1. Hi to you both. really loving your travel blog. I have been seriously thinking about selling up & living the motorhome life for some life for some time. I live alone & have just turned 63. Your site is full of usefull information. I see you have a left hand drive van, is this a big advantage as your spending so much in Europe? another thing I need to know is, as your away for such a long time what are the implications of tax,MOT,and insurance?

    • Hi Bob

      Glad to be of service! Some quick answers, please don’t hesitate to ask for clarification or more questions!

      1. LHD is brilliant for overtaking and getting a decent view when you’re turning left our of a junction. I’d seriously recommend LHD.
      2. MOT: has to be valid in the UK for your vehicle to be legal abroad. This means you either have to get a new van (3 years with no need for MOT) or go back to the UK every 12 months (well, 13 if you get the extra month in).
      3. Insurance: a few insurers will cover full timers, and charge you a premium for it. Probably best to simply tell them you’re out for a month or two at a time.
      4. Tax: again your van has to be taxed, but you can do this online and get it posted to a campsite or post restant at a post office.

      Hope this helps! Cheers, Jason

  2. Hi, Jason. I live in Brazil and sometimes I visit your website to see your travel. Here, we have a motorhome and we have a site, that you and your wife can visit in htt:www.gavioesdoplanalto.com.br. You also can visit http:www.travessiadasamericas.com.br to know more information about a trip in South America. So, I also invite you to visit our country. I have also included your blog address in my blog http:viajandomotorhome.zip.net because I considered that it has many important informations about to trip with a motorhome. Finally, I desire that your tour wil be very nice and congratulations for all.

    • Hi Nilva (I hope this is your name, I can’t quite tell from my blog). Thanks very much for getting in touch with us. It is 9am here and we just happen to be somewhere with Internet access, so I can read your site. Your trip looks quite amazing, a huge distance to travel and through so many fascinating countries. As we travel we are becoming better at it, and have less fear of the places we will visit and the people. It is a great experience and we hope to visit other continents in the future; now we have you blog we can think seriously about travelling in South America. Thanks again, Jason

  3. hello to both of you, i can’t believe that i have only just found your site and what a great site it is. we are motorhomers and to do a trip like yours has been a dream of ours, so until then we will just keep reading about other peoples adventures
    keep up the great site and travel safe.

    alan and lesley

    • Hi Alan! Thanks for your note, much appreciated. As we’re currently sat high up in the Spanish hills looking at the incredible castle to our left, we do feel we’re living a dream. The couple of cans of Argus beer are helping! If there’s any advice we can give, please don’t hesitate to ask (we’re hardly experts though, we learn as we go). Cheers! Jay

    • Hi Matt

      Chris and Tina have headed home to have an even bigger trip – Tina is expecting their first baby later this year! We’re so pleased for them, and they hope to be back on the road at some point, but with an extra passenger :)

      Ju x

  4. Jay, a couple of the links in the info zone are not working, the Sleeping and money ones I spotted but maybe a few more.

    Cheers M

    • Thanks Matt, very much appreciated. I’ve installed a linker checker plug-in and will fix ’em all once it’s reported back! Cheers, Jay

  5. Hi there,

    Question, have you found that there is a key or top required to the taps in Europe? (i.e. in villages, car parks or beaches)

    I ask because in Australia at the beach the top part of the tap is missing and you need one to be able to use them.

    Cheers M

    • Hi Matt

      We’ve only seen that once, which I think was in Portugal. Generally the taps have been push button so far.

      We did have to buy an adapter for our hose in Spain as the thread was smaller on the tap connection, but that was only a couple of euros from a Ferreteria (Spanish hardware store).


  6. Guys
    Just a short note to say how interesting you site is and how much I am enjoying it. Deff giving me the taste to bring my camper out of the hills of Scotland and into the greater Europe. Keep going !!!

    • Hi Al

      Thanks for getting in touch. We toured the West coast of Scotland a few years ago, it’s a beautiful place. Europe is fab, so much more motorhome friendly than the UK. We’re in Austria at the moment enjoying the fact that as long as you are parked legally, you can stop the night. No tables & chairs out, but it’s somewhere free to sleep.

      This trip has taken us to some amazing places, I can thoroughly recommend dusting down your European atlas and taking a trip across the channel.


