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Our trip around Australia in our 1984 Nissan Urvan, which we named Betty, feels like it was many, many moons ago now…7 years and 84 moons to be exact, but the memories we hold onto feel as fresh as yesterday. 

This is an amazingly good thing as I just realised that somehow we’ve managed to lose almost all of our photographs from our two-year Australia trip. At the time of realisation I was devastated, but, we’re just going to have to keep the memories flowing and alive by writing them down…for you!

Introducing Betty the campervan

Urvan’s were pretty rare and my goodness were they cool vans! They were old, pretty beaten up, with no power steering, no flashy tech systems, or solar. Just vans, with pop tops, and a serious amount of character. We loved tootling along vast Australian roads in Betty and we had some of the best night’s sleep in her that we’ve ever had.

She was a simple van with everything that we needed (which wasn’t much!) to live in full-time for two years on the road and we loved her so much! We occasionally peek at Australian Gumtree just to see if she’s for sale…we’d love to ship her back to the UK if we ever found her.

Why a campervan competition?

We met you all through our custom boat competition but we wanted to let you know a little more about why we chose to do a campervan competition this time around. We have just the fondest memories of Betty and truly hundreds more tales to tell of our time in Australia, but these are just a snippet into our vanlife world which we hope to carry on again one day with our three sprogs. I kind of wish I could enter this competition to win a campervan…the irony that we don’t have our campervan or boat at the moment but we’re trying to gift these amazing prizes to you is kind of hilariously wild in itself! Such is life as they say.

Now to dig out the very few snaps I have left to accompany Part 2… stay tuned!

With love,

Mollie x

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