WHEN WE’RE NOT TOURING FANTASTIC LOCATIONS in a succession of motorhomes of all shapes and sizes, we love writing about our trips and reading about other people’s touring adventures! Here I’ve picked out just a few of my favourite blogs…




Star of the small screen

Donna Garner

Full-time motorhome tourer and regular blogger Donna Garner has written an article on Spain and the Algarve in the June 2013 issue of Practical Motorhome magazine. 


If you’re a friend of our Facebook page, you may have noticed that she pops up most online. Her Facebook page Monty the Motorhome is a lively one, full of photos of Monty in exotic locations. 


She recently asked us for a knitting pattern to knit a motorhome just like Monty and I found one from Sirdar yarn company online. It was a Postman Pat-style van pattern, which her friend adapted. The resulting knitted Mini Monty now travels with them everywhere, being pictured in gorgeous sunspots in Europe! It even has its own Monty the Motorhome picture album on Facebook: Mini Monty[tl:gallery index=0 size=473×473] photo album. 


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Not all of their travels have been easy. Donna recently had us on the edge of our motorhome seats with some photos of a mountain road in Faro… luckily they tucked in behind a coach for the trip, because there certainly wasn’t room for another vehicle to pass between them and the sheer drop!



Just recently, Monty Motorhome’s videos on French aires have popped up on You Tube. 


The best thing about Donna’s blogs? They just make you want to get out there and join in the fun!


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Donna Garner, who writes regular travel articles for Practical Motorhome, pictured with her faithful Monty Motorhome




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Another of our favourite motorhome full-timers are Julie and Jason Buckley, who write amusing blogs about their adventures as they travel. Now they’ve published a book about their motorhome tour of Morocco.


A monkey ate my breakfast: motorhome adventures in Morocco is a humorous tale of a couple’s tour across the country. 
Having quit their jobs, Julie and Jason Buckley set off in their ageing Hymer B544 to tour Europe for a year – but somehow arrived in Morocco.

Accompanied by their pampered pooch Charlie, they had little idea of what to expect. Information was scarce about campsites, the state of the roads or where they could buy essentials such as dog food and wine.


To follow the adventure from the comfort of home the guide is available from Amazon as both an ebook and paperback.





Europe by Camper

Sophie and Adam



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ADAM AND SOPHIE first caught our imagination when they sold up and

set off on a full-time touring adventure in 2008. They blogged as Europe by Camper and we published their story ‘Baltics or Bust’ in Practical Motorhome June 2012.

Since then, they’ve been everywhere! Best of all, they’ve built up a fantastic library of their own articles and guides to all the countries

they visited. So, if you want to know how to visit Norway without taking out a mortgage, or – well – practically anything about anywhere in Europe, check out their blog!


Here’s a taste of their travels to whet your appetite:

2008 – Sept-Jan

Countries visited France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium & Netherlands.
Miles 10,500
Vehicle 2005 Compass Suntor

“We picked up a just 3-year old Suntor, which was immaculate and had

covered just 6,000 miles from new and set off around Europe having done

very little, if any, research along the way. We travelled down through

France and around Italy and ventured up through Austria and Germany. Our

timing wasn’t great, since the further north we got the colder it

became and we were unable to pass over into Czech because of the lack of

winter tyres.

“We then returned and attempted to get back to some kind of normality, we

both got jobs and the camper was sold for practically what we had paid

for it despite adding 10,000 miles and an MOT and Service looming. We

sat and reviewed our previous trip what we would do again and mourned

the fact that it was likely to be another decade before we were able

to complete such a tour again.”


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How wrong could they be? The very next September and October they visited 10 countries in 21 days! They toured  France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovekia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy & Austria.
Miles 3,500
Vehicle 2008 CI Carioca 694

“Holidays would never be the same after our tour in 2008, as we flicked

through holiday brochures… But then an opportunity presented itself

to do it all again this time in a much larger CI Carioca 694 motorhome.

We planned how we were going to visit 10 countries in 21 days, covering

over 3,500 miles and travelling as far east as Budapest… we had the time

of our life.”


They went off to Europe again overwintering from 2011-12, visiting 21 countries.

Countries visited: France, Belgium, Netherlands,

Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia,

Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy,

Spain and Morocco. 
Miles traveled: 23,044
Vehicle: 2007 Adria Twin
 Adam and Sophie: “Our latest trip took in 21 countries

in total and we managed to cover just over 23,000 miles. We thoroughly

enjoyed the 251 sunny days out of 334 days away.


Are you officially jealous yet? How can such a young couple afford to do this? Read their Europe by Camper blogs – all will be revealed!











9 tips for camping with kids by Alice Abel



Catch ’em young, that’s the message we like here. Many of us who enjoy the outdoors learned from our cash-strapped parents, who took us on great family holidays in tents and rusty campervans and little old caravans. As children, of course, we just saw a play tent or a wendy house on wheels – and best of all, our parents and dog were joining in the fun!


These days young families are just as cash-strapped and often start their outdoor adventures in a tent, like Alice Abel.


In her blog, Alice says: “This year we’re planning several camping trips with our 3-year and

18-month old boys, essentially because we couldn’t think of a more fun

holiday to have with them. We know they (and we) are going to love the

adventure, the fresh air and the unrushed time together.”


She then gets practical, providing tips and lists on what to do with kids on a camping trip. She comes up with some great advice to help make the holiday lots of fun and enjoy campfires. It’s a great chance to teach your kids life skills, including how to avoid new dangers that they won’t have met in their lives before.


Most of all I like her final tip – pre-plan your trip – but then when you get there, just RELAX and enjoy yourself!









We love putting great photos on our Practical Motorhome Pinterest boards. Each photo links to a story, a blog or something fascinating – it’s the start of a whole new online journey!





We have photos of motorhomes in adventurous and beautiful locations, quirky weird and wonderful motorhomes, camping with kids, VW campervans, fancy interiors, glamping, dogs who love camping and more.


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Motorhome adventures

Weird, quirky, funny motorhomes & campervans

Dogs love motorhomes

Celebrity motorhome

VW Campervan – everybody loves a VW Bus!

Motorhome interiors

If I won the lottery….

Kids love camping

Buy a secondhand motorhome and live the dream!


It’s a fun, quick snapshot of our world – and a new way to revel in this wonderful freewheeling lifestyle.






Over to you now…

What are your favourite blogs on motorhomes and camping?


Kate Taylor

24 April, 2013