Chausson Motorhomes on forecourt

08 April 2011

Travel Blog - Part 1

Twelve weeks traveling around Europe in a motor home sounds great – 
but it doesn’t just happen that way and as the preparation goes on you begin to wonder whether it really is worth all the effort! 

Planning the dates is easy, planning a route and having a rough idea of which campsites to head for is O.K. too, its just the other bits like finding the best prices for crossing the channel – this year Camping Cheques gave us the best price with 20 nights on campsites that take Camping cheques (€15 per night in low season), ferry Dover to Dunkerque for 2 people, motor home and trailer for £369. We also have an ACSI card which gives discounted rates at their listed campsites in low season - €11, €13 or €15 which includes electricity. 

After that - check that passports are up to date, renew EHIC cards and take out travel insurance, which isn’t without its problems when you’re over 65 and being out of the country for 86 days. We did eventually find one that seems to cover everything we need, but needed to know the countries we would be traveling in and then later on adding another country and a slight change on the medical side meant going through the whole questionnaire again. Hope its not needed! 

More to think about is what is going to happen while we are away – the insurance on the car left at home needs renewing during that time and its too early for them to give a quote (should be solved by email!), home insurance needs to be informed of the time the house will be empty – is that everything covered. I’m not sure – I hope so.
Anyway the time has come to leave, after stowing everything that has been accumulating on our living room floor for the last few days, away in the van. 

If anyone is thinking about doing a long trip and wondering whether its worth it, yes it is ( Was Only Kidding ) and we will soon be able to tell you about some of the things we are seeing and doing in Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary. 

Jenny & Terry ( Away On Another European Tour In The Hymer For Twelve Weeks ! )
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