  7. Hi
    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for some time now,reading about places I will probably never get chance to visit.
    I have one question. What’s happened to the Ukulele? I hope you are still strumming along.

    • Hi Neil

      Thanks for getting in touch. If you’ve got any questions about places we’ve been or anything motorhome related, please just drop us an email (julieandjason@ourtour.co.uk).

      What are your plans so far for your tour? Hopefully our paths might cross.


  8. Hi Julie and Jason,
    I’ve just ‘discovered’ your blog after having it in my favourites list for over 12 months. We too are in our early 40’s on a 2 year + tour of Europe. We are in our 2nd year on the road and have met some inspirational people with some equally inspirational blogs that put our blog to shame. I’m now trying to make it more ‘professional’ before I advise the link.
    Anyway, I just wanted to say hi and hope we talk more in the future.
    Anyway….we are now in Northern Italy…just got off ferry from Greece and heading to Austria via the scenic route (Slovenia & Hungary) as we are spending winter skiing.
    Hopefully our paths cross one day.
    Take care…travel well.
    Rose and Paul

    • Hi Rose and Paul

      It’s great to hear from others out on the road. There was a couple at the sosta we stayed in at Pisa on their way home after a month in Greece – is there a mass exodus we should know about?

      We’re not fussed about ‘professionalism’ on blogs, it’s the stories that count. We’d love to add it to our fellow travellers section if you’re OK with that, or if you want to tweak it for a while could you email it to us so we can keep tabs on where you are – although I doubt we’ll cross paths for a while as we’re going in opposite directions.

      We’ve got admiration for you heading off skiing in your van, we tremble at snow-filled clouds and bolted out of Switzerland the day before a huge dump of snow on the Alps (phew). Without winter tyres or snow chains we might actually be illegal in some parts of Italy in a few days (seems 15 November is the magic day). But having seen how much attention the locals pay to roads rules, we’re not going to worry too much, or fork out for them when we won’t get to use them.

      Please keep in touch and have a great trip – keep truckin!


  9. Hi Guys

    I may be travelling to Greece early December and wanted to ask you about internet connection. What did you do? Could you reccomend anything?

    Thanks guys


    • Hi Bernie

      We’re keeping on the Internet in a few ways. Firstly we have a directional wifi antenna (from Adam at motorhomewifi.com), this picks up any open wifi networks quite a long way off.

      However there aren’t always open wifi networks, especially in Germany and Italy where it looks like it’s illegal to leave them open, so we have a 3G SIM card for our phone called a EuropaSIM. It costs €2 every day you use it, and gives you 100mb of data in all European countries except Italy where you get 500mb ( as it’s an Italian number). When we use this we turn on a wifi hotspot on our phone so we can pick it up with our laptop – that way we don’t have to type everything out on the phone!

      Finally, as we knew we would be in Italy for a while we bought a local data SIM card from Vodafone. It cost €25 for 30 days with a limit of 3gb. This works out cheaper than using the EuropaSIM every day as we knew we’d struggle for unlocked wifi.

      I hope that helps a bit. Adam at motorhome wifi is a great source of information on all things to do with connecting to the web, he should be, he’s not long back from travelling Europe for a year himself!



    • Hi Ron

      Yes, it’s ongoing, we’re currently sat looking out over the Lazio coast, watching tractors clean storm debris from the beach. We’re on our way south for Xmas in Sicily and then it’s either back and over to Greece or further south into Tunisia – depends how we feel!

      Cheers, Jason and Julie

  10. Hi

    We have made the descision to pack up work and buy a motorhome and travel europe, we hope to get away in September this year,
    We will be taking our dog to was wondering how easy it is getting around with the dog we take him away with us in england and thats been fine
    Have you used any public transport with a dog
    thanks for your blog full of great places and ideas we cant wait to get going


    • Hi Fran!

      Good decision :-), and Sept is good timing – enough time to easily outrun the snow and ice if you want to! Charlie’s been a pretty easy travelling companion. He sleeps when we drive, and has proven to have little biological affiliation to any kind of food, so Lidl dried food and their cheap packets of meat keep him going a treat.

