IT TOOK TWO years to plan, but finally we left. Four of us – my wife and I and our two daughters aged eight and ten – departed in a motorhome on the start of a 4,000-mile, four-month trek across the European continent on an adventure none of us will ever forget.

I say it took two years to plan, but actually when we left we hadn’t booked a thing – not even our first campsite. It was the concept of leaving work, purchasing a van, saving up, taking the children out of school and generally stepping off the treadmill that took so long.

Nevertheless, taking a decent period of time off in the middle ...


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