About

vanlife
Campervan Castaways in Milan

So we’re the not quite yet fifty somethings (great, still in our 40’s then!) who’ve had a life long love affair with all things related in one form or another to campervans, motorhomes, dormobiles (yes some people do call them that and ask if we have one!) and the most recently known phenomenon known affectionately as vanlife.  So are we exaggerating our affiliation to what is, in our opinion, just the best form of travel and accommodation on the planet? To find out here’s our brief fact filled bio to keep you in the frame on us and our love of vanlife.

Married, yes to each other! For a very long time too and after raising two amazingly talented male offspring, we are now free and happy to embark on new adventures, across various parts the globe on 4 wheels. More precisely a 4×4 Sprinter, which has been our mode of van for the past few years.

Now not to be greedy, but that van is in the UK (our Welsh base), but we do also have a self-build campervan in New Zealand! That’s not just flash, it’s because our beloved son lives down there and we do like to visit in style, he also quite likes to keep the driver seat warm when we’re not there!

Vantastic!

Work, yes we’ve done lots of that and you’ve guessed it, it involved campervans, or more recently a motorhome hire business started back in 2008 and now safely relegated to the ‘that’s what we used to do’ banner, so we can now enjoy more of our own tales of travel, rather than other people’s!

On that note, you can probably guess that we’ve owned a few vans, that’s 4 of our own, personnel use only (we never recommend to hire out your own, more of that another time) and owned plenty of others for hiring.

Forgot to mention the camperstop too, a little spot where weary owners could park up for the night, a nice little service we used to offer at our motorhome hire base, knowing first hand what a forgotten bunch we are in Great Britain.

Before the vanlife love affair took hold, we owned touring caravans (arghh….we hear your pain)! In fact, buying our first one at 18 years old and having to sell it soon afterwards to buy a washing machine, yes, times were tough back in those teenage years.

Between the various outfits we’ve travelled far and wide covering hundred’s of thousands of miles, amazingly surreal and beautiful places, incredible cultures and fantastic memories.

Self-Build Campervan
Our LDV V80 Self-Build

Here’s a sneaky snapshot of memorable encounters from some of our favourite countries…

  1. France – Most regions, some several times over, but ok who doesn’t go there with so much diversity, skiing, wine tasting, the Mediterranean, Roman ruins, it’s got the lot, quite literally!!
  2. Austria –  The Grossglockner High Alpine Road, not for the faint-hearted type, incredible lakes, mountains and The Sound of Music!
  3. Germany – Bliss, all those therms, that’s spa’s if you haven’t been and plenty of beer as well as some of the most amazing rivers in Europe.
  4. Netherlands – Cycling heaven, canals, bulb fields and windmills.
  5. Belgium – Chocolate in a variety of unprintable shapes and sizes, some heart-wrenching first world war sights.
  6. Croatia – Unspoilt, reasonably priced and stunningly beautiful waters of the Adriatic.
  7. Slovenia – Iconic Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, gorgeous.
  8. Spain – Cheap as chips, great cities, winter sunshine and some lovely beaches.
  9. Luxembourg – It’s small and classy, fuel is so cheap and they have an Aire system, great!
  10. New Zealand – North and South Islands on 4 separate Campervan tours – no words!
  11. Australia – a 23,000KM 6 month overland trip – just awesome!
  12. The United Kingdom, that’s England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, for any non-Brits it’s not just England, being Welsh, we are slightly drawn to Snowdonia, who can resist a hike up the 2nd highest mountain in the UK.
  13. Italy – Wow, it’s so friendly, clean, reasonable, has an incredible history mixed with amazing wines, mountains, cycle paths and a great Sosta system for us campers.
  14. Liechtenstein – The 6th smallest country in the world but it bags masses of culture, refined architecture and fabulous Alpine surroundings, it’s also super camper friendly!

There’s plenty of the planet left to see but even if we live another 30 years somehow we feel time is already running out, so hurry up and let’s finish writing this so we can get on with the journey!

Ok, do we get bored? No!!

I love dabbling with writing this blog site and occasionally I will even write an article for a UK motorhome magazine, Practical Motorhome!

So now we’re sticking two fingers up to the conventional expectations of a modern society.  Life, as we know, is no rehearsal, so we’re jumping off the merry go round, living life as we want to live it, in the way we want and enjoying the life together that we have.

No rules, no plans, no expectations, just raw life, we’re grabbing it and not letting go! We hope you join us on the journey and follow your own dreams, live, love and share the road together!

Sonia and Nigel

Sprinter 4x4
Sprinter4x4

2 Comments on “About

  1. Hi Sonia and Nigel, Thanks for leaving the address for your blog after staying with us in Hamilton. The great thing about Airbnb and Booking.com is that the world comes to you and it was great to have you at our home and see you spend time with your sons. Your blog makes for good reading and we can keep following you on your adventures around the globe. You are an inspiration and I look forward to one day giving the working life the two-fingered salute and joining you on the road less travelled. I’m interested in your LDV purchase and look forward to a blog about the conversion. Take care. Arohanui – Te Anga and Tia Nathan

    • Thank you for your lovely comments. Thank you for such a great welcome to New Zealand and your fab Airbnb, I hope we didn’t pass on the British head cold 🥶!! We loved the studio and the location, it was a great place for us to start our search for a van and settle in to the NZ time zone! We’ll be back around Hamilton at some point, so we’ll pop by to show you the van and the transformation!!

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