how Britain leaves the EU, expect some additional pet travel costs and red tape. Continue reading “Pet Travel After Brexit”