Road Tripping Across Europe

If you haven’t thought about doing some sort of road trip before, we know you’re fibbing. A road trip is like a right of passage for all new drivers, with everyone not driving being super keen to get the idea of a road trip going. But the road trip that that’s referring to, compared to the road trip we’re thinking of, is something totally different. As you get older and find your indepence, you hopefully will have started to travel a little bit. Going from country to country, squeezing in perhaps one holiday a year is nice, but what if you could fit in many different countries in one and have a whole holiday out of it? Well, there’s definitely a way, and we think it can be done by going across Europe. A road trip is awesome enough as it is, but when it comes to road tripping across Europe, the flare of each country will make it the best ever. So if you keep on reading, we’ll show you how you can plan it all out and make it the best trip that you’ve ever had. 

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A Trusty Steed 

The first thing that you need to think about is how you’re going to get from country to country. Rather than renting a car, we think there are far better options. You could start looking at VW campervans for sale to see what the prices are like. If you were to secure your own campervan, you could use it to go across country as much as you want to. The van becomes your own little home to live from, allowing you to go whenever whilst also having a roof over your head. They might be a big investment in the beginning, but you then have a way to be able travel without having to worry about travel plans necessarily. You could just get into the campervan and drive! Plus, it’s extra comfy and perfect for the drive across Europe. 

Planning The Route

Next comes the part where you have to think about the route. The route you take is going to define the trip that you have and it all depends on the main parts of Europe that you want to visit. You could go to Amsterdam and then down through Germany and back across. You could go through France and then down into Spain. The list of route options goes on. If you follow the van idea, it’s not like you’re even going to have to find a hotel to stay in. If not, then there will be plenty of hotels to stop in and B&Bs that would make it cheaper. 

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Timing Is Everything

Timing is definitely everything. You want to go at a time of year that’s just outside of peak season. Not only will it be cheaper if you have to stop off and stay in a hotel, but the roads are generally quieter when the kids are at school. Keeping it close to the warmer weather is also going to make the trip a lot more enjoyable.

Four Reasons To Go To Italy In 2020

Being able to see new parts of the world and to experience cultures that are different to yours are very important. It helps create new life experiences and makes you into a better and more well-rounded individual. Here are four reasons to go to Italy in 2020.

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Plenty Of Historical Landmarks

Italy is full of historical landmarks and so to experience all of them up close, and personal is something that must be done. Rome is probably one of the most iconic places for historical landmarks, with over fifty different monuments and areas to visit. From Pompei to the Vatican City, the Colosseum to the Pantheon, you cannot deny yourself the incredible experience of seeing these man-made structures up close and personal. You can’t imagine the amount of work and effort that went into constructing these buildings. It’s a shame that nowadays, architecture has changed so much and has become so modernized.

Authentic Italian Food Has To Be Experienced

Authentic Italian food is one cuisine that tends to be a popular favorite for most tourists who come to Italy to taste the flavors that this country can offer. Unfortunately, Italian food served in other countries is not likely to be the same and so it’s important that you get the taste while in Italy. Before traveling, make sure you have an idea of all the popular spots around the area you’re traveling to and that you are getting only the very best in the food that’s out there. Book ahead to avoid being disappointed and allow yourself to deter off track and into a random cafe or restaurant.

Everything Is So Picturesque

There are so many places around the world that are picturesque, and Italy is one of them. No matter where you go, whether that be Athens or Florence, you will always find beautiful places that have wonderful backdrops. It is worth it to explore Italy with On the Go Tours as they will have the best in what’s on offer in the country to see and do. If you have time, it’s worth going to a few places over the course of a week, so that you’re able to take in all the sights.

So Many Iconic Tourist Photo Opportunities

As much as it’s important not to live your life through the camera lens, there are so many photo opportunities that are iconic photographs for tourists to take. From the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the wonderful city of Venice that rests on water. Although unfortunately, now it’s becoming more of an underwater city due to climate change. If there’s anywhere in the world to go to get the best photo opportunities, it’s Italy. There’s no end to the wonders that you can snap away at whilst exploring.

Going to Italy is definitely something you should do many times. There are so many beautiful cities to explore that one trip is simply not enough to cover them all. Try to visit as often as possible, if not just for the food!

