Travelling is a motorhome can be the ultimate adventure. It’s your chance to go where you want when the mood takes you. You can stay in the same place for a while, enjoying the sites, trying new things, soaking in the culture and getting to know the locals. You can drive right past the places that don’t appeal, and you can create your adventure on your own time, surrounded by your home comforts.
A long motorhome trip can be perfect for families, who would struggle to take a long holiday in a different way, or for anyone that enjoys the luxury of home and just can’t see themselves backpacking or checking into local hostels. It’s a wonderful option and allows many people that wouldn’t otherwise to have the chance for adventure.
Even for a seasoned traveller that’s been all over the world, the idea of spending an extended period, driving across one country is intoxicating. It’s the best way to tackle a vast country like Australia, or America, as it gives you more time. Book onto a package tour trip, and you’ll only ever have a night or two in one hotel before you are back on the coach heading somewhere new. You never get chance to fully enjoy the places that you love, but you are stuck in areas that you’d rather not have seen at all.
So, whether you own your motorhome and you want to see more of your home country, or you are hiring one on arrival in a foreign land, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your holiday.
Check the Van
Whether you are travelling in your own campervan or hiring a large RV, you’ll need to make sure it’s in great condition before setting off on any long trip. The last thing that you need is to find yourself in trouble in an unknown location across the coast. So, take it in for a mechanical check or make sure you are hiring from a reliable vendor.
Then, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got the proper registration, insurance and a roadworthy certificate for your vehicle. If you are travelling to Australia, you’ll also need an international driving permit, and if you plan on driving a large motorhome, you’ll need a large vehicle license. For a campervan, a standard car license is fine.
Check the Equipment
You’ll want to make sure that your temporary home has everything that you need for a long trip. You’ll need a dometic caravan fridge, cooking equipment, bathroom facilities, comfortable beds and seating, and anything else that you simply can’t be without.
Many people make the mistake of under budgeting and running out of money. Yes, travelling around the country in a caravan or motorhome can be much cheaper than staying in hotels or flying between locations. But, if you are planning on being away for an extended period, you still need to budget. Remember to include things like food and fuel, but also your insurance and licensing. Try to make sure at least 15% of your budget is free to cover emergencies.
If you need to, you can always find ways to earn money online while you travel, or even start a travel blog.
You’ll probably want more than just your van, so make sure you’ve bought anything else you need to be comfortable before you leave. Look at what’s included in your vehicle. If there’s no shower, invest in a cheap solar shower bag and a private shower screen. You may also want an awning to give yourself some outdoor space when you park up, a portable barbeque, some outdoor seating, torches, bedding, towels, a power board, rechargeable lanterns, books or a Kindle and music.
Prepare a Park Up Checklist
If you’ve found a free roadside park for a night, that’s fine. But, sometimes you’ll want to park up for longer, to give yourself a proper break and a chance to enjoy a location. At these times you’ll need a park up checklist to help you get settled and comfortable straight away. This can include things like finding a safe space, close to the sites facilities and electric hook up, securing your vehicle, setting up your awning and outdoor seating, hooking up to any sewerage facilities, water supplies and electricity that may be available, and exploring the area. As you travel, you’ll add more to your list based on your personal needs. But, having a checklist helps you to enjoy your time and stay safe.
Get to Know the Locals
Perhaps the best tip for travelling around Australia in a motorhome or campervan is to speak to people. If you live and work in a large city, you probably only ever speak to people you know. In our real lives, we’re often so busy and stressed out that we don’t even say hello to the people we sit next to every day on our commute. In many ways, this is the biggest shock to the system when travelling. People speak to each other. Get into the habit of saying hello and chatting with both locals and other travellers. You’ll get so much from it.
Yes, you can look online and pick up flyers for information about campsites and locations. But, speaking to people means all of your information is up to date and first hand, and you’ll get some amazing recommendations of things to do. You’ll experience a much more authentic view of local life if you live on the recommendations of locals. It also means that you’ll have help if ever you need it.
It’s great to have a plan, and a list of places you want to go and things you want to see. This helps you make the most of your trip. But, it’s also good to be flexible. An overly rigid plan can ruin the fun of the trip. It’ll certainly limit you. So, keep your plan in mind, but be flexible to change and don’t get tied down by a schedule if you want to do something different.
Best Traveling Escapades
So you may be wondering what can you do for your three day weekend or just want to get away with the fiends for a few days. Camping could be fun, but then that requires a lot of work and heck its a vacation your on, right?
Well if you are looking to get away for the weekend and want to have a bit of fun while you are on your vacation then why not head out to a fancy hotel and experience a live casino?
Live casinos offer a wide array of entertainment and activities that are not solely confined to gambling.
Live Casino Atmosphere
If you are like most people being entertained is what you are after. It brings out your little kid. Live casinos can do this. There are a hat of activities and entertainments to watch and experiences landing from five start meals cooked by some of the best chefs around to city tours that show you some of the best landmarks in the city to magic show that really makes you question reality.
Criss Angel, we are talking about you.
Aside from these fantastic events there are also live music that can make any concert feel like a kiddy show in comparison.
Looking To Get Away?
Work can be a draining experience, and we all understand that we need to get money in order to make a living but sometimes getting away for just a few days can be the remedy to cure your rising anger or depression and there is nothing, like being able to just simply cut loose and enjoy your time – even if it is for a few days.
