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Camping Abroad (with a Trailer Tent)

This was a post I started to draft last year when we were preparing for our first trip abroad. I never got around to finishing it but as we are currently getting ready to do it all again it seems like a good idea to note down some of this information to refer to again. Living in Europe offers up so many destinations when you have transport that you are confident with. When we had the 'van, after the work Tom had done on it in the early years, I'm not sure we ever trusted it for long journeys within the UK, never mind on mainland Europe. Nowadays we're using the trailer with our family car, which makes a huge difference to the types of trips we want to plan. Once you start looking, the possibilities are endless.  Ferry travel will get you direct to the Netherlands, France or Ireland, or there is the shuttle to France. There are then any number of onward destinations you can choose. Our goal is to build up to lengthy cross-country trips staying in various locations for a few nights at a time, but for a change, we've decided to start out small and see how it goes whilst we get used to the trailer and the boys are still very young. (more…)

By Anna-Lou, ago
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Chateau de Galinée, Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, Brittany

Website: chateaudegalinee.fr | Phone: (0033) 02 96 41 10 56 | Postcode: 22380

Our first camping trip abroad! Some said we were crazy to attempt this with a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old, but we put a lot more planning into this trip than into most of our shorter UK breaks (perhaps too much planning because by the time we were ready to book everything our preferred ferry crossings were all full!). Read on to find out whether our first foray onto the continent with a trailer-tent was a success and whether we'll be attempting it again... (more…)

By Tom, ago
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Rother Valley, Northiam, East Sussex

On the outskirts of Northiam in East Sussex just beyond the River Rother and the railway line for the Kent and East Sussex heritage steam train service sits Rother Valley campsite. The entrance to the site is via the car park for The Station House pub and could be a little tight to manouvre for large motorhomes but was fine for our Bongo. Though not officially "on site", having a pub so close might earn the campsite bonus points except that it had closed down when we visited. The campsite reception is housed in a small green caravan nestled among trees and flowers alongside the entrance. The full Happy Campervanning team with our two vans were in attendance for this mid-August weekend break. (more…)

By Tom, ago