Hi- and Welcome to the page where I get to talk all about me. Yay!
But first, let's talk about you.
- Do you want to travel more?
- Would you love to take a road trip but don't know where to start?
- Does travel excite and overwhelm you, all at the same time?
- Are you fairly certain that there is more to life than paying off a mortgage- but feel stuck?
You are not alone. Since I started this blog in early 2018, I have received hundreds of emails, comments and Facebook messages asking for help. Some want specific advice with motorhome travel, which is our favourite way to see the world. Others want to know how to plan a road trip. Many want to know how to change their lifestyles so that they can travel more frequently or for longer periods of time.
I started this blog for two reasons; to let my family know what we were up to and to keep a diary of our adventures. Turns out, my family don't really read it (I'm not bitter…*sobs*), but THOUSANDS of other people just like you do. Today, it's one of the biggest Motorhome Travel blogs in the UK- and for that, I am incredibly grateful. Thank you.
Aims of Wandering Bird
My goal is to make it easy for people to learn how to road trip, whether it's by motorhome, campervan or car- and hopefully inspire you to go somewhere new! I love hearing from readers who are sunning it up or doing something they would never have been brave enough to do if it wasn't for this blog. Keep those letters coming- it makes all the long nights writing myself into a stupor totally worthwhile!
We are NOT experts- how can you possibly travel to a new place and call yourself an ‘expert'?? We make many (many!) mistakes- like that time we ended up in France on a bank holiday in Winter with no gas; doh!- and we share them all. (Full disclosure- we don't spend hours setting up cute Instagram photos or photoshopping them to make it look sunny… sorry. You get the raw, unfiltered truth here. If you're really lucky, I might brush my hair.)
Talking of me:
Hi! I'm Kat, aka the Wandering Bird.
My husband and I have always been a bit ‘weird'- we've lived on boats for 15 years; partly to save money and partly because we love the view! We've never got excited about big houses in the suburbs. Instead, we spent our money travelling. We got married in Victoria Falls in Zambia, we honeymooned with the elephants in Botswana, we've marvelled at the Northern Lights in Norway and in Iceland and we've eaten ourselves into a pancake coma in America. Twice. But we've always worked and had jobs to return to and we didn't really think there was any other way. This was our life and we were pretty happy in our little rut.
In 2017, our lives changed dramatically. We lost my mother-in-law, who was one of the world's ‘good people'. Her passing was swift and unexpected- and really shook us up. To try and fill the void she left, we bought adventure motorbikes, and then a motorhome to tow them around Europe with. We explored France, Italy, Liechtenstein and somehow found ourselves standing on a mountaintop in Switzerland, gazing up at the Milky Way, planning how we could never go home.
“Don't like the same year 75 times and call it a life”
I never meant to be a ‘traveller'. I had a well-paying and respected job, but something just wasn't right. I felt restless and like we were missing something. I put in for a year-long sabbatical from my job- but as we were planning and saving for that, we realised that if we drastically changed our lifestyle and reduced our bills, we could afford for me not to work at all. I handed in my notice the very next day.
Since then, my husband and I have explored 15 countries and travelled over 25,000 miles (yep, in just 12 months!) We've watched the sunrise over Stonehenge, walked behind waterfalls, seen the Disney Castle and paid our respects at the Menin Gate. We travel mainly by road and are loving being able to explore Europe at a leisurely pace, but we also have some incredible overseas adventures planned which we're excited to share with you (HELLO Mexico and Jordan!) If you'd like to see where we've been, check out our MAP.
When we're not travelling, we live on a boat in the UK and spend time with our families. Mr WB continues to work hard to support us, and he returns to the office and visits clients regularly. You might see our daughter Jade pop up occasionally, but she's now 17 and far too cool to travel with us. Instead, we've adopted a cocker spaniel puppy, Mac– he thinks we're awesome (because we know where the food is!)
Nothing brings a place to life like a video, so we try to make as many as possible to show people what a place is really like. We're not professionals, by any means, but we hope you find them enjoyable and useful. Don't forget to follow us on YouTube!
Over time, we're trying to answer as many people's questions as possible by building up a resource page. Here you'll find our favourite gear, activities and other useful info. There are also opportunities to support this blog if you wish- thank you!
So welcome, once again. There's a whole heap of information on this site already, and it will continue to grow.