We tend to have a very, very rough idea of where we are heading but that’s about it, e.g. France! Our day tends to start by checking the status of our power/water/waste situation, just so we know where we are at. This is followed by a leisurely breakfast (unless we have a big sightseeing/adventure/travel day) and we decide what we want to do for that day. Some days we have a plan in the morning of where we are aiming to be for the night, other days we have no idea until we need to find somewhere! Some nights we parkup in beautiful locations on the beach, in the mountains or with a fantastic view. More often than not it is a layby, a patch of dirt, a carpark or sometimes with the trucks. Scenic locations on our own are obviously our favourite, but in reality once you shut the blinds we are home no matter where we are and that is what we love about travelling this way.
People naturally think we are on a permanent holiday. The reality though is that we aren’t and we are just living our life differently. We would be absolutely burnt out if we lived as though we were on holiday all the time, not to mention broke! We travel slowly because we want to see where we are and we need to. It is important to take rest days and do nothing at all
and we still need to do every day chores like washing, cleaning, maintenance, groceries and planning. Of course though travelling is what we love and we have seen some amazing places, from the Northern Lights in Norway to the Sahara desert, from grand palaces to Roman ruins, from extreme snow to over 40C and met some wonderful people along the way.
Of course things don’t always go right, although we’ve been pretty fortunate and not had any real major issues. When things do happen though we just consider our options and work through them. That might be a temporary fix (duct tape, rope and a Leatherman can fix lots!), an exit plan (we’re quite good at managing traffic whilst extracting ourselves from tight places) or finding someone who can help. It is in these situations that the true kindness of people comes to the forefront and before you know it you are back on the road.
Our hope and plan is to continue to live this lifestyle for another 15 or more years and to see as much of the world as we can. From Europe we will start to head south to Turkey and then probably on to the Middle East, but who knows, we regularly change our plans! There are so many amazing places to see! - E. + W TAYLOR -
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