Campervans.com – in my inbox…
Today I have as usual an eclectic mix of information sent to me from Campervan and motorhome rental companies and Tourist Boards from all over the world.
At the top of the list is a useful guide to planning a road trip of Great Britain from Bunk Campers who offer a good range of campervans and motorhomes to rent in the UK. Today though they are concentrating on providing some useful planning info and have titled their blog “Britain by Campervan: The ultimate 14 day driving route” . It starts in from their depot in London and takes in a route to Cornwall Visit Cornwall Tourist Board via Sussex Sussex Tourist Boardand back up through Devon. Visit Devon tourist board.
From there it is a drive down the west coast to East Anglia Visit East Anglia.
So, booking a Bunk and touring Great Britain will give you a good insight into our unique country whether you are from here. Or, an overseas visitor. Thanks Bunk!
Next is an email about California featuring Lake Tahoe Lake Tahoe
It looks incredible:
It is also a popular place for golfers and skiiers. The Harvey’s Concert series this year features legends such as Paul Simon, Train, Lenny Kravitz, Third Eye Blind and the Who. Harveys Outdoor arena tickets.
At the other end of the spectrum is San Diego and apart from its main attractions this article features adventure sports – California’s longest zip line, kayaking through the caves of La Jolla to see the sea lions, dolphins and sometimes whales. This site offers reviews of parks to take your rv to RV parks review
Cool camping sent an email about campsites in France. They offer a good range of campsites throughout France that accomodate campervans and motorhomes. Hire in France France campervan and motorhome hire and explore each of these regions:
The Dordogne The Dordogne
Normandy and Brittany Normandy and Brittany
Provence Provence Tourist Board
Central France France tourist Board
South East France South East France
The Alps The Alps
Burgundy and the Loire Burgundy Tourist board
The Midi-Pyrenees Midi Pyrenees Tourist Board
the Pyrenees The Pyrenees
Western France Western France tourist board
Ardeche Tourist offices in Ardeche
Languedoc Languedoc tourist information
Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association sent us this:
Booking tips for last minute campers.
This features campsites in British Columbia, Canada where we hire an immense number of rv’s, truck campers, motorhomes and even cars! Rent an RV in Canada
They have compiled a list of 35 private campgrounds with some availability in July …Campgrounds availability in Canada
This is an independent site Camping & RV in British Columbia that is a useful resource for planning your rv trip in Canada.
Campervan hire in Finland Campervan hire in Finland
Portugal: Campervan hire in Portugal
The Lighthouse Trail in Ireland:
Campervan rental in Ireland Campervan hire in Ireland
Canada Road Trip.
When you are on the road exploring the wide open spaces of Canada you have the freedom to stop whenever you like, wherever you desire.
Museums are also attractive when you have the time to mooch around. This came into my inbox this week too:
Wales Rock Festivals and Events:
Welsh Eisteddfod 3 to 9 Jul 2017
What better way to experience a wide range of music. Book now so that you can include on your holiday. There are campsites close by. Check out Campsites in Wales for Motorhomes and Campervans
South Dakota – a road trip stop over.
Firstly, it is a very warm and sunny day here in the UK. It is going to be hot later but I can’t get too overwhelmed by scenes of golden beaches and green wide open spaces and roads that disappear in a heat haze over the horizon because….South Dakota sent this:
South Dakota’s Celebrated Winte
|Winter shouldn’t just be endured, it should be celebrated in South Dakota! For a memorable trip of a lifetime, here is an outdoor adventure list of must-experience activities for an enjoyable winter trip across the state:
So chill out with this news and cool down!
However, if you are in South Dakota in your rv this summer there are also those memorable sites to see as it is the home of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park and Custer State Park.
Just so you don’t get the wrong impression of South Dakota, here are some fantastic scenery shots taken in South Dakota. Thanks to the Tourism board for these:
There are many, many more attractions to see. Check out the official South Dakota tourist information site:
Also, they publish a guide to fuel costs! How good is that for us rv’ers! South Dakota fuel costs
Food Network’s USA Road Trip.
Featured Motorhome from Australia.
This week there are discounts on offer from Maui in Australia on their Maui River motorhome. Here is some more info on this iconic motorhome.
