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We are a married Kiwi couple, who met and fell madly in love in 2009, then moved from Auckland to live in Perth, Western Australia which was then our home for eight years. By 2017 we felt it was time for us to head back to the Land Of The Long White Cloud, Aotearoa, otherwise known as New Zealand.  However, we decided to take the long way home, via an extended trip through Europe with ‘Betsy’, our Italian made, French registered Motorhome.

Venice in July 2017 had been a firm goal for many years, to help Ruth to celebrate a special birthday with her soul mate, being serenaded on a gondola , drinking wine and eating cheese, and enjoying a rare warm, if not scorching hot, birthday in July.

An idea blossomed, that of extending our planned original two-month stay in Europe to longer. Maybe one year, maybe two, or more.  The actual end date is still not defined, so let’s see how the time goes, and how much we like our confined living quarters before actually deciding on a timeframe.  It helps that Alan has an Irish passport which makes traveling through Europe easy, once of course, you understand the Schengen rules.  Then there’s the question of finances; how much would it cost to live per month, per year and how sustainable is that?  Could we make our budget stretch before we run out of countries to visit and places to enjoy?  What countries are the cheaper ones to visit, and how long could we stay there? These things are all work in progress and so far we are finding it cheaper to live on the road than to actually rent or own our own home.

Needless to say, we are here to live in the moment, however long those moments may last, just soaking up the sights, sounds, mysteries, and histories of all things on offer from Europe and it’s ancient lands.

In the first twelve months, (from  June 2017 ), we travelled to sixteen countries and have shared a summary of these happy experiences in our blog.  Click on the place settings in the map below to find out the details of our 170 stopping places including GPS coordinates and motorhome information regarding power, water, dumping and of course costs.

We love to cook and look forward to learning how to master traditional food in the countries we visit.  We then share the best of these recipes and photos with our family and friends back home.

In Turkey, we spent a day learning how to make authentic Turkish food and are still enjoying cooking and eating this cuisine several months later. Lacking an oven in Betsy, we purchased an Omnia stovetop oven, which does nearly everything a proper oven does without the weight, cost and space consumption.  We’ve learned to adapt different gastronomic styles to motorhome cooking and have been experimenting with how to create and relish our new favourite foods.  We cook everything from scratch, so if that’s of interest to you then let us share some of our yummy, mouth-watering recipes. Don’t tell the locals, but we also believe our food is better than anything we could buy in the local restaurants.

These days a paper diary isn’t considered cool, so we set about to learn the art of website construction, blogging, and posting about our travels using an online course we purchased.  Although we are yet to perfect it, “www.travel-cook-eat.com” still has a long way to go, and we have set ourselves a goal to write and post a new blog, recipe, or add new photos regularly.  Feel free to follow us and find out the good, the bad, and the ugly of motorhome travels and wild camping.

You can also follow our travels on Facebook and like our photos or comment on our posts here. https://web.facebook.com/travelcookeat/

If that’s not enough, then there is always emails. Contact Ruth on ruth@travelcookeat.com or Alan on alan@travelcookeat.com. We will do our best to answer you as soon as Internet access provides adequate cover.