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Here, in chronological order, is a summary of what is new in MagBazTravels in 2017. 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


Looking Out 2017: Resurrected after a long rest, we share some of our experiences, opinions and views of the world since January of this year.

Looking Out 2016


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 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

23 DecKamping 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
14 DecWebsite 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.       Websites Listing
    Campsites in Europe
12 Dec69 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.      Overnight Parking 
         and Stopovers
             in Greece
10 Dec32 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
4 DecAussies on Tour in Norway and Germany 2017: Martin and Pam Williams use the motorhome they bought last year in England to make a four-month tour of Norway and Germany. Their detailed account is accompanied by many photographs taken along the way including each place they stayed (but never on a campsite!)   Aussies on Tour in Norway
         and Germany 2017
1 DecArriving 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
30 NovUK 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

4 OctGerman Camperstops & Green Stickers: Margaret uses her intimate knowledge of the German language to translate lists of towns which have Camperstops lying within their Environmental Zone, towns with Camperstops outside their Environmental Zone, and towns with an Environmental Zone but no Camperstops. Thanks to the German motorhome magazine Reisemobil!    German Camperstops &
      Environmental Zones
3 Oct

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
25 SepAutumn in Finland: Writing soon after the Autumn Equinox, we copy Margaret's Travel Guardian article on the colours of the Finnish Autumn (with a picture to match), reflect on the continuing dystopia of Brexit and give an update on our problems in England with a non-rent-paying evicted tenant, the lettings agent and dysfunctional solicitor.      Autumn in Finland
12 SepLife in a Small Swedish Town: Two visits to Hammerdal in central Sweden, and friendship with the couple running the town's Camp Route 45, have given us information enough to write something of the town's story. Typical of Socially Democratic Sweden, there are splendid amenities for the local people, an education system England should seek to emulate and a campsite with every facility.     Life in a Small Swedish
19 AugJourney to Scandinavia Summer 2017: Aiming for a winter in Greece, we begin with the Stena ferry from Harwich to the Hook of Holland and thence through the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and into Finland, travelling by motorhome with many opportunities to ride our bicycles.   A Journey to Scandinavia
          Summer of 2017
22 JulIn Ireland in the Spring of 2017: Taking the overnight ferry from Cherbourg to Rosslare after a winter in Spain and Portugal, we return to England yet again via the Republic of Ireland and (this time) Northern Ireland and Scotland. Not least, this avoids travel in southern England!     In Ireland Spring 2017
30 JulDick Lane Motorhomes: This is our appreciation of the good work of Dick Lane Motorhomes in Bradford. We list the services they have given, the accessories they have fitted and the repairs they have completed. We also give an idea of just how reliable our Carado has been!    Dick Lane Motorhomes
         An Appreciation
30 JulCampsite Update in Romania: Michael has sent us an update based on his visits to Camping Route Roemenie near Arad in western Romania, near the border with Hungary. His review is very positive, something echoed on the ACSI website. Find it on our list of 75 campsites in Romania!     Update on a Romanian
22 JulCamping Thines Update: The son of the founders of Camping Thines writes that he is giving the site a facelift with several major improvements completed or planned.      Camping Thines in
    the Greek Peloponnese
15 MayMay Flies: She's not quite reached this stage in her evolution, but wait until after the election. Strong and stable in headlong flight!           May Flies
30 AprReturn from Portugal through Spain & France: After a winter in central Spain and Portugal, we begin our return to the British Isles via northern Spain and western France, heading for Cherbourg and a ferry to Ireland        In Spain and France
            Spring 2017
21 AprPaying Portuguese Motorway Tolls: In his 35th contribution to this website, Don Madge describes two method for paying the electronic tolls on Portuguese motorways. One complication is that the Portuguese system recognises only 6-digit number plates!     Paying Electronic Tolls
   on Portuguese Motorways
15 AprThe Barkers in Faroes & Iceland in 2017: In preparation for their summer journey to Iceland and the Faroe Islands, Paul and Sheila have prepared their usual thorough Prologue. There are also 48 evocative pictures of their expedition to Iceland redolent of student days in 1972.      The Faroes & Iceland
          in 2017 & 1972
15 AprThe Barkers in Sweden and Lapland 2016: Up to and even surpassing the very high standard they set themselves, Paul and Sheila fully describe their Summer 2016 motorhome journey the length and breadth of Sweden and Lapland. Not least, they include a very full description and grading (their own graphic system) of 111 campsites they have used on this and the previous visit in 2013.

