LIVING FREE WITH THE VAN ACROSS EUROPE
MORE THAN ANNUAL VACATION, IT WILL BE FULL-TIME VANLIFE IN THE SOUTH OF EUROPE
Life and traveling with the van across europe is also comfortable with appropriate temperatures, few rainy days and a generally milder climate. At least compared to the autumn and winter in Germany. But while the vacation in a van is designed more for absolute relaxation and the travel itself, we have found after now almost 3 weeks that it feels different for us. We have a fundamentally different focus and also a different approach to our everyday life than “normal” vacation travelers probably have.
I’m sure you know this feeling when you’re packing for your summer vacation. Whether you’re just gathering your things for the flight, putting away a caravan or getting your campervan ready to go. The preparations alone get you in the mood for the upcoming vacation. It was different for us. We had already moved into our van complete with everything we owned. There was no big packing.
At the start of our big trip, we had already lived in the van for several months and had completely arrived in this vanlife, at least in the vicinity of our workplaces. Nevertheless, we had been insanely looking forward to finally being able to take off without having to return to the same places over and over again after a short weekend.
THEN MUK CAME INTO FULL TIME VANLIFE
About 4 weeks before we wanted to start into the adventure, there was unexpected growth. Really absolutely by chance a man came up to us at one of our places and told us that he had gotten a litter of puppies. Actually we agreed that we wouldn’t want to have a dog when Stormy was no longer with us. That same afternoon Muk moved in with us.
As much as we were happy about the little one, it turned our entire travel plans upside down. The little girl was simply too young to travel through Europe. Dogs are not allowed to enter other countries until they are 15 weeks old and must have a valid rabies vaccination. We had absolutely not considered this when we took her in. And there was another problem, the rabies vaccination cannot be done on puppies until they are 12 weeks old. Then it takes another 21 days until it gets its effect/validity.
With this quite sobering realization or the possibility of having to quarantine the little girl at some border for 3 months, we postponed our entire travel plans. As much as we had been looking forward to finally being able to go, we now found it difficult to postpone the plan for another month. My employer was very welcoming of the fact that I would be with the company for another month. For Kathy, who is employed in a rather large company, it was rather complicated and involved several conversations. But no matter what, it was Muks Vanlife.
IT WAS FINALLY OFF TO SOUTHERN EUROPE, TO OUR FULL-TIME VANLIFE
It felt great, maybe just because of the extra month of waiting, when we turned the ignition key and knew we wouldn’t be back the next Monday. We had said a proper goodbye to our families and started south on German highways. Since we hadn’t yet decided where we were actually going, we asked ourselves somewhere near Kassel, “Should we go more left or more right?” We drove left…
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