Do you keep going back to the same places or try new

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  1. DavidG58

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    We have a long chat about our next trip, Bev is really keen to get us back to using the MH more like we did our caravan and spending a few more days at a time on sites

    We are currently working on a compromise :)

    But we also discussed the benefit in trying new places and risking disappointment when we already know about a little treasure maybe only a few miles away particularly applies when touring without a real plan

    I guess the recurring answer will be some and some, also the more places you have already got under your belt the less you need to find new maybe

    So taking a 'for instance' on your next trip to France on your second night, how many will be looking for somewhere new to stay or how many will be aiming for a favourite aire or site?
     
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  2. John Laidler

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    We like to explore but the trick is getting into the mind set of doing it at a gentle pace. On our trip to Brittany last September there were some days we only drove twenty kilometres or so. Indeed the whole trip was done at a slow pace because originally we were heading for "France" but instead of tearing around doing three hundred mile days we just mooched around Brittany.

    But we won't be going back to Brittany on our next trip, we will be looking for somewhere else but ideally at a slow pace where possible, which is why it will be nearly three months long.

    I think the trap some fall into is rushing around doing a country a week. It is enjoyable, or can be, I suspect some get bored if they aren't continually moving on but my experience in Spain for example, is there is much more to see and enjoy if you slow down.

    So the answer to the question about the second night aire is move if you have to find somewhere tranquil - but then kick off the shoes, lean back, relax and unwind. :)

    But campsites can be good for that as you can stay longer than some aires and you may have more space around you to unroll the awning and get the tables and chairs out.
     
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    Whether in the UK or abroad, there are so many places to see and explore we always tend to find somewhere new.
     
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    I think that there are still a great many places that i have never been to,and that adds to the feeling of exploring ,there are also some places that i would never go back to and others that i would return to , i quite often nip up to the peak district , i have been there many times and plan to return there , you can drive through some where in either your car or your MH and think that you have "done" that place ,but the number of times that i have found hidden gems by exploring on foot an area where i have been to before leads me to hope that i will never run out of places to explore:) , i go back to some places armed with an ordinance survey map and have a deeper look at the place(y)
     
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    It depends what is available and what areas we want to visit.

    Last year, for instance, we wanted to go to a C&CC weekend at Doncaster Aeroventure after Peterborough but needed to fill a few days in between so went to Epworth, where we had been once before.

    Our longer trips (3 weeks and 4 weeks) involved stays at places which were completely new but, in some cases, close to places we had visited before.
     
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    Somewhere new for us ....... unless we decide to go somewhere we have been before. Who knows? That is the whole point isn't it?
     
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    We keep returning to Italy but vary the route, though I have to say we now have favourite routes.

    Then there is Benidorm, it delivers the goods like nowhere else in the winter.

    We love Windermere and Southport.

    So basically boring olde fartes who keep returning.

    Now in Le Crotoy, new overnight for us but so cold and windy almost dangerous to leave the van and when we did over €15 for two crepes and two coffees. France is not cheap.
     
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    We do both new sites and ones we've been to before, we are currently at Ingelton which is a site we come to every year but as we use the van all year we find we like to find places we've not been to before.

    That's the best bit about this lifestyle you can move on or stay, you've got the freedom to choose.

    Liz
     
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    A bit of each, we do have a large number of places we like in France in particular, but I, rather than swmbo, insist on some new places each time. These sometimes then become old places the next time.
    As regarding our second night in France, it will be somewhere new. I have a couple of possibilities in mind
     
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    What? No mention of Bruges? :Eeek:
     
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    @DBK we are like you these days and try not to drive to far each day. We are doing Brittany again this year but only have 2 weeks instead of 3 so would be pleased if you could give names of places . We may visit some favourites again but love finding new spots too!
     
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    As newbies to this we'll be doing what we did prior to MH ownership & that is to go & experience as many different places as possible first, both in the U.K. / Eire & abroad & only returning to a favourite very irregularly.
     
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    We do 3 months at a time when we go away and have done the Spanish coast, but not yet overwintered there.
    We took 3 months to go around the coast of Greece (before the influx of migrants) but won't do that trip again, despite the wonderful people.
    France is heaven for our lifestyle and we will go again.
    But when I get my licence back (hopefully 9th of June) after my "brain Fart". We will possibly be going up to the Baltic coast of Poland as it looks great on Google earth !!
    Then I want to take Jenny to the coast of Croatia in September/October to "wallow" around in the beautiful warm sea.. But will be limited to camp sites as its illegal to be "freeloading tossers" there !!! So it will only be for a couple of weeks.
    Sadly our touring world has shrunk since the upsurge of the migrant/terrorist situation.
    But there are still plenty of new and exciting places to see and a lot of places we have visited and will return to at some time in the future.
    Great life aint it !!
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    You might recall I wrote our trip up: http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/threads/two-go-to-france.115155/
    The Gulf of Morbihan was a nice place, sheltered and with a coastal path running around it, plus the Rose Granite coast of course.
    The Dorling Kingsley Eyewitness guide to Brittany was a good place to get ideas from - it has lots of pictures. :)
     
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    We have a few convenient favourites but prefer to explore new to us areas, so much to see.
     
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    Book your van in for a wheel alignment after going to Poland, the roads are awful (except the EU funded ones going to new windfarm sites). If you get up north on the Baltic coast the wolf's lair is a must, also a cheap aire there(y). The Baltic sea itself is quite dirty and polluted I never saw anything living in it.
     
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    We have our favourite half a dozen places locally, when we can only go away for 1 night, which is nearly every week as we are carers, but we have 10 days in France every year and try new places, I fell in love with Il de re last year and want to return but will leave it a year or so as there are so many places I want to see. We never book, so if we don't like somewhere we can just move on.
    We like aires when travelling, but always find a nice campsite to chill out for a couple of days because it is nice to leave the table and chairs out and barbecue and sunbathe for some of our holiday. So a mix for us.
     
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    Thanks will read it soon, your trip was before I joined! Off to check turkey for Mother's Day meal! Thanks again !such a great forum!!!
     
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    That's cos you're not allowed back to some sites :whistle:
     
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    We visit Devon once a year and always stay on same sites, one site is in Father in laws village so easy for us or them to visit us and it has lovely canal walks. The other site in Somerset always relaxes me, it just one of those places. On our way down and back we usually try different sites.
    Near home if we just have a couple of days we usually use same site an hour away.
     
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