Thursday, November 10, 2011

USA Starting Points

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The USA is a big country- the 4th largest by area in the world, and the 3rd by population. As such, there is no end to the things to see and do- if you want to cover the whole country in any kind of depth, it could take months! Below is a list of pick-up locations that will allow you to see various parts of the country if there is a specific corner that interests you.

San Francisco
One of California's biggest cities, San Fran is known for it's hills, liberal residents, diversity and architecture. Things to do include seeing the Painted Ladies houses and of course driving your motorhome over the Golden Gate Bridge- but make sure you also get out in the city and explore as it is unique and diverse from district to district. RV Parks are dotted around not far from the city centre, so stay a few days before you move on- From San Fran you could take off down the sunny California coast to LA, or head into the northwest to see Oregon and Washington.

Los Angeles
Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Malibu, Disneyland- Los Angeles is full of famous names and places. If celebrity spotting and sunshine are what you want, pick up your motorhome here and hang around! It's a driving city and there are no shortage of RV Parks. If that's not your cup of tea, LA is nevertheless a great starting point for a road trip across the southern states, or up into the less movie-star saturated parts of California- San Francisco, Sacramento and the beautiful Napa Valley wine country.

See the stars in L.A
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Napa, Wine Country
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Las Vegas
Needs no introduction- this is the city of bright lights in the desert, of casinos and big hotels. Whatever your thoughts on gambling, Las Vegas is a sight to see- if you are starting your trip here, try to fly in at night when you can see the lights of the city. Las Vegas is a starting point for some of the scorching central states- see cactii, mountains and the grand canyon in Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.

Anchorage is your gateway to Alaska- if stunning natural beauty is what you're after, don't go past this northern state. From Anchorage, you can head south to Juneau and Ketchikan and witness the amazing glaciers and fjords of Alaska's craggy coastline. Whilst winter in Alaska is cold and the days are short, summer is moderate, pleasantly warm but not sweltering. Give hiking, biking and wildlife viewing a go while you are here.

Dnever is quite central- you could pick up your vehicle here and head towards either coast, or up into Canada and see a decent amount of the country. The city is only 12 miles from the Rocky Mountains, and the city itself is an interesting mix of cowboy roots and new, cosmopolitain development and growth.

Rocky Mountains
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New York
New York embodies the urban lifestyle, and the things to see and do are endless. There are only a few RV Parks in the city, the closest being Liberty Harbor. However if you want a bite of the Big Apple on your motorhome holiday, consider a park outside of the city as public transport into the centre runs frequently from most places. Once you've seen New York, you can head north or south on the Atlantic coast. State-hop in pretty New England or make your way towards the sun in Florida.

Salt Lake City
In northern Utah, Salt Lake City is nestled between the Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake. The city is set out on an orderly grid and outdoor recreation is popular- take a swim in the Great Salt Lake which is saltier than seawater and therefore has a lot of buoyancy- think the Dead Sea of America! Salt Lake City is handy to the northwest States, and near to the Bonneville Salt Flats where many land speed records are set.

The Great Salt Lake
by David Herrera Flickr Creative Commons

If sun is what you want, Florida is the place to go. Orlando gives access to either side of the peninsula, and there are many theme parks and resorts nearby including Disney World. There are no shortage of RV Parks around the Florida area- just watch for alligators.

Seattle is full of parks and surrounded by water, with Lake Washington on one side and Puget sound on the other. In the city, visit the parks and numerous museums and try some of the abundant seafood. On the way out, have a look around Puget Sound and you are well situated to head down the pacific coast or north into Canada.

Elegant Boston overlooks Massachusetts Bay and is considered the unofficial capital of New England. It is full of history, being one of the oldest cities in the US, and also of universities and colleges. It is quite compact so it is easy to walk around the central area to see the historical sites and buildings. Boston is a perfect starting point to venture up and see more of New England, or to head inland to the Great Lakes.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sealander- Take to the Water

Amphibious cars are now old news- amphibious caravans are the latest for those who like to combine land and sea transport in one. The imaginatively named Sealander was designed and built in Germany and is likely to be on the market in early 2012. Completely modulated, it is small but can be configured for eating, sleeping, cooking and water activities.

