Hi everyone, my first ever forum!

BeckyBulldog

New Member
Hi all, my husband and I...and the bulldogs, will be joining you as full timers soon. The house is on the market and the motorhome has just been purchased. We’re very excited, and very happy to have found this group! Looking forward to living wherever it’s 25 deg . I’ve never forumed/ blogged before so this is all new too. I’m more nervous about this than full timing
 

BigMomma

Well-Known Member
Hello and welcome to the forum :thumb:

So, looking forward to living anywhere where it is 25 degrees ? So that means not in the UK, at least for most of the year anyway :D Where do you intend to spend the majority of your time, given that come 31st December 2020 we will only be permitted to spend a maximum of 90 days in the EU, in any one period of 180 days (basically two separate 3 months periods in any one year) ? Of course there is Morocco as an alternative to the EU:thumb::cool:
 

BeckyBulldog

New Member
Oh, really, where did that come from? What is everyone else going to do? Was planning France,Spain etc, but if we can’t what’s plan B?
 

vwalan

Well-Known Member
possibly have to be 6weeks spain portugal then 12 weeks spain portugal. many used to do that years ago.
mind could be tunisia . done a couple of 3months trips there . bit cold compared to maroc though.
shame algeria is a bit funny on uk entries . used to be do 12 weeks morocco then drive through northern algeria and do 12 weeks in tunisia , then catch a boat to france or sicily then do italy etc and come back to uk. there is always away one way or another. biggest trouble is even in turkey its hardly further south than spain so morocco is the best for hot weather. ,even then you need to go way down south to be hot. in winter.
 

BigMomma

Well-Known Member
Oh, really, where did that come from? What is everyone else going to do? Was planning France,Spain etc, but if we can’t what’s plan B?
There is a 'Schengen Agreement' which many Countries, but not all, signed up to which provides for the 'Freedom of Movement' between member Countries of the EU. The UK never signed up to that agreement, however, being a member of the EU we were afforded the same rights. The UK has chosen to no longer be part of the EU and therefore our rights to 'Free Movement' will therefore come to an end at the end of the Transition period, 31 Dec 2020 and we will be subject to the same rules as any other non-EU member Country. It must be remembered that it was the UK who chose to end the rights of 'Free Movement' as part of the separation from the EU. Therefore, in line with other non EU Member countries, we can only travel within the EU for a period of 90 days in any one period of 180 days, you will need a Green Card from your Insurer, the EHIC card will no longer be valid and you may need an International Drivers Permit, definitely for France but not necessarily for all Countries if you are not remaining there for longer than 6 months. If you have pets then the EU pet passport scheme may no longer be applicable.

If you are prepared to travel and stay in non-EU Countries then Brexit may not have too much of an impact, but you really do need to do some research especially if you are only now discovering what 'Brexit' means ? I do not wish to sound rude, but, this information has been around for many, many months, so it should not be coming as a surprise to you :wasntme:

The only thing that may provide a short reprieve to the travelling restrictions for us is the possibility of any extension to the Transition period, which the UK Government has said they will not do, but we shall see ?

I have to say that I was surprised to discover just how many Motorhome full timers actually voted for Brexit without realising the impact it would have on their lifestyle ? However, what's done is done, we need to just get on with it the best we can and amend our travelling logistics :thumb:
 

chrisjones18

Well-Known Member
BigMomma , did you see the news papers yesterday.
People registered living permanently or partime in a eu country before the withdrawal completion will still keep all eu rights and get uk pensions paid to them in any eu country.
The details are still being worked on.......so there is hope.

Anway BecyBulldog, welcome to the site.
Great dogs by the way we had a few of them. Now we have 2 French Bulldogs and waiting until the pup is old enough for rabies blood test so we can head for some sun.
 

