A visit to Busfest and the beginning of a plan

On Saturday, we headed to Busfest at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern. This is the largest VW van festival in the world and as it’s just up the road from us, we decided to go along for some inspiration.

The big travel plan

Both my husband and I travelled quite a lot before getting married, but neither of us did so as children. For me, there were road trips with the school brass band that took us into Europe and one holiday to Crete with my mum. But I never went further afield than that, so when I had the opportunity to travel as an adult, I grasped it with both hands.

That said, despite my yearning to see the world I was nervous about travelling. Neither of my parents travelled much and they both regarded it as a bit dangerous. So when it came to travelling to LA, New Zealand and Australia on my first trip alone, I had to take a deep breath and just get on with it.Busfest - travelling to New ZealandIt wasn’t long before I felt completely comfortable going abroad – whether I was alone or not. But I don’t want my children to have that fear of the unknown. I also feel that they’ll learn a lot more by going places and seeing things than sitting in a classroom. That’s why in about five years time, we intend to educate the children on the road for a year while we travel around Europe.

Much as I’d love to get going before that, I don’t think they’d benefit as much from it until they’re a bit older so we’re putting it off for now. But that doesn’t stop us from planning ahead – or deciding how to travel.

Busfest 2016

Busfest is a brilliant showcase of VW vans of all shapes and sizes. From the classic split-screen VW campers, to four wheel drives that did some amazing tricks on an obstacle course. And then there were the big Transporters that we were interested in.

We’ve always had a bit of a debate about what sort of van we’ll buy. My husband is a fan of large motor homes. Personally I hate them and I’d rather walk. Much as my heart lies with the old-style VW camper vans, I know they’re not practical with four of us and two dogs. So we’ve compromised on a long wheelbase VW Transporter style van.

We saw some with the perfect layout for us – seats for all of us and four beds. They have pop-up roof beds for the children and space in the back for the dogs to sleep under the main bed. And best of all they’re not too huge to drive but have plenty of space. We’ll also have a drive-away awning like the ones from Vango.Weekly photo and update post

Getting ready for our trip

We’ve both agreed that we’ll buy a van as soon as we’re in a position to do so, instead of waiting until we can travel for a whole year. That way we’ll have a van for a good few years to get used to it and find out what works. It will also allow us to go away for all of the girls’ school holidays which is another brilliant opportunity.

We’ve even started planning the route for our big trip. We’re going to start off by heading North as soon as the girls break up from school in the July. We’ll do Scandinavia during the summer and then head South, making sure we go to certain places along the way including Amsterdam to see the Anne Frank Museum, a visit to the Battlefields of the Somme and some time in the Black Forest to see where my dad’s family originated from.The Black Forest - Europe's best kept secretIt may be a long way off but we’re all excited already. And with events like Busfest just around the corner, even the planning stage is fun. The girls were particularly delighted to find a roundabout to play on. As far as they’re concerned, the adventure has already begun.Busfest 2016 and the beginning of a plan



  1. September 13, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    Oh how exciting! I’d love to do something like this, but think I may have left it a bit late as both my girls will be in secondary school next year. I also confess to having a bit of a thing for the old VW Camper, especially orange ones. Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your fabulous plans, I can’t wait to hear more x

  2. September 14, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    Wow thats exciting! They will be the perfect age then to appreciate it and remember it. Something that you can all enjoy together, lucky girls x

  3. September 14, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    I love the sound of a year on the road educating your girls – what an amazing adventure you will have and they will learn so much from it. What a brilliant way to learn about the world and different countries. Sounds like you enjoyed your day out at Busfest too 🙂

  4. September 15, 2016 / 8:17 am

    What an amazing thing to do! It sounds like you will all have an incredible, life-changing experience. I had a friend who did it with three kids aged 5-10. I think they spent a lot of time in Scandinavia.
    Like you, I didn’t travel with my family and, unlike you, I’ve never really been able to shake off the fear of travelling. Sadly my daughter already seems to have picked it.

  5. September 16, 2016 / 9:10 am

    I’m so excited for you! This sounds like a wonderful thing to do – and I bet you’ll have all sorts of fun on the lead-up to the big year abroad. Your summer plans alone sound amazing.

  6. September 16, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    I love that I just wrote that other comment without reading this first. I am so excited for all of you and the adventure you’ve got planned!!!! We may well be with you one day! xx

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