Friday, 30 May 2014

Boating on the NORFOLK BROADS

We've just returned from a lovely 4 days cruising on the northern Norfolk Broads and would like to share some tips for giving you an even better chance of having an enjoyable trip.

These are some things you may want to consider.

Many companies offer boats on the broads.  We are lucky enough to live in the area so prior to booking we toured a few boat yards and looked over some boats.

We finally booked with Herbert Woods finding staff extremely helpful and the boats a good quality.  Hoseasons are another good option as they market on behalf of numerous other companies.  Richardsons boats were mostly older ones but they offered really good discounts for repeat customers.

Expect to pay about £40 on top of the listed price of the boat for damage waiver cover and a deposit of around £125 for fuel the balance will be refunded or charged at the end of the trip.  In four days we used £33 worth of diesel.

Picking a boat - When you research on line the pictures and write ups are not always quite as accurate

Friday, 9 May 2014

TRAVEL AND MONEY SAVING - Trip planning and research -

                                                                          

You have decided to travel and yes THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER but where do you start fishing.

Of course you can travel with no plan but you may find you are in the wrong place at the wrong time or season, miss things you might have enjoyed seeing or clock up much more mileage having to back track.

If you do want to make a plan then these are my suggestions based on the way we have done things successfully.

How you are going to travel will have a big effect on where you can go.  For example if you travel by boat then it will be more difficult to visit inland places.  We found that in countries where motorhomes are common this is the cheapest way for a long term trip.  In Asia and developing countries backpacking using public transport, hotels and hostels is usually best. 

Saturday, 3 May 2014

MOTORHOME NUMBER 10 - Harry, A 30' "C" Class in USA


Our trip was to visit USA and neighbouring countries in 2007.  We'd heard that rental companies sometimes sell vans and found great deals with Cruise America.  As many contents are included it is a great way to start.  I also researched other companies and found Moturis who didn't market vans or normally sell to the public but were happy to sell us one as seen.

We chose a 29' Four Winds model J29 2 years old at $24200 (£12200) with 58000 miles on the clock.

 It had a superb layout of rear bedroom with walk around queen sized bed plus wardrobes and drawers either side, cupboards above and tons of storage under the bed.  In front of this was a shower cubicle on one side and toilet opposite with doors that could make this a completely private room.  Ahead of this was a huge fridge freezer opposite the kitchen.  The social area consisted of a dinette (that would make a small double bed) and a sofa bed (also a pull out