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.
Big Family Celebrations have always been important to us so the idea of being away from home for Festive season was really tricky. We soon learned that Celebrations on the road can be really fun though, meeting new people, swapping traditions and trying out new ideas. For our first Christmas in the van we spent […]Read More Christmas Day in the Van
The Autumn Equinox (around the 23rd September) is a time of balance, where the hours of day light and night are equal in length. The Sun has positioned itself exactly above the equator between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. When you live a lot of the year in hot sunshine and subtle season changes it […]Read More What to do with all those Autumn Nature Treasures?
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.
Usborne Wipe-Clean Books, Pen Control & First Letters, £4.99. For ages 3 yrs plus. Ideal resource for learning on the road. We were gifted a couple of these books from family before setting off on our travels. Each book offers 22 fun, colourful pages, that children can either choose to complete the set exercises or […]Read More Children’s Usborne Wipe-Clean Writing Books.
We searched and searched online for ideas of how to create our family sleeping space in a Sprinter van. Loved the pictures of floating child bunks above a fixed double bed but couldn’t find a tutorial on how to make them or a place to buy. So we popped down to our local hardware store, […]Read More DIY Family Campervan Floating Bunk Beds.
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