2017 / 2018 TOUR

In June / July 2015 we took off on a round Europe trip which lasted 9 weeks and took in 9 countries in total, in order, Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Holland and Belgium. This was by far the longest time spent in the van in the 10 years we’ve had it, and, it sowed the seed to do something similar, if not better in the future.

Previously I had been working as the Visitor Centre Manager at an NTS property in Argyll, and, as this was a seasonal position (April to November) I could not take 2 months off in the height of the season so I retired at the end of the 2014 season to make the trip the following year. My Navigator used up accrued holidays and leave of absence as she wanted to continue working in the part time job she had, and her employer agreed to this arrangement.

This trip left a fantastic impression on us and the hope was to do something similar in the future. Well the future is here and the decision made for The Navigator to retire on the 28th of August 2017, and for us to set off in late September to spend 6 months touring France, Spain and Portugal with maybe Andorra thrown in as a bonus.

The van was upgraded in 2014/2015 for the 9 week trip (Gaslow) and more improvements have happened since (Solar Panel) and the one main improvement I have made before setting off this year is to install another 12v Leisure Battery to boost the 12v capacity. New brakes have been fitted along with 2 new front tyres (MOT advisory) and the van passed the MOT in early August.

Man, Van, No Plan Mugs

We did not have this blog up and running for the 2015 tour but it was online for this 6 month 2017 / 2018 tour and here are the blog posts in order of posting. Click on any of the following to take you to that blog post. Enjoy!

Bonjour Mon Amis…

Week 1( ish ) Ardrishaig to St Valery sur Somme

Week 2 – St Valery sur Somme to Jullouville

Trefumel and Memories…

Week 3 – Jullouville to Tregastel

You will travel in a land of marvels — Jules Verne

Week 4 – Tregastel to Quiberon

Week 5 – Quiberon to L’Aiguillon sur Mer

Week 6 – L’Aiguillon sur Mer to Biarritz

The first 50 days of our 6 month motorhome adventure!

Week 7 – Biarritz to Saint-Gaudens via San Sebastian & Lourdes

Week 8 – Saint-Gaudens to Cambrils via the Pyrenees

Week 9 – Cambrils to Benidorm via Valencia

Week 10 – Benidorm to El Campello

Week 11 – El Campello

Week 12 – The week before Christmas at El Campello

Happy New Year from The Driver & The Navigator

Week 13 & 14 – The Festive Period comes and goes at El Campello

Week 15 – The family arrive for a week and we leave El Campello

Week 16 – Santa Pola to Granada via Torrevieja, Cartagena and Almerimar

Week 17 – Granada to Gibraltar via Malaga and Estepona

You will travel in a land of marvels – The Alhambra Palace

Week 18 – Gibraltar to Jerez via Cadíz

Week 19 – Jerez to Manta Rota, Portugal via Seville, El Rocío & Ayamonte

The miracle of El Rocío…

150 days touring France, Spain and Portugal in a motorhome…

Week 20 & 21 – Manta Rota to Fuseta via Tavira

Week 22 – Fuseta to Mérida via Loulé & Évora

You will travel in a land of marvels – Mérida

Week 23 – Mérida to Libourne via Cáceres, Alaejos, San Sebastián and Biarritz

Week 24 – Libourne to Saint Valerie sur Somme

The BIG surprise – Part 1 – We’ve sold Louis the McLouis!

Week 25 & 26 – Over and out (for this trip)

The BIG surprise – Part 2 – Say hello to Bessie the Bessacarr

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