      We’ve been to the vets with him in France, Italy and Spain, just normal worming and jabs, and they’ve always been very good and have spoken English. One thing to be aware of – not all UK-issued flea and tick treatment covers for Leishmaniasis – ask the vet if you plan to head to Southern Europe or further afield. Also, we had a bit of fun getting worming tablets in Italy, since they only re-actively treat worms there (examining for the particular worm to treat) rather than the UK approach of pro-actively treating for a whole spectrum of worm types.

      Public transport varies by country. We’ve not managed to get him on the bus or trains in Portugal or Spain, despite some comical efforts to hide him in a bag. We didn’t try in France. Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic were all fine. Being outside the UK, rules are sometimes a bit more fluid in these places, and may depend on what kind of dog you have. Charlie’s a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, so gets away with looking furry and small. A rotweiler may get a different response, or you may have to use a muzzle. Also, whether you have to pay for the dog seems to depend on which side of bed the conductor got out of, as well as how big he/she is.

      North African countries are interesting with a dog – Morocco and Tunisia. They are an oddity, and will attract a lot of attention when you’re out with them, especially from children. Apart from a bit of playful tail pulling and half-hearted stone throwing, we’ve had only minor problems like dealing with the attention and a few weird ‘why on-earth have you got that on a lead?’ looks.

      Ferries between countries vary in difficultly too. UK-France and Sicily-Tunisia are the only one we’ve used which charge for dogs. The UK re-entry has the most stringent checks on the EU Pet Passport and his chip. Travelling from Spain to Morocco, he stayed in the van and was fine. No-one checked any paperwork or was interested in him at either end. EU Pet Passport checks do, we’re told, take place on re-entry to Spain on a spot-check basis. From Italy to Tunisia he had to either go into kennels or we had to buy a ‘pet friendly’ cabin. We did the latter. On entry to Tunisia, customs checked his EU Pet Passport and issued a document, FOC. As we’ve not got out yet, we don;t know what the procedure may be for re-entry to Italy, but his passport and annual jabs are all up to date, so we anticipate no issues.

      The only other thing I can think of is ticks – he’s picked up only 3 or 4 over the course of 15 months and we’ve removed them with a little plastic thing the vet sold us before we left. Oh, and the heat, forgot about that one. Southern Croatia and Bosnia in mid summer were flipping hot – high 30’s. Charlie was fine when we were stopped and he could get under the van to cool off. Walking around any towns or driving was no fun though – he was at extreme tongue extension when panting, just couldn’t get cool. A bag of ice and a few sea dunkings helped. Oh yeah, the cold! When it’s cool but not cold enough to pop the gas heating on, he has a sleeping bag Ju made for him (yup, we’re mad). He snores too, like a little train, we’re used to it.

      If you’ve any more questions, please just ask. It’s been absolutely fab travelling with Charlie and the trouble we’ve gone to is nothing compared with the companionship and his affect of getting strangers talking to us has been.

      Cheers! Jay

      P.S. Made a few references to this above, and I’m sure you’d have done it, but make sure your Pet Passport is up to date and you’ve complied with all the conditions in it. You don’t need it for moving around the mainland EU countries, but moving out of the EU and back in, or on re-entry to the UK, it is likely to be checked along with the dog’s chip (sometime they don’t bother – like travelling from Switzerland to Italy – but best to assume they will). If all isn’t in good order, then there’s a risk of being prevented from bringing the dog back or him/her having to go into a lengthy quarantine. We’ve not had any issues, best to have a good chat with your UK vet ASAP, several months before heading off (getting a passport took us over 2 months, but the rules have since changed).

  11. Hi – have tried to find you on facebook and page on Clare and Sam’s website but being thick having no luck!!!! Would like to keep in contact. Clare and Sam hoping to be on move Wed or Thurs (see our message on their page – we are speaking to them on skype via clares Ethiopian sim card – then we leave updates for everyone as they dont have internet for a while). However, hope to see you on facebook soon – maybe my brain is slower since accident!!! Hope all is well. David & Celia

  12. Hi
    I would like to ask Julie when you were packing ready for your travel are there things you wish you had taken, and things that you wish you had left at home as we are looking at packing the motorhome ready for our trip in September I keep thinking about the things I will need and don’t really want to over pack then on the other hand don’t want to leave things at home that half way round Europe I think Oh I should of packed that if you know what I mean,
    I know everyone valves different things But a rough Idea of things you think are worth packing would help,
    Thanks for your ideas
    Fran x

    • Hi Fran

      It’s like you have read my mind! I’m in the middle of writing a complete packing list of what we have in Dave so people can check they have everything. It should be ready in a couple of days.