Why would you want a Sealander? Well, there is the novelty factor- although the price will probably be the same as buying a camping trailer and separate small boat, the cool points can't compare to having the two merged into one. Also, the two can't be towed behind one car. According to the German website for the Sealander, it can be used for fishing, exploring islands, sleeping lulled by the waves- the possibilities are endless. It can be launched without a ramp, simply off the beach- simple! The roof can be taken off to enjoy the wind in your hair and throw the line over.

Of course, this is no deep-sea fishing boat- it is only to be used on inland waters as large waves and caravans, even water-going ones, do not mix. It is not going to win any races with it's small electric motor. However, it is light and easy to tow and launch, so if you like lakes, it is definitely the amphibian for you.

So, is this just a funny toy or will amphibious camper trailers really take off? It remains to be seen!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Italy Pick-up Options

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Italy is a long and skinny country- you may want to drive up or down the entire thing and see everything, or you may have a particular area of interest- the sunny south, the fashion and cities in the north. Here are some of the most popular pick-up locations and the opportunities they offer:

Milan, the fashion capital, is right in the centre of the north. Campsites just outside of the city will give you the opportunity to see the sights, such as the world's largest Gothic Cathedral, but more importantly, to shop! Milan as a starting point is convenient for the northern cities- Verona, Venice, Bologna, Florence and Genoa would make a good loop.

Rome, Italy's capital and largest city, is quite central so from there you can head south or north. What to see in the city needs almost no explanation- Vatican City, the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain are just some of the incredible sights to see.

Vatican City
by xiquinhosilva Flickr Creative Commons

Bergamo is not far from Milan, and some choose to fly into here to do their pick-up to avoid the big city whilst getting started. It is also a great place to begin a northern road trip.

Pisa, a student city, is known for it's leaning tower, but there is more to see- museums, piazzas, student nightlife and the Luminara Festival on June the 16th, when 10,000 candles are lit. Pisa is not far from the Ligurian coast, so from there you can venture up or down to some of the coastal towns and cities.

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Vicenza is a convenient pick-up location for Venice, located outside but within easy driving distance of the amazing city. It is also a good starting point for a trip down Italy's Adriatic coast.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Coro Gold

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About 2 hours south of Auckland, over the Kopu bridge there is a Peninsula well-known amongst Kiwi holiday makers. The protecting arm that shelters the Hauraki Gulf from the Pacific, the Coromandel Peninsula is a veritable playground for campers, with wild beaches and sheltered coves, friendly small towns and stretches of wilderness, and a relaxed atmosphere that makes even those who live on it feel on holiday.

The Coromandel, as it is often called, is home to many treasures- Whangamata, Hahei and Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove, Mercury Bay, Port Jackson and the north, and the towns and Pohutakawa trees of the western coast. Have a look at Motorhome Road Trip for more!

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Magnificent Millau

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The Millau Viaduct looks, in certain pictures, like a trick of photoshop- surely no real bridge could span a valley that big? However, it is a real structure located near Millau in southern France which carries the A75 from Paris to Montpellier/Barcelona- an eight lane steel roadway on a cable span bridge.

This is the world's tallest bridge, and is not too shabby in the length department- nearly 2.5km, which while nowhere near the longest, is certainly longer than your average bridge! The curved design is intended to lessen the feeling of floating that a straight bridge may have caused- one can imagine that with nothing but air on either side straight ahead it would have been a frightening experience to drive across it. There is also a slope of 3 degrees to improve road visibility.

by Richard Leeming Flickr Creative Commons

Would you drive across it? Such a tall bridge may be daunting, but the views of the Tarn River valley and nearby town of Millau would be worth it!

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Author: Doug Brown+

France: Where to Pick Up Your Camping-Car?

France- a hexagon that sprawls across western Europe, it offers many possible places to start your trip. Here are some of the most popular:

City of lights and love, Paris is a must-visit place. Driving around the city in a motorhome is not practical so after you pick it up, try a campsite somewhere just outside but easily accessible by the public transport- e.g Versailles. The sights of Paris I need not mention- they are world famous. If you are venturing into the rest of France or Europe, Paris is handily located for the Channel and Brittany, or to go North into Belgium and the Netherlands.

Montmartre, Paris
by Antonis Lamnatos Flickr Creative Commons

Bordeaux is wine country. One of the only cities that was not heavily damaged in the war, it is a beautiful world heritage site. From here you can visit the southwest coast of France- full of surf beaches and laid-back towns and cities like Biarritz, it is often overlooked for the more glamorous Mediterranean coast.

