The idea of taking a year long road trip came about suddenly and without warning. One rainy day in February of last year a plan was mapped out. No route yet, but the mutual desire to travel and explore our beautiful home continent of Europe in a van.
In the early stages of the planning, we were realistic in the fact that there’s a large chance our dream wouldn’t become a reality, after living somewhere for so long the roots that keep you there can be difficult to cut loose, before our van was even purchased there were the small tasks of, selling all our stuff including our apartment not to mention telling both our parents and jobs we’d be leaving.
Our first step was to set a timescale to work with, originally planning to depart on at the beginning of March 2018, this date was later pushed back to June due to work and family commitments.
This later date gave us a good 16 months to get everything together and save the funds we needed to get on the road and travel for a year.
Now that we’re in the position owning our perfect adventure wagon , it’s interesting to look back at the steps it took to get hold of it. I feel we’re lucky in the respect that the van we purchased was only the third we viewed. Despite this the process wasn’t completely stress free, what with the cowboy van dealers to the perfect Mercedes Sprinters in the not so perfect location of northern Scotland.
The search started with hours of scrolling, scrolling through every online car selling website available. After a few weeks we’d been to a couple of viewings, however were yet to find something that truly caught our imagination. The problem we were finding was that we wanted something completely unique but at the same time having to carry out as little work to it ourselves as possible.
After 6 months travelling around Australia in a tiny 1980 Toyota Hiace, we had a few small requirements for our new van. These were for it to have a toilet and shower, a fixed rear bed and solar panels. We like the idea of wild camping, so wanted to make sure we were self sufficient in that respect.
That’s when we found Magnus, converted from an old Mercedes-Vario van he really is one of a kind. At nearly 7.5 metres long he’s incredibly spacious, with a 6 foot fixed rear bed and plenty of storage underneath for bikes, guitars etc.
A couple of car bootsales later, all that’s left to do is sell our flat, we’ve found a local estate agent and everything seems to be moving along. Now that we’re within the final few weeks before we depart time seems to be running away, we still can’t believe we’ve made this happen. I don’t think the idea that we’re actually going will properly sink in until we’re rolling onto that 7.15am ferry at Dover.