This ‘state of the art’ motorhome is perfect for families. It has a spacious living area and plenty of storage. The kids can be safely buckled up in the back and entertained by their favourite DVD. There is a large fridge and although you are camping there is no need to rough it! You will find china crockery, a coffee plunger and decent wine glasses. The shower is hot and towels are abundant!
Other Vehicle Features
Child and Baby Seats
This vehicle has positioning for two child restraints. A child seat (from birth until approximately four years) or booster seat (for children aged between four and seven years) can be fitted to the rear seats in the main cabin.
Radio, Cassette, CD,DVD,TV, iPod / USB Connection,MP3 / MP4 Playback
USA best beach: Great overnight stopover.
Dr Beach has voted Florida’s Siesta Beach as the top beach in the USA. It has the best beach safety, environmental protection and has adopted non-smoking policies.
It also has find white sand and is environmentally healthy. If you want to visit in your rv then we would suggest checking out:
which has links to sites. I haven’t yet been to visit these, so check out independent reviews to help you make your choices.
I also received a link to this exciting option to do on a road trip when you need a few days adrenalin rush.
not for the feint hearted!
Maybe on my next trip!
Of course, there is always a tamer option of the Calgary Stampede:
If you want to park up your rv while visiting the Stampede the check out http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/alberta/calgary
Know Before You Go:
This is a free service provided by the UK Government that highlights the political situation in countries around the world and assesses the risks for travellers. Today I checked out the fire risk in Portugal.
“A forest fire has claimed the lives of a large number of people in the Pedrogão Grande area of central Portugal. Other smaller fires have also been reported elsewhere in the country due to high temperatures. Avoid travelling to the affected areas until the authorities confirm that it’s safe to do so. Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas and report fires to the emergency services on 112. See Natural disasters
New Zealand Short Day Walks
The Department of Conservation and Tourism New Zealand have combined to promote short day walks to best meet the needs of New Zealanders and visiting tourists.
One of the beauties of touring New Zealand in a campervan is being able to park up, have breakfast, pack a lunch and head off on a hike knowing that on your return you can sleep or cook up a fantastic meal as you have definitely earned it.
Many of the walks into the bush are well catered for but it would be just a great idea to have a guide to the short walks all in one place.
Watch this space for the announcement of the guide.
This site NewZealand.com
is packed with information to help you plan your road-trip around New Zealand. We rent out campervans http://campervans.motorhomerepublic.com/new-zealand-special-offers.html
and cars: http://carhirez.com
Lonely Planet provided this information on how to put together a more sophisticated camera kit other than just a mobile phone:
Camera kit bodies such as Fujifilm’s X series and Sony’s Alpha are smaller bodies with interchangable lenses.
They suggest taking a wide-angle, telephoto and zoom lenses. But you may be able to capture most scenes with a fixed focal length lens (Prime) . They suggest a 50mm lens for general use and a 35 mm for landscapes, street scenes and architecture and a 85 mm for portaits.
Wildlife photography needs a 300mm or 600mm.
Keep a uv filter on your lens to protect it.
Take The Iceland Pledge…
Iceland is promoting responsible tourism. Iceland has seen visitor numbers rise and promoting responsible tourism helps preserve the natural habitat that visitors go to Iceland to see.
We promote Iceland campervan and motorhome rental so are pleased to promote this too. @campervans.com
WE have taken the Iceland Pledge
Visit Scotland posts regular updates on where to go and what to see in Scotland.
I toured Scotland in a campervan last year and was amazed at how empty it was even in the height of summer and also how welcoming everybody is. We toured in the wilds of Scotland and stayed overnight in campsites and also took advantage of Scotland’s acceptance of free-camping.
A perfect mix of community and getting away from it all.
The official tourist site Visit Scotland
has a great range of information to help us road-trippers plan a route to find the best of what Scotland has to offer.
Here’s a few driving tips for Scotland too:
Wanderlust Magazine published this great guide to 16 of the world’s best one-week road trips.
They are designed for cars but I have included them here as I like the routes!
You can read the full article here.
