Hi- and welcome to the Wandering Bird road trip blog!
It's great to have you here.
I'm Kat and in a bit you can find out more about me but first, let's talk about YOU.
- Do you want to travel more? Want to take a road trip but don't know where to start?
- Just bought a motorhome or camper van and feeling a bit overwhelmed
- Are you fairly certain that there is more to life than paying off a mortgage- but feel stuck?
- Want to live smaller, more minimally and free up time and money to explore the world?
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 people 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, whether it's in a van, car or motorbike. Many people want to know how to change their lifestyles so that they can travel more frequently or for longer periods of time.
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Aims of Wandering Bird Road Trip and Motorhome Blog
I remember how daunting it was, heading off on an adventure the first time, wondering if we had everything we needed. 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!
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 so you can benefit.
But we HAVE learnt a lot about motorhome travel, road trips and staying safe as you travel. We hope you find our tips useful as you work through the blog.
(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. Or not.)
I love hearing from readers who are doing something they would never have been brave enough to do if it wasn't for this blog. Keep those emails coming- it makes all the long nights writing myself into a stupor totally worthwhile!
Most Popular posts on Wandering Bird
I know navigating a site this big is tough, so here are a few of our most popular posts to get you started:
- NEW to Motorhome? Start here
- How to Tour Europe in a Motorhome
- How to wild camp with a motorhome or camper van
- Essential Kit for motorhome travel
- Stop condensation in a camper or motorhome
Road Trip Tips
- 10 day perfect Scotland itinerary
- The BEST castles in southern Germany
- Visit Cornwall in 10 days
- Complete Guide to Norway in a Motorhome
- Our FAVOURITE places
A little about 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 both Norway and 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 worlds ‘good people'. Her passing was swift and unexpected- and really shook us out of our rut.
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 to never go home.
“Don't live 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 as an air-traffic controller, but something just wasn't right. I felt restless and like we were missing something.
I put in for a year-long sabbatical – 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 motorhome 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 Canada 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 18 now 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.