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We’re always interested to hear from family, friends, fellow travellers and followers. The best method is through email:

julieandjason@ourtour.co.uk

Any questions, suggestions for where we should go, thoughts on what we can include the on the blog and so on are all appreciated and I can promise we’ll read all of your emails.

39 comments on this post.
  1. Bob Rice:

    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?

  2. Jason:

    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

  3. Nilva Castro:

    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.

  4. Jason:

    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

  5. Alan froggatt:

    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

  6. Julie:

    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

  7. Matt Rosier:

    Guys, what happened to your friends Goal Getting? They seem to have vanished, the site just stops in Morocco.

  8. Jason:

    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

  9. Matt:

    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

  10. Jason:

    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

  11. Matt:

    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

  12. Julie:

    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).

    Ju

  13. Al Fernie:

    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 !!!

  14. Julie:

    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.

    Julie

  15. vaughan:

    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.

  16. Julie:

    Ah, the Uke! It comes out every once and a while but well reminded, I need to get more strumming done! Jay

  17. neil:

    Just discovered your site. Can’t wait to read through it. I am so grateful as it gives some great tips for our tour next year.

  18. Julie:

    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.

    Julie

  19. Rose and Paul:

    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

  20. Jason:

    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!

    Julie

  21. Bernard Ivison:

    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

    Bernie

  22. Jason:

    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!

    Cheers

    Julie

  23. ron:

    Hi is this trip still ongoing? as the last dated blog was Dec/2012.

  24. ron:

    Sorry the last comment should be 9/12/2012

  25. Jason:

    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

  26. Glen:

    We have other motorhome friends already exploring Sicily, their blog may give you some tips, especially as they have found a campsite at Euro6 inc electric.

    http://helsonwheels.blogspot.co.uk/

  27. Jason:

    Great tip thanks Glen – awaiting this week’s update on your blog, hope all is good. Jay

  28. Fran:

    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

    fran

  29. Jason:

    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).

  30. wim:

    hi, we are at Kerkenah, touristzone near (5mls) Ramla next to Grand Hotel on a parking. Quiet place.
    hope to meet you!
    Grtz;
    Wim.

  31. Celia & David Southern:

    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

  32. Fran:

    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

  33. Truadi:

    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

  34. Jason:

    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

  35. Jason:

    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.

    Cheers

    Julie

  36. Richard Benson:

    Re Blue marble
    does it have anything to do with these guys http://www.bluemarble.org/ ?
    Just curious to see what you do next!!

  37. Jason:

    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

  38. Richard Thomas:

    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

  39. Jason:

    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

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