      In the meantime if you click into our guides and reviews section and go to the motorhoming guides section, at the bottom is a section called lessons we’ve learnt and in there are lists of the top ten things we wish we had/hadn’t brought with us.

      Keep your eyes peeled for the full list which should answer all your questions.



  13. Hi guys hope all is still well. It sounds like it is. Can you advise us of what internet you used in Belgium and Holland and what phone network?

    Keep the blogs going – it’s great reading

    • Hi Peter

      We used the pan-European (almost) EuropaSIM. It’s a Vodafone Italy SIM, but is sold by http://www.motorhomewifi.com or direct from EuropaSIM. It allows you 100MB per day of data, only charged on the days you use it, for €2.50 per day. Top-ups can be done online using PayPal, but each top-up attracts a €3.90 (or thereabouts) processing charge (so best to top up the max amount, €50). We also have a directional WiFi antenna, so could sometimes get at open networks for free.

      This solution worked well for us, but is expensive if you plan to stay in a country for more than a couple of weeks and use the SIM every day (buying a local prepaid SIM from any of the networks would/should be cheaper, and, when we’ve tried, we’ve always found someone who’d sell us one without a local address or bank account).

      If you go for the EuropaSIM solution, a couple of bits of advice:

      1. Make sure you set the correct APN. If you use the wrong one, you’ll see cash disappear fast! Check the EuropaSIM web site for the right one. Also, if you use the SIM in a mobile phone, and want to tether wired or wirelessly, make sure ONLY one APN is set, or you risk being charged twice for each day of use.
      2. If you go over 100MB, they’ll charge you an arm and a leg. We use the SIM in an Android phone with a free app called My Data Manager installed, which lets us easily track how much we have used each day. Still managed to go over a couple of times, which hurt!
      3. Alright, more than a couple of bits of advice… You can send free text messages to 404 from the SIM to get your balance. I’d suggest doing this when you start using the SIM, change country etc, just to make sure your balance isn’t being eaten faster than it should be.

      Cheers, happy surfing, Jay

    • Hi Richard

      Blue Marble is the code name for our life plan. First time we have ever had such a plan, before we travelled we just ploughed on without much direction. I’ll pop up a blog post about it in a day or three.

      Cheers! Jay

  14. Hi Julie and Jason
    We have been reading all your info and tips on the website so much so it has inspired us to do a very similar thin.
    We sold our house and business last year and our daughters gone to NZ for 2 years so no better time to do it .We have purchased our motorhome (not named yet)and are planning to set off the end of April for hopefully 2 years.
    Thanks for all the tips and advise.
    Richard and Teresa

    • Hi Richard and Teresa. Nice to hear from you, and it sounds like you’re on the verge of heading off southwards? Awesome! Have a cracking time, there’s a beautiful continent out there to explore, plus North Africa’s just a short ferry ride away should you fancy a bit of that thrown in. Pls feel free to email us if you’ve any questions we might be able to answer; so many people helped us, it’s rewarding to be able to pay back a little. Cheers, Jay

  15. You were both a huge source of information when we set off last year on our first trip to Morocco. Guess what , we have done it all over again this year and for longer.
    We are Daf and Sue, two old girls in a motorhome, and having bought your book, A Monkey Ate My Breakfast, we wanted you to know that as we sit here in the evening sun at Moulay Bousselham, a horse ate our avocados !!!!

    • Hi Daf and Sue, we’re jealous! Stuck in sunny England renovating an old butchers shop for now (which is a lot of fun to be fair) but we’d rather be wandering North Africa. Have a fab time, cheers, J

  16. Hi All,

    We are first time motorhomes who are planning to go for a one year tour motor homing in Europe. Last Saturday we saw a LHD motor home, 13 years old that appeared to be in very good condition to our untrained eyes. It is a FIAT DUCATO, RoTEC 4 berth. Is there anything in particular that we should be looking out for with this manufacturer.