   Sweden & Lapland 2016

    111 Swedish Campsites 

   Sweden & Lapland 2013 

24 MarReflections on the Nature of Terror: Drawing on his experiences of a childhood in Britain's second-most bombed city, Barry asks what has happened to a country that now panics and over-reacts to one lunatic with a knife. There is also comment on upcoming 'May Day' - Wednesday, 29 March.    The Nature of Terror
20 MarIn Portugal in the Spring of 2017: After 2 months and 1,230 miles (2,000 km) motorhoming through central Spain, we cross the mountains into Portugal, settling on a favourite campsite just over the border. This is the Portugal we love: quiet lanes for cycling, sleepy villages waiting for the cork harvest and varied but inexpensive food.     Spring in Portugal 2017
2 Mar

Border by Kapka Kassabova: This is a marvellous, personal account of the border zone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece, from the Ottomans to cold war menace and beyond. Not very far from Camping Sakar Hills in southeast Bulgaria, this is an area we know well, cycling and walking in the Rhodope Mountains. This well-written book gives a fresh, insightful and very informative account from an author who grew up in southeast Bulgaria in the days of the communist regime.

 Border by Kapka Kassabova
21 FebFree Camping in the UK Update: One of the most popular articles on the website has been updated to include BritStops. At a cost of 27.50 per annum (plus 3.50 p&p), you get a very thorough guide to hundreds of places for a free overnight in your motorhome (no caravans). The scheme uses country pubs, farm shops, vineyards, breweries, craft / antiques centres, etc. which may expect some business from you!     Free Camping in the UK
               and Ireland
13 FebReflections on 2016 and Beyond: Our annual magnum opus in which we look back on the year, this time ranging more widely on subjects such as: The History of our Newsletters, Travels in 2016 (with map), European Borders (particularly the River Oder), Brexit, Taking Back Control, A Personal Housing Crisis, Websites and a Very Courageous Man.      Reflections on 2016
            and Beyond
1 FebPeejay's Greece Stopovers: Following his 3-month tour of the Greek Peloponnese earlier in 2016, Peter Jenkins has updated his leading guide to Stopovers in Greece. It now has now reached 240 places, with 120 in the Peloponnese alone. Each is described, often with a photograph, and each can be accessed through a clickable Google map or from an alphabetical list by place name. Well done, Peejay!       Peejay's 240 Stopovers
             in Greece
1 FebThomas Fettback's 24 Camperstops: Now in English, a downloadable 48-page PDF document describes Thomas's 24 safe places for motorhomes to stay overnight in northern Greece, Local mayors have co-operated in finding the sites and in providing tourist information. Each stopover is described in detail along with photographs and co-ordinates.   Thomas's 24 Camperstops
        in Northern Greece
27 JanIn Spain in Winter 2017: Following our time in the Basque region of France, we cross the Pyrenees to Pamplona, aiming to cross the centre of Spain to the Portuguese border.     In Spain in the Winter
              of 2017
27 JanIn France in Winter 2016/17Travelling in our Carado motorhome, we left England at the beginning of December on the Brittany ferry from Portsmouth to Ouistreham, Travelling south down the west coast of France, we spend some time in the Basque Pyrenees before crossing into northern Spain. (Now complete)
        In France in the 
26 JanUpdates to MagBazPictures: Time out in the comfort of Camping International in Aranjuez near Madrid has enabled us to add many images to our picture store. They cover the journey to Spain via western France, with an emphasis on the Basque area of the Pyrenees.   Picture Updates for the
        Winter of 2016/7
26 JanIn Memory of Jeff Mason: Paralysed from the neck down for 27 years following a minor cycling accident, Jeff was the sanest person we ever knew. He faced his life in an immobile body with courage, intelligence and humour. He was a friend for 30 years and we miss him.   In Memory of Jeff Mason
26 JanMagBaz on Soft Fat Tired Bikes in Spain: A chance meeting while walking in the hills near Pamplona led to our first encounter with two Fat Bikes, ridden by Bob Hussey and his Spanish friend (see the unique photograph!) Bob sells fat bikes from his home south of Valencia on the Spanish coast - learn more from our experience and from Bob's websites.      Soft Fat Tired Bikers
5 JanAussies in France and Scotland 2016Martin and Pam Williams left their home in Perth in Western Australia to buy a motorhome in England before setting off on a four-month tour of France and Scotland. It's interesting to experience Europe from a new perspective (with 141 photographs).
2 JanTravels in Sweden and Norway 2016: Having motorhomed through the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Sweden into Norway, reaching as far north as Tromso and Senja Island, we turn east and south into Sweden on the Silver Road. Making our first overland return to mainland Europe from Sweden, we return to Rotterdam via Denmark, Germany (including the Elbe ferry) and the Netherlands
2 Jan44 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!
1 Jan31 Overnight Camping Spots in Greece: A Nomad has given us this list based on her Greek tour in November and December 2016. As a woman motorhoming alone, A Nomad has added to our knowledge of where it is safe to park for the night in Greece's midwinter.


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

23 Websites for Campsites: Each of these recommended websites gives detailed information on thousands of campsites throughout Europe.

23 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

45 Travellers' Websites: There are details and links to 45 recommended non-commercial websites that have been produced by and for long-distance motorhomers, cyclists and other travellers

45 Recommended
 Travellers' Websites


770 Readers' Comments: Collecting a few more Readers' Comments brings the total to 770. Thank you very much. If you would like to add your comment, please just Contact Us.

770 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.

77   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 (33)

Webb Collection (17)

Dr Bob Collection (17)