A Glawning, A Camper Van and A Martin!

A Glawning, A Camper Van and A Martin!

VW Drive Away Awning - Glamping Yurt StyleWe’ve owned a Glawning since they were first produced by those two lovely Yorkshire entrepreneurs, James and Sarah. We bought one of the first types in 2014 and spent over an hour erecting it for the first time at the Brazilian VW Bay Sleepover at Anita’s site in Oxfordshire.

I’m happy to say that with a bit of practice we got that down to under half an hour, depending on how many cups of tea or bottles of beer we had whilst we’re doing it and, more importantly, how many people come over to chat to see what we’re doing.

Absinthe has always attracted lots of attention on campsites throughout the UK and Europe but this was doubled whenever we had the Glawning up as well. We’d tried two other awnings before but none of them fitted the VW vibe as well and none gave us the comfort and style that the Glawning does. Once the stove is in and lit we can settle down for the evening in such a warm and cosy environment that we’ve been known to still be there with a bottle of red chatting into the early hours.

We don’t sleep in ours but many of our friends do and the newest model allows you to stare at the skies whilst you lay back in the warmest awning you’ll ever own.

We bought the newer version a while ago, with a built in groundsheet, which is even easier to erect – we can’t recommend it highly enough. One of our friends bought the old one from us and they’re delighted with it too. Ownership comes with access to a really useful Facebook Group and the opportunity to attend Glampfest, a festival for all Glawning Owners.

We used the original one when we appeared on the Caravan Club’s Caravanner of the Year TV programme and everyone loved it, even if the judges said our erection was a bit floppy!

As you can tell we love our Glawning and now we’re delighted to let you know that we are able to offer a 7% discount!

Author – Martin Bellamy

Visit the full post to get the free coupon and see more pictures of Absinthe on the website: http://wwwwww.C13MPR.com

LIFE IS SIMPLE – by 2born2travel

LIFE IS SIMPLE – by 2born2travel

Life Is Simple - 2born2travel - VW Caddy CamperAs you drive into Lofoten you are instantly hit by the sheer beauty of the place, you are turning corners and you can’t help but drop your jaw. You come to the end of a tunnel and as you exit the word WOW, just falls out of your mouth. There was a moment where tears just rolled down my cheeks! Had the utter beauty of this place literally brought me to tears or was it the fact that I was listening to Adele?

These roads just didn’t feel real, nature is just truly breathtaking. Something surely can’t be this beautiful? It just went on for miles and miles. Picking a spot to park became so challenging as there was just way too much choice. Being surrounded by this much pure beauty really puts life into perspective, its simple – EAT – SLEEP – EXPLORE!

And that’s exactly what happened:
Whether it was adventuring around beautiful fjords, climbing up cliff edges, rock hopping through forests, discovering mini beaches at the bottom of mountains or kayaking around the Arctic circle in a bikini, (yes the Arctic circle packs some heat!). All while causally being accompanied by the occasional lion mane jellyfish floating alongside!

Being here was like being totally at one with nature, cooking on open fires, collecting wood, drinking water from the most beautiful waterfalls and showering out in the open with the most amazing views. I just had not idea life could be lived like this, so simple but yet so fulfilling. Really got into the ease of kayaking for leisure and food, making fires for heat and cooking. Everything I was doing had purpose and pleasure.

Being here really got me thinking, what do we actually need? When you take away all the comforts of life and you really pin it back to what you actually need to survive? The basics would be:


A very wise and influential guy once told me, that if a cave man was to be dropped into today’s society he would die within 17 seconds! The noise, the amount of people, the buildings and the technology in our society would be to much for the caveman to take in. This really got me thinking, WOW he is right it would.  If you sit in nature, in the middle of nowhere what are you surrounded by? The sounds of nature, the wind, water flowing down rivers, animals rustling in bushes and birds flying overhead, the only noise pollution is the magical sounds of nature. Now if you imagine going from that and only ever knowing that, then being dropped into the middle of London or New York, you can begin to understand how you would only survive for 17second. Your brain would not be able to take it all in.

On this trip, I have been privileged enough to discover some real hidden gems in the mountains, woods and along the coast. Where I’ve been able to sit, chill and listen to nothing but the sound of nature. It really makes you think, all the things society offers is there to help you create more time for yourself, but does it actually work or is it just a distraction of your time?

TV, games consoles, laptops, phones, and internet, don’t get me wrong I’m not saying I could live without some these things. But do they actually benefit us in any way?

When you strip back to nature again, scrambling up waterfalls to take a bath, running around a forest collecting wood to build a fire, exploring the unwandered tracks of the mountains and forging for food. It made me think how lazy my life was before, turning on the heating, driving to a shop that is a 5-minute walk away, sticking something in the oven.

I found this way of living far more fun and rewarding. Yes, it 100% took me longer to build a fire and cook on it, than sticking something in the oven. But when you free up your time you to experiment with these things, you being to see how simple life is. Learning how to build a fire by trial and error or actually communicating with the locals to find out what berries are okay to pick and eat rather than googling it just the natural way of learning. It’s more memorable, thus making us more likely to be able to retain the knowledge.

This trip has not only brought me back to nature but it has also taught me so much about myself. When you have just done a 12-mile hike, you are tired, want to sleep but you have to walk down to the waterfall to collect 10 liters of water and carry it back before its something I would have been like, na we can just get some at the next place. But the next place might not have water so you hike down to the waterfall to collect it as water is vital for survival.

