It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas…

Well there you have it, we’ve come full circle and winter is once again upon us. I’ll start things off with an update- As those of you who follow us on Instagram and Twitter will know, we shared some very exciting news recently. Adria UK will be supporting Our Travelling Family’s volunteer tour next year and have offered to provide us with one of their brand new family caravans, the ‘Adria Altea Tamar‘.


To say we are ecstatic would be a complete understatement. To have the backing of one of the leaders in the caravan and motorhome industry, a company which is able to provide support throughout Europe, Korea, Israel and New Zealand is absolutely phenomenal. And best of all….they understand who we are as a family and why we feel it’s important to take the necessary steps (and risks) to make our dreams a reality!

The 2nd piece of news is that plans have changed slightly. We will be leaving the UK on Tuesday the 16th April and will sail from Portsmouth to Santander. We will spend one evening in Spain before heading to Portugal to start our tour.Β We will spend approximately one and a half months per country and plan to visit Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia in the spring and summer before heading to Hungary, Austria and Germany towards the end of the year.


Other than that nothing much to report. Life on the campsite is a little more challenging (and a lot muddier) in the winter. Chores like filling the water and emptying the loo are now done in the cold and dark. Storms and strong winds mean that it’s sometimes difficult to get a good nights sleep and we aren’t eating outdoors nearly as much as we did in the summer months. On the plus side, most campsites are virtually empty at this time of the year and on a good clear evening you have the stars all to yourself!


Christmas is always a big celebration in the Binedell household and this year is no different. It’s our 2nd Christmas in the caravan and the lights are up, the tree and awning are decorated and the smells of cinnamon and nutmeg are all around. We will be spending Christmas Day with one of our closest friends (and Sebastian’s godmother), Jacky. Jacky will hopefully be making regular appearances throughout our travels next year so we thought it was a good time to introduce her.


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I think that about sums it up for this month. Our new YouTube video ‘7 (caravan) meals in 7 days’ will be uploaded this weekend so if you haven’t yet subscribed please do.


Wishing everyone a happy and healthy festive season and looking forward to continuing to share all our adventures with you next year.

Lots and lots of love,



11 Comments Add yours

  1. Nomadic Dad says:

    Happy Christmas to you all and what great news to finish 2018 with from Adria UK!

    I’m looking forward to following your adventures when we are back in our house in the UK – 2 days before you leave eek. Hopefully still catch you on our way back up πŸ™‚

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    1. Thought you were back in the UK in March! Let’s hope we can find away to make our paths cross before we leave. Have an awesome Christmas and hopefully see you soon x


      1. Nomadic Dad says:

        We are back sometime in March yes but back in our house in April πŸ‘

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  2. cookie1298 says:

    Still in awe of you guys and what fantastic news from Adria. That will work really well for you, and of course, them. Have a wonderful Christmas all of you.

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    1. Thanks so much John and Tina and wishing the two of you a wonderful Christmas too! 😘


  3. Colin Barber says:

    Your adventure is one I am really looking forward to but let’s enjoy Christmas first, hope you all have a fabulous festive season and enjoyπŸŽ…πŸŽ„

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    1. Thanks Colin! Wishing yourself and the fam a very, merry Christmas too x


  4. Alison says:

    Hello! Please can we (Ed and I)meet up in the NY ??? Love Ali xx

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    1. Yes ofcourse! The kids keep nagging to see you guys too. Perhaps we could tempt you to visit St.Albans…we could give you a tour of the caravan and pop out for lunch? Sending loads of love to both of you 😘😘😘


  5. Cliff says:

    Hi Karen. Just found your blog and have enjoyed your posts. It is full summer here in NZ and very hot. My wife and I are heading off in our caravan to the South Island after Christmas for about a year. I am looking forward to following your adventures as we explore ours. All the best and hope you have a great Christmas and new year. C

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    1. Hey Cliff,
      Thanks so much for your message and kind wishes! Make the most of the summer and wishing you the best of luck with your caravanning adventures….absolutely freezing here in the UK (April can’t come soon enough) 😁


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