What First-Time Campers Always Get Wrong

There is something iconic about camping vans. It’s impossible to think of camping without picturing a bright and colorful VW camping van, and the reason is simple: Scooby-Doo, which was created in the late 1960s, encouraged many young people then to buy a camper and explore the world. In Europe, drivers picked a VW. In the US, it was a Chevrolet Sportvan.
The celebrated team of amateur detectives, along with their Great Dane, has become a global phenomenon. And somehow, they continue to feed people’s camping inspiration. As a result, more and more families are looking to switch their resort holidays for an adventurous camping style vacation. But, if it’s your first time taking the road at the camper’s steering wheel, you need to avoid these disturbing noob’s mistakes.

You don’t always want to sit INSIDE

Owning a camper means that you’re traveling inside your home. But while it saves you a lot of time and trouble when you’re ready to settle for the night, it doesn’t mean that you can’t plan an outdoor area. Indeed, spending all your time inside a camper van can feel claustrophobic in the long term. Instead, you want to consider camper trailers that let you sit outside under a protective roof. Why does it make a big difference? You’re gaining one extra room, which doubles your living space.

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It’s not quite like a hotel

Ideally, your camper comes with proper bedding, which may be narrow but offers more comfort than an inflatable mattress. However, it doesn’t mean you should prepare your sleeping kit as if you were to sleep in a real bedroom. Forget the typical bedsheets, and aim for a sleeping bag instead. Packing bedsheets is only going to use space unnecessarily. On the other hand, you can roll your sleeping bag and store in under the table or in a cupboard during the day.

Can you survive on sandwiches only?

You can’t cook in a camping van, right? It’s the standard assumption made by countless new holidaymakers. True enough, you can’t throw a sophisticated multi-dish meal. However, you can’t expect your family to eat sandwiches during the entire duration of the trip. Just because you are not staying in a proper house doesn’t mean you can’t have healthy and comforting food. Needless to say, while you might enjoy the occasional sandwich, you can’t base your entire holiday diet on those! Instead, you can prepare simple one-pot meals that are nutritious, easy to make. More importantly, one-pot dinners are easy to clean, which is something you want to favor on a camping trip.

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You need your phone

Lastly, there was a time when going camping was simple and easy. You didn’t need more than a handful of torches and a gas canister for cooking in terms of energy equipment. However, in the 21-st century, a smartphone is an indispensable tool that needs to be recharged regularly. If you don’t want to use up your engine battery, you can look for solar panels that act as chargers. No more grumpy teens claiming they can’t get in touch with their friends! More importantly, you’re sure to keep your Google Maps GPS at hand!

You may be dreaming of the next Scooby-Doo adventure in a camper van. However, you need to plan for comfort and practicality if you’re organizing your first camper tour. There’s a reason we never get to see Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy’s life inside the van: It can be very uncomfortable if you haven’t planned properly!

Ushuaia To Atacama: Planning The Ultimate Chilean Adventure

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Chile is an amazing country with some of the most diverse terrain and climates on the planet. It contains both the wettest and the driest place on Earth, made up largely of mountains but also containing areas of desert, rainforest and scrubland. Here’s how you can explore Chile from south to north.

Visit the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia

At the southernmost tip of Chile, you’ll find Ushuaia – the most southern city on the planet. It’s often referred to as ‘the end of the world’ and is set to a backdrop snowcapped mountains. You can explore the port, take a trip through the mountains and learn about the history of this isolated but buzzing settlement.

Get close to Amalia Glacier

Of all the glaciers in Patagonia, Amalia Glacier might just be the most impressive. The wall of ice is absolutely vast – from a distance, it looks like a frozen tidal wave making its way through the river. The likes of Paragon Expeditions offer boat tours of this glacier.

Trek the Torres Del Paine

Torres Del Paine national park is a popular spot for hiking, renowned for its jagged mountains and crystal-clear lakes. There are several treks, which you can take a guided tour of – or explore yourself if you’re feeling brave.

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Spot penguins on Chiloe Island

There are several places in Chile where you can spot penguins. Chiloe Island is one of the most accessible spots for seeing penguins. Two varieties live here – Humboldt penguins and Magellanic penguins – and they both breed together. The rural landscape of this island and flowing meadows are also worth visiting for.