BigMomma

Well-Known Member
What is everyone else going to do? Was planning France,Spain etc, but if we can’t what’s plan B?
You need to start looking at what Countries within Europe 'Are Not' members of the EU and what their requirements are, for entry, travel Visas, Pet restrictions/inoculations etc. As has already been said, there are not many places that have hot temperatures during the Winter months and whilst 'some' may have reasonable daytime temperatures, the nights can get pretty cold. Most tend to stick to the Algarve, Southern Spain (including Tenerife and Lanzarote) and Southern Morocco, so you may have to budget in extra ferry costs.

It is not the end of the world, we can still travel but a bit more planning may be required.

The other issue of course, and this has nothing to do with leaving the EU, is the more general issue of living in a relatively small space on a permanent basis ? What experience do you have of extended travels in a Motorhome or Caravan, it is a lot different to living in bricks 'n' mortar. Many take to the lifestyle like ducks to water, other's, when the novelty has worn off and the rose tinted glasses are losing their tint of rosiness, realise that it is not the type of life they had imagined. You do not need a huge budget to enjoy living fulltime, however, you do need to ensure that you have enough to cater for the unexpected, for example, we got fuel contamination whilst in Morocco and that ended up costing us around £1,500 to get the van repaired. If your budget permits the use of Campsites then that will help, especially when there are several days of rain and the Solar Panels are not generating enough energy to keep your leisure batteries charged,

Obviously we do not know what type of Motorhome you are intending purchasing, or what kind of provisions you are making for onboard power, or how you are intending to finance your lifestyle, so lots of questions that as yet we will be unable to answer.

But, if you truly wish to embrace a fulltiming lifestyle then there is no reason why you cannot do so, you just need to be prepared and try to consider all eventualities and there are lots of experienced folk on this forum who will provide you with advice, guidance and very often, differing opinions.

If you have not already done so, get on to 'You Tube' and search for some Motorhome Travel Vlogs. For example: "The exPAWers", "The Indie Projects", "Florence and the Novice Explorers" to name but three, there are lots of Vlogs and they provide some useful insights to a nomadic lifestyle on the road, but they each do it their own way and encounter different issues along the way.
 

BigMomma

Well-Known Member
BigMomma , did you see the news papers yesterday.
People registered living permanently or partime in a eu country before the withdrawal completion will still keep all eu rights and get uk pensions paid to them in any eu country.
The details are still being worked on.......so there is hope.
Yes I read the article. However, this is for people who are already living or working there, or who apply and take up permanent residency prior to the end of the Transition Period, it does not apply for temporary visitors. You must still meet the 5 year requirement, which is living or working there for that period or owning a property there for the 5 years, but they must apply for permanent residency before the end of the Transition Period. There was never any issue about getting U.K. Pensions whilst living abroad, in the EU it was more about the Tax Arrangements. Whilst part of the EU there was no 'double taxation' so if your pensions were paid from the State (Government Pensions such as State Pension, Armed Forces Pensions, Teachers Pensions etc.) then currently if the tax is paid at source e.g. UK, then it would not be taxed again in the Country you were living. You do have to declare it on your annual tax return in the Country you are residing. UK citizens who permanently reside in another EU Country before the end of the Transition Period will remain on the same rights, but anyone moving permanently after that time 'may' not, subject to separate negotiations between the UK and that specific Country. So those who are officially permanently residing in another EU Country before the end of the Transition Period will retain the same rights as they do currently which also includes the Healthcare arrangements. The only difference could be with the freezing of the pensions, a bit like the system for British Expats in Canada or Australia. The Government has already made a commitment stating that those pensioners living in another EU Country will still get the annual pension increases up to 2023, when it will be once again reviewed. So whilst a U.K. Pensioner will still receive their pensions from the UK, after 2023 it may be frozen and not subject to future increases as is currently the case for other British Expats living elsewhere in the World.
 

