House Sitting in Sweden – for too long!

Apologies for the lack of proper updates recently but as we are now literally counting the hours down till we can get back on the road in Lightning our motorhome I thought now was a good time to let you know what we have been up to… We have now been ‘static’ at a house sit looking after someone else’s 6 dogs & a cat for nearly 3 weeks and both myself and Mrs Nomadic Dad are climbing the walls! When we excitedly got in touch with the the pet’s owners above via Trusted House Sitters several weeks ago we thought looking after the animals in a large 7 bedroom house in the Swedish countryside was an amazing opportunity as it would give us all, but mainly the kids, some much needed space after living in a 7m long motorhome for several months already. However what we didn’t think about was how […]

Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) Norway

Super quick post to add some better images to the panoramic one I added on social media earlier. I’m doing this whilst I’m still trying to come down mentally from climbing Pulpit Rock today as a family of 5 (kids 10, 9 and 5) plus 11 1/2 year old dog hiked (or in dogs case carried a lot by me) for nearly 3 hours up to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock). Our hard effort was rewarded with apparently the clearest day for several weeks and I don’t think I have ever been prouder of my kids than today as they didn’t whinge all the way and were super sensible at the top 🙂

Denmark to Norway

Wow I can’t quite believe it was only 3 weeks since my last blog post as we have fit so much into the last few weeks and I think it’s been the best 3 weeks of our trip so far. We felt we really explored the areas of Denmark we were going through on our way to Norway and will also hopefully get to see the East over towards Copenhagen on our way back down. We all really enjoyed Denmark and a definite highlight for the children was Lego House and Legoland with my own personal highlight being the abandoned lighthouse within drifting dunes. Overall though the landscape felt a bit too flat for me – a bit like the Netherlands but less canals and dikes to break things up. The coastal areas are amazingly beautiful and nothing felt too busy which might be due to the time of year we […]

My new normal

I’m sat typing this blog post at the start of week 10 in Ribe Denmark – yes TEN WEEKS since we left our comfy home life to live full time in a motorhome as a family of 5 (plus a small Jack Russell dog) and this is only the 4th proper blog post I have done in that time! I have been much more ‘prolific’ sharing my experiences in this time via my social media accounts on  Facebook Twitter Instagram however even so I think it’s safe to say at this stage Nomadic Dad is not going to be the next high profile travel blogging superstar 🙂 Hopefully though if you are still reading this then you are happy to carry on reading my occasional ramblings via here, click on links to things I find interesting via the above social media accounts as well as look at the pictures I take […]

Dank je wel and guten tag

I have just noticed it’s been over 3 weeks since I did an ACTUAL blog post compared to the random pics I post more often via Facebook Twitter Instagram so here is a quick update post… Dank je wel After leaving our lovely family and friends for the second time in a few months due to our quick trip home for the motorhome MOT but having to stay outside our lovely friend’s house in our motorhome as ours is being rented out, we boarded the ferry to the Netherlands early in May and drove to the AMAZING Duinrell water and theme park. Duinrell is NOT your average camp site as the price included free access to the theme park (mini Alton Towers) PLUS if you book via their own web site you get 3 hours free use of their Tiki water park each day which was the best I have ever been in! […]

I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore…

It’s now been 4 weeks since we left our comfortable life back home with a lovely coastal UK family home, great neighbours, brilliant local primary school and really good friends with a crazy (to most) plan to live, work, cook, eat, sleep, relax and homeschool in a 7m (22ft) long motorhome for 12 months or so. I have tried to explain the reasons for this seemingly puzzling decision to many people multiple times since we went public with it several months ago but I think the best way I currently do so is by saying yes we were all comfortable and safe but we weren’t really living – only existing. Being self employed for over 13 years meant I am used to taking calculated risks having broke free of the shackles (and relative security) of being told when, where and how I can earn money as has my wife more recently. […]

8 days into part 1 of our adventures – roadschooling in the Scottish Highlands

So it’s been 8 days since we set off on our first mini holiday as a test in our motorhome around Scotland before we are on the road full time for 12 months all around mainland Europe. I’m pleased to say not only have we survived but we are all thriving! I’m even more amazed we are all adjusting to life on the road so well as we have not had the best of weather to accompany us on part 1 of our adventures which has included snow, ice, sleet and heavy rain but thankfully our Rimor Trimarano motorhome we have called Lightning has performed faultlessly. The on board Gaslow refillable LPG coupled with the Truma combi water and air heater has kept Lightning toasty warm when the outside temperatures dropped or failed to even get mildy warm!. The children have already learnt so much in such a sort space […]

Two weeks left and the long goodbyes

I’m sat writing this with a hangover after having a big night out with the other dads from the street where we have lived for the last 5 years. This was a much bigger night out than normal as it’s now only 2 weeks until we head off for a year in Lightning our motorhome and I think they wanted to make sure I had enough beer to last me whilst I’m away! We truly have some great neighbours here and I feel even in suburbia we have managed to help really build a sense of community by organising street sports days, offering baby sitting for each other and having plenty of mums and dads nights out. It has taken a lot of time and effort to create such a sense of community but I think this is possible wherever you are and by doing so it can make a […]

Make money online with YOUR existing skills

I’m writing this quick post to point you to the following article I have found myself sending to several people in January whilst still sat here in the UK which for those that don’t know is a time of DARK mornings, DARK nights and very cold weather which can feel pretty depressing! This article linked to in this blog post is hopefully the exact inspiration needed for those looking to try and earn some modest money online during 2018 either as the start of a new path in life or simply to just earn a little extra bonus cash to put towards something YOU are aiming for in 2018! Hopefully this will come just in time to stop you just sitting on the sofa feeling depressed, searching for the next boxset to binge on whilst trying desperately to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions 🙂 Nial Doherty, the article’s author, […]

Onever 12V car cigarette adapter with 2.4A USB Charger

Super quick post to say I have just bought one of these 3 Way Multi Socket Car Cigarette Lighter Splitters with built in powerful 2.4A and 2.1A USB Chargers and I’m SUPER impressed: Onever DC 12 24V Car Charger From the seller’s Ebay product page: The car’s original cigarette lighter socket can be split into 3 sockets by one cigarette lighter, can supply power for 3 devices such as GPS and DVR at the same time. Designed with smart IC, support intelligent charging, 4 USB ports produce Max 5V/6.8A output current, smart chip automatically identify all kinds brand mobile phone / tablet and output the best and fastest charging current. There are 2 2.4A USB as well as 2 1A USB ports HD display to show the real time battery voltage. 3M double-sided adhesive tape makes it convenient to install it. Includes a switch, easy to turn on or off […]

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