La Manga January – 12th March 2018

We finally arrived at Caravaning La Manga (Costa Calida) on the 22nd December. As usual we were given a warm welcome by the staff on reception. They all speak very good English (as well as other languages) but Angela always likes to try her Spanish out which (I think) they appreciate.

The normal process for anyone booked on to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC)  winter rally is to park up, go to reception to check in and then go and see one of the rally stewards to find out pitch availability. Once a pitch is chosen you head back to the reception with the details. They will then book you in officialy and take an electric meter reading before sending you on your way to enjoy your winter break.

As was stated in our last post we wanted two things from this break. To use it as a retreat for mental wellbeing and to get our fitness levels back up.  It has been a very enjoyable time here again. Catching up with old friends, revisiting old haunts and exploring new ones thanks to Derek and Rowena. We have done plenty of walking and running as well as some cycling. We have both decided that before next years travels we will both invest in new bikes to make the cycling more enjoyable. No. Not electric bikes if that’s what you were thinking! More like a hybrid bike so we can ride on some of the tracks down to the beach as well as the roads.

Refreshed and rejuvenated we are now looking forward to going back to work to build up enough money to set off again at the end of the year.

Most people assume that we are on holiday while we are away but we do not see it like that. Our lifestyle and the way we (and many others) have chosen to live our life is not for everyone but we love it. By only working for six or seven months a year enables us to have the rest of the year off to do what we want.  Life is too short to make plans for the future because we all know that sometimes a curved ball is thrown your way which knocks your plans on the head.

Remember, the less you have, the less you need!

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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