Traveling Can Be Fun
It probably goes without saying, but if you plan on heading to a casino then this isn’t a vacation o a family friendly location to visit – but f you and your friends are looking to just get away for the week then this could very well be the destination for you and your friends.
Sit back and relax in your hotel until the nightlife comes – and then let your inner child come out and enjoy life; free from the chaos of at the real world.
You may spend a lot over the next few days, but your mind and heart will most definitely thank you in the extended scheme of things.
Best traveling escapade ever, enjoy!
Byton’s Autonomous Tech Is Just 2 Years Away
An Introduction to Byton
With Tesla being in the news for all the wrong reasons these days, it seems like a good time for its rival Byton to introduce its own autonomous driving system.
The label, which is owned by the Chinese manufacturer Future Mobility Corporation, unveiled its new concept car by the name of K-Byte at an event in Shanghai last week.
Byton is fine-tuning the K-Byte concept by collaborating with Aurora in order to bring its autonomous systems to life. The company informed the event’s attendants that the mutual efforts are going to culminate in Level 4 autonomy, which in layman’s terms translates to an automobile’s ability to drive without any human assistance.
The Autonomous K-Byte
K-Byte, the first car which is touted to house this technology, will be driven through multiple sensors that have been placed strategically throughout the model in order to give passengers a smooth and safe driving experience.
The concept revealed K-Byte as a three-box sedan with a modern exterior design, and with a few accessories that one cannot see in regular cars at all.
K-Byte holds a distinctive side mirror design which also holds its LiGuards sensors that will allow it to navigate within the world while being in self-driving mode. Other notable embellishments include the front and rear sensors on its roof, which will incorporate the LiBow and LIDAR sensor concept which once again will be adding to the autonomous driving experience.
These design choices make it clear to anyone who takes a look at the K-Byte that it is not your run of the mill engine growler but holds much more in terms of capabilities.
According to Byton, it is already in the process of finalizing the concept car for K-Byte and will be ready to unveil it by 2020. It was also mentioned that the company will be launching a test fleet in China before rolling out the production line, letting the world experience what truly autonomous driving can mean for the human race. Between autonomous driving and easy parts availability to your door from online retailers like wWw.BestPartStore.Co.Uk, having a car is going to become a much more pleasant experience.
This all comes amidst Tesla’s various issues with its own well-publicized but under-delivered Autopilot system, which gives Byton a clear opportunity to delve into the autonomous driving sector, and who knows, we might just be foraging for Byton’s automobile parts in our end of the world instead of current giants such as Mercedes or BMW.
If Byton can achieve this feat sooner than its more popular counterpart, then it will certainly get it to the top of the list of automobile manufacturers of the future.
5 UK festivals to visit this summer
The UK is so beautiful in the summer, why go abroad when you have thousands of fun things to do right here? People travel from all over the world to see our beautiful country, so get to know the UK better.
These are some of my favourite festivals for summer 2018. They are family friendly with entertainment for both parents and children.
BLISSFIELDS 5-8 July 2018 | Winchester. Whilst you’re getting your groove on, your children will enjoy making woodland fancy dress costumes in the Angel Gardens Family Area, having paint fights and dancing their socks off at the onesie disco and everyone’s in their happy place. Address: Vicarage Farm, Woodmancott, SO21 3BL Website: blissfields.co.uk Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £100; youths £85
LATITUDE 13-15 July 2018 | Suffolk. Latitude must be the closest grown-ups can get to a real festival experience with the kiddies. You can enjoy yourself while your cuties hang out in the Enchanted Garden where there’s circus skills classes, screen printing and wildlife craft sessions. Address: Henham Park, Nr Southwold, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 8AN Website: latitudefestival.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £197; accompanied teens from £132.50; children from £15
GIVE 13-16 July 2018 | Leicestershire. This tiny celebration of soul, house, funk, reggae and blues, grew out of a series of club nights started by a gang of warehouse ravers in the 80s. While it is not a family festival, many regulars now bring their kids, who love it. This year, watch British Soul singer Corrina Greyson and then head to the treehouse, bouncy castle, karaoke and magic forest schools. Address: Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6DH Website: houseofhoney.org Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £175; under 18s £55; under 13s £30
DEER SHED FESTIVAL 20-22 July 2018 | North Yorkshire. Kick off the school holidays with this weekend of fun at Baldersby Park in Yorkshire, combining music, cabaret, comedy, theatre, book readings, family films, science workshops and lots of scampering in the woods. Address: Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire YO7 3BZ Website: deershedfestival.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £135; 6-15 year olds £45; 3-5 £10; 0-2 free
CURIOUS ARTS FESTIVAL 20-22 July 2018 | Hampshire. It’s all snail racing, midnight bat walks and bee-keeping lessons at the Curious Arts Festival, in the grounds of stately Pylewell Park. The film and poetry workshops for kids are a must. Address: Pylewell Park, East End, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 5SJ Website: curiousartsfestival.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £128; 5-13 year olds £23; under 5s free.
Sometimes one can get tired of driving all over the country to the festival of your choice, then you also have to think about how much alcohol you consumed the night before and whether or not you’re ok to drive. Why not ‘coach it’? Travelling by coach means you don’t have to worry about driving at all, you can just sit back and relax and enjoy the ride. Click here for some excellent discount offers and have a fabulous festival summer!
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