I’m not saying I’m going to live this way for the rest of my life, but just having the chance to experience this I have learnt so much about what I actually need in my life, what I have wasted in the past and the way I will begin to look at things moving forward.

I would 100% recommend taking a few days or longer to get back to nature!

Do it and let me know how you find the experience.



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The Travelling Mary – by Lucy Withers

The Travelling Mary – by Lucy Withers

The Travelling Marys Map, Compass & Photos - by Lucy WithersOur Vanlife story started late last year (2017) when my adventure partner David’s father passed away an left us his 2000 Mercedes Sprinter. Though it came to us in such a sad way, vanlifing has been a dream of ours for quite some time.

When I eventually moved back home to Australia from the UK we travelled down from Newcastle NSW to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere down in Tasmania. Once we made it we were welcomed with the sight of a smashed rear window, stolen camp fridge and many other items of value not to mention his father’s belongings. So needless to say we were gutted but also furious.

We drove around for a full day trying different options for fixing the back window, to finally settle on some good old plywood and duct tape. With fingers crossed as we made the journey back to Newcastle the following day. 9hours on the spirit of Tasmania to cross back over to mainland where we then begun the exhausting 10hour drive back home. Covering around 1200ks with so many snacks, karaoke jams and fuel stops, we, and our van Mary (David’s fathers late partner and adventure buddy who we have decided to name the van after) made It back home in one piece.

We spent most of that trip home discussing what we wanted to do to the van. We had decided that we didn’t want to change her too much, just add more to it to make her even better. She was a bit of an empty canvas by the time we got to her (and those bastards took what that wanted from her!) So we had a fair bit to work with. She had a double bed in the back of the van with plenty of storage space underneath, 12volt 1000 amp hour batteries, a 70L pod on the roof, a few gadgets and an side awning and that’s about it.

The weekend after we got her home we took her on her first trip with us up to Barington Tops where the GPS his dad had in, decided to take us up the worst possible track (clearly meant for 4×4) to then tell us to continue up a hiking trail to get to where we were meant to stay the night. Not to mention that it led us up the complete wrong side of the damn mountain. So that was fun… But we did find a beautiful spot to make camp for the night. Though the road there really gave Mary a beating, she handled it well.

In the coming weeks we have added a 5 draw tool chest with a wooden top to be our kitchen space. With soft close draws, self-locking rails and foam inserts, although it was pricy it’s worked brilliantly for what we wanted. We are also adding a 300watt solar panel to help charge our massive batteries and make it easier for us to camp wild, rather than in parks or camp sites. We have added a 40L water tank into the back of the van to be our main water supply and will be adding a rooftop pvc pipe shower thing (David’s brilliant plan) to be our main source of water for the outside.

After tinkering around throughout the week, we take Mary on weekend adventures. This helps us get a better idea of what we want and need to still add to her. Such as our soft hanging shelves to hold all our clothes, shoe bag to the back of the chair, new bedding and some feminine touches. We are pretty happy with how she is going now.

We are trying to build our vanlife community to gain inspiration from fellow travellers and inspire us to take on longer travels. We hope to be doing New Zealand later this year. But for now we head wherever the wind takes us.

Thanks for reading,

Lucy, David and our Van Mary.


You Can Follow Them on Instagram – @thetravellingmary

VanLife App Needs Your Contribution! 

VanLife App Needs Your Contribution! 

VanLife App – Everything in one place!

VanLife App is already available on Google Play today, its the first version, go check it out!

The app made by a van dweller inside his van for other van lifers to enjoy. Released in December 2017 it has had very positive growth already in such a short space of time, many people taking time to reach to out to show support it’s clear that this app is going to be very popular, and one day the online heart and home of the vanlifing community.


I’ve listened to your suggestions and ideas and now know what you want! My primary objective with this app is to offer something really magical, an app that connects us all, enables us to live easier and happier and brings all the content you could need into one place. Some of the newest features to be arriving shortly are:

Live ChatRooms

Chat with other vanlifers on the live chatrooms, where you can also post images, links and videos. Group Chat is also available for more specific topic related chat.


Build and contribute to the forum with your travel stories, product reviews, advice and general chat.

See Nearby Vanlifers on Map

See Real-Time information of other online VanLife users displayed on the familiar Google Maps interface.

Personal Profiles

Your personal profile shows people your interests galleries and optional social media feeds connected right on your profile!

Private Messaging Abilities

Private message other van lifers who may be near you who you wish to contact.

Classified Ads

Here you can sell anything from your beloved van to that old stove you dont use anymore. Selling can be socialable and is a great way to meet others and form lasting vanlife friendships.


See all the events and all of the festivals, all year, all over the world on an easy to use map interface.

Love to blog?

You’ll soon be able to create your own blog on the VanLife App where you’ll be able to post stories of travels or recommendations for places you’ve visited, whatever you plan to write about, you can do it with us!

How Can You Help?

There is a huge workload of difficult tasks that I’m steadily chipping away at, but unfortunately it is very time consuming with many of the different advanced components costing £1000s each, with limited resources inside the van this is daunting, but with your help this vision can easily be made a reality!

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Shane drops everything to travel US in a VW camper van

Shane drops everything to travel US in a VW camper van

A businessman with a penchant for Volkswagen vans chose to drop everything and go travelling across North America when he felt he needed a break from work.  Shane Jordan is a 33-year-old man from Los Angeles who works in IT.  Jordan set up his own company in New York City aged 19 and has been working ever since.

Source: Businessman drops everything to embark on travelling US in a VW camper van | The Independent

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