Monday, October 31, 2011

Magnificent Millau

by Peter Stevens Flickr Creative Commons

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:

Paris
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
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
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?

Marseille
by Yves Tennevin Flickr Creative Commons

Lyon
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
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

Nantes
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
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
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.

Carcassonne
by Karoly Lorentey Flickr Creative Commons

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

Annecy
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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Author: Doug Brown+

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Where to Begin Your Irish Road Trip

by IvanWalsh.com Flickr Creative Commons

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

Dublin
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

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
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.

Shannon
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
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
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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Author: Doug Brown+

UK's Top 5 Pick-Up Locations

by Hermes Flickr Creative Commons

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.

London
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

Flamstead
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

Edinburgh
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
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

Manchester
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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Author: Doug Brown+

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
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
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
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
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
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.

Whitehorse
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

Edmonton
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
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
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


Hamilton

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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Author: Phil Wright+

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Caravan and Motorhome Show Manchester 2012

Manchester
by Daniel Nisbet Flickr Creative Commons

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

Check the website for details and if you're convinced- look here for UK motorhome hire!

Author: Doug Brown+

New Zealand: Where To Pick Up Your Rental?

by studio tdes Flickr Creative Commons

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
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.

Christchurch
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.

Picton
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

Wellington
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
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.

Queenstown
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
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
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.

Dunedin
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.

Greymouth
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?

by eGuide Travel Flickr Creative Commons


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:

Sydney
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.

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

Melbourne
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
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
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
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
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.

Adelaide
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.

For Australia campervan hire, click here!

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.

Tamworth
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.

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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 coventrytelegraph.net. 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

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Author: Doug Brown+

RV or Resort? You'd Be Surprised.

Have a look at this article in the province.com- 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

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Author: Phil Wright+

Monopod 660 Revealed

Another van from the future: This time, a caravan. Looking like a helicopter when face-on, the inside has a little more personality, lacking the white and stainless steel that many modern spaces are made of. Made by IH Leisure in the UK, it is designed to sleep 4, with a range of different layouts to choose from.

The Monopod is a one-piece shell, that can be custom-painted to order- why not match it to your car? The UK's famous Caravan Club may become more colourful if the Monopod starts a trend! This caravan is top of the line, heated throughout and will cause quite a stir at any holiday park.

Screenshot from caravantimes.co.uk

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Author: Doug Brown+

EleMMent RV: Height of Luxury

Austria's Marchi Mobile have brought out the big guns in the RV world with the EleMMent RV, an interesting and expensive-looking RV that pulls out all the stops: Master bedroom with ensuite, seating that turns into a bar, a fireplace(!!), a Sky Lounge on the upper deck and more creature comforts than you can shake a stick at. And I wouldn't go shaking any sticks around the paint job of this RV, because it looks like it will come at a hefty price.

The vehicle is designed to be lightweight and aerodynamic, reducing fuel consumption by it's 500 horsepower engine.

If you have the spare cash lying around for one of these, be prepared to turn heads- and to wait for it to be custom-built for you.


Screenshot from gadgetking.com

If you don't why not check out Austria in something less luxurious but much more affordable- you can go the same places as the EleMMent can! Click here for Austria motorhome hire.

Author: Doug Brown+

The Future of Campers

Flying Cars have been in the offing for years now- and no sign of them ever eventuating. However, if you look elsewhere for signs of the future, they are many and varied. The new Ecco Camper doesn't fly, but it folds and unfolds like clean washing to create an environmentally friendly, spacious yet small and most importantly futuristic-looking campervan.

The Ecco is 4.5 m long, and shaped somewhat like a teardrop. When stopped for the night, the top flips up and walls collapse, seats fold down to make it a comfortable and roomy living space. It is designed to sleep 5. An 8-hour charge will keep it running for 24 hours, and it has no emissions. The transport of the future!


Screenshot from bornrich.com

Keep an eye out for this slick-looking pod at a camping ground or holiday park near you!

Author: Rohan Marx+

Baby Boomers Hit the Road

France has a surplus of retirees on it's hands- the baby boomers are hitting retirement age, and they are also hitting the road. A lot of retirees in the country are choosing a nomad lifestyle, and the motorhome or "camping-car" industry is booming.

by Will Bakker Flickr Creative Commons

Sales of new motorhomes in France have risen since the late 90s from 5,000 to around 20,000 today, as well as nearly 50,0000 used motorhomes changing hands every year. growth in the market has fluctuated with the global financial condition, but is on the up.

