This week’s guest post comes from Joanne and Craig, travel bloggers behind Our Bumble. They explain ‘We are both in our mid to late 40’s and been together for 30 years doing normal stuff like building a career, working long hours, paying off the mortgage and finding hobbies to help us chill at the weekend. Then one day in 2013, we made a decision to go travelling in a motorhome and the rest is history!’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
Hello! We are Joanne & Craig from Manchester in the UK.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
Over the years we’ve sampled the full range from backpacker to luxury traveller, so I would say we are a nice blend of all the best bits. We are low cost, independent travellers spending around 11 months of the year travelling around Europe in our 5 star motorhome.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
We spent the best part of 30 years building a career and working in high pressured roles. I am a qualified accountant, so organising the finances and saving for a rainy day sort of comes naturally. During this period we worked hard, saved hard and lived little. Now we do the opposite and we fund our travel lifestyle from our savings along with the occasional temporary contract work when we are back in the UK.
The big question we always get asked is how much does it cost. Most people shy away from this question but we are very open and honest and we are happy to share. We feel that the more we share the more people will realise a travel lifestyle is not that expensive. Every 6 months or so I do an article on all our achievements, places we’ve been and how much it all costs.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
Every week our list of favourite places just grows and grows. It depends on best of ‘what’…
Best City – Seville, filled with passion, excitement and especially worth a visit at Easter time when they line the streets with religious parades and celebrations.
Best European Drive – Grossglockner Pass in Austria. Thrill, drama, hairpin bends and scenery that takes your breath away.
Best Island – Lofoten Islands in Norway just magically.
Best Shock – Slovenia, this tiny country is packed with beautiful countryside. Lake Bohinj is so beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes and driving along the Trivlag Mountain pass by moonlight was really something very special.
Best Cultural Experience – Romania Gypsy village of Carta.
Best Welcome – a small mountain village in Italy called Fabrizia. Everyone from the little old lady who collected the truffles on a Sunday morning to the forest rangers made us feel welcome and special.
Best Coastline for Campers – Greece, its wild, authentic and just so pretty.
Best Volcano – Mount Bromo, mind blowing.
I have too many bests, sorry!
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Finland. Lovely, remote wilderness but in summertime it is rife with mosquitos and the sheer volume just drove us insane to the point we just had to leave, pronto.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
With the motorhome…
Drive from UK to China
Venture to the Antarctic circle
Tootle through South America
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
1 Our Motorhome, it contains everything we need
2 Our two miniature dachshund twins – Mac n Tosh
8. What makes you happy and why?
The freedom to do what we want, when we want and where we want!
There is nothing like waking up in a morning and opening the blinds to be greeted by an amazing view. An instant feel good boost to start you day….a day which can be planned or unplanned but almost guaranteed to involve a surprise or a challenge. The excitement of the unknown keeps the continuous journey fun, frantic and full of smiles.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
We started blogging in April 2016 but I guess the true origins go back to 2014 when we set off on our motorhome travels. My mum has dementia and I needed a way to share our travels with her, so I started a weekly newsletter. The newsletter helped her follow our journey but also the reading and recall helped stimulate the part of the brain impacted by dementia.
Our family, friends and friends of friends list grew week on week. By mid 2015 we had so many email contacts it became unpractical to manage in a simple address book. We started to look at alternative ways of distributing our travel updates. In early 2016, we commenced the design and build of our website in readiness for our Arctic Circle adventure commencing April 2016.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
We have a wonderful life travelling Europe’s most spectacular places in our own luxury hotel on wheels. Parking up in the most amazing and often exotic locations and all for less than £30 for everything! Our travel blog is down to earth, real and honest with a little humour to make you smile. We share everything from the adventure, to money tips and motorhome tricks including a full breakdown of how much our travel lifestyle costs. We hope to inspire others to take the steps and live the dream.
From ESLT – thank you Joanne and Craig for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