Towards the end of last year a friend suggested I publish my book, 'The Motorhome, What You Need to Know Before You Go' as an audiobook. I didn't think it would work in that format and told her so. However, the next day I was walking along the high street in Potter's Bar and low and behold, there was a recording studio. What were the chances? It seemed as though fate had dealt me a card and that I should investigate. A chat with Andrew ensued and I booked a sound test. This would give us an idea if I could narrate a book or if I should employ a professional. The result is now available to buy from a full range of audio book retailers and it's narrated by me. I think I'm talking too slowly and I'm not sure if it works. However, it's out there. Retails at £6.99. Still less to buy than a couple of coffees and a cake or a couple of magazines.
I've had some bad reviews lately on Amazon. The funniest was entitled 'Dull, dull dull' and the content of the review was that 'He' (the author) had simply listed a list of places he'd visited. Remembering the 'sticks and stones' rhyme from my youth I really wasn't harmed by the view. However, if you're going to criticize make sure you have the right book and author. There are a couple of check lists and the author is not a he. I would love to publish more and welcome constructive feedback.
Do lend an ear to the sample and perhaps buy a copy to listen to on your next trip away.
Audio book from Audible here
i tunes here
Have fun and happy travels,
I had a contact form from Will who writes 'Hello, My name is Will Tottle, and I recently spent a finger-numbing 20 hours researching and writing an epic 8000-word blog post titled “ The Ultimate Camping Checklist & Essential Tips Guide.”
I am now actively trying to promote the article. One thing I am working on is finding blogs like yours that already link to camping related content.
Either way, I thank you for your time and hope you like the article.
All the best
here's the link https://www.wonderfulwellies.co.uk/camping-checklist-guide/
I received an email about a new website and App called Caramaps. Why not have a look and see what it's all about. I confess I haven't but these things are worth giving a try. Details below.
Discover CaraMaps!CaraMaps is the first website and mobile app for RV drivers and travelers in which you can find all the information you need during your trip. With CaraMaps, basics questions have their answers. For example: Where can I park? Where can I full my tank? Where can i do shopping? CaraMaps is available both on IOS and Android. Here are some of its features:
Have a good trip with CaraMaps !
After a very long break indeed I am proud to announce that I have recorded my book and am in the process of publishing it as an audiobook. I am the narrator and it lasts approximately 3 hours. I will announce here when it becomes available and how to purchase a copy.
I chose our site name back in 2012 and people said "Why Motorhome Lifers?" Mike and I often assign the name 'Lifer' to anyone who has continued in any aspect of life for a long time. Whether career, home choice or family, so it doesn't always mean a prison sentence in the Kingston household. However, anyone who loathes the thought of living in a motorhome or has done it and can feel the sides of the moho crowding in could start to feel imprisoned. I've always had an independent streak and that's why motorhoming held such appeal for me. For me, living in a motorhome full-time has run its course. I yearned for a stable social network of friends and family in the UK where I actually saw them, not their photos on Facebook.
This therefore marks the end of an era and Mike and I are back in the UK. I have hung up my house on wheels - so to speak - but will continue to maintain an interest in all things motorhome. I also have my next book to publish and a second edition of my current book as well. Life certainly isn't going to slow down, is it?
Thank you so much to everyone who has taken an interest in us and our lifestyle. We wish you safe and happy travels.
Ali and Mike xxx
The CoPilot Caravan sat nav app that provides route planning and sat nav guidance designed specifically for caravan/motorhome drivers launched in March and I was asked by the company to trial it.
This has proved to be a delightful app to use. I have been using it on an android system, the Samsung J5. This has quite a large screen and is ideal to use in the car. The voice is quite persistent with her reminders on when to make turns, but I didn't mind that. Not naggy at all. I think that in our A class Rapido it would be difficult to see the symbols on the screen, however, the route is a big thick green line and as I said with the insistence of the lady narrator you can listen where to go. It also has speed cameras and traffic loaded. Great value for money at £49.99 and definitely comparable to a traditional sat nav. There is however a minor negative. She doesn't anticipate all the mini roundabouts. Biggies are fine, just those pesky little ones that we have so many of. Anyway, a big thank you to CoPilot for giving me the opportunity to give it a go.
To use the sat nav simply enter in your vehicle or caravan dimensions and weight and CoPilot Caravan will automatically calculate an appropriate route, avoiding narrow or weight-restricted roads accordingly.
CoPilot Caravan key features:
- Premium quality maps of the whole of Europe (including UK) with details of height and weight-restricted roads
- Driver alerts to warn about upcoming hazards like sharp bends and cross winds
- Comprehensive pre-trip route planning
- Driver-friendly display to reduce distraction on long distance drives
- Less than 1/3 of the cost of a dedicated caravan/motorhome sat nav device
As with all CoPilot sat nav apps, maps are stored offline on your device so there's no need for a mobile internet connection or expensive data roaming abroad.
Price and Availability:
The app is available for Android smartphones and tablets through Google Play and it should be available for iphone and ipad users by now, but as I don't have these you'll have to look it up.
Today I bring you an advert for electric bikes, I'll be writing a proper post next week so bear with me,
Here’s why as a motorhomer you should look at electric bikes:
Who buys electric bikes?
• Urban commuters
• Teenagers from affluent households
• Leisure riders particularly 40+ age group
• Bicycle hire companies
Which sectors are electric bikes relevant to:
• Sustainability / Green transportation
• Travel and Tourism – city breaks, national trust, parks
• Caravanning, Motor Homes and Narrowboats – bought as secondary transport to be used at destination
• Garden centres – frequently visited by leisure riders 40+ age group who have money to spend
• Leisure / Recreation
All Seasons Bikes have designed and sell Hybrid and Fold-able electric bikes in the UK market. Our products are some of the best quality in the market and offer value for money – boasting 36v Samsung battery providing up to 50 miles per charge, and components from Kenda, ProMax, Shimano and King Meter.
Our Hybrid bike E-xplorer currently retails at £995.
Our foldable bike E-compact currently retails at £695.
The plight of the NHS is close to my heart and along with this comes a potential disaster for student nurse training and subsequent recruitment of nurses. I know this is a motorhoming blog, but please take time to read the statement below and follow the instructions to contact your MP. This is an RCN campaign which has come a bit late in the day, so lets respond with urgency, the debate is on May 4th, please read on,
many thanks, Ali
I recently contributed some ideas for making the inside of a motorhome more homely for the Wayfair blog. Their finished piece was helpful and interesting with contributions from other members of the full-timing/long-terming motorhome community. It's worth a read if you have a few minutes to spare.
I love travel, any type. There is always a buzz in finding & exploring a place for the first time, meeting and making new friends and if you return things are never quite the same.
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