Yes, it’s true. From September I will be travelling solo in a campervan. Destination Europe.
This time last year, I was drafting my resignation letter, to leave my 9-5 (more like 9-8..) job as Head of Company Secretarial for a major multinational energy organisation, and now I am playing with graphics to put on a campervan I will tour around Europe in… How did this all come about?
Well, “be careful what you wish for”, they say. Absolutely. In fact, I’d say “be AWARE of what you THINK of!”.
I am a big advocate of the law of attraction, and I do believe in the power of the energy we emanate from the thoughts we choose to put our focus on. And yes, I mention this because the campervan adventure was pretty much manifested in this way. From a thought.
I’ve learnt however that for manifestation to really work well, thoughts are not enough; you need to add a few extra ingredients: vision, feelings, belief and (last but definitely not least) action.
Try these steps and the Universe (aka the field of energy, the higher source or God) will support you with what you need to create the magic.
In early January 2018, I was still on my travels around Asia, in a beautiful, remote island off the West coast of Thailand. I am part of a family WhatsApp group that includes: mum, auntie, sister, 2 brothers, sister-in-law, brother’s girlfriend and my eldest niece. I love it. It’s been active for some time and because I live away from everyone, I report regularly on it, mostly at the expense of my brothers who perhaps don’t really need to know all the details I share. LOL.
My older brother is a genius mechanic since forever and as I was swinging in my hammock with a wandering mind, I messaged him through the family group to ask if he could help me find a campervan to roam around Europe. I didn’t know what I was thinking of doing with it exactly yet, but I loved the idea of continuing my travelling adventure in this way, once back in Europe.
Since then, I continued to feed that idea with more and more energy, through thoughts and discussing it generously with anyone I’d meet along my travels, willing to listen to my day-dreaming.
I had no plans for my return to London after 4 months in Asia, however I knew I wasn’t ready to get back into an office. I looked at various options to get my hands on a van, but finances were limited. Hiring or even buying an old model for conversion weren’t the cheapest or easiest of solutions.
I can’t remember who planted this seed in my head, but one day someone mentioned to me that there are companies out there who sometimes look to loan campervans to bloggers. I thought: “blogging? me? Nah…nah..”. Oh my, the preconceptions I had. Whoops!
Well…a few months later, one very early morning, I was laying on my bed back in my London flat. I was fully awake at 4am, suffering from the longest jet-lag ever. It lasted almost 2 weeks! That morning, I read through a few motorhome and campervan bloggers and found by chance a reference to the wonderful adventures of David and Karen of “The Grey Gappers”, completing an 18-month journey in a motorhome loaned by Elddis. This blog suggested that perhaps the same company may be looking for new adventurers. The article was already old, dating a few months back, November 2017. It was now March 2018, but that didn’t stop me from trying. I typed up an open-heart email to the team at Elddis, enquiring on the possibility of travelling in one of their vehicles and share my experience online too!
I can’t describe the excitement I felt when I received their reply within that same week, with a potential proposal that we could discuss. It made me dance like Snoopy! Then of course, the worries and concerns kicked in too, and I freaked out a little…but I knew, especially judging from my first reaction, that something was very right about going with it.
It’s now mid August, and the van has officially been launched (elddis.co.uk), so I can now share more details and announce that my solo vanlife experience will be happening for real!
Here are some previews of my new home to be! WOW WOW, huh? Hand-over is agreed for end of September, accidentally coinciding with my birthday. What a great celebration plan!