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Well our VT pages are definately due for a revamp .... so I will start of dusting off the cobwebs.

I discovered the world of VT while living in Best, near Eindhoven in The Netherlands. We had returned from a round the world trip in 1999 and my husband was offered a job in The Netherlands and we thought why not ... it would be another experience. In 2002 while researching for some information on the internet about places we could visit I came across VT and signed up for VT meetings in Rotterdam and Antwerp (2002).

More to be added .....

Current & Recent Travels

November- England ~ London
Otober - England ~ Coventry, Attenborough, Beeston
August - Belgium ~ Bree, Antwerp
July - France ~ ParisAuvers-sur-Oise, Paris
June - England ~ Sunderland
May - Germany ~ Leipzig
April - The Netherlands & Belgium ~ Bree, Eindhoven, Soest, Rotterdam

July- Ireland & Scotland ~ Callander, xxxx, xxxx, Forres, Dublin, Gort, Westport, Cong, Belfast, Bushmills

November- Ireland ~ Dublin
July/Aug- South Africa ~ J'burg, Upington, Kimberley, Clanwilliam, Cape Town

July- France ~ Basse-Normandie

January- Spain ~ Alicante
March - Sweden ~ Stockholm
September- South Africa ~ George, Cape Town
Dec/Jan - Netherlands & Belgium

March - Mexico ~ La Paz
May - The Netherlands & Belgium
July - Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
August- South Africa ~ Garden Route

November - South Africa
October - Philippines
May - Denmark

A long trip in 1998

Our longest trip was for 15 months and we tended to stay with local people that were involved in hospitality exchange schemes. On a few occasions we also did some voluntary work in exchange for accommodation and food. Our first stop was New Orleans where our arrival coincided with the annual Jazz festival and our journey ended in Hawaii before our flight took us back to London.

Our route took us through the following places

New Orleans
New Mexico
Santa Fe
--San Fancisco
--Los Angeles

British Colombia
--White Rock
Powell River


--Candi Dasa

Everywhere .....

New Zealand
Everywhere ....

Pacific Islands

Hawaii (Maui)

Past VT Gatherings

Belgium - Antwerp
The Netherlands - Rotterdam

  • Intro Updated Nov 12, 2012
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  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Hey Paula and John!
    Hope life is treating you well. We're just busy preparing for this year's camping trip and I thought I'd swing by and say hi!!

    • suvanki's Profile Photo
      Jun 26, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Hi! If You'd like to join us at Flagg in Derbyshire for our Ooop North camping weekend, you're more than welcome!

    • Piggy73's Profile Photo
      Jun 27, 2014 at 2:10 AM

      Unfortunately we can't make it this year - no car and not enough leave. Have a great time and hopefully we can join you on a future trip :-)

  • Parisforless's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Late Happy birthday to you!!!

  • sof76's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Happy B'day from Buenos Aires!!

  • toemayn's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Hope your birthday is filled with all the fun you can handle!

  • Britannia2's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Happy birthday - must get to see you again.

    • Piggy73's Profile Photo
      Oct 31, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Thank you - it would be great to meet up again :-)

  • rosata's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Paula, Happy Birthday. PJ

  • jonathanbarker's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    Happy birthday Paula, best wishes

  • Myfanwe's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Hi Both, hope you are well. I've posted the annual Dolgellau camping meet on the meetings page. Its the 16th - 18th August. It would be great to see you there!

    • Piggy73's Profile Photo
      Jul 23, 2013 at 5:03 AM

      We are not sure if we will be able to make it :-( My work contract has been extended by 2 months - so it depends how much leave I have. Hope we can manage it - but it's a long drive - so would rather stay an extra day or two.

    • Myfanwe's Profile Photo
      Jul 24, 2013 at 5:15 AM

      Hi Paula. Good news about your work contract. Hope you can get some leave so you can join us. If not-there's always next year :-)

  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Apologies for only just picking up your message on the Ooop North Crew FB page - hope you managed to get a camping pitch.

    • suvanki's Profile Photo
      Jun 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      :-) looking forward to meeting you both.
      We're aiming for a relaxing weekend, and hopefully some good weather - dry would be good, sunshine and blue skies would be a bonus!

    • suvanki's Profile Photo
      Jun 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      Are you coming to Sheep Day in Skipton on Sunday? We had a good time there last year!
      I'm hoping to book the Restaurant this week, so need to have an idea of numbers.
      Last year, we had breakfast, then packed tents away, loaded car, then drove to Skipton, but you can pay for late departure and return afterwards and pack up. Vicki (Myfanwe) is stopping over for another 2 nights, so she'll be returning to the site after the meal.

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