Marseille, France's second largest city, and is a major Mediterranean port. A pick up from Marseille means not only seeing this beautiful city nestled between the sea and hills, but also a starting point to explore the south of France- great climate, great scenery, fabulous cities, what more could you ask for?

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Lyon is in a region known for it's winter sports. If it's a winter road trip you're doing, start here for the Alps and mountain towns- also Switzerland is not far away! The city itself is known for it's food- make sure you try some.

Nice and the other cities on the French Riviera are all about the glitz and glamour. Start here for some celebrity spotting, sunshine and popular beaches, and see the rest of the Riviera cities and the Principality of Monaco, or head inland to the famously pretty Provence region.

Pretty Provence
by Widerbergs Flickr Creative Commons

Inland from the western coast, Nantes is a great and central starting point for this coast and the peninsula of Brittany- or a cross-country trip to Lyon on the eastern side of France.

Rennes is also a great starting point for Brittany, or for a loop around Caen, Rouen and Paris. A small city of which many residents are students, Rennes has a vibrant nightlife.

Toulouse is in the south of France, not far from either coast and the border with Spain. Start here to do a tour of the country or venture into Spain. For those budding astronauts, Toulouse is a centre for aviation and spaceflight. Nearby is the incredible fortified town of Carcassonne- definitely worth a visit.

by Karoly Lorentey Flickr Creative Commons

Pick up in Lille for a trip around northern France, or to begin a trip north to Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Annecy, like Lyon, is close to the Alps and is known as the Venice of the Haute-Savoie department- on the shores of lake Annecy, it is dissected by canals and streams. It is very close to Switzerland and could be the starting point for a trip south through Provence to the Riviera.

Lake Annecy
by Miryam Zarzar Flickr Creative Commons

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Where to Begin Your Irish Road Trip

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See the green land of Ireland with a campervan hire- here are some likely starting points:

Ireland's capital and biggest city, Dublin is where ferries from the UK land and is central, making it a convenient location to pick up your campervan. Dubliners are friendly and have great accents- so spend some time in this rapidly growing and diversifying city.

Colourful Doors of Dublin
by Leandro Neumann Ciuffo Flickr Creative Commons


Belfast is in the UK's Northern Ireland, in the province of Ulster. If it's Northern Ireland you want to see, this is the place to pick up your motorhome. Lough Neagh, the largest lake in the British isles, is not far from Belfast.

Castlebar is on Ireland's west coast, so start here to see some of the stunningly wild coastline. Beautiful panoramas and charming towns will make a west coast trip a holiday to remember.

Located on the Shanon estuary, the large estuary at the mouth of the Shannon River, Shannon is a convenient place to see the south of Ireland. One of the most popular natural attractions in the area or the Cliffs of Moher north of Shannon.

Cliffs of Moher
by Mark Waters Flickr Creative Commons

Cork is located in the southeast of Ireland- why not try a road trip from here north to Dublin or Belfast and see some of the country? If you are interested in the Titanic, call into Cobh on Cork Harbour- it was the great ship's last port of call and has many memorials.

Titanic's Charming Last Port of Call
by Shaun Merritt Flickr Creative Commons

Galway is also on the west coast and not far from the amazing cliffs of Moher. Explore the many lakes and beaches in the surrounding area with a pick-up from here.

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UK's Top 5 Pick-Up Locations

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The UK is the land of the Caravan Club- motorhomes are a popular way to get around. Here are the top 5 pick-up locations, and some information on why you might want to start your trip there.

The UK's biggest and most famous city- London does not disappoint. Full of parks, pubs, museums, theatres and an amazing assortment of different people and cultures, it is a must-see city. If you want to see the South of England and stay amongst the better weather, why not start here? You could get some shopping in too!

The Eclectic Camden Markets
by Herry Lawford Flickr Creative Commons

If big cities aren't your thing, pick up in Flamstead outside of London, and see Hertfordshire and surrounding areas, or head north to Manchester or Scotland.

Pretty Hertfordshire
by Draco2008 Flickr Creative Commons

The gateway to Scotland- from here you can see this stunning country- have a look at the highlands and lochs, including of course the mysterious Loch Ness, 3-4 hours north of Edinburgh. The city itself is a stunner with Granite Buildings and the historic Royal Mile

Glasgow is on the other side of Scotland, closer to the jagged and dramatic coastline of the west coast- so if wild is what you're after, start from Glasgow!

