Hello from Andrea Riley (more frequently known as Andi, Ange or Angie dependant on who’s doing the calling and really only Andrea when in trouble!) and Paul Wardell (more frequently known as Monkey Boy to Adults or Uncle Monkey to nieces & nephews!). For those of you who aren’t a family member or friend (and we have quite a lot of these between us!) and so don’t know us (yet), here is a little bit about us and how came to the decision to travel to Europe in our motorhome.
Back in 2004 we made a decision to give up our high flying jobs for large corporations along with a company cars and good salaries to start our own business. Our friends and family probably thought we were mad as it was a huge gamble but I’m glad to say one that paid off and so fortunately one we certainly don’t regret. We built our business selling eco friendly bio ethanol fires for indoor and outdoor use and although over 11 years it involved working very long hours ,the satisfaction gained by succeeding was a huge reward in itself. We would have still been slogging away at it full time today had fate not dealt us a blow early in 2015. The EU introduced a new Europe wide directive which affected our product category which meant that all bio ethanol products being sold for indoor use needed to incorporate an automated shut off. We therefore reduced our product range significantly and sold off the website for a new beginning.
This left us with some very tough decisions to make, but one I’m now glad to say led us to purchasing our very first motorhome and planning what we believe will be a trip of a lifetime around Europe (and beyond???)………
We left the UK on 15th January 2016 heading to Santander intending to travel for a year, but we’ve well and truly caught the travel bug so after a short stint back in the UK toward the end of 2016 we took off again. Keep up with our travelling adventures by following our blog.
Please feel free to contact us. We are always happy to help and of course if you’re somewhere nearby always happy to share a beer (or 2).