Special moments

The weeks are starting to fly by and before you know it four weeks have gone by. There have been some really special moments that have been possible as we have taken time to pull off the road, linger and appreciate the things around us. A friend sent me this poster the other week and…

The kindness of strangers

We are nearly 3 weeks into our trip and something that has stuck me is the kindness of strangers. I think this is rather ironic given the climate of fear and isolationism that we keep hearing about. From what I have experienced total strangers have been warm and generous once they know what we are…

The food edit

Two weeks on the road and we are deep into Cornwall. We’ve done a fair few miles and scoffed more than our fair share of food. Cooking in the van is a bit of a challenge with our two pans, limited space and just 2 gas burners but if we are going to have any…

A pilgrim on a journey

An encounter with a stranger on Clapham junction station left me changed. I spied her down the platform, huddled over, advanced in years, wool coat wrapped tight and hair neatly arranged in a headscarf. People were shooting her side glances. She looked vulnerable, out of place in all the hustle, head barely able to straighten…

One week on the road

We have survived our first week. Here is the map of our journey so far…. 3 nights of wild camping, 3 stopovers with friends and one proper campsite.Highlights of our first week Cider tasting and pig petting in Somerset.  Eating fish finger sarnies cooked on our BBQ as the sun sets over Exmoor. Admiring the…

And we are off…..

The van is packed, pimped and primed to go. The vague plan for the next 13 weeks is; 6th June Somerset 13th June Devon, Cornwall 20th June Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight 27th June Surrey, Kent, Suffolk, Norfolk? 4th July Lincolnshire / Yorkshire 11th July Derbyshire, Notts 18th July Wales 25th July Somerset 1st Aug…

Kitting out the van

Before we got the van I spent ages checking out storage options. How were we going to fit in all our stuff? Wild about Scotland has some good advice for storage but what I was missing was dimensions for all the nooks and crannies. Maybe one day I will do a post on dimensions and what storage to…

Man with a van

We’ve chosen a van. It’s a VW California or to those in the know, a Cali. We were won over by it’s clever use of space, it’s ability to be a campervan yet be as versatile as a car and hopefully the ease of selling it after we finish our travels (although everyone has said we…

Choosing a van

After months of talking about our campervan trip it’s time to make some decisions. We have our map of where we want to visit, we have a checklist of stuff we need to take, we’ve looked at countless youtube videos of vans and we have even shortlisted our top 3 vans but we are yet…