Category Archives: 40 years on….Take 2

Journey to Finland and Norway – the top of the world

Travel to Finland and Norway - the top of the world

Having made their way through the UK and the Baltics, Jim and Karen progress into Scandinavia, and find it to be a fascinating place.  Having travelled through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, we were looking forward to the ferry journey from Tallinn to Helsinki. As expected, it was smooth and uneventful. I was ready to step ashore […]

East meets west in the Baltic

Jim and Karen continue their European motorhome adventures and travel around the Baltics, uncovering parts of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia en route to Finland.  For the last two weeks or so we have been travelling through some of the Baltic states of Eastern Europe as we make our way to Finland. Travelling through this area in […]

There’s more to Belgium than just biscuits

After canal boating and touring in a motorhome around the UK, Jim and Karen have arrived on the continent! Their adventures continue in Belgium … You guessed it – we are now on the continent and we’ve stopped in Brugge for a couple of days. The last 4-5 days in the UK had us attending […]

Motorhoming in the UK: Finding out you’re a Border Reiver

Bonshaw Tower - a highlight of Jim and Karen's UK motorhoming adventures.

Jim and Karen delve into their family history in the latest installment of their adventures through the UK in a motorhome.  The classic Kiwi OE One of the things that Kiwis in general are known for globally is our willingness and readiness to travel. Whether it’s because of our isolated position at the bottom of […]

Scotland in a motorhome: Mull and Iona

Jim and Karen are back with their latest installment of “40 years on … Take 2”. In this blog, they finally get a hold of their Pilote and start their adventures travelling Scotland in a motorhome, making their way to Dundrennan, Oban and the isles of Mull and Iona. Jim also offers some great tips […]

Discovering the Norfolk Broads

Forty years ago, Jim and Karen did their first OE as a couple of 20 year olds. With their trusty Kombi van they spent close to three years on the other side of the world. For over 20 years they planned to head back for another OE, and following kids, mortgages and careers (and 40 […]

Canal boating in the UK: The final instalment

Forty years ago, Jim and Karen did their first OE as a couple of 20 year olds. With their trusty Kombi van they spent close to three years on the other side of the world. For over 20 years they planned to head back for another OE, and following kids, mortgages and careers (and 40 […]

Heading to the Welsh valleys are we boyo?

Forty years ago, Jim and Karen did their first OE as a couple of 20 year olds. With their trusty Kombi van they spent close to three years on the other side of the world. For over 20 years they planned to head back for another OE, and following kids, mortgages and careers (and 40 […]

London and the Chelsea Flower Show

Forty years after their first OE, Jim and Karen are off on another one! From the Scottish Isles to the Welsh Valleys and everything in between, they’re canal boating in the UK and telling us all about it as they go. In this instalment, they visit London for the Chelsea Flower Show. One of the […]

Canal boating in the UK: Stratford and Surrounds

Warwick to Stratford canal boating UK

Jim and Karen’s UK canal boating adventures continue. This time they explore Warwickshire and Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.  Since the last post on our travels a couple of weeks back, we have sure covered a bit of territory and seen a lot more. We have travelled down rivers, along more canals, travelled over […]

Ever thought about a UK canal boat holiday?

Canal boat in the UK

Have you ever thought about a UK canal boat holiday? Jim and Karen are currently off doing a canal boating adventure and have lots of inside tips to share. Here’s what you need to know. Canal boating: A must-do when visiting the UK Right, let me say from the start that if you’re going over to […]

Canal boating in the UK: The Foxton Staircase

Foxton staircase canal boating UK

For over twenty years Jim and Karen planned to head abroad for a second OE. Now, they’re doing it, and they’re sharing their adventures with us through regular blog posts recounting their escapades along the canals and rivers of the UK. In this latest instalment, they navigate the Foxton Locks.  What a day! First, an […]