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Back To Normality Post Bristanbul

The team that made the Bristanbul tour a success

On the 9th of April 2018 I set off on a tour of a lifetime with the Bailey of Bristol team. As I am sure you are aware the tour was an epic adventure. At the time I did not realise just how amazing the experience would be. You could go as far to say I was borderline apprehensive prior to leaving, for multiple silly reasons. Once I got behind the wheel and got some miles under my belt, along with some valuable lessons from the team, all the fears I had went away which lead me to having an experience of a lifetime.

Convoy Driving And An Evening In Budapest

The team takes on Budapest

Having driven on a lot of undesirable road surfaces and some very questionable routes you do naturally pick up a lot of good habits. Prior to coming on the Bristanbul trip I was nervous about the European way of driving but what I did not take into consideration was the art of convoy driving, something I had never done before.

Castle Dracula And Questionable Road Surfaces

Castle Dracula welcome the Bristanbul tour

While in Romania I was totally surprised about how good the road conditions were until I ventured off the beaten track into farmland. On top of that we took a tour of Castle Bran AKA Castle Dracula.

New First Time Drivers And Night Time Walks In Dracula Country

New towing staff and some poor road conditions make for the best lessons

The Bristanbul tour had some fantastic new additions this week in the form of ex Eastender Ryan Philpott and Dean Howard, who's new cookbook will released later this year. Neither of them had towed before let alone on the other side of the road. We also had 2 of our camera crew dip their toe into the world or towing.

The Turkish Border Crossing And Getting To Know Bailey Australia

With an 8 hour delay at the Turkish border I sat with Bailey Australia

Today was a very interesting, and that's putting it very mildly. There has been some issues at the non EU borders but the Turkish/Bulgaria had to be the most problematic of them all. Every cloud does have a silver lining as I got to spend a good amount of time with the guys from Bailey Australia.

Site Review Camping Veliko Bulgaria

Waking up at this site was just what the doctor ordered

So as you may be aware there was a little bit of a hold up at the Turkish border for the #Bristanbul tour last night. We had planned to arrive at our destination in Bulgaria for around 8pm local time and have a nice dinner on site. Well that plan did not quote come to fruition.

The Sites And Sounds Of Istanbul

I pitch up and head into Istanbul

Touring holidays do not stop once you're parked and pitched. As I am sure many of you will agree the touring on foot is just as important as the vehicle side of your trip. After the slight hell that was towing through Istanbul it was decided that a trip into the city, on foot, was well deserved.

Towing Through The Backstreets Of Istanbul

Ever wondered what towing round the backstreets of Istanbul was like?

As we made our 184 mile journey to Istanbul from Gallipoli I saw some sights, weird policing, questionable motorway maneuvers and traffic like I have never seen before in my entire life.

Saying Goodbye To Greece And Hello To Turkey

The beautiful sites of Turkey

Today was supposed to be a much shorter day because we left Camp Alexandros very early so we could make the most of out time in Gallipoli, Turkey. One thing we did not anticipate was the serious levels of security we would find at the Turkish border.

5 Countries In 1 Day Non EU Border Crossing And The Importance Of Paperwork

So Monday was an interesting day that brought with it some trials, tribulations and some very good lessons learned regarding having the right paperwork to hand when crosstown borders. Especially non EU countries like Albania and Macedonia.

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More Use More Security

Be vigilante as we enter the new holiday season

So the new season is pretty upon us, not that people have stopped touring during the "off season". So with the van being used a lot more and perhaps being stored in the public eye, which brings a level of possible vulnerability. So with that in mind here a few easy and practical tips for keeping the van safe and sound between trips.

Hollywood A Lister Caravan Gets Pinched

A Lister gets Airstream stolen following a fire than took his home

We are all very aware of the risks that come with owning a caravan and we all take measures to prevent any harm coming to them. Despite our best efforts there are occasion where no matter what someone does something bad happens to our pride and joy. Even Hollywood Heartthrobs are not immune from this as one A list actor gets his vintage caravan stolen.

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Benimar Tessoro Part 1: The 483 Full Test

The Tessoro 483 is built on a 170BHP Ford

At CaravanTimes we recently had a Benimar Tessoro 483 on test for a couple of weeks. We have done just over 2000 miles in the Tessoro and tested in various ways - as you will find out in our inspiration features coming up. But before we give you some ideas of where and why you should use a motorhome like the Tessoro we wanted to bring some information on the Tessoro range and the very interesting 483.

Bristanbul Video Documentary Part 1

Part one of the documentary is here

So as most of our readers will know, the CaravanTimes team were lucky enough to be part of Bailey of Bristols, Bristol to the Bosphoros trip. Travelling 21 countries in 21 days the team did a fantastic job to take the 2 caravans and motorhome cross-continental.