France is ideally situated for road trips- bordered by Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Spain, Italy and a short channel crossing to the UK, Europe is at their disposal. Not to mention France itself, which is a land of variation and beauty, from the fields of Provence to the city lights of Paris, the glamour of the riviera and the windswept beaches of the southwest coast. For those with the money and the time to spend, as a lot of these retirees have, a "camping-car" is the perfect getaway, with some spending a huge chunk of the year in their home away from home.

Paris
by unicellular Flickr Creative Commons

Les Landes (Southwest)
by thib c Flickr Creative Commons


Provence
by dawarwickphotography Flickr Creative Commons

Brittany
by besopha Flickr Creative Commons

The only fly in the ointment is local councils who are not thrilled with the filling of public parking spaces by bulky motorhomes. However, there is not much they can do about it legally, and France is filled with "aires" which are rest areas on the sides of motorways where you can stay, if your van is fully equipped- they are not camping grounds. So, tripping around France need not cost a fortune! If you are there, get a guidebook which shows all the aires available to motorhomes.

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Author: Rohan Marx+

Thursday, October 13, 2011

King of the Roads!

Australia- the world's biggest island or smallest continent? It's a matter of opinion. Either way, imagine being able to say you've driven right around it. Aussie's Highway One, the longest highway in the world, makes it easy!

This highway provides the king of all road trips- 14.5 thousand kilometres of huge variation- the cities of the east coast, the beaches, the wilderness, the farms and small towns that make up unique Australia. It has many different guises along it's length- it becomes part of various state roads, is unsealed in parts and a veritable motorway in others. However, the trusty Highway One Sheild will guide you right around the coast and bring you back to where you started.


by Tony Bowden Flickr Creative Commons

Highway One traverses Aussie's main cities of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Cairns so you won't miss any of these top-notch cities. Visit Sydney's Opera House, shop Melbourne's opshops and outlets, try Perth's seafood restaurants and enjoy Darwin's tropical climate.

Sydney Opera House
by Jimmy Harris Flickr Creative Commons

You will also pass through the Gold Coast- Australia's major tourist destination and where city meets sea in french-riviera fashion. This is the place to enjoy sun, sand and urban life, with amazing beaches, high-rise hotels, a selection of amusement parks, canals and lakes galore.

Gold Coast
by Gopal Vijayaraghavan Flickr Creative Commons

Sick of civilisation? The trusty Highway One will take you away from it all. Between Adelaide and Perth, along the southern coast of Australia, be prepared for great beaches and ocean views. Nullarbor Plain must be crossed, a wide flat featureless plain, but where the road meets the sea the Nullarbor Cliffs provide incredible observation points- look out for whales! You'll pass through several National Parks on this stretch of road and past some of the lakes that are a feature of Australia's southwest corner.



The west coast of Australia offers more stunning landscapes and beaches, broken only be one major city- Perth. Take your chance and soak up the city for a bit, then take to the mighty Highway One to climb the coast and visit Geraldton, Carnarvon and Port Hedland.

A West Coast Beach
by Aenneken Flickr Creative Commons

If you make a bit of a detour, you can find your own scenic paradises- try nambung National Park on the coast between Perth and Geraldton, with it's red dirt and Pinnacle Rocks rising out of the ground. Shark Bay Marine Park, south of Carnarvon, is also worth a visit, and you can learn of the maritime history and treasures of the deep at the World Heritage Discovery Centre.

Look out for the wildlife!
by Tony Bowden Flickr Creative Commons

Northern Australia is either hot and dry, or hot and humid. Darwin, with it's tropical weather, is laidback and spacious. Have a look at the life-size replica of a 9-metre croc caught near Normanton, get a taste of the outback and stop into some local pubs.

Amazing Outback landscape
by anniemullinsuk Flickr Creative Commons

Highway One will take you a while to conquer- but it is the epitome of an Australian road trip! When you have some time to spend, why not give it a try? Get the best prices on Australia campervan rental here.

Author: Rohan Marx+

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