I have to admit that when we first got the motor home a tour around southern Ireland was not on my list of things to do. Sure, it may have made the list at some point, but when we decided to get a motor home Ireland wasn’t even n my radar. If the choice was solely up to me we would not be going to Ireland, and rather than crossing the Irish Sea we would be crossing the English Channel or even the North Sea and headed for mainland Europe.
There are many European countries I want to go in the motor home with the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland being top of the list:-
There are so many countries in mainland Europe I want to see I think it is pretty clear to see that Ireland is not somewhere I am ‘itching’ to visit, but it is the location of our first foreign trip in the motor home which, I appreciate, seems weird.
I want to go to mainland Europe in the motor home however my other half is not as keen. Like many people who don’t want to go abroad my wife uses the “there are so many gorgeous places in the UK to visit” argument as an excuse to tour the UK. Okay, there are many places in the UK but there is so much more off this little island of ours, and I want to see it and experience it whilst I still can. The day will come when I won’t be able to drive too far, the day will come when I don’t want to venture more than ten miles down the road, and the day will come when I don’t want to experience new things. This is getting old, and before I get to this stage I want to get the most out of the motor home I can.
After the “there are so many amazing places in the UK” argument there is, according to my wife:-
The above are just a few examples, and since I could give a resolution to each and every one of her (negative) comments the arguments for not going abroad became less and less.
As a compromise we decided that our first foreign trip should be to Southern Ireland, which is why we are going West across the Irish Sea rather than South to France or East over to the Netherlands, and since the Irish drive on the left side of the road and speak English my wife is happy. I have been told I need to research/brush up on the Irish driving laws and regulations, however I think Mr Google will help me out with that one.
As well as consulting Mr Google about the driving rules and regulations I think I am also going to have to consult him about where to go, what to do and what to see. I don’t know anyone who has been to Ireland on holiday so I won’t get the chance to get first hand experiences form people I know, and more importantly trust. All I can say is than god for the internet – although it would be more of an adventure if we just caught the ferry and went ‘winging it’.
Choosing the route around Southern Ireland was the first time I had planned a touring route for the motor home and what a challenge it was. It took several hours, more than I than I wanted to spend but I got there in the end and came up with a route that my better half was happy with. If you're interested take a look at this post.
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A total motor home newbie with a six year camping background in a folding camper. A keen blogger sharing my experience of researching, choosing, buying and owning a motor home. and every thing that goes with it.
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