One of the main advantages of living the van life is the ability to move on whenever you want to. If you want to change the view you have or the weather isn’t so good you can pack up and move to somewhere new. At the end of December the days were becoming colder, damp and miserable in the UK. The misery not helped by the Brexit fiasco. So seeking a change I locked up the caravan jumped into the camper and headed for Dover and a cross Channel ferry. I’d decided to head to friends in Italy who live in the hills southeast of Rome. I spent a very enjoyable week there, but the weather was little better than that which I’d left behind in England, in fact it was if anything slightly colder. One morning there was an icicle hanging from the campers kitchen tap. Time then to move on again.
I looked online and booked a ferry from Civitavecchia, the port of Rome, to Barcelona. It was a deal costing €190.00 for the camper and a cabin with exclusive occupancy, it’s a twenty hour crossing departing at 23:00 so the cabin was a good idea. On January 9th I left Italy and the following evening drove off the ferry to head south through Spain for some winter sun. I spent the first night wildcamping in Sitges then continued further south to a spot midway between Valencia and Alicante, where I spent two nights wildcamping on the beach. While there I met a lovely couple from Scotland also traveling in their motorhome. It’s always good to meet up with friendly like minded people on the road and Christine and Douglas were a lovely couple. The weather was fantastic with clear blue skies and lots of sunshine allowing us to sit out and sunbathe. It felt good to go from thick winter clothes to T-shirts and shorts in just a few days.
From my beachfront spot I continued along the coast towards Mazarron where I have spent many winter weeks wildcamping with others on the beach. I thought I might meet up with friends I’d met over the years. I did manage to meet up with one friend but others I know had already left to head further south so perhaps I will catch up with then later. The adventure continues.
It seems I've been travelling for most of my life.
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