Our Summer Travel Plans
For over three weeks we have been in Meriden, in the dead center of England, at the lovely Somers Wood campground. There has been a whole lot of getting ourselves settled in the motorhome with many trips to hardware stores and Ikea but we finally felt ready to start actually doing what we came here for..... EXPLORING!
Our plan has always been to spend the majority of our time touring continental Europe. Having lived in the UK for the first thirty-something years of our lives it has never been our priority to spend too much time here. Plus, in the intervening twenty years we have become Californians and are now quite intolerant of bad weather. Spending lots of time in the uncertain climate of good old Blighty doesn't fit too well with that.
So why are we not getting right on a ferry outta here? Well two main reasons. First we wanted to spend a month or two living in the motorhome full-time to get it just how we want and shake out any problems. It's so much easier to do that in the UK where we speak the language and understand how to get shit done. The other reason is that we are going to my nephew's wedding in Spain in July. We thought about taking the motorhome there but we decided to fly instead. This let's us spend the second half of summer touring Northern Europe in the motorhome. One thing we have learned from traveling the the US in our Airstream is that just because your home has wheels doesn't mean you always have to haul it everywhere you go. Sometimes it's just better to park up and catch a plane. Our flights are booked out of the UK to Spain so we decided to spend a couple of months exploring our old home country first.
Given the time of year the weather should be passable and honestly there are lots of places in the UK that are awesome to visit. So for May, June and the first half of July we plan to toddle around England. The good news is that compared to the US this is a tiny country and everything is much closer together than we're used to. We have our sights set on treading some new ground; the Peak District, Northumberland, the Yorkshire Moors, East Anglia. We'll also revisit some of our old favorites; the Lake District and the Cotswolds.
We will save touring Scotland and Wales for another time. We definitely want to explore more but when we have more time. We would also love to do some west country exploring - Cornwall and Devon top our list of favorite British spots and we've visited many times in the past. But we'll save those until another time as we are reaching the busy season and the dreaded school holidays are looming large. For now we'll stick to less popular spots.
In mid July we'll hop on that flight to Spain for a quick whirlwind tour to visit friends in Madrid and Valencia before heading to the wedding in Moraira. Spain is always close to our heart and we can't wait to be back there and we're looking forward to celebrate a lovely wedding in the sunshine.
At the end of July we fly back to the UK and finally get the motorhome on that ferry. We have a sailing booked to Dunkirk and then we plan to head off to Belgium, The Netherlands and then into Germany for September. I feel there may be an Oktoberfest in our future. We don't have firm plans for any of this yet. We're just in researching and planning mode. We are on a steep learning curve about what kind of places we like to stay and how much in advance we need to reserve or not. We'll surely make mistakes along the way but that's all part of the adventure.
Finally as the fall looms we have to be back in the UK. Our motorhome will be three years old which means it needs an inspection (M.O.T) and we also have another nephew getting married here. That will take us well into Autumn and who knows where we'll head then. It will be somewhere warmer and sunnier than the UK of that there is absolutely no doubt!