Maps of our trips below and links to our newsletters further down the page
In December 2002 we purchased a CI Riviera 181. We threw what we thought we needed into the van and drove to the Costa Brava in Spain. When we got there we visited a tourist information office who told us that Camping International was open all year round at San Antonio de Calonge, near Palamos. When we arrived there we stayed a month, unpacked and worked out how everything worked in the motorhome.
In February 2003 we left the campsite and decided to try wildcamping out for the first time. Wildcamping is a word used by full time motorhomers to describe what they mean when parking off a campsite. It is also known as free camping, or boondocking in the States. This is a great way to experience a motorhome but you have to be very discreet and not look as though you are camping, as neither the authorities or locals residents take too kindly to motorhomes parking outside their houses, or using up all the spaces on their beach car park. However, having said that there are places where it is tolerated.
I wrote another newsletter in May 2003 about our time spent in northern France and the Pyrenees in Spain. In June 2003 we travelled from Pamplona in Spain to Arcachon on the West coast of France. During July we returned to the Spanish Costas and had our first burglary whilst asleep in the van. During August we drove across the south of France to Italy. Early September was spent in Italy and from there we took the ferry to Corfu.
While we were in Corfu we decided to ship the motorhome to the States and returned to the UK in October to organise this.