A couple of years ago now, I decided that I needed/wanted to do a photography adventure tour of Europe. The problem I had was that I needed money to do this. The fact was that the photography wasn’t quite paying the bills…yet.
My solution to this problem with simple. Get a job. I trained to be an HGV driver. Soon I had my Class 1 license. Class 1 are the long articulated lorries you see on the roads.
Soon after that I had a permanent position driving container lorries out of Southampton Docks. A year later I was operating lorries with trailers that could actually lift fully loaded 40ft containers on and off and therefor deliver and collect from all corners of the country.
This turned out to be the hardest work I have ever done but it did the trick and after organising minimal rent, I wasn’t there 5 nights a week, I was able to save the money needed for the trip.
This adventure would need a campervan. Winter in the Alps was on the cards and looking through classified ads and eBay I soon realised that most reasonably priced second hand campers were NOT designed to be used in the winter. Minimal insulation, large single pane windows and small condensation producing gas heating systems at best.
So I thought I would do my own camper. Buy a van…convert it into a fully insulated winter proof camper. Soon after quitting the truck life I found and rented a workshop to do the conversion. I also found a blogger who had written an ebook on how to convert a van to a camper, VanDogTraveller, and he’d used the same van as I have..
Easy then, just copy him.