10th December 2022 Driving day.

For those of you that know us it is not uncommon for us to make a plan and then change it. Today we were due to go to Antwerp but found out that Angela’s brother is going to be home. We are now heading to Schneverdingen (Germany) to spend time with him. We were going there anyway to be spending Christmas with Heike (his wife) anyway but not just yet.

We set off from Camping Memling, Brugge at 09:30hrs and our first priority was to fill up our gas bottles. The first fuel station we found displaying the LPG sign unfortunately was not working, apparently due to the freezing temperatures. Not long after we found another one and all was in order.

LPG 18.76 litres @ €72.9 =€13.68                      

The drive was fine until we came to some major roadworks around Essen and I missed the diversion sign!

I was getting tired at this point and also a bit stressed as we needed fuel as well.

We pulled in at the next fuel station in Bottrop, filled up and then looked on our satnav for somewhere to stay for the night in the area. We found a place on Camperstop not too far away in a car park next to the cemetery in Bottrop.

Today’s drive was 315 Kms in 4 hours, 36 minutes.


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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