BeckyBulldog

New Member
You need to start looking at what Countries within Europe 'Are Not' members of the EU and what their requirements are, for entry, travel Visas, Pet restrictions/inoculations etc. As has already been said, there are not many places that have hot temperatures during the Winter months and whilst 'some' may have reasonable daytime temperatures, the nights can get pretty cold. Most tend to stick to the Algarve, Southern Spain (including Tenerife and Lanzarote) and Southern Morocco, so you may have to budget in extra ferry costs.

It is not the end of the world, we can still travel but a bit more planning may be required.

The other issue of course, and this has nothing to do with leaving the EU, is the more general issue of living in a relatively small space on a permanent basis ? What experience do you have of extended travels in a Motorhome or Caravan, it is a lot different to living in bricks 'n' mortar. Many take to the lifestyle like ducks to water, other's, when the novelty has worn off and the rose tinted glasses are losing their tint of rosiness, realise that it is not the type of life they had imagined. You do not need a huge budget to enjoy living fulltime, however, you do need to ensure that you have enough to cater for the unexpected, for example, we got fuel contamination whilst in Morocco and that ended up costing us around £1,500 to get the van repaired. If your budget permits the use of Campsites then that will help, especially when there are several days of rain and the Solar Panels are not generating enough energy to keep your leisure batteries charged,

Obviously we do not know what type of Motorhome you are intending purchasing, or what kind of provisions you are making for onboard power, or how you are intending to finance your lifestyle, so lots of questions that as yet we will be unable to answer.

But, if you truly wish to embrace a fulltiming lifestyle then there is no reason why you cannot do so, you just need to be prepared and try to consider all eventualities and there are lots of experienced folk on this forum who will provide you with advice, guidance and very often, differing opinions.

If you have not already done so, get on to 'You Tube' and search for some Motorhome Travel Vlogs. For example: "The exPAWers", "The Indie Projects", "Florence and the Novice Explorers" to name but three, there are lots of Vlogs and they provide some useful insights to a nomadic lifestyle on the road, but they each do it their own way and encounter different issues along the way.
We did it 22 years ago, albeit without the dogs, and absolutely loved it. We have just purchased our motorhome, with the biggest criteria being a separate bedroom door to keep out the dogs snoring! We have enough money so am not worried about that, not worried about anything to be honest, just chomping at the bit to get going
 

BeckyBulldog

New Member
BigMomma , did you see the news papers yesterday.
People registered living permanently or partime in a eu country before the withdrawal completion will still keep all eu rights and get uk pensions paid to them in any eu country.
The details are still being worked on.......so there is hope.

Anway BecyBulldog, welcome to the site.
Great dogs by the way we had a few of them. Now we have 2 French Bulldogs and waiting until the pup is old enough for rabies blood test so we can head for some sun.
Thanks for the welcome, we have Maggie the one in the pic, and a 1 year old American Bulldog. We have bought a motorhome with not 1, but 2 doors separating us from Maggie snoring at night, plus earplugs! I have cool coats, cool blanket and a pushchair for the hotter days to stop Maggie overheating! First rabies injection has been done and will also get the leishmania, as well as the collars. We’re just so excited!
 

BigMomma

Well-Known Member
We did it 22 years ago, albeit without the dogs, and absolutely loved it. We have just purchased our motorhome, with the biggest criteria being a separate bedroom door to keep out the dogs snoring! We have enough money so am not worried about that, not worried about anything to be honest, just chomping at the bit to get going
Enjoy your travels :thumb:
 

fanofatan

Active Member
welcome BB, enjoy your travels, what MOHO did you buy
my daughter had a Bulldog, it's tongue used to stick to it's nose as it snored & snored & snored, lasted 13 years...amazing
 

BeckyBulldog

New Member
We’ve got a Rapido 8094df, which is waiting for us at the dealers. We had a long list of requirements and it took a lot of searching to get the perfect one, but perfect, for us, it is. We’re going to pick it up just before the motorhome show at the NEC in Feb so we can go along and buy all the bits and pieces we need! Maggie is coming up 5 and our American ‘naughty’ Bobbi has just turned 1...!
 

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