Wild West Coast of Scotland
by Phillip Capper Flickr Creative Commons

Home of Coronation St- why not take a Coro St. Walking Tour? Manchester is close to some seaside resorts such as Blackpool, Southport and Liverpool, so start here for a bit of sea and sand in the summer, or make the trip down to London and stop at the many cities along the way.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Canada: Where To Start?

Trans-Canada Highway
by Craig Moulding Flickr Creative Commons

Canada is quite large: bigger than the United States or Europe, and varied as you would expect from such a big area! Here are some of the best pick-up locations and what they can offer:

Calgary, a big city in the province of Alberta, is handily located between the Rockies and the Prairies, offering a lot of varied Canadian scenery to enjoy.

Vancouver is tucked away in the southwest corner of Canada, and would be a great place to start a cross-country road trip to Quebec or New Brunswick. The city itself is also very diverse and a great place to visit!

Vancouver at Sunset
by Alan Bruce Flickr Creative Commons

Toronto is located by the Great Lakes, on the shore of lake Ontario. Lakes are everywhere in this area, so if you love fishing, pick up your motorhome here! It is also handy to the Stateside cities such as Michigan, Chicago and New York for a bi-country road trip.

Lake Ontario
by Andy Arthur Flickr Creative Commons

Halifax is perched out on the peninsula of Nova Scotia- so if Nova Scotia is what you would like to see, pick up from here! Novia Scotia is latin for 'New Scotland,' so prepare yourself for some rustic adventuring amongst mountains and sea.

Montreal is the largest french-speaking city in Canada, but don't fret- most Canadians have a great grip on English too. From Montreal you can explore the province of Quebec and you are close to Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec City and the States.

A yukon pick-up is for the more adventurous- it is a base to explore the top of Canada, which consists largely of wilderness- it is sparsely populated and often cold (Arctic climate!) but worth a look around for those who are bold with their motorhome holidays! Canada's highest mountain, Mount Logan, is nearby in the Kluane National Park and Reserve.

Mount Logan
by Bo Mertz Flickr Creative Commons

The Capital of the province of Alberta, Edmonton plays host to many festivals every year, so keep an eye out for something happening there that may be of interest. The largest shopping mall, West Edmonton Mall, is a sight to behold. Alberta is the home of the Canadian Rockies, a must-see part of the country.

Langley is a municipality within metro Vancouver. It is not far from central Vancouver but very close to the States should you wish to pop across the border.

Kelowna is located on Okanagan Lake in British Columbia. The lake's shores are home to many parks and beaches, so don't pick up here without seeing some of those! Nearby cities include Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton so a trip around those could start in Kelowna.

Kelowna Across Okanagan Lake
by orlandk Flickr Creative Commons


This city rich in history and art is on the west end of Lake Ontario. A busy port and manufacturing city, Hamilton is an interesting spot in it's own right- and is in prime position to begin a road trip around the Great Lakes or up to Quebec.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Caravan and Motorhome Show Manchester 2012

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The Caravan and Motorhome Show, the show of the year for British outdoor leisure-seekers, is to take place in a new venue in January: Manchester's EventCity. If you are a seasoned motorhome user or are exploring the idea of a holiday on the road, get along and have a look, because this show will tell you all you need to know!

With day passes from just 7 pounds, you will not be disappointed. Campsites, destinations and accessories as well as caravans and motorhomes of all shapes, sizes and models will be on show, so you can check out any number of options for a potential motorhome holiday. Also, many aspects of life on the road will be covered, with demonstrations of outdoor and motorhome cookery and expert talks on many aspects of the caravan and motorhome lifestyle. Kids can visit the Kidzone, and there is even a Farmer's Market for all your home-grown and home-cooked needs!

Looking to Upgrade?
by Mick Flickr Creative Commons

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New Zealand: Where To Pick Up Your Rental?

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New Zealand is long and skinny, inviting a long road trip from top to bottom- but if your timeframe or interests are narrow, you may want to see only one part. Here is a guide to which pick up locations will suit which type of holiday:

Auckland is New Zealand's big smoke, but it is actually quite sprawling and uncrowded once you leave the central city, making it an ok place to drive around in a campervan. It is a great place to start a road trip in sunny Northland, an exploration of the North Island or your journey south.

