The start of a new life,,,,,,ferry !!!

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  1. ianthebuilder

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    Right just looked brittany ferry from portsmouth to bilbao on sunday 13th at 10,30 pm single (one way) with cabin just over £440.............. is that a decent price ? do i need a cabin? would driving ,stopping thru france be cheaper or easier this side of xmas? Dont really want to catch snow and do a sherpa thing over the mountains,,,it will be my first time driving abroad,,rhd auto... As usuall,,,lots of help reqd..
     
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    Enjoy
     
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    We use tunnel and drive through France, it only takes a couple of days to get to Spain.
    Not keen on ferries, but the dogs rule them out anyway. Might to choppy at sea :D
     
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    The ferry is a pleasant way to get to Spain, this side of Xmas France can be expensive on the tolls, or quite a haul if you're not used to driving long distances. Yes you do need a cabin, it makes the difference between a very uncomfortable night and a pleasure. Enjoy!!
     
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    Drive! far cheaper ...can get to Med coast in a few days if you want to. look at @tonka west coast route, I can get to Benidorm in 3 days
     
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    Drive and enjoy the scenery you won't come across much snow and the roads are good and quiet it will get you used to driving on the wrong side.:xsmile: Have a great trip whatever you do:xsmile:
     
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    @ianthebuilder Portsmouth/Caen day crossing Dec 14th 7m MH is £139 one way and I can let you have a 'code' to give you a 10%discount.
     
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    wheres caen?? excuse my ignorance !!
     
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    Enjoy your adventure - keep us up to date with your travels
     
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    Ok but i am leaning towards direct to spain for the first time,,,might be a bit more relaxing for me,,,till i land !!! Im sure if i can get some internet access i will be telling all about my adventure,,,
     
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    @ianthebuilder you need to buy the van before booking the ferry. I would go tunnel but if you go on a night crossing to Spain definately book a cabin.
     
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    Glad it's all coming together! House sold , motorhome to buy and the adventure begins! Good luck! ( can the Bay of Biscay be very choppy at this time of year.?):xThumb::wine:
     
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    Best wishes for your new life Ian! You will not regret it!
     
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    I hope to see you sooner rather than later munchie,ken.... anybody reccommend a good satnav for me to get? for europe and here,,,from a shop or store,not online please !
     
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    and buy the right van:censored:
     
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    well eddie,,i must admit,im leaning towards the hymer,,i just like it,,,,
     
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    @ianthebuilder

    As far as driving goes, if you haven't driven over there before, the worst bit is a touch of the naggers when you get off the ferry. After that, you will settle and it will be a breeze. Just keep the kerb or roadside on your right! Some folk put a post-it note prominently in the cab as a reminder.

    Strangely, where you can come unstuck is in supermarkets or campsites or when not concentrating. I've been known to drive around supermarket roads on the left!! And that's after driving over there for years! Also, be very careful when making a left turn from a main road.

    If you've got a sat nag with a speed readout, change the settings to kilometres, it's easier to stay within the speed limits that way, without converting or scrutinising the inner dial of your speedo'.

    Have a look at You Tube. There are hundreds of foreign driving video clips on there to give you a general idea.

    There are hundreds of tips to give you, so won't bore you with more. Just enjoy the trip.

    James
     
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    Co-pilot or TomTom app I have both on my i-phone and i-pad and they work well, I used the TomTom app for a lot of years and it has been great but recently we have been to the Czech republic and I bought Co-pilot as TomTom app didn't cover Czech republic, took some getting used to but now I have used it a while I like the Co-pilot and it certainly routes you a better way than TomTom for a larger vehicle, you have to select the motorhome option on Co-pilot.

    Martin
     
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    We always get the ferry to Spain. I am sure you can save a few quid driving through France, but in Winter that's no fun if it's pissing down or like two years ago snowing.
    regards
    Mike
     
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    Ferry's more expensive, but a nice enjoyable start to your holiday. Yes, you do need the cabin.

    I think whichever way you go, you're going to have a fantastic time. You seem to have got the right mindset, and that's what it takes.

    Hope you have a great adventure. We'll look out for you in your Hymer, if you're still in Spain in Feb.
    Good luck!
    Chris
     
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