- 1: Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway – USA
- 2: Cape Tribulation – Australia
- 3: Mae Hong Son Loop – Thailand
- 4: The Romantic Road – Germany
- 5: Parks Tour – Costa Rica
- 6: Gaspésie Grand Tour – Canada
- 7: Ruta 40 – Argentina
- 8: Norwegian Coast – Norway
- 9: The Coromandel Peninsula – New Zealand
- 10: Central Hokkaido Route – Japan
- 11: North Coast 500 – Scotland
- 12: Wild Atlantic Way – Ireland
- 13: Route 62 – South Africa
- 14: The Ring Road – Iceland
- 15: Skeleton Coast – Namibia
- 16: The Pirate Route – Jamaica
Every day I get emails from the Canadians about what to do and see in Canada. Here is a brief selection of those that have landed in the last few days:
Kayak with Orca. This is amazing!
This from National Geographic:
WHERE SHOULD I BE FOR THE BEST SKY SHOW?
In August, the total eclipse will be visible from a 70-mile-wide corridor stretching about 2,500 miles diagonally from west to east. Depending on where along this pathway you are, the moon will cover the entire sun for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
The path begins in Oregon and crosses through portions of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina before ending in South Carolina.
Where to rent an rv for the ecipse viewing: http://www.campervans.com/usa.html
South African Tourist Board sent me this little beauty:
Campervan and Motorhome rental in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique: http://www.campervans.com/southafrica.html
If you are following the Lions’ Tour of New Zealand then check out this latest weather forecast. Take care all you Barmy Army!
Portugal has a really good website that can help you plan your road trip. https://www.visitportugal.com/en
Campervan hire in Portugal http://www.campervans.com/portugal.html
Meanwhile in Canada
On a scale for 1-10 how beautiful this is to baby cubs BEAR playing <3Credit: @Jeff Molyneaux
Posted by Like if you love Animals on Friday, 9 June 2017
Sometimes you just happen to be in the right place at the right time. This clip came from one of our suppliers Fraserway Rentals http://www.campervans.com/canada.html
They have a full range of campers from truck campers right the way through to the C class RV. You can book any of these with great discounts on our website. That’s the plug for us!
We are updating our website www.campervans.com
We are putting the finishing touches to the page and we hope to have it up and running shortly. We have all new images of campervans, motorhomes, truck campers, hi-top and low-top campers as well as sleeper cars. There is everything listed from cheap as chips to luxury with all the bells and whistles. Watch this space .
We need your feedback. Just let us know if there is any country where you are planning a road trip and would like some more info on. Maybe just a link to the tourist boards.
Apollo Motorhome Holidays
NEW VEHICLE ADDED TO THE APOLLO USA FLEET
INTRODUCING THE US TOURER AND SATURN RV
Apollo is excited to announce the launch of its newest USA product offering; the US Tourer and Saturn RV.
Built on a the rugged ProMaster 3500 chassis, the 2berth* US Tourer and Saturn RV is a step up from its predecessor the Apollo Euro Tourer, with large windows, a manual 12-inch awning, large queen bed and sleek exterior finish. This BVAN configuration offers simplistic style with everything you need for your next self-drive holiday.
Standard Features include*:
- 9,000 BTU roof mount Air Conditioner
- Bathroom with Shower
- Large Queen bed
- 5.0 cu. Ft refrigerator
- 20’ 9-inch exterior length
- Easy Day to Night configuration
- 12-inch exterior Awning
- Pull out pantry and pot drawer
- 2 burner propane stove
- Automatic propane Heating System
*Specifications subject to change. Final specifications will be available by 31st Jan 2017.
These vehicles will be bookable from 16th January 2017 for travel from the 01 May 2017. These vehicles will only be available to/from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas.
Note: Images are for illustrative purposes only- fully imagery, specs available soon.
Canada road trip – Edmonton to Calgary. This adventure will take you approximately – 486 km (302 miles).
Life on central Alberta’s Boomtown Trail is full of surprises. The trail’s two main highways, 21 and 56, form a long rectangle between New Sarepta in the north and Bassano in the south. It’s the perfect route to discover the boomtown architecture found in many of Alberta’s small towns built during Canada’s railway expansion at the turn of the century. Be sure to explore the many historic attractions, regional museums and quirky sights along the way.
