Essential Motorhome Ski Kit: Karcher Window Vac
I can’t remember being this excited about anything since the first handheld thingy that completely revolutionised dog and stair ownership. The Karcher window vac is awesome. We accidentally brought a Karcher window vac with us – it was very much on the ‘nice to have’ list but got bumped when we panic bought the whole of PC World in the last days before we left on our Winterized adventure. More concerned about out tech needs whilst on our radical sabbatical and my ability to ‘digital nomad’, than the practicalities of living in a motorhome as sub-zero temperatures, getting hold of this domestic gadget somewhat appeased us and convinced us we were fully prepared for life on the road. The less said about that, the better. Gadget Envy Forget the brand spanking new Elddis motorhome (one like this) we’re cruising about in. Our Karcher has been the envy of all our fellow winter travellers. Much to our surprise, we have no need for it at all in the cab of our van. We’ve got a pimp screen cover (kindly lent to us by Van Comfort who saved us from buying the wrong tool for the job when we initially approached them for advice) which […]
3 ways to motorhome ski
OK, so we’re a very long way off knowing what we’re doing or being any kind of authority on the matter of motorhome ski life but we very definitely know more than we did 27 days ago.
Whatever they tell you, #vanlife requires a sense of humour…
It’s actually pretty tricky to write an explanation to that from perhaps the most idyllic bar/ restaurant in all the Alps (Le Hors Piste, Chatel)! We’re dry, have mains power, speedy wifi and people bringing us amazing food and drink.
You’re not an ice road trucker and you do need winter tyres
We’ll be frank, we weren’t 100% sure that you do need winter tyres or that they were necessary for this trip.
East Bound ‘n’ Down – Winterized journey to the Alps
Day 6 and we’re having a cheat week in an amazing AirBnB near Geneva for Christmas… pre-planned so family could come out to join us but it’s the first time we’ve come up for air since we left home in Oxfordshire last Sunday.
Winterized gets snowed in
You couldn’t write it. We got snowed in at Elddis. Yup. The day we were collecting our van; the day before we were due to have our winter tyres fitted; the day before the day that we were due to do a dummy overnighter. It snowed. Hard. The journey north Elddis is a truly British manufacturer and upholds some of the manufacturing traditions that are rare in modern robot-run warehouses. Friends and family open days and Friday early shutdown, Elddis is the stronghold of a small former mining town in the North East of England. And the nicest thing of all is that having only visited a few times, we really feel like family. Despite having spent five and a half years in Newcastle as a student, 15 years of southern life means that a trip up north is still ridiculously exciting for me and Thursday was no exception. If a road trip past Watford Gap and collecting the motorhome wasn’t enough, as we hit the M18 it started SNOWING…. So here’s where we start to uncover the motivation behind this winterized motorhome ski trip… IT’S SNOWING… if you understand the way in which that statement should be read aloud […]
Beginners Guide to vlogging kit – what you need, and what you don’t.
As soon as YouTube celebrities starting showing up on the red carpet at film premiers ‘Vlogging’ became a real word. It’s an actually thing and you can be one. All you need is your face and a video camera. But how do you start? Here’s our beginners guide to vlogging kit.
What the…..how much loo roll?
Anyone who has been following our blog will know by now that we are ridiculously lucky. From being loaned our motorhome to getting a whole heap of equipment lent or gifted to us, we are very aware of how fortunate we are.
Finding an alternative ski holiday
If you search ‘alternative ski holiday’, you’re going to find lists of less common ski and snow sports destinations – little know off-grid Norwegian towns, remote Italian mountain villages and the fast growing resorts of Western Europe. And yes, that’s one alternative to the traditional European Alpine ski holiday but if you’re looking for something really different for your 2018 week in the snow, the are lots of options to consider.
Getting fit for a motorhome skiing holiday
There’s tonnes of information on the internet about getting fit for a skiing holiday. There is absolutely nothing on getting in shape for a motorhome skiing holiday.
Luxury travel – what does it mean?
If you stick ‘luxury travel’ into google, you’ll find names like Cox and Kings, Abercrombie and Kent and Elegant Resorts filling the first pages with 5 star hotels and first class flights. Click through to ‘images’ and you’ll find two dominant colours and pictures that are almost as toe curling as the touched up front covers of glossy fashion magazines.
Top 5 must-have ski gadgets for 2017/18
Snow sports are heavily gear oriented and ski gadgets are part of every self-respecting snow-bum’s kit list. You can even convince yourself that a ski holiday is completely impossible without the latest NASA spec technical equipment. Nevermind that people have been getting about on planks of wood without bluetooth-piste-side-manufacturer-support for centauries.
Guaranteed snow every ski holiday
Feeling disgruntled about the snow-lotto you play when booking your precious week in the mountains? Fancy spending some time touring the alps? Perfectly happy with negotiating a few switch-backs and stomach-lurching cliff edge roads for guaranteed snow?
This trip can’t really get much better. Our road trip proper now starts with a bonafide boat trip. Not only are we moving to the mountains this December but we’re doing it in some style.
Meeting The Grey Gappers
I’ve spent nearly every birthday for the last 11 years at the NEC in Birmingham and I’ve learned a few survival tricks in that time. Show-shoes – flat and squidgy. Caffeine – consume well in excess of your RDA – a dangerous amount is optimum.
Winter motorhoming – we thought we invented that
Honestly, we genuinely thought we’d come across a secret way to travel which was only known to a very small handful of nomads and hippies. We thought we invented winter motorhoming (evidence here).
“If it’s got tyres or testicles, it’s going to give you trouble”
Fortuitously, winter tyres are the least of our worries. It’s one thing both of us know a thing or two about and it’s been a priority to get good shoes on the motorhome from day one. I’m a secret tyre geek. I love tyres and I love tyre people.
#AdventureMiles and value exchange
To put you in the picture, we’re giving up our jobs (or at least James is – I perhaps naively think that I can ‘digital nomad’, vin chaud in one hand, laptop in the other, smoothly gliding through a snowy pine forest with planks stuck to my feet), and we’re heading off on the adventure of a lifetime.
Winterized and Fall-Line Skiing
Turning our trip from a ‘jolly’ into a radical sabbatical was never the plan, not really. It wasn’t until we had buried ourselves in the internet for two days without coming up for air that we realised we had an opportunity to put something together that might offer value to other people looking to road trip around the Alps in winter.
Winterized Partners with Elddis
If we’d known that four months ago we’d be writing this blog, we wouldn’t have believed you. We’re now part of the Elddis Family and this road trip just took on an entirely new meaning. If you’re sitting comfortably, let us begin.
#vanlife is mostly an endless discussion about excretion
Declaration: We do solemnly promise, that from this day forward (unless something truly hilarious happens (which will undoubtedly only be funny for one of us) there will no further potty chat… winterized #vanlife vows.
38 teaspoons, 5 quiche dishes and the 10K skip
Just over a year ago, I was mindlessly watching British weekend staple viewing Sunday Brunch, and they were interviewing the author James Wallman who was plugging his book, Stuffocation: Living More with Less. By the end of the day, I’d ploughed through a good chunk of it and had one of those life changing moments.
Top 5 Road Trip Planning Resources
Here are the top 5 road trip planning resources we got our paws on before we started to put together our winter 2017/18 road trip to the Alps. In no particular order…
The JFDI Road Trip
Dear Absolutely Nobody (let’s see if anyone is interested in our road trip) It’s sort of ‘Day One’ … at least an important day… the day pen goes to paper for the first time.