    We did notice that the roof was not laminated and was therefore quite bumpy. Looking at other discussion it would appear that manufacturers only bond at the edges to allow the material to thermally move. Is this also usually the case with Rotec. We did not see any evidence for damp or leaking. We are also planning to install a solar panel. Does it matter that the roof is not fully bonded?

    Also the instructions manual is in German and we have been unable to find an English version online. Does anyone know where a translation might be available? Is there any way to find out, maybe contacting the manufacturer? Do they still exist?

    • Hi Susana

      Sounds like you have a wonderful experience ahead of you!

      Sadly we’re unable to answer your questions. We’ve only owned 2 motorhomes and were always more interested in the travelling than the technical stuff. We picked our van as the Hymers of this age had a fabulous reputation for being well made, which proved to be the case for us (living full time in a van means the thing gets a real hammering).

      I’d suggest that you venture over to motorhomefacts or motorhomefun and post your questions there. There are thousands of massively experienced folks who can advise you over there.

      Cheers, Jay

  17. Hi Jason and Julie,
    I thought I would just give you a quick update! We’ve done it!! Sold the house and moved into a motorhome, Harry the Hymer!! At the moment we have no number plates, no MOT and quite a few other ‘nothings!’ but we’re in and staying on a campsite 3 miles from what used to be home. I’m loving it already. The hubster is already more relaxed and Charlie is in 7th heaven! I just want to say a massive thank you to you both for your blog which I still refer to when I need help or answers to my questions. We have got really itchy feet to leave but still have some loose ends that need sorting out in the meantime, couldn’t be happier. Hope all is well with you two and of course your Charlie. Take care, Michelle xx PS: feel free to follow our blog lol!

    • Hi Michelle, well done you! Adventure awaits, if you’ve not already started having it. Glad there’s something of use on the blog, and we’ll be checking out your as we slave away (:-)) here in the UK for a while. Cheers! Jay

  18. Hi you two, Well, we’re still stuck in Chertsey of all places! For some reason I didn’t get your reply and have just found it! I do think of you two so often, even though we’ve never met! I do hope you’re happy and will soon be doing more travelling. We’ve been incredibly lucky with the weather and being on a campsite has enabled us to work out how Harry works! A question for you, how on earth did you manage in the drop down bed, we’re finding it too small and it clangs a lot! (We’ve heard all the jokes about that one!) is there a trick or do you just sleep well?
    Take care and be happy

    • Hi Michelle

      Ah, beer? Worked for me! It did make some noise when moving about but didn’t clank. Worth checking the bolts are tight?

      Cheers, Jay

      • Now there’s an idea, I’ll take the pink wine and the hubster can tighten up the screws!!! Gosh that’d be a bit of a disaster wouldn’t it? I’m thinking of buying a sponge (the car washing type) to shove inbetween the gubbins and the wall!!! That’ll stop it:) Hope you’re both well. Take care

  19. Hi Folks.
    We bought ‘Frank’ in April this year and I stumbled across your blog. Read it avidly soaking up your experiences and advice. In particular we latched on to your visit to Lake Orta, and tried to follow your tracks there. Wow, what a beautiful place. Can’t decide whether it is best to say nothing in the hope that not too many others find it, or tell everyone!!
    Anyway, thanks for the inspiration – and when we have finished financing two university educations, perhaps we will be able to jack it in and hit the road for much longer trips. Just 3 weeks this summer, but we both agreed 3 months would be wonderful, just for starters.
    No massively IT literate, but our ‘adventures’ are documented at http://jomarkandfrank.blogspot.co.uk

    • Hi Mar and Jo! Loving the name Frank, perfect :-) thanks for writing and for the link to your blog. Sounds like you were as bowled over with Lake Orta as we were, so beautiful and calm, our favourite of the lakes we visited. Hmmm, those university educations don’t come cheap, mine cost my old man a year or two down the pit. Paid off for us though and I’m sure it will for you. Hopefully once we’ve sorted ourselves out here in the UK we’ll hit the road again and bump into you for a glass of wine in some far-flung sun-washed place. Cheers, Jay

  20. Love reading your blog- especially the Greek bits! We are also friends of Bob Rice ( and Leftie) It was good to read about place we haven’t stayed- eg the port at Kalamata. We usually only stop at Kalamata for a ‘Lidl’ bit of shopping…..We love the Peloponnese and have been every year now since 2006. We do travel to other places as well, but Greece has a firm grip on our hearts and guides the hands on the wheel towards it every year. maybe one year we’ll get off the ferry at Igoumenitsa for a change but we are usually in need of getting to our other ‘family’ in Finikounda at some point.( Camping Thines) Safe travels and thanks for the blog.

