In 2012, I started writing Itineries for our trips – these were not set in stone and we have turned up at places and not stayed as the web description didn’t match the actual location or vicinity etc. We have also had to changeplans completely when we had a puncture on the Isle of Barra and could only get a replacement on the Isle of Lewis. We did have a small 50mph spare, but we didn’t want to risk another puncture!
Several friends have said we should say where we’ve been and share the photos, another reason we wanted to write a blog. I am aiming to share the photos and trips on seperate pages.
As I had previously said we started our camping trips in the Lake District.
In April 2008, we stayed in a campsite behind the Fish Inn, Borrowdale, where we made our first attempt at climbing Haystacks. we failed miserably – a combination of general unfitness and vertigo meant we had to turnaround, annoyingly admitting defeat. Later that year we discovered the Langdale Valley. We stayed at the National Trust Campsite and frequented the Old Dungeon Ghyll pub. The Langdale Valley is one of the most beautiful places we have stayed and I am loathe to publicise it, as want it kept secret 🙂 We then started to stay at one of our most favourite campsites Baysbrown, Chapel Stile again not somewhere we want to make public as it is so beautiful, peaceful and welcoming. The lovely Wainwrights Inn is a bonus and short walk away.
In 2009, we got Albi and he started to come withus on our Lake District Adventures from September.
In 2011, we decided to walk the Coast to Coast Walk, from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire.
In 2012, we travelled through the Outer Hebrides (where we got our puncture) and spent time on Skye and Mull, before travelling back home and back to work.
In 2013, we travelled to the Isle of Arran, the Isle of Mull, Ardnamurchan, the Isle of Skye, Applecross and Loch lomand, returning home via Keld.
Late in 2013 we bought our campervan and had it converted by Bilbo’s. The first trip was to Worcester and New Year in Kendall.
In April 2014, we travelled to Slovenia, via France and Austria, returning home through Italy, Mont Blanc and France.
In August/ September 2014, we travelled to the South West of England – Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Wiltshire and Berkshire – the trip had been arranged to tie in with a pre-arranged Lunch Reservation at the Hand and Flowers, Marlow (arranged the previous Christmas)!
We spent Christmas 2014, in the Lake District, in a rented cottage.
Then the big trip, we’d planned for ages – Norway in May / June 2015, just under 3 weeks travelling. France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden (through the Tunnel and over the Bridge), Norway up to the Arctic Circle then the trip back home! In August/ September 2015, we travelled to Austria and Italy then back through France.
New Year 2015/6 was spent close to home – too close in fact as when the weather turned, we went home! Yes lightweights!
April/ May 2016, we hired a boat and spent a week on the Caledonian Canal, Scotland and another week travelling the Eastern side of England from Northumberland down. It was on this trip from the canal to Berwick on Tweed, we discovered why the Snow Road is so named! In August/ September 2016, we returned to France, travelling down the Eastern edge, from Champagne to Monaco.
New Year was spent at Eskdale Campsite – with the worst trip home ever…. we have always been lucky with the M6 until this trip – 6 hours to get from Kendal to the M40!
April / May 2017, we stayed close to home and went to Wales. So beautiful and lovely, in fact we went back in August September!
New Year was spent in Densole at the Black Horse Campsite – Densole.
Easter 2018, we spent in Cirencester after our original plans were litterally washed out and the campsite flooded!
April / May 2018, we drove the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland from Kinsale, Co Cork to Derry.
In August / September 2018, we spent a long weekend on the Isle of Wight before travelling off to Brittany for 10 days.
Approximately 5 years ago Ric & I thought about quitting our jobs and selling our house to go off travelling. Although, we both liked our jobs but were getting fed up with having to rush to places we wanted to see and rush back to our jobs. The thought of being able to travel slowly to see places we wanted to visit and not have a timescale there was becoming appealing!
In June 2018, we put our house on the market with a view to downsize and buy another property to rent out, giving us an income for our life on the road. In October, 2018 we sold our house, and found the property which would enable us to travel.
In November 2018, I saw a blog on Laika Motorhome UK’s Facebook page via The Office is Closed which was asking for bloggers – The headline that caught my eye – COULD YOU BE OUR NEXT MOTORHOME BLOGGER? along with the message below:
YOUR OPPORTUNITY … Start by telling us – here on our Facebook – where you would go, what you would do and who you would go with … and post along with a fun selfie 🤳
We will provide our chosen Bloggers with a brand-new motorhome from the Erwin Hymer Group portfolio for a whole year … so, if this is your dream, get posting and it could come true!
We applied, we told no-one, we were contacted back by Rachel and Emma at Erwin Hymer and gave a few more details. We contacted each other by phone, in secret, and arranged a meeting at the EHG Offices in Consett, Co Durham for January 2019.
We told our families and a few friends who were all sworn to secrecy. We still didn’t think that we had a chance – things like this don’t happen to us!
We met Rachel and Emma on a cold grey Friday morning and were so surprised to be offered a wonderful new Motorhome, supplied by Etrusco UK. It is due to arrive in the UK in May. This was perfect, Ric & I were planning to leave work in March / April, but were still waiting for our house buyers to exchange contracts. We had the biggest grins on our faces as we drove back down the motorway.
We finally got the moving dates through in February we would be completing the house sale and purchase in early March. Ric applied for and was given redundancy! and I handed in my notice.
We moved home and have rented it out – luckily to Ric’s son and are currently sharing the space. We are finishing up our jobs and making the few improvements need to our home, and selling our car and the campervan, whilst eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Motorhome.
We’ll keep you updated as we know more 🙂 Thank you for reading, Sx
Hi, I’m Sarah and Three go Travelling is me, my partner Ric and our Border Terrier, Albi.
Almost 11 years ago, Ric & I went camping for the first time together. We had a small Bivy tent, mummy sleeping bags and the heaviest rucksacks known to man! It was one of the coldest trips of my life. BUT it didn’t stop us.
We bought a new bigger tent, with floorprint and carpet (and bedrooms) sleeping bags we could wriggle in to get warm and generally had a better experience. We survived the Langdale Train (although our tent awning didn’t), we nearly ended up in the next valley trying to put it away. Thankfully in true camping spirit a couple of other campers helped. We’ve had lots of memorable trips, but then we upgraded again to a campervan.
We bought a VW Transporter and had it converted by Bilbo’s to their Celex model and have spent the last 6 years travelling in it all over the UK, Ireland and Europe. Some of our trips will be posted on here.
In November 2018, we saw a post on a facebook page asking: Could you be our next Motorhome Blogger? The search is on!
We replied to Erwin Hymer Group and via email, the phone and a visit to County Durham, where we met the lovely Rachel & Emma, who have offered us an Etrusco Motorhome for a year. More details will follow once we know more….
We have just downsized our house and handed in our notices (Ric is taking voluntary redundancy) and just waiting for the MoHo to be delivered to the UK.
We read loads of posts from people who are currently travelling – Trukin’n’Lookin’ Rewind the Gap, The Office is Closed to name a few. We’re sponging information from everywhere and trying to get sorted – what seemed like an age away is now fast approaching.
As you can probably tell, I do most of the reading and writing – Ric is fed information as I find it, everything from photos, information, equipment and places to visit.
Albi is now 10 and has joined us on all our adventures in that time – his first hill climb was Helm Crag, Grasmere and he did Hellvellyn at about 2 (He found the route across Striding Edge). As long as he is with us he is happy – well he appears it – he follows us around and sits on us when we’re packing to go away so I’m sure that’s a good sign! I do wonder whether he thinks what are these idiots up to know!!!
Thank you for reading this, keep in touch (if you want to),