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Well whether you were for it, or against its coming. Or Not !! This section is not a Political rant !! By the way, just an opinion.
Given that nobody seems to know what is going on, we are preparing our own plan. There is talk of a visa system allowing only 3 months out of any 6. for Brits entering Europe by 2021. Which in effect. Means the whole of the Schengen Area. While its doubtful this may be so. If it does come in. It would make long term travelling in a motor home or camper van in the EU very hard.if not impossible.
So on our return to the UK, 2019 . One of the first things I will be doing is, Looking to update Trusty To trusty 2.
We think it will almost break our hearts to let Trusty go. We are looking to put a proper shower and toilet inside and also, a fixed cross end bed , but as I already stated, we dont want to sleep without being able to stretch full out, and as Trusty 1 is not quite wide enough, we may have to replace her.
Also what to replace her with ?? We are looking at the moment. Transits, Sprinters etc. Not keen on Fiats, Renault. Or Citroen. although they might be a better bet for Continental Travelling. spares wise. If we can’t get full free access to the EU. then A transit mk6 will do. some good long wheel base High top Jumbos around for 2 to 4 grand. and have the dimensions we need. And as we will be exploring the UK more if it happens. Ideal.
Our plan,when we get back . Is make the decision on Trusty 1 or Trusty 2. If its Trusty 2 We will buy a suitable van and convert her. then off to Travelling again. See what happens with Brexit and plan from there.
None of this is set in stone of course. As we change with the weather, Or at least I do, Teresa is bit more stable than me. But mostly it will happen.
And if We cant long term travel in Europe. We may buy another narrow boat and do it up. some nice ones around for much less than a 15 year old A class camper. Keep Trusty and explore the UK A little more. via Narrow boat and camper.
And Visit India And Thailand in the winter months. India is 62% cheaper to live in than Britain and around 77% Cheaper than the EU.
The only trouble is Getting Trusty a seat on the plane
nothing set in Stone though. Just like Trusty’s Travels. It changes as we go.
Update 1.. Still no positive results from the bunch of Cretins. The Duly elected MP‘s. elected to do for us..So we are booking ferry for around 25th march to get back, before all the Sh** happens. and re group. to sort our onward plans. So more places to add to the map.and Journey so keep an eye on the site. we intend to kick off just after Christmas. Heading a different route through Spain and France on our return.
Update 2 Yes it definite, we are off 1st/2nd week in Jan 2019.. working our way through Spain and France again. on our way back. Looks like a hard Brexit is on the cards, so we did intend to get to ferries before the S*** hits the fan and there are delays. We have decided to bugger Brexit and all the scare mongering from all sides.. and stick around in France when we get there until mid may..
After all we have a camper van. so we can sup tea all day while we wait. and failing wanting to do that. We can ferry hop up and down the coast from Cherbourg to Ostend. well do it
So watch out for our new adventure. And new places to add.
Well its now 23rd may 2019. we stayed in France till after brexit. but our phones and pc went bang..the pc because it was old, and the phones due to a faulty charger, we did not suss. The website and our last adventure is incomplete, but I will update it soon.
Owing to the Cretins still not doing what they promised, we were in limbo, with only trusty as our main home.
Great when abroad, as the french Portuguese, and Spanish, understand the mo home game..But Britain !!! its still in the dark ages with that one.
So where to live ??? We could have rented a house, or flat, but to many years on the road negates this for us..Last thing I need is a bad neighbour, or idiots above me, next to me, or just Idiots. so flat life is out, even as my age would permit me to get it rent and rate free.
Not my style, never been a bludger, and not about to start now. Bad neighbour next to trusty. Solution move !! No more bad neighbour. So what to do ???
Solution…Buy another Narrow Boat, and we have. Not the 32/52 grand type, but a Renovation project, and as bad neighbours are very rare on the canals,and Rivers. Home with an engine..???? Yup, You guessed it, Move.!!!
THE MASTER PLAN….9 months on the boat, 3 months in where ever sunny-land. Using boot sales and Odd jobs to fund it.
Well its now 11/9/2019, We have spent the last few months, Refurbishing the Boat, and its now finished, and we love it..It has a name, but we prefer to call it Trusty Big Brother, or Trusty 2.
BELOW, The Narrow boat Voyager, Or Trustys Big Brother.
We originally were going to upgrade Trusty to Trust 2 ( a newer Van)..but owing to the political climate, not much point in committing thousands of pounds to something we may not be able to use as much as we have with trusty 1.,
The UK is not so good to travel round in winter, and no Aires as such.Also so loath to sell Trusty. Old saying ?? If it Aint Broke, Dont!! Fix it.
Well its all right Royally screwed again.. No result on Brexit. and now a general Election..needed in my opinion..
So were making plans for a Christmas exit, back to sunny land..Was going to do Italy last year, and didn’t, for various reasons..and looks like we won’t do it this year either. No India or Thailand trips planned either. So, back to Portugal Via Spain, and France of course. The main reasom for this is the weather, We would have travel too far into Italy to get the sun..but the costas are better.
We won’t be spending much time in France in December, as its not great weather wise, at that time of year, but quite a bit on the way back in march and April 2020, 3 months in total..or just a bit more, unless brexit gets done, and they stop free movement. Or not. !!!!
Well get the international driving licenses ( two each) as you need a different one for Spain, than France…good job We didn’t panic last year like some..or we’d of wasted another bit of our cash, then get down to 3 months in sunny land, and 9 months here.
Trusty needs a few bits doing. going to change cam-belt. and a new prop-shaft bearing..both within their time, but better be safe than sorry.I will bung on a new water pump as well. not worn out, but again safe than sorry. , a lick of paint around the faded wavy bits, which have faded with the sun, a pollish, change oil and filter and thats it.
Well as we All know. General election coming. So we still dont know whats happening. No doubt about its needed..So plans changed a little because of that..We should be heading for ferry around 19th dec etc..The plan??? being on the Costas for christmas.. Lovely .. Not sure exactly where, but it doesn’t matter to us..we are not Christmas people.. sitting in a different place, in the sun, or the rain is spot on..this is why we travel so much..
Worked out a route, But as usual it will change..one thing for sure..well end up on the costas, Quickly through France.. you will be able to follow from the main menu, or from the link…below..which will active the day we leave.
Link….Coming soon..Trustys fourth Aventure (not active Yet)
Anyway..a merry Christmas and happy new year to our readers…