    • Thanks Maggie. Ah, the Greeks, what a beautiful bunch of people, and such a beautiful country. We’ll make it back there one day I hope, and this time I’ll learn how to pronounce the Greek for ‘lamb’ properly! Cheers, Jay

  21. We’re travelling to Scandinavia next month and after visiting Nordkapp will make our way through Finland to Helsinki. It’s then our intention to take the ferry Helsinki-Tallinn, travel through the Baltics to Poland and return home via Germany and France. Travelling with us are our 2 deerhounds. On reading your article, Baltics on a Budget, in this months MMM, you stated that Charlie visited the vet to be wormed and checked in Estonia before taking the ferry to Finland. We have checked extensively about the requirements of each country when crossing borders and apart from the up to date Pet Passport, could not find any EU country that required a vet check and worming except UK and Norway, the latter being waived if entered via Sweden. Have we missed something? We would appreciate your advice. It’s great to read your travels, we’re passing through the Baltics because of your article.

    • Hi Jan. Great question. As a general statement, the information about moving dogs back into EU countries, or even between some EU countries is often contradictory, out of date, doesn’t match up with reality at Borders, or is just plain wrong. For example, we’ve found that very few checks on the animal’s microchip are done correctly if at all, and information about worming treatment and certificates of fitness to travel vary wildly. We opted to play it safe and get Charlie wormed before entering Finland, and it was very cheap to do this in Estonia, but no one checked his pet passport anywhere in Scandinavia (I suspect we should have declared him somewhere, but again this wasn’t obvious). In a quick search of the Internet just now I came across articles stating Sweden is no longer considered free of worms, and Norway requires proof of deworming before entry. *sigh* Sorry we can’t give a definite answer, maybe your vet can help but I wouldn’t bet on it. Another approach would be to just drive into Norway and if they turn you back, go back to Sweden, deworming at a vet, then drive into Norway, which would cost a day or two of your journey? Cheers, have fun, Jay

      • Thank you Jay for that information. I’ll search further on the internet but probably do as you mention as time is not a factor. Envy your lifestyle, Jan

  22. Hi you two,
    Came across your blog while searching for a motorhome to rent this summer.

    What a great read and a mine of useful information. My wife and I are in our early fifties and intended to semi retire/do something different in the next couple of years and the info here is priceless for working it all out. The only fly in the ointment is that our son is just finishing his first year at uni and we need to support him financially (up to a point) and with somewhere to live at least until he finishes uni and most likely for some time after. So, although our main consideration isn’t financial, it’s still a tricky one. We couldn’t afford to pay his housing costs post uni, so will hope he gets a job pretty quickly!
    I’ve just bought both your books on Amazon, so as soon as I’ve finished here I’ll be buried in them!

    Thanks for the info.


  23. Hi,
    We have just bought our first motorhome… although I like to class it as a ‘Vehicle-Villa’, and found your site while looking for hints and tips, and it has been very helpful, thank you. Upon reading your blog, I cannot wait to go traveling across Europe with my wife and our crazy dog ‘Benson’. Small steps though, initially we are going to keep to within the UK on shorter trips. One day, sooner rather then later, we will just pack up ‘Dora’ and head towards Europe with no real plan of attack, other than to enjoy the views, the freedom, and the experiences. The motorhome may be a small place to live, but the whole world is our garden.

  24. What a great site. We are off on our travels in April. Heading from our home in the north of scotland to Europe for a year or so. I’m also trying to set up a blog using wordpress. It wil really be just for friends, family and work colleagues though. I was wondering if you could give me a bit of advice. Several family members do not do social media. When i checked out the email updating feature it says that recipients need to have a wordpress account. Is there another way? I know folk who would love to get periodis emails from the blog, but signing up to WP isn’t going to happen! Love what youre doing, we hope to emulate you?

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