Recently devastated by an earthquake, Christchurch is beginning to rebuild and tourists are welcome. It remains the gateway to and biggest city in the South Island, so to see the incredible landscapes and natural beauty of this largely untouched part of new Zealand, start here! Nearby Akaroa is a must-visit spot.

This charming town is the first port of call for passengers on inter-island ferries. Buried in the Marlborough Sounds, it is a starting point to explore this gorgeous wine-making area.

Picton and the Marlborough Sounds
by Sid Mosdell Flickr Creative Commons

The capital city is situated on a harbour at the bottom of the North Island, and is the departure and arrival point for inter-island ferries. It is handy to the Manawatu region and a great start or finish point for a trip around the North Island.

Nelson, at the top of the South Island, is in Golden Bay- a beautiful bay full of beaches and typical friendly Kiwi towns. Also near the city is Abel Tasman National Park, an amazing park known for it's golden beaches and native bush.

The Adventure Capital! Have a look around here for skiing, bungy jumping, jetboating, skydiving and other extreme sports as well as some amazing lake-and-mountain scenery in Queenstown and nearby Te Anau and Wanaka.

Nevis Bungy in Queenstown
by Stephen Montgomery Flickr Creative Commons

Hamilton is handy to a few popular North Island spots- Raglan will be of interest to surfers, and Waitomo is a place of interest where you can take tours of the region's limestone caves.

Tauranga and it's neighbouring Surfer's Paradise-type town of Mount Maunganui are great places for surf, sun and sand. Rotorua, a popular tourist resort is a short drive away.

A student town, Dunedin is the perfect starting point to explore the far south, including Invercargill and Bluff, the farthest south you can go on the mainland.

This is the best place to pick up if you want to see the Wild West Coast- where the Southern Alps meet the sea, this unspoilt coast of New Zealand is amazing. Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are located south of Greymouth.

Fox Glacier
by Andrew Turner Flickr Creative Commons

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Author: Rohan Marx+

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Australia: Where to Start Your Motorhome Holiday?

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Australia is a big country, often considered a continent in it's own right. Which part of the country you want to see will play a part in where you pick up your motorhome rental from- Brisbane and Sydney are well placed for the sunshine and cities of the East Coast, Melbourne and Adelaide are convenient to the southern part of Australia, it's amazing National Parks and the Great Ocean Road, Perth stands alone on the West Coast, Darwin is the gateway to the Northern Territory and Alice Springs is smack bang in the middle of the Great Outback! If you want to see the whole country- just pick a place that's easy to get to and get driving! Here are a few notes on possible pick-up locations:

Australia's biggest city, there are numerous campervan depots so your options are wide open. Many flights will come to Sydney, and it is on the well-populated eastern coast- Brisbane, Canberra and other cities aren't far away.

Right out on the west coast of the country, perth is geographically very isolated, and is the only choice for a west coast jaunt- which is very worth doing, as it is off the beaten track and many times less crowded than the other side of the country.

Brisbane is closest to the Gold Coast- a wonderland of high-rises, shops, restaurants, surf beaches and amusement parks.

This laid-back city with more of a 'New England' vibe is well situated to drive the Great Ocean Road, an Australian institution that is recognised as one of the world's most scenic routes.

Hobart the biggest city on the island of Tasmania, so if you want to see the island, it's a great place to pick up!

Tasmanian Beach
by sri_the_quack Flickr Creative Commons

Cairns is in the north, and it is ideally located for a trip to the beautiful Whitsundays- see this beautiful part of Queensland, maybe take a boat trip and dive the Great Barrier Reef.

Launceston is also on Tasmania, and the opposite side from Hobart so pick up here for some of the northern sights, or to start a cross-island trip.

Darwin is right up north as well, an urban oasis in the outback. It is close to the amazingly beautiful and diverse Kakadu National Park, still partly owned and inhabited by it's traditional aboriginal inhabitants.

On the Gulf of St Vincent, Adelaide is surrounded by great swimming beaches.Nearby is the Yorke Peninsula with miles of coastline and histories of shipwrecks, an interesting place to explore with a pick-up from Adelaide!

Yorke Peninsula Coastline
by Michael Coghlan Flickr Creative Commons

Alice Springs
What to say about Alice Springs that can't be deducted by looking on a map- "The Alice" is right in the Red Centre of the country and handiest to the famous Uluru or Ayer's Rock. If you're looking for an Outback adventure, Alice Springs is the place to start.

