Adventure before Dementia – European Road Trip 2018

I turned 53 this year, no idea how the hell that happened but it did. My oldest daughter is getting married on 8th September (which is incidentally 8 years to the day that we arrived in England) and my youngest daughter turned 19 this year and is starting school to become a makeup artist.

Craig and I have been planning for years now to move to the north of England as we were hoping to buy some land and build our dream house now that the kids are sorted, we can afford to be a little selfish.

Adventure before Dementia

We’ve started thinking more about our future and what our retirement will look like.  Do we really want to be tied down with a mortgage or would we rather rent a small place and buy a newer, bigger camper van and have more road trips?  We’re leaning towards the road trips, as a matter of fact we want to have as many ‘Adventures before Dementia’ before we are too old to enjoy them or remember them!

We are huge fans of driving holidays, as a matter of fact we love them. You get to see more and stray off the beaten path whenever and wherever you fancy.  The best part is they are relatively cheap.

Thank God, it all fits.

We haven’t yet bought a camper but we do have our trusty mini van and, after removing the backs seats and adding a sofa bed – voila!  you have a camper albeit a budget one.

We hadn’t been to Europe since 2014 so we were long overdue for another adventure.  So after some initial planning and pre-booking our campsites we are off!   We may even splash out a couple of nights and stay at a hotel or B&B.

The last time we went over, we headed to Belgium, across Luxembourg and into Germany.  This year we decided to head drive across France to Switzerland, and then back to France via the Alps.  We are only going for a week so it will be a bit of a whirlwind tour – but it’ll be amazing nonetheless.

Where to?

ItineraryThis little Adventure before Dementia road trip will include stops at  Lake Geneva, the Charlie Chaplin museum and  Oradour-sur-Glane.  The rest we will make up as we go along and I can’t wait.



“Now, on this road trip, my mind seemed to uncrinkle, to breathe, to present to itself a cure for a disease it had not, until now, known it had.”
― Elizabeth Berg, The Year of Pleasures

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