How We Got Our Camper
Ever since I met my partner Will over three years ago, we've spoken about our dream to get a campervan and travel the coast of Europe. Recently, this dream has become a reality for us and I still can't quite believe it. Our camper is a VW T4 conversion, in absolutely amazing condition. The previous owners, Tony and Dorrine have looked after and loved it for the last twelve years and have done many tours of their own, mainly to France. They sold it to us with the knowledge that we would continue to make the most of it and travel around Europe.
Although we've been speaking about buying a camper for the last 3 years, taking the plunge and actually buying it was somewhat of an impulse decision, it was one of those moments where you're given an opportunity and you just have to snap it up or you'll regret it. I knew that I wanted a small but comfortable camper that I could easily drive so I began trawling the internet but my searches were always fruitless. The campervan's within our price range seemed to be either neglected or at the other end of the country. It was by luck that my Dad spotted an advert at the local B&Q and ended up speaking to the owners and seeing the camper there and then. Now, if there's something I've learned about my Dad over the years it's that he knows a good deal when he sees one and after being confronted with the rusted and old fashioned campers of the internet this VW stood out as a beautifully immaculate and suitable comparison. I give all the credit to my Dad for setting up a meeting for us to look over it and encouraging us to make the sale and every time I walk into my new little home I feel so grateful for this encouragement. Buying it did mean having to scrape the bottom of the barrel with our funds but I can't think of a better investment.
The Next Step
Now the plan is to learn all the quirks of our little home with small trips around Cornwall, before going ahead and venturing overseas for the first time. The only time I've been in a campervan before was when my family and I travelled from Sydney to Perth in a six berth campervan however, in that situation I was only a passenger and had no experience driving or keeping up maintanance, we didn't even use the cooker because we always had bbq's outside instead. The first trip Will and I did in the camper was to Poldhu cove to watch the sun set and eat the fish and chips that we'd picked up along the way. When I drove, I felt like I was on top of the world with a panouramic view of the road and scenery. I've spoken to a few fellow van owners since and they've told me that now I've had the experience of driving a van I won't want to go back to slouching low behind the wheel of smaller cars and I've already had to put a pillow on the front seat of my ford focus.
Our Little Home
My favourite thing about our camper is the fact that its our own little home, its the first thing that we've invested in ourselves and own completely rather than renting and it feels great to know that we can escape to it whenever life gets a bit too much. Having a home on wheels means being free to just pack up and go without having to worry about accommodation or spending too much on food.