Now onto the most memorable and significant piece to our holiday… Lady Marmalade, a 1972 Type 2 Volkswagen campervan.
Now let me tell you nothing quite compared to the feeling of first jumping into the T2 and setting off out onto the open road. It’s been a dream for years now, we’ve always admired their retro appeal and the fact everything is so compact and you can literally move from place to place at a moment’s notice.
From the outside she was stunning, and like many campers got lots of admiring glances and attention. The inside was very compact, I don’t think we quite realised just how little space we would have to call home for the next week, and we made the unfortunate mistake of lugging two suitcases into the back of the van with us. Major fail.
Now it may have been naïve of us to think we would have plenty of room, if we were to do it again we would definitely travel as light as possible. The van came with some basic kit included, kitchen bits and essentials such as plates, mugs, camping chairs etc., but all of this stuff took up most of the storage room, meaning we had very little room for our own stuff.
If we were to have our own camper, there would be a place for everything and I know this would mean a lot more space and the less living out of a suitcase feeling, but it has made us really think about the way we would design our own interior and how we could best utilise the space.
I luckily opted to be passenger for the duration of the trip; it was the Mr’s challenge to drive this thing! With a left hand drive and no power assisted steering it sure did make for some getting used to, but he managed just fine.
I found myself in fits of giggles every time we would pass either another camper or even a retro Beetle on the road, as the drivers would always wave and flash at us. This I found completely alien, but by the week was out, I was quite used to it and found it to be quite normal! I kind of miss it already.
All in all a completely enjoyable experience and one I would thoroughly recommend doing.