Money-Friendly Motoring: Budgeting For Your Motorhome Road Trip

Thanks to Wessex Vans for their guest blog this week.

Most people dream of what travelling the incredible wonders our world has to offer is like: Waking up in a new destination each day, having the freedom to explore, spending quality time with loved ones, and seeing things you never thought could be so beautiful.

Nonetheless, with more people opting to pack up and hit the road in a camper (as we think they should!), one of the most challenging aspects for anyone that hasn’t previously lived in their campervan is budgeting.

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The Happiness Project – setting a positive mood for 2018

With it being a new year and all, the tradition of setting myself goals, targets, and new projects invariably raises its head. Come on, we have all at some point gotten on the resolutions bandwagon and then inevitably failed to stick with at least half of them by the time we hit February.

With that in mind, last year I began my Happiness Project, and I wanted to share that experience with you today.

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Home

There have been times this year, fleeting moments, when my homing instinct kicks in.

A particularly cold snap in the weather that makes you inhale sharply. A low granite grey overcast sky in the morning. Soft green grass that I can run my hands through. Watching Doc Martin on TV and hearing familiar tones and lilts in the characters voices. Eating custard cream biscuits.

I see or hear or smell or taste things that instantly transport me home, just for a second. And it makes smile and I am happy.

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Portland and Personalities

Ainsworth State Park proves a useful and peaceful location for us, hosting us for four days, before we head over in to Washington.

Loops and I decide to be active in visiting a couple of the waterfalls nearby, for you cannot visit an area renowned for its waterfalls and then simply ignore them. How rude would that be?

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Dinosaurs (but not), PCT and the Ocean

So, we meet again.

I have much to say in some ways, and very little in others. But let me just start straight away by telling you that I am currently sat typing this at the dining room table of my best friend, AJ, while listening to and watching the rain hammer down outside the window next to me.

Everything is lush and green and full of life, and despite the current downpour, I can clearly see warm sunlight on the horizon over yonder, which will be sure to reach us soon. I am at present fully enjoying England in a season I haven’t seen here in some time – summer.

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West is Best!

I’m not quite sure where my desperation to see the west coast came from, nor when it started. I can recall very clearly though, hiking up through the pine forest towards Unaka Mountain in Tennessee on the Appalachian Trail and having a conversation with Loops about taking a road trip out west.

More specifically, I think we were in the process of making a pact that if we both got fed up hiking, we’d just rent a car and spend the duration of our hike time driving the coastal road next to the Pacific Ocean.

Well, we are now just a little closer to that dream…because we’ve just arrived in Oregon.

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