If, like us you’re suffering a little bit from the summer blues, following your summer holiday (staycation, as well as abroad), there’s a quick way to alleviate the feeling! No not by stuffing your face with chocolate, although that could be an option.
We all come back feeling a little ‘blue’ after a holiday. The feeling of freedom disappears, as we get stuck into the humdrum of daily life. That’s why when we’re suffering, we turn our attention to our biggest dream, living full time in our motorhome.
We’re not sure if it’s your dream as well. But we thought we’d bring you 5 great blogs to inspire you.
Travelling as just the two of you.
A Guide to Van Life – (Exploring Alternatives), Mat and Danielle describe themselves as ‘a couple of minimalist nomads’ who are exploring long term travel. Rather than a travelogue, this blog is a collection of tips on how to get started. With ideas of the things you need to think of. Their weekly YouTube video is a great watch, their vlog is a typical day in the van. We treat this blog, as part inspiration, part resource because Mat and Danielle are brutally honest, and that’s what you really need when constructing a dream.
The Overlanders Blog – Ben Ade and Melissa Shaw are travelling from Scotland to the Sahara to raise monies for the Medecins Sans Frontieres. Not in a comfy motorhome like the rest of us. They’re trekking in a 4×4 Land Rover with a roof box tent. What we call Overlanding. This is another long held dream of ours. You know what they say ‘all our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them’.
So whilst we’re ever so slightly jealous, we continue to be inspired. Travelling since March 2017, from Scotland to Portugal and onwards to Morocco, the photography on this blog is beautiful and stunning. They’re currently in Spain, so if your longed for trip, includes Spain, this blog is a good read.
Our Leap of Faith – join Paul, Michele, Bentley (the dog) and Paloma (the motorhome), as they take a year out to explore. What we like best about this blog (apart from the humour), is the organisation! Check the blogs in country order, and you can pinpoint where you want to research. This blog also covers parts of Eastern Europe, including Romania and Slovenia, which are less well travelled.
As well as travel, they blog about van life, including lots of useful tips, making Silver Screens, updating LED Lighting and Heiki fitting. Proper DIY jobs that you can manage on your motorhome.
Travelling with the family
VeeDub Adventures – adventures with Sarah and Tabitha, one mum and her daughter. Having had some great adventures in the past, Sarah decided to ditch London life and head for the road again. This time, with her eleven year old daughter, Tabitha. The blog covers their travels through Scandinavia, France, Spain and Morocco having left the UK in July 2016. It’s an inspiring blog showing that time out of the western schooling system brings tonnes of advantages and new communities.
One for those of you thinking about full timing with older children.
Travel As They Grow – Jen and Terry Constant, decided to up sticks, with their one year old son, Ethan. We’ve chosen to share this blog, because it’s inspiring (or rather challenging) to take a toddler with all the kit and caboodle. This takes some courage. We don’t know about you, but when our daughter was a year old, the furthest we got was the play park!! So far they’ve covered Croatia, Spain and Portugal. The blog also deals with the pros and cons of living in a motorhome with a one year old!
So there we have it, some inspiration to keep your dreams alive. Our dream to full time it has been on that back boiler for several years, we continually add to it and tweak it, to keep it alive. When the time is right we’ll be ready, but maybe, we should look at going now, what if the time is never right!! Yikes, that’s got us thinking.
If you’re planning a sojourn in your motorhome, then check out these 5 blogs and the Facebook page Motorhome Adventures another great resource. Until next time, enjoy getting outside in our Autumn landscape. #getoutside
Jo & Richard
4 Points Leisure
The Glamping, Camping and Festival Accessories shop, with years of camping experience