Amazing Uluru
by rplzzz Flickr Creative Commons

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Author: Rohan Marx+

Monday, October 24, 2011

Where to start your German Motorhome Holiday - top 10 pick up locations

Isny, by Tilman2007
If you are interested in travelling to Germany, there are many great places to start your campervan holiday. Here is a list of the top most popular pick up locations for RV Rentals in Germany:
  1. Frankfurt: Considered the financial centre of Europe, many travellers elect to start there journey here for its convenience to major airports and also it proximity to central Germany.
  2. Munich - A traditional favourite amongst travellers, there is much more to Munich that just the Oktoberfest. With its mix of both historic and modern areas, Munich was named a top destination by National Geographic Traveller.
  3. Hamburg - For those wanted to start a northern European roadtrip, many go Hamburg. Hamburg is the tranportation hub for Northern Germany and is 2.5 hours from the Danish and Dutch borders.
  4. Dusseldorf - In the lower Rhine and just over an hour away from Belgium and then Netherlands, Dusselfdorf is a major arts centre for Europe making it a popular place to start a roadtrip.
  5. Stuttgart - If you love motor vehicles, there is no question why Stuttgart - home to Mercedes and Porsche is on the list! The home of the automobile would be the perfect way to start your German roadtrip!
  6. Berlin - The capital city and largest city of Germany brings in over 135 million tourists each year. Its location in the heart of former DDR makes it a popular loccation for those who want to use as a starting point to get off the beaten path.
  7. Mannheim - Located in Southwest Germany, may not be on the top of many traveller's list but for those who want France and Luxembourg (just over 2 hours away) its an ideal starting point. Also Luisenpark is consider one of the loveliest parks in Europe!
  8. Dortmund - Known for its music and Dortmunder style beer, Dortmund is another lesser known but great option to start your German Motorhome Holiday
  9. Isny - Where is Isny? Its located in extreme south of Germany. It is just an hour away from Austria and the beautiful lake Constance. It is a popular amongst the locals as a resort town but its slowly and of course is a great place to start off your roadtrip!
  10. Lorrach - Here is another location you may not have considered. Lorrach is a great location if you want to see Germany, France and Switzerland. Oh for you chocolate lovers, the Milka factory is located there!
Hohenzllern Castle near Stuttgart  by Trodel
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  1. Author: Rohan Marx+

The most dangerous road in the world for campervans (or any other vehicle!)

Its extremely doubtful that any motorhome rental will allow to travel on Bolivia's death road from La Paz to Coroico. This man braves it with a Range Rover.

For locations that are little less dangerous for your campervan, check out Motorhome Roadtrip!

Where not to take your Campervan Rental!

One of the world's most dangerous bridges is located on Russia's Siberia Vitim River. Its 15 metres high (about 50 feet) and very very rickety! Would you risk driving across it?

While this bridge may not be listed here, you can find other great destinations for Motorhome Rental on Motorhome Roadtrip!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Drive Bathurst

If you are in the Sydney area and are looking for somewhere else to visit, the city of Bathurst is only 200kms away.

The drive between the two will take you through Blue Mountains National Park, with some of the best scenery in New South Wales, so make sure you stop off and check it out. If you can, take a detour to Katoomba and visit Echo Point Lookout which offers a great view of the 3 Sisters formation.

The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains National Park
by Tamsin Slater Flickr Creative Commons

Bathurst is Australia's oldest inland settlement, and the site of the first discovery of gold. Now, it is most famous for it's association with motorsport, namely the Bathurst 1000 race for v8 supercars held in October each year. Races are held on the Mount Panorama Track, which is actually a public road- one of the main attractions of Bathurst is the opportunity to drive this famous road. Yes, you can take your campervan on it- and yes, there is a strictly enforced speed limit!

Mount Panorama
by Ian Armstrong Flickr Creative Commons

There is quite a bit of history in Bathurst and the surrounding area- much of it relating to the Gold Rush, which started in 1851 when payable gold was found near the city, after 30 years of sporadic finds in the country. This turned the country and especially New South Wales into a magnet for adventurers and migrants, and Australia's population boomed.