Climb the volcano at Villarica

Villarica is located in the Valdivian temperate rainforest and is home to one of Chile’s most active volcanoes. There are organised hikes up this volcano for anyone daring enough. It’s also worth taking a tour of the nearby rainforests where you may have the opportunity to spot exotic wildlife such as pumas and chillas.

See the sights in Santiago

Chile’s capital city Santiago contains most of the country’s population and is a vast and vibrant place. Here, you can take a break from the rural hiking and enjoy the city’s many restaurants and markets. Located right in the hub, you’ll find luxury accommodation such as Renaissance Santiago Hotel to stay at. You can also explore the city’s history by visiting landmarks such as San Cristobal Hill, as well as a number of museums.

Explore the Atacama Desert

In the north of Chile, you’ll find the magical Atacama desert – one of Chile’s most popular attractions. The landscape of this desert can feel as if you’re exploring another planet with its red mountains and still lakes. You can watch the sunset over Moon Valley and gaze at the bright stars at night. There are many tours through the desert organised by companies such as Rainbow Tours, which can allow you to find the best viewpoints and most impressive natural sights.

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​Looking Back on a Beautiful Summer With Fatyak

It’s September 22nd, which officially marks the equinox. Autumn is here!

A dreaded time, when temperatures drop and clocks change, the days become shorter and we start to wrap up warm!

But thanks to my trusty fatyak, I’ll be keeping warm with my memories of summer!

The Fatyak I have is the Kaafu adventure S – Stronger, lighter and better looking than the standard kaafu model, and I love it! (I don’t know if you could tell from the video?)

In the last bank holiday of August, we were lucky enough to have the most incredible weather (a rare surprise for a bank holiday!)
After the amount of fun we had last time, S and I decided it was the perfect time to go kayaking again!
We now have a kayak each, and a set of wheels to carry them down to the beach. We live about 15 minutes away on foot, so it’s not too hard to wheel them both down the hill together and get started.
When we arrived at the beach we were immediately glad we had chosen to bring the ‘yaks, as it was PACKED!! Gone are the days we go to the beach to relax, our kayaks have given us a better option!
Pushing our way through the crowds, almost knocking a guy out with our oars. We finally manage to launch into the water together and start pushing out to sea.

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Although the beach is popular for kayak and paddleboard rental, we instantly notice the change in atmosphere… Silence!

Relaxation in privacy

A busy day on a beach brimming with people has just become a sunny, fresh day, reserved entirely for us! We giggled about this on the water and remarked at the difference it made. Peace and quiet with beautiful crystal blue water all around! Bliss!
We headed up the coast and had a bit of fun paddling around, but we weren’t here to exercise on this sunny day, we had a plan!
Just a 5-minute paddle from the bustling sand we launched from, is a small cove with a tiny private beach. Armed with a disposable BBQ and a goody bag of food, we headed towards it.
Our perfect little private beach, for a romantic sunny BBQ picnic day!
As we neared the beach, and the waters became shallow, we marvelled at how clear it was! With the weather, this amazing sea, and the privacy. It was as if we had been in the Mediterranean for this day!
Pulling our kayaks onto the sand. S unpacked our Moroccan style picnic blanket,and we stopped to relax and bathe in the sun for a moment. We could hear nothing but the gentle sloshing of the water and the call of distant gulls in the air,with our kayaks bobbing about on the shore.

Snuggled on that blanket, we could have been a thousand miles from home, it was beautiful. Once we were relaxed and content, it was time to get the food going! We had bought burgers and salad provisions with us, so it couldn’t last too long in the sun!
Unwrapping our cheap disposable BBQ, putting a couple of pulled pork burgers on the white coals and preparing our buns with cheese and salad, this was a well prepared and deservedly delicious meal. Lots of mayo, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and of course toasted brioche buns. Incredible!!
We could have always made these at home, but nothing beats a Burger made on a BBQ, nothing beats a BBQ on a beach, and nothing beats a private beach!!

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As we relaxed, full, content, and happily making the most out of this day, a memory was made of pure happiness. Its a memory that sticks with me now as I think of the cold that’s approaching this autumn. The memory keeps me warm inside no matter what. It’ll be summer again soon, and we’ll be doing it all again! I can’t wait!

But before that…

…we’ve got to make the most of the cold weather too: rest assured, no matter the weather we’re still on the outdoor journey! We’ve booked to climb the last of our UK peaks on new years day – we’re tackling Scafell pike in the snow! Its going to be great!!

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