This weekend was about trying out camping. Other than our childhood holidays with our parents and their caravan to France and Spain, neither of us have any experience with camping. And since we decided that we want to travel the world in a campervan, we thought it was time to try it out. So we rented a small (very small!) campervan for the weekend and off we went.
The idea was exciting but honestly also a bit nerve wrecking. What happens if we do not like it? What happens if camping turns out to be something we really do not enjoy? We planned the next few years around this idea but have never traveled in a campervan before. In our heads we are already on our way, experiencing this whole new life of traveling and working online. Meeting new people with different life’s and different habits, trying out new food, visiting places we have only seen on pictures. There is no way back to “normal” life for now.
Fortunately everything turned out fine. It was not yet one big pink cloud we found ourselves on, but we did see the silver lining. And those things that we did not like, can easily be fixed. This weekend just made it more clear for what we are looking for in our vehicle, which will make it easier to find the right one some day soon. It also made it more clear that we do need to learn to prepare ourselves a little bit more before we leave. On our first night we wanted to camp in the wild to experience that feeling of complete freedom. Even though we did find that place in the middle of the forest, we had to drive for hours before we found it. The reward however was waking up like this:
It was a strange feeling to sleep in the middle of nowhere like that. I cannot say I was completely at ease yet and I did wake up every now and then thinking I heard something. On the other hand, Dunya was sleeping like a baby and I am sure she would let us know if something was off. Having breakfast in the morning with the only sound being the sound of birds singing made it a great start of the day.
The next day we decided to try out a camper parking in Germany. Germany has lots of these places all over the country. Most of them have space for a few RV’s and campervans and mostly situated near forests or natural parks. Even though we were not so much looking for campsites we were afraid it would to be too much like being on holiday, we did like this experience too.
There was a restaurant and a wine cellar nearby where we went for dinner and the owner of the land came with fresh bread in the morning.
Easy to say that our conclusion is that we will be able to do this and that we are now even more looking forward to set off and start our journey!