Travelers: Joanne Crawford
Earlier this year, photographer Joanne Crawford embarked on a camping trip across Europe with her boyfriend, which she documented on her blog, Our Inflatable Home. We caught up with Joanne to chat about her experiences gallivanting around the continent in a car.
Tell us a little bit about your trip! Where did you go, what did you do, how did you travel?
My boyfriend and I decided to leave our jobs and rented flat in London and go travelling around Europe for a few months. We decided we were ready for a big change and figured that travelling for 3 months in our little 1.2 Fiat Punto and our tent would be the perfect adventure for us. We started off in France, worked our way around the coastline and into Italy, then up to Austria, Germany, Holland and finally Belgium.
How and why did you choose to do a camping trip as opposed to other types of travel?
We love camping so for us it made sense to incorporate that into our travels. It’s also a much cheaper way of travelling around Europe as hotels and even hostels can be really expensive, it just meant that we were able to prolong our trip as we were paying a very low nightly rate – until high season hit of course!
What are the positives + negatives of camping?
Camping has so many positives I don’t know where to begin! One huge one for us is that you are outside all of the time, it was so refreshing to wake up, open the tent door and eat our breakfast in the fresh air. After having a 9-5 office job it was such a different way of living and we really embraced it. Another positive as I have mentioned is that it is a much cheaper way of travelling – you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a tent and I’d say we were averaging about €17 a night for two people including amenities (out of season). You also get to see parts of the countries that you probably wouldn’t see if you were travelling by train or staying in hotels, we stayed in some really remote places up the highest mountains. It’s also very easy to pack up and move on, we had a set routine when packing up the tent and had it down to an hour at the most. It’s very freeing being able to move on when you want but still take your home away from home with you. I guess a negative would be the weather, the rain is fine (as long as you don’t have a hole in your tent) but when it’s really windy it can be pretty hard, one time the winds in the south of France were so bad it felt like someone had jumped on the tent and it folded in half!
What was your favorite moment from the trip?