Our family home school adventure has currently got us parked up in the campervan in Normandy, France. We have been lucky enough to be shown the sights by our friend Carl, who is a wealth of local knowledge and history. Carl invited us for a fun day with the ponies at his friend’s riding school, […]Read More Unschool Learning; Ponies, Dragons & Fairy Tales in Bagnoles-de-l’Orne, North France.
The thing I love most about travelling Europe in a campervan as a family is the random encounters with magical people. We never have a plan. We wait and see what each day offers. On New Year’s Eve we were driving around Normandy pondering how we wanted to celebrate the turning of the year. We […]Read More Campervan Family New Year’s Eve Party in Normandy; New Friends, Music and Mud Slides.
We landed in Normandy as a family in our campervan between Christmas and New Year, determined to travel south slow, save money and learn new skills. Winter is the perfect time for a campervan family to learn new skills. Even in the most southern parts of Europe living on the beaches or in the forest […]Read More Campervan Family Winter Volunteering in Normandy.
Our journey started out by trying to save enough money after being on maternity to survive long term on one wage. So over the last few years we have become kings at budgeting and saving money in every way possible. We set up spreadsheet after spreadsheet, collected receipts, set up new saving accounts and money […]Read More How We Saved Money and Started Budgeting
Bin Dive #1 We visited a large supermarket chain at 8pm on a Wednesday to find a nice old lady already rummaging through the bins. We loitered patiently in the car park waiting for our turn. After she had already taken three carrier bags full of fruit & veg we still were able to take […]Read More Our First Week of Bin Diving for Van Food
The main barrier to our Campervan travels before we set off was worry about money. Could we find ways to make money for survival on the road as we travelled? Would we have enough money for our family to live? What is a realistic travel budget? We saw lots of information online about solo travellers […]Read More 10 Euro a Day Family Travel Budget
Ingredients: 175g (or about 2 mugs) Risotto Rice 1 Onion 1 Clove of Garlic Half a Courgette 25g (or a handful) of Grated Parmigiano Stock Cube Water Salt, Pepper or a Pinch of Paprika for Seasoning. (Serves 3-4) Boil the Kettle. Fry the chopped onion, garlic and courgette for a few minutes until tender over […]Read More Vanfood – Budget Italian Risotto
We travelled from Brindisi in Italy to Igoumenitsa on the North Greece mainland coast with Grimaldi Lines. The crossing took eight hours, we opted for daytime setting off at 1.00pm as it was slightly cheaper but they do offer an over night. Our one-way tickets cost: €280.00 For 2 adults, 2 children, 1 dog and […]Read More Ferry Crossing from Italy to Greece, with Grimaldi Lines.
We spent two blissful weeks with our campervan in Rome, two small children (and a dog!) Found an idyllic free park up with free water, public toilets and shady trees, a 15 minute walk from the Spanish Steps (visit our patreon page for detailed write up). Our ethos for this part of our travels was […]Read More Top 10 Things to do in Rome, with a Small Budget and Young Children.
We have had lots of questions from interested folk about what the reality of family van life is actually like? I guess there are a lot of amazing shots out there that make van life look beautiful and perfect, yet people sense that not everything can be rosy all the time and want to know […]Read More The Reality of Family Van Life