This section contains our notes on all things logistical, from Internet to insurance. We've had our share of learning curves to climb, and we try to share what we've learned here from time to time.
A while ago I wrote about how we’ve been using local, prepaid mobile broadband to get online while we travel. We’ve had pretty good success on that front, even finding a provider in Tunisia! Our most satisfying success was in the UK recently, where 3 unveiled a totally unlimited mobile broadband account. All my Christmases came at once, that day. … Continue reading
I’m doing some post-processing of our recent photos, and thought I’d share some of the excitement that we still have from our new discovery. A late-afternoon landscape photo before HDR – There’s a choice of, say: With nice sky and sunny mountains in the background, with a black gaping void in the foreground, or, say: With visible foreground but overblown … Continue reading
These are my fairly raw notes from working through our energy availability issue after getting some help on motorhomefacts.com — running 2 laptops all day, self-sufficiently, to allow us to wild-camp more. I couldn’t find a solution that was sufficiently satisfactory to lure us away from paid, powered sites. If we get desperate, we may buy a generator one day, … Continue reading
I found a database (in German, Google cache here) for camping facilities in Tunisia, and plotted it using GPS visualizer, then saved to an image so we could use it as we travel, possibly offline. Here’s an interactive version of the map: Click here for the map
Tunisia’s telecommunications network is definitely still developing — there’s still no 3G, although a French operator has recently acquired the contract to make it happen. The best Tunisia can offer presently is EDGE, but there’s good news: Tunisia’s first private telco, Tunisiana, offers a freaking awesome prepaid mobile Internet package: 9 Gb per month, for 27 TD (about €14).
In Italy, unlike in France, there appears to be no problem with getting a SIM card as a foreigner. You will need your passport or some other form of ID, which will be photocopied, but other than that, it’s very easy. Wind have the most competitive prepaid mobile broadband, by a long shot. Wind We are with Wind in Italy, … Continue reading
Bad news in France: The mobile broadband market here is very un-competitive — the French are very behind the times when it comes to 3G. Lame, France. I’m amazed that telcos are allowed to use the word ‘unlimited’ (or rather, illimité), when the quotas behind the scenes are not only present, but so restrictive. Where are the consumer protection organisations … Continue reading
Ireland has the same requirements for contracts as UK, so the menu again had only prepaid on it. In the prepaid broadband-ish market, there are only two contenders. 3 This is who we settled on, after failing to get along with Meteor. 3 Ireland are a little challenging for passers-through, as they refuse to sell you pre-paid Internet without selling … Continue reading
Here are some things we’ve learned so far, both logistical and otherwise. First and foremost: We’re finding that travel by motorhome is a wonderful way to see the world. It allows one to immerse in the world far more than other kinds of travel, especially when ‘wild-camping’ out in it; it permits travelling at one’s own pace, with the ability … Continue reading
A summary of efforts to find an insurer to cover two young Australian motorhomers travelling full-time through UK and Europe.Continue reading
Notes on mobile broadband options for the countries we visitContinue reading