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A Coupla Queenslanders Cruising Europe in a Camper

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A Coupla Queenslanders Cruising Europe in a Camper

As the sun was setting on our 3 ½ year stay, living and working in the UK (London and Edinburgh), it was with great excitement our thoughts turned to the 90 days we had in front of us – what was to be our most life-changing trip through a European summer.

Not twelve months earlier, Renee and I had our first ‘Wicked Van’ experience with a 5-day excursion in Northern Ireland.  We had of course heard of Wicked Vans as they were a common sighting along our home Eastern coast of Australia, but had yet to cocoon ourselves in one.  The idea of camper-van living has always appealed to us and after making a few inquiries with the most helpful Julie, our Northern Ireland trip was booked.

I can think of no better way to experience a new country than having your home on wheels and our ‘Jellybean’ painted Wicked Van did not disappoint.  Everything we needed within arms reach (literally!) and once we acclimatised to the cabin fever; our home away from home became a magic part of a wonderful stay.  At 30-something years of age, this was both our first time ‘camper-vanning’ and was a taste of things to come.

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VAN TOUR… The Only Way To Do Europe!

We booked some one way tickets to London in the start of April 2011, without a time frame or a clue as to what we were going to do when we got there. All we knew is we wanted to see as much of the UK and Europe as we could. We looked into rail passes, multiple flight tickets, tour groups and couldn’t find anything that suited our budget, that would last as long as the Wicked Van Tour. Our mate back home had been harping on about it since he got back from VT 2010, and all his stories and photos looked awesome. So after comparing all the different ways of travelling around Europe, we decided a Wicked Camper was the go.

With nearly two months until ‘Van Tour’ officially started and having been in London for two or so weeks already, we thought to ourselves, what are we going to do? Work in a London pub? Nahhh, lets go see the UK. We wanted to spend our 90days of Van Tour outside the UK, so we thought bugger it, we’ll get another Wicked Camper and go and see England, Ireland Scotland and Wales. Plus this would give us a bit of a warm up to life in a van for 3 months!

It had only been a little over a week since we finished off our own little 42day wicked Van Tour of the UK and Ireland in “Hip Hop.”  We had a ball just doing our own thing, following the coast of England from Brighton to Cornwall, then up into Wales, over to Scotland, across to Ireland for a week and then back through the highlands of Scotland and finally back into London.

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85 Roads Leading to the Best Summer of Your Life

1.  Hire a Wicked van.

2.  Buy a Tom Tom with the maps of East and Western Europe.

3.  Name all your van’s gear with typical Aussie slang names – we had Sue the Tom Tom, Bazza our van, even so far as naming the towels, lol.

4. Travel to the continent in record time under the channel.

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Wingin’ It, Wicked Style

After a couple of days exploring London we arrived at wicked to pick up our van.

A guy and girl travelling together at that stage as mates wicked decided to give us the ‘just married’ van … haha very funny! Made for some awkward conversation starters!

We didn’t have a lot planned out to be honest we were slack so here are some vital things I suggest you have with you before departure!

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Spanish Sun Special – Only £199 for 7 Days!

We picked up the camper from Mick in Barcelona – very lovely guy, very helpful!  We then headed off for our 7 day adventure down to drop the van off in Malaga.

We stayed the first night in a lay-by on the Greenwich Meridian line, passing through Morella.

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