Hi, My wife and I are in our early 40s, and live in Western Australia. We've started planning a three month motorhoming trip of Europe (mostly France) in mid-2011. We travelled around the continent in a rough old Westfalia VW in 1996, and are now ready to reprise the adventure... albeit with a few changes. This time we'll definitely have a better vehicle: we intend to hire rather than buy, and it'll have a shower, toilet and a fridge (only had a coolbox in the old Kombi). Also, looking back, we feel we were a little insular on our last trip. That is to say, we freecamped a lot and, while we were quite content with one another's company, we regret not having mixed with locals much. This time we're keen to make friends where ever possible. We've found there's so much to be gained from reading books (eg. David Shore and Patty Campbell's Europe by Van and Motorhome) and material on the internet by other people who have done this sort of thing. Look forward to any comments and suggestions, and reading the posts on the site! Cheers, Craig.