Before leaving Edmonton spend some time discovering the city’s rich history. Hop on a beautifully restored vintage streetcar for a scenic tour that crosses over the High Level Bridge, above the North Saskatchewan River. Then, step back in time at Fort Edmonton Park – a huge living history park in the Edmonton River Valley. Discover an authentic 1919 steam train, fur trading post and 1920s midway. A visit to the outdoor Alberta Railway Museum is a must for all train fans. Stroll through the long carriages of a CN passenger train, investigate fascinating railway memorabilia and even take a ride on the rails.
From Edmonton, head south on Hwy 21 through New Sarepta, then east on Hwy 13 to Camrose. Discover local heritage at the Camrose Railway Museum and Park, with a guided or self-guided tour of the original 1911 CN Railway depot. Then visit the Camrose & District Centennial Museum to wander through historic buildings, like a pioneer log house circa 1898 and a church from 1908. You’ll also find replicas that depict some of Camrose’s’ original boomtown architecture, including its fire hall, newspaper office and blacksmith shop. The town is home to Alberta’s first playhouse as well, so be sure to check out the Bailey Theatre, which opened in 1911.
Continue east on Hwy 13, then south on Hwy 56. Take a side trip east on Hwy 53 to the town of Donalda. Look for the world’s largest lamp at a whopping height of 12 m (42 ft). Steps away, at the Donalda & District Museum, you’ll find historic Métis and regional artefacts and a collection of more than 900 lamps – the largest in North America!
Back on Hwy 56, drive south to Stettler and visit the Town and Country Museum to tour 26 historical buildings, including a schoolhouse, post office and church, featuring pioneer furniture and artefacts. Pick up a brochure at the town office and do the self-guided Downtown Historical Walking Tour. If you have the time, take a vintage train ride with Alberta Prairie Railway.
The five to six hour trip, through Central Alberta’s big sky country, features exciting on board entertainment, historic tales and a full course buffet meal in Big Valley before heading back.
From Stettler, go west on Hwy 12 to Erskine, then north on Hwy 835 to Rochon Sands Provincial Park. Swim in the warm waters of Buffalo Lake and have a picnic on the sandy beach. It’s also great location for bird watching and you may even spot some of the elk, moose or deer that roam the area.
Back on Hwy 12, head southwest on Hwy 21 to Delburne. A must-see is the Anthony Henday Museum, which features a CN train station, caboose, railway water tower, replica pioneer cabin and one-room school, throughout its four floors of exhibits.
Continue south to the town of Trochu and learn about the first French settlers at the Trochu and District Museum. Be sure to stop by the Golf and Country Club to see the world’s largest golf tee – an impressive 12 m (40 ft) tall roadside attraction.
If you have the inclination, take a detour east on Hwy 585 to Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park, one of Alberta’s best kept secrets.
Alberta Parks Information Site
Drive on towards Strathmore and then head west on the Trans-Canada (Hwy 1) to Calgary. Explore the National Historic Site of Fort Calgary to learn about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the impact the railway had on city. Then visit Heritage Park – the country’ largest living history museum – to experience how Western Canada’s evolved, with streets and buildings portraying life from the 1860s to the 1950s.
Special offers and Discounts on Canada Camper van, Motorhome and RV Rental
Finland: the Archipelago Trail
Finland has the largest archipelago in the world. Follow this trail via road, bridges and ferry to see old wooden houses, lighthouses, old buildings and spectacular scenery.
You can explore other islands by sea taxi.
There are over 20,000 islands in the Turku archipelago.
The Finnish Tourist Board offer a free touring map. See it here
The trail starts in the city of Turku and you travel about 250kms if you want to complete the full route. You can comfortable travel the trail from the end of May to the end of August. It is open in the winter months too but you may have to back-track on some legs.
There are many campsites along the route. Here is a copy of the map.
Finland’s legal concept of everyman’s right gives everyone the chance to enjoy outdoor pursuits, and the freedom of the country’s vast forests and fells, and many lakes and rivers, with few restrictions. Public access to private land is much wider in Finland, and the other Nordic countries, than in most other countries.
Details of “Everyman’s Rights” can be found here.
You’ll find more information and other touring routes in Finland here: