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Here, in chronological order, is a summary of what is new in MagBazTravels in 2018. You can get straight to the article or photographs by clicking on the link, or you can find the piece through the normal menu system





What was New in Previous Years: This website started in 2005 so there are several previous 'What's New' linking to articles and images still on the website.

What Was New in Previous Years



Website MagBazPictures: This growing website holds photographs from some major past journeys and all our photos from January 2012 onwards. Several thousands of pictures remain on MagBazTravels and are still used to illustrate articles.



Motorhomes, White Vans and Caravans: For 16 years we lived and travelled in two American motorhomes (a Ford-based Four Winds and then a Chevrolet Fleetwood Flair). For 3 more years we experimented with two white vans (a Mercedes Sprinter and a VW Crafter) and three caravans (a Compass Rallye, Bailey Ranger and Lunar Quasar). Since July 2014, we have settled on and travel in a 7-metre Hymer-based Carado T337 motorhome. Here are pictures of the complete stable.

Four Winds
Fleetwood Flair
 Mercedes Sprinter
VW Crafter
Compass Rallye
Bailey Ranger
Lunar Quasar
Carado T337 

Marquis Malpractice: This is the almost unbelievable story of how Marquis Motorhomes failed to deal with any of the complaints we made arising from their mis-selling of an overweight motorhome and how they refused to refund the money we had paid without inordinate delay and draconian conditions.

Marquis Malpractice

Marquis Strike Again: In about 13,500 words, we summarise the results of a random walk we took around the World Wide Web in February 2017, gathering opinions from people who had used the services of Marquis Motorhomes. None of the comments are favourable, but not as a result of us being selective. It is just that none of the comments are favourable! This is raw data and we have done no editing.       Marquis Strikes Again
              & Again
2 FebGreen Zones in Europe: Ian Manzie, planning a motorhome journey from France to Norway, shares his discovery of how much more restrictive travel is becoming throughout Europe with the increasing number of Green Zones requiring a variety of stickers, permits and payments.     Green Zones in Europe
17 JanAussies on Tour in Norway and Germany 2017: Martin and Pam Williams give two useful descriptions of their motorhome tour: an overview based on their impressions, and a very detailed day-by-day account with the places they stayed, (they don't use campsites), distances and co-ordinates which link to a photograph of each stay. Both accounts are illustrated in the text and in linked galleries.

  Aussies on Tour in Norway
    & Germany - Overview

   Aussies on Tour in Norway
       & Germany - Details 
1 JanWinter Stay in Greece 2017: This is the story (with pictures) of finding an apartment and hiring a car for a winter stay in the far southwest corner of the Greek Peloponnese. We contrast Greek ways of doing business with the stressful, bureaucratic and money-centred methods in capitalist countries such as the UK.          Arriving in Greece
           Winter of 2017
1 JanUK to Greece Autumn 2017: In late November we arrive in Greece after a 6,215-mile (9,950-km), 15-country, 4-month motorhome journey. The route included the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria and so in to Greece.

UK to Scandinavia

   Baltic Republics to Greece

1 JanKamping Kromidovo in Bulgaria: After a visit to this 'campsite' in November on our way south from Sofia into Greece, we expose its pretentious claims to be eco-friendly, its unsuitability as a campsite and the absurdity of its situation in a semi-derelict and impoverished Bulgarian village.      Kamping Kromidovo
      Reviewed & Exposed
 69 Overnight Parkings/Stopovers in Greece: Margaret has updated this article listing places we know and have used. It also links to other websites, such as that of Pete Jenkins (PJ) and a French website (in English) listing over 800 places in Greece.      69 Overnight Stopovers
               in Greece

32 Greek Campsites Open All Year: Margaret has updated this popular article ensuring that all sites now have GPS co-ordinates. Australians Bob & Lyn Smith have shared their experience of six of the sites as well as adding two new ones: Camping Mani Beach near Gythion and Camping Tsolis near Lampiri.        32 Greek Campsites
            Open All Year

44 Travellers Websites: There are two new entries in our list of recommended websites by and for long-term, long-distance travellers. Sue and Nigel our out for a year in their classic Hymer, visiting every EU country; Australians Michael and Norma have been travelling the roads of Europe in their campervan every year since 2007. They have also made amazing voyages in their 37ft yacht!


Our 33 Greatest Cycle Rides: Gathered together here are brief descriptions and links to detailed accounts of 33 of what we consider to be the best of hundreds of our cycle rides over the years. The chosen rides add up to 36,730 miles (58,770 km).

33 Greatest Cycle Rides

26 Website Guides to European Campsites & Stopovers: This has been refreshed and updated and now has links to 26 websites which in turn list campsites throughout Europe, including an English Language French site with over 50,000 stopovers - over 5,000 of them in the UK. 

26 Websites listing

33 Motorhome Insurance Agents: Margaret has carried out a thorough review of our list of  motorhome insurance agents. Websites, contact numbers and major features have been updated and failed agencies removed.

33 Motorhome Insurance Agents

311 Travel Quotations: There are now 311 travel-related quotations in the section called 'Ramblings'.

311 Travel Quotations

44 Travellers' Websites: There are details and links to 44 recommended non-commercial websites that have been produced by and for long-distance motorhomers, cyclists and other travellers

44 Recommended
 Travellers' Websites


796 Readers' Comments: Collecting a few more Readers' Comments brings the total to 796. Thank you very much. If you would like to add your comment, please just Contact Us.

796 Comments from


53 Bicycle-Related Quotations: We have selected 53 bicycle-related quotes from the 86 collected by bicycle historian Carlton Reid for his proposed book 'BikeBoom'. They range from Boris Johnson to Jean-Paul Sartre and from Iris Murdoch to Michelle Pfeiffer!



78 Fellow Travellers have contributed articles and images to this website, sharing their experience of long-term, long-distance travel by motorhome and/or bicycle.

78   Fellow Travellers

64  Useful Links: Selected from the many, here are a number of links to websites useful and relevant to the long-term, long-distance traveller by motorhome and/or bicycle.

64 Useful Links

147 Books for Travelling: 16 more books for our travelling in the summer of 2010 brings the total to 147, including some recommended by readers of this website. There are guide books, cook books, fiction and relevant non-fiction. Why not share the contents of your motorhome's bookshelf/ bicycle pannier?Contact Us!

147 Books for Travelling

3 Fellow Travellers' Collections: These fellow long-distance, long-term travellers and motorhomers have each contributed a good number of articles to this website; enough to form a personal Collection. Click on their name to see a clickable list of their wide-ranging articles.

Don Madge Collection (34)

Webb Collection (17)

Dr Bob Collection (17)