Tag: Full Time Caravan Touring

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

Argenton sur Creuse – A Hold Up with a Hairpin!

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Argenton sur Creuse – ‘The Venice of the Berry’

How to Maintain a Successful Relationship when you Drive Each Other Round the Bend. 

Continue reading “Argenton sur Creuse – A Hold Up with a Hairpin!”

A Postcard from Quiberon – Part 1

Can I Look At Your Fuse Box?

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It would be hard not to fall in love with Quiberon.

Blighted by Breakages, Technology & French Fusion Cuisine; a Trip To The Vet; THE Most Expensive Fish in the World and – A Road Trip to Nowhere!

It would be hard not to fall in love with Quiberon – shady, pine-scented woods; lanes fragranced with honeysuckle; chocolate–box villages of stone cottages, fringed with hydrangeas and hollyhocks and a Neolithic stone monument at every turn.

And what about our first view of Quiberon bay? Two steps from our caravan were mirror-flat waters, like a jewel-blue infinity pool, fringed by a dramatic, sweeping arc of white sand. Carnac to the left and Quiberon, at the far end of the peninsula, were like mystical, golden cities, picked out by the evening sunshine. But all this tranquil nature belied a technological trauma in the caravan. Continue reading “A Postcard from Quiberon – Part 1”

Livin’ the Dream Week 2 – Pebble Bank Portland

You Can’t Read That in a Book; Storms, a Sunken Road and a COLOSSAL Sense of Humour Failure…

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The best seat in the house for Trailer Trash – an uninterrupted view of Chesil Beach and The Fleet!

Trying is the first step towards failure – Homer Simpson

Continue reading “Livin’ the Dream Week 2 – Pebble Bank Portland”

Carry on Caravanning – Part 1

How We Did It – 3 Steps to Heaven

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A Cavapoo at Each Corner!

Step 1 – An Accidental Purchase                        8th April

We accidentally bought our 7.34m of caravan heaven. She is a 4 berth, so the dogs are sorted. We are not yet sure where we will sleep, however…!

Step 2 – Some Sums                                                9th April

Ooooh. My head. We are both suffering from CCS – Caravan Celebration Syndrome.

Shame, as the equation to describe the day today was Wind + Sun + High Tide = Winning Windsurf Combo.

Sadly, the equation to describe Jackie and Mark is E = MC2 , where E = Energy, M = Motivation and C = Coffee.  Continue reading “Carry on Caravanning – Part 1”