New Year’s Resolutions

Have you made any yet? Jim gives you some worthwhile resolutions for 2020

It’s that time of year to tell white lies to yourself and make promises or set goals. Eat less, get fitter, read more, a promise to quit something which we know we’ll break within the month.

Go on a rally
If you’ve never been on a rally before, then maybe this is the year to try it. If you are feeling hesitant, then rallies are probably nothing like you imagine. We don’t have initiation ceremonies; we don’t salute the flag. Rallies are just good fun. No one will make you ‘join in’ and you’ll not feel pressured to do anything you don’t want to do. We guarantee you a warm welcome and you’re pretty certain to make new friends. We rally everywhere from Morocco to Scotland, so keep an eye on these forums for upcoming rallies.

Try Wild Camping
Does the thought fill you with dread? Well you might be surprised if you tried it. Wild camping is not about saving money on-site fees, it’s about getting out there. Campsites are great and convenient, but I’d rather be kept awake by the hoot of an owl than someone next door having yet more noisy beer. Go on, give it a go, there’s a ‘Beginner’s Guide to Wild Camping here. LINK.

Fill a travel journal
The main reason for keeping a Journal is that, even at its best, our memory is a slippery sod. It plays tricks on us and lies; especially as we get older. Keeping track of what we actually did is fun at the time and even better looking back. Recording your adventures is a great way to relive them, they are fantastic memory joggers, we might read one little three-word sentence and remember whole episodes of memories that would have remained lost. Reading last year’s journal is fun, older ones even better. We have journals going back over 35 years of motorhoming. The arguments those journals have won or lost, when you can’t remember what year you did that or visited there. The little write up the kids did coming back from Cornwall holidays 35 years ago. It’s never too late to start a journal.

Visit France
If you’ve not been, then you must visit. If you’ve been there every year for 20 years, then you’ll know there is still so much to see. France has fantastic cities to explore, breath-taking mountain ranges and stunning beaches. Best of all they love a “camping car” so facilities are everywhere. Put those worries about language and driving on the wrong side of the road to one side and book a Ferry or the Tunnel.

Consume Less ‘News’
Read Old Mo’s Joke of the day, Smiling has to be the best way to start day, can’t guarantee that Mo’s jokes will make you laugh, but crying is good for you too.

Do a Big Motorhome Show.
The NEC show in February is OK, the same show in October is much better, the big show in Germany in the Summer is the best. These big shows are great for seeing what is new, but if you’re shopping for used then the outdoor shows, Like Peterborough, Malvern and Stratford-upon-Avon, are great social occasions with motorhome sales on the side.

Start a new hobby
Your life could depend on it. Are you bored stiff? Can’t find anything decent on the telly but watch it anyway! When researchers followed 7,500 people for 25 years, they found that those who were bored, were twice as likely to die from heart disease. Start a hobby; painting, walking, photography, dancing, take in a show, do anything but do something.

OK, I’ll share mine.
Work a little less, live a little more.
Because as has been pointed out to me on many occasions over the last couple of years. No one ever died wishing they had spent more time in the office.

This article is part of a series written for MotorhomeFun Magazine. It appears in the January 2020 edition