How the hell did we get talked into doing this? Write a travel blog they suggested, don’t they realise I write the way I talk and think. Well, all I can say is I will try and make it interesting, try and make it real and if you are relatively normal like me then you might enjoy it.
Lets go back 40 years, Karen and I did our first OE as a couple of 20 year olds. Think 1979, Kombi van and close to 3 years on the other side of the world. The term “freedom camper” wasn’t invented yet but there were a lot of us on the roads in Europe then. I guess their kids are now paying us back.
Fast forward 40+ years and here we are again, looking to head back over for ….Take2.
Following kids, mortgages and careers, we planned for over 20 years to head back for another OE. We will still have a budget, the Kombi will be traded up to a much better mobile home and this time…because we are now responsible adults…it will come complete with all the facilities. I did initially suggest we look at a Kombi again, however, I have to say the suggestion was met with one of those looks that say….don’t be so stupid, you have to be kidding, not on your nelly and a few other choice words all wrapped up in one. Anyone reading this who is married will know that look at some time or other.
As I said, for over twenty years Karen and I have looked to go back for a year or two and we have planned accordingly. A small portion of Karen’s wages for over twenty years have gone into a special account specifically earmarked for this trip. We did postpone the trip when we were mid 50’s in till we turned 60. Then when we turned 60, I got involved in a boys trip from London to Mongolia, so we postponed again. But now it’s all on and in two weeks time we head off.
So what can you expect to read about in this blog?
I hope over time we can give you an interesting, entertaining and informative account on what we get up to on our second OE.
More importantly I hope we can show that you can see this part of the world and enjoy it affordably. We definitely have a budget and the further we make it go, the more we will be able to do. This will not be a trip based on fine dinning and hotel type accomodation, think more like pubs with the odd beer and some interesting twists and turns.
Heading off for 12 to 18 months takes a bit of planning, but the house is rented and the bags almost packed. The hardest part will be leaving our new grandson behind, we weren’t involved in that planning so thank god for Skype. 40 years ago we had to use the old aerograms to stay in touch and I think I ever only rang home once the whole time I was away, how times have changed.
Now we can blog and post on Instagram so you can follow along and Skype our grandson so he remembers us…….hopefully.