It was time to head out again, it has been more than 6 months since we went out camping again. We were in need for a desperate break out in nature. Ideally we would be out camping in the wild. But since the borders are closed and wildcamping isn’t allowed we settled for the next best thing and headed for Camping Maka. This is a very cosy and down to earth camping with a little bit for everyone. It’s located in the province of Luxemburg near the village of Bertrix and has wonderful nature surroundings, wildlife, … You can camp out there in luxurious conditions with your camper or caravan or go for the more basic setup with a tent and some electricity. Or you can, like we do, reserve a small piece of land at the far end of the camping with nothing. And decide for yourself to bath in the river or take a hot shower. It all depends on the season I guess 😉
Just a day in the field to see if everything is ready to leave! As from the moment the borders reopen again without restriction we’re off! it ws also a test to see if the new puppy would fit in the car on longer trips. So far so good.
So summer is gone. The good weather is gone. Now true Campers come out again. A little rain, wind and cold doesn’t scare us. Au contraire, that’s when we revive! Camperwerk Netherlands invited us for a short weekend away. Nothing fancy or big, no entertainenent circus, just being outside close to nature& weather to enjoy the company of equally minded people. Most of us knew eachother from previous version so the ice was broken quickly, chairs were dragged from one tent to the other to join in for coffee or thee.
…or was it “The great escape to the Ardennes“… We were up for a quick getaway. As mentioned earlier we decided not to leave Belgium for leisure & pleasure but we needed to get out! So we decided to go out for a short weekend, in between jobs, with the trailer to a camping in the Ardennes which has near wild camping experience. Never been there but having no other option we took our chances and see how it would turn out. We were very much in need of a short break.
That turned out to be a very nice location and the experience was excellent. We set up camp far away from the camping and we had the river, the riverbank to our selves. One other couple was standing a bit further. No problem whatsoever with that. It’s not because we like to be alone in nature that we are asocial. Most of the people looking for locations like that share a similar mindset.
So there you are: all geared up and ready to go out and explore. That might be a full Overlanding trip for several weeks or just be the first steps into camping and wild camping. Maybe you’re just up for a quick weekend getaway. Expectations are high. For me a good trip is directly linked to the quality of the spots we camp on. I get a lot of questions on how we find those perfect spots. They don’t come served up on a silver plate, good places are hard to find and I’d like to keep it like that. I’d like to give you an insight on how we find them. I’m not going to tell you my hotspots, you will have to find your own. 😉 The definition of a perfect camp spot is also very different from one person to the other.
Since everybody is looking for alternative ways to spend their holidays and I received a ton of mails and phone calls asking for advice on rooftop tents. #corona I decided to write it all down. One of the biggest and most important decisions in building your overlanding rig is the choice of your rooftop tent. There are a wide variety of models and options available, i’m not going to dig in that pile. I’ve done it once when I was out looking for my exact match and it took me quite a while. To write out a guide for every situation and everybody’s needs would take me forever. But what I do want to point out is what the pro’s and con’s are related to traveling with a rooftop tent. << read the full article >>
A little throwback to the “Daktenten festival 2019” or “Roof top tent festival 2019” In Schipborg where I was interviewed about my setup and how we travel. Here’s my outtake of the video. (The full report can be viewed here.)
All tough most of the people visiting the Daktent festival are loners and tend to go out and explore alone or with the family, such gatherings are a great opportunity for us to meet equally minded people. Talking about our adventures, plans, experiences, get new ideas and do some gear-talk and just hang around the fire! I’m really looking forward to both the Dutch & Belgian edition this year. I’ve met awesome people there and really looking forward to meet up again!
I sincerely hope that the Corona crisis won’t interfere with these plans!
We didn’t made it to Scotland but went to Portugal instead, you can see how we used the offroad trailer on vacation, without the kids this time! (yay!)