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LIVING IN A MOTOR HOME: FAQ's

We always seem to get asked the same questions about living somewhat off grid in a motor home, to which the answers seem to spark a dozen more questions! So (to give our voices a rest!) here's the answers to our most frequently asked questions...

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Keeping Stress Levels Low on a Trip

A journey in itself should be fun, you get to take in new sights and experiences along the way that can often leave more memories than of the camping part itself. However it's also no secret that journeying anywhere on the congested bank holiday roads of Britain can quickly become a miserable and stressful experience due to any number of aggravations!

 

Read our 5 top tips to keeping your stress levels low on a trip;

 

  1. Have an up to date paper map as a spare to the Sat-Nav (and learn how to read it!). Knowing that you have a back up in case your phone or GPS is dying really takes the pressure off! I’ve lost count of the amount of times that our Sat-Nav has lost signal at a vital moment in the journey and we’ve been rescued by the traditional road atlas... Also if hiking is on the agenda once you reach your destination make sure you have the appropriate Ordinance Survey map of the area to stop you getting lost - stress and the wilderness certainly don’t mix!
  2. Plan your route before hand and make notes of the service areas available on the way so there’s no last minute panic to find a fuel-station or a toilet. A good stretch, rehydration and a bite to eat on the regular can help keep the mood lifted - especially if you're familiar with the term 'hangry'! Try and plan a few routes in case the inevitable traffic jam or road closure crops up along the way.
  3. Make your own music play lists for the drive. Take into account how many hours you should need and make sure to include something for everyone. Choose carefully the songs that make you feel calm, happy and forgiving. It’s incredible what a little music therapy can do when the tension starts to build! 
  4. Be flexible with your plans. It’s good to have a plan and there may be many things you would like to see along the way but understand that it may change due to the unknown and that’s OK! Don't over-plan every mile and minute as that means that undoubtedly more will seem to go wrong. This is a point that took me many years to finally realise, just go with the flow and you will enjoy your journey without any pressure. Buy an Ordnance Survey Map on Amazon now!Buy an Ordnance Survey Map on Amazon now!
  5. Most importantly, take a deep breath. Even with the most flexible plan, the best music and a good map there are still people out there for whom it seems their purpose in life is to ruin your day! When you feel yourself getting worked up ask yourself if it is even worth getting upset about? Road rage really is a strange phenomenon and there's much better things to do on a journey than argue with other road users - whether they started it or not. Remind yourself to stay calm, take a deep breath and decide that you simply won't allow whatever they have done to ruin your trip. 

I hope these suggestions help you keep the peace and enjoy the journey as well as the destination, if you have any calming tips of your own share it in the comments below!

 

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About us:

My name is Sarah and in 2011 my husband Ryan and I decided to buy and re-fit an old motor home - we named it Waki and now live in it full time in the UK!

We live neither on or off-grid, rather somewhere in between, and are not the first and I dare say not the last to choose this way of life... read more>> 

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