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Travel Vlogs & Photography

Travel Vlogs & Photography

As part of our ongoing tour of the UK and Europe we were in the southern parts of Spain in February 2020 and getting ready for a long haul journey north through Spain, France, Germany and into Sweden. Making our way up to just north of Stockholm to spend some much needed “family time” with our son, daughter-in-law and their two sons.

We’re not great news watchers so when we started our journey in the first week on March 2020 we had very little idea of the impending pandemic spreading across Europe and the World. What I can say is that the last eighteen months¬† have taken their toll on our mental health.

Having spent the majority of March, the whole of April, May, June and July 2020 in Sweden we were quite sad to return to England on 27th July to find that our usual mode of living would be seriously by the “lockdown” as it’s called. Some campsites would not allow us on as we’d just returned from France, even though we’d be isolating in our motorhome. This made our lives pretty miserable.

We had always planned at some point to buy a narrowboat and live aboard traveling around the canals at a leisurely pace. Small space living is easy for us and we’re very used to it now so we went ahead with out search eventually settling on Beatrix, a 55ft boat built in 1999 by Pat Buckle, a well known and respected boat builder of the era.

Living on a narrowboat has some unique challenges that are a little different to those challenges we’ve found while living in a motorhome traveling around the UK and Europe. The boat is made of steel so retains heat and cold really well. This is not great and as the boat is over 20 years old the insulation is probably in need of replacement, add to that the fact that it sits in the water by just over two feet or about 75cm.

The water is cold too so it’s a challenge to keep the boat warm in the winter and cool in the summer especially if there are extremes of hot and cold weather.There is a log burner or multi-fuel stove roughly in the centre of the boat which is super efficient and serves to heat the whole boat. We’ve added a diesel heating system to that which has a timer for those very cold winter morning when there is ice on the inside of the windows and it’s a struggle to brave the cold to light the fire.

Travel Vlogs

Throughout our traveling times we’ve tried to maintain a sort of Travel Vlog or video diary of our times, where we are visiting and what we’re doing on our journey. We started this on June 1st 2016 with our first video posted to our youtube channel “The Happy Travellers“. We’ve posted over 1000 videos since then and have been all around England and to France, Germany, Spain, Denmark Belgium, Switzerland and Sweden documenting most of that journey. We’ve also included some of the narrowboat travels too. It seems that our audience are more interested in the Motorhome travels than the new boat life stories and honestly I can see why when I look back at the boat videos.

 During the lockdown period we made fewer videos than we would have wanted to purely due to the lack of difference in our everyday life. After all, who wants to watch a couple of oldies tucked away in a rather dreary narrowboat?

Now that the World is gradually returning to some form of sensible normality as regards our ability to travel we’ve started once again to get out in our, now downsized, motorhome. From April 2022 we’ve started to get away from the boat we call “Home” and venture out to what we think are some interesting places.

Revisiting some old places we’ve been to before like Hawes Campsite in North Yorkshire and finding some new places like Boroughbridge campsite that’s been closed due to flooding for a while. See the video here of those two sites.

We’re making more videos of our recaptured love for motorhome travelling and will be posting these as often as possible on our YouTube channel The Happy Travellers

Photography

I’ve been a keen photographer for all of my adult live and still carry a camera with me most places. These days I have a Panasonic Lumix G90 with a 12 -60mm lens and this set up suites me for most of the photography and video blogs we make. Here are some of my photographs…

Being Sovereign and Standing your Ground

Being Sovereign and Standing your Ground

Why is there a need for each end every one of us to claim our rights? This is a question that has come to the forefront of my mind over the last few years and especially so in the period of 2020 to 2022; its also a question I am asked frequently by those who assume that our Governments can be trusted to do the right thing. Like most people, we live a fairly quiet life and have taken the opportunity in 2016 to start to travel and see more of the World and to meet many interesting people along the way as we roamed around France, Germany and Spain, taking full advantage of the very low-cost and sometimes no-cost Aires especially in the lovely French and Spanish villages as we ventured south following the winter sun.

 

We sold everything we owned somewhere around late 2016 and decided that we would make our home in a caravan and tour around the UK. After a while, we were really bitten by the travel bug and wanted to venture further afield into Europe and indeed as far as Sweden where our son, his wife and two lovely grandsons live. Our journies into Europe, back and forth to England felt marvellous and were a real adventure, especially in our early 60s. Initially, we treated it as our “gap year”, neither one of us had been to university and so had not had the opportunity to have a gap year early in our lives in order to go travelling. The whole process felt very liberating and having such a beautiful motorhome, an Autotrail Comanche with an “island bed, shower, toilet, kitchen area, and a huge lounge, made the journey on the road feel very much like being at home wherever we happened to be.

Autotrail Comanche we used to travel around Europe

Autotrail Comanche