Number of travellers:
2 adults (Linda Meixner and Carola Völk)
2 weeks in July 2022
approx. 2,444 km
Leutkirch im Allgäu (Germany)
Cap Ferret (France)
I had never driven a vehicle of this size before and was a little bit nervious. But then it went without problems. I first left Leutkirch on my own to pick up Caro. I sat really proud and of course full of anticipation and with real vacation feelings behind the wheel. In a motorhome or camper van, the journey is probably part of the vacation - I learned that on this trip, and that was a unique feeling for me.
We were at Cap Ferret on the Atlantic coast in France. We have not made a round trip and have not stood at different spots. We won't tell you where exactly we were. In times of digital networking, the unique places on this earth are completely overrun - with a wide variety of consequences. We want to counteract this and at the same time also encourage that it can be wonderful to have a secret, especially in a time of information overload. And our "secret place" was simply wonderful: a campsite in the middle of a pine forest, the smell of the sea and fresh croissants every morning and the beautiful sandy beach with its endless dunes. A place to forget everything around you. France from one of its most beautiful sides. We will surely come back.
We didn't have a completely varied program, but were especially happy about quieter routines during this time. Every day started with a croissant. And since we both had our bikes with us, we always went for a ride to the next place in the evening. In principle, it is at the Atlantic that an active life is led: Jogging, road biking and surfing are the main activities. Unfortunately, I haven't managed to try surfing yet. One more reason to come back!
Sometimes it's just not about sightseeing, highlights and more and more. So we skipped the sightseeing and enjoyed nature: the sun. The beach. The sea. The pine forest. But our personal highlight was simply the good French food.
Fresh croissants were available every morning, and we stocked up on the finest things at the local supermarket - from French cheese to wine to fresh fish. Which is why we often cooked uncomplicated and healthy meals ourselves, which also worked out great in the Carado. But there was also a pizza at sunset by the sea.
We were completely crazy and drove the whole way non-stop. It was 22 hours on the outward trip and almost 24 hours on the return trip. We only took small breaks. But the trip was still wonderful. We rarely laughed so much together and honestly bawled out loud to opera classics for quite a while. That's my biggest learning from the trip: The journey is part of the vacation!
We found the CV540 quite "sexy". We really liked the look of the black, sporty Camper van. After all, looks are also an important part of feeling really comfortable. But there were also super practical things inside, like the table in combination with the swiveling seats - so Caro could create a mobile office in no time at all.
Good friends, good mood and a lot of inner peace. In a small space, you really have to get along and like each other. Then there's not much standing in the way of a special camping vacation. With an espresso maker for really good black coffee on the gas stove, every day starts perfectly. And a pair of summer shoes, which may also get wet, should not be missing.
We love camping. We've met great new people at the campground. You have your own little paradise and learn to let go. For me it is very clear that I want to travel this way more often in the future.
Not me personally. But Caro is a camper from childhood and I could learn a lot from her - but even for her traveling in such a camper van was new. For all of you who are still not sure if you want to try this kind of vacation: Do it if you love being outdoors and freedom like we do.
We pretty much knew where we wanted to go, but we didn't know if we were going to get a seat. That was a little risky.
In principle, it is helpful to integrate the arrival and departure more into the vacation, i.e. to plan more time, to select special places on the way in advance and to make intermediate stops. On the one hand, this means less stress during the trip - and on the other, you get to see even more of what our beautiful world has to offer.
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