Gold Panning
by woodleywonderworks Flickr Creative Commons

The Bathurst Goldfields is a centre for education and tourism relating to gold. There are tours, examples of life on a 19th century goldfield and you can even pan for real gold! You can try your luck in a river if you like, but don't hold your breath and be aware that some places may require a license.

Another attraction are the Abercrombie Caves, which boast the largest natural arch in the southern hemisphere. A Dance platform was built in the caves for the gold miners in 1880, and you can take a tour of the caves to see this and other subterranean wonders.

Once worn out from driving Mount Panorama and panning for gold, try the Bathurst Panorama Big 4 Holiday Park, or a National Park campground if you want to go further afield- Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve isn't too far away.

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Author: Doug Brown+

Stunning Midnight Sun in Iceland

Midnight Sun | Iceland from SCIENTIFANTASTIC on Vimeo.

Amazing! Iceland is a stunning land, and the striking light of the midnight sun makes it even more so- during the height of summer in the far north or far south, the sun is visible at all hours of the day and night. These segments of time lapse film, shot by an intrepid photographer over 17 days, show the incredible landscapes and the way this extraordinary light colours them.

This video speaks for itself- as the talented photographer points out, a visit to Iceland should be on everyone's bucket list!

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Get On Down to Tamworth

Tamworth in New South Wales is the Country Music Capital- the Nashville of Australia. If you love a good country tune, don't miss this place! Midway between Brisbane and Sydney, Tamworth straddles the Peel River.

The city's biggest attraction is the Country Music Festival in January, when thousands of country enthusiasts head into town, finishing with the industry awards. The country's top country artists, as well as overseas acts, play during this festival so it is a great time to see Tamworth.

Don't miss the big "Golden Guitar" outside the tourist centre- not that you would be able to! There are also the Walk a Country Mile Interpretive Museum at the visitor centre and the Australian Country Music foundation Museum where you can catch a bit of the history of the great Country Music tradition in the area and the country.

The Golden Guitar
by Lyndi & Jason Flickr Creative Commons

Aside from the rootin' and tootin,' there is a bit of nature to be seen- try the Tamworth Botanical Gardens in the northeast of the city, and State Forests and National Parks galore in the area if you stray outside of the city limits. See some natives at the Oxley Marsupial Park.

by Lyndi & Jason Flickr Creative Commons

Tamworth also has some urban excitement to entice visitors into the central city- many clubs, pubs and restaurants as well as cinemas, pools and skate parks for the kids.

As to where to park your campervan whilst exploring the Tamworth area, try Paradise Tourist Park (part of the 'Big 4' Holiday Parks) or Austin Tourist Park for well-appointed campervan sites and facilities. Should you venture further and are willing to rough it a little, try a National Park campground such as Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

For Australia campervan hire, click here!

Author: Doug Brown+

VW Camper Gets Legoed

The VW Camper is iconic- rounded lines, bright colours, the distinctive 'V' on the front. As with many other icons- Elvis, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Taj Mahal, White House, Statue of Liberty- it has been reconstructed cleverly in lego bricks.

Check out this video for a timelapse demonstration of making a VW campervan out of lego- designed and made by a team of lego experts. Think you can reproduce it?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

German Motorhome Trip

Germany- not the first place that pops into your head when considering a motorhome trip, but it is definitely one to consider, as chronicled by this article on Marcus Queenborough tells of his family's road trip to Saarburg, Germany, a trip well worth it.

Germany has great camping grounds and beautiful landscapes and towns- expect friendly people and clean, well-appointed towns, cities and facilities. Queenborough and his family enjoyed the pool and beautiful views of their campsite in Saarburg, as well as the 'Little Venice' feel of the town.

The average cost of camping in Germany is around 20-30 Euros a night for a motorhome plus 3 people.

Saarburg, Germany
by Wolfgang Staudt Flickr Creative Commons

For motorhome rental in Germany, click here!

Author: Doug Brown+

RV or Resort? You'd Be Surprised.

Have a look at this article in the comparing an RV adventure with a stay at a mountain resort. While it's true that a resort will give you all the creature comforts of home and more, a well-equipped RV isn't too shabby in this department either- and it will get you closer to the action. Is the lack of satellite TV, wi-fi and hot tubs balanced by the proximity to the great outdoors, camaraderie with other campers and less money spent? The writer and his sons seem convinced!

by RVwithTito Flickr Creative Commons

For RV rental in Canada, click here!

Author: Phil Wright+

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