December 1, 2015

USA 2015 map reviews: Marco Polo vs Michelin California & USA West


I admit it, we're an old-fashioned couple here at Motorhomeplanet HQ, at least we are when it comes to navigation. We still use paper maps for the vast majority of all navigation, at home or abroad. I won't try to convince you of the advantages of proper maps, except to say that large maps allow … [Read more...]

Mammoth Lakes, Mono Lake & Bodie

Abandoned truck at Bodie

After our close encounter with the desert, we headed  up into the mountains to Mammoth Lakes. This is very much a summer hiking and winter ski resort and as we were between the two seasons, there was an out of season feel to the place. It is a hotspot for bear activity and we were asked to ensure … [Read more...]

The Extraterrestrial Highway: USA 2015

Extraterrestrial Highway sign

After leaving Cedar City, Utah, bright and early, we headed west. Our plan was to drive 415 miles across the Nevada desert to Mammoth Lakes in California, on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Aside from getting us across to the Sierra Nevada, the purpose of this particular route … [Read more...]

USA 2015 guide book reviews: California, Las Vegas & San Francisco

The Rough Guide to California

We were lucky enough to receive review samples of guide books for the areas we were visiting on our USA 2015 trip from both Rough Guide and Marco Polo. Here's a list of the books we used: DK/Rough Guide DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: USA Rough Guide California Pocket Rough Guide Last … [Read more...]

Zion Canyon and Bryce Canyon National Park: USA 2015

Bryce Canyon National Park

Unluckily, we chose a busy Saturday in September to visit Utah's Zion National Park, rather than a quieter weekday. Compared to some of the other national parks we visited, Zion is pretty enclosed and has limited parking. Essentially, there's a single, winding road through the park which gives … [Read more...]

Hoover Dam & Grand Canyon: USA 2015

South Rim, Grand Canyon

This is the first instalment of a diary of our USA road trip in September/October 2015. To provide a quick overview, we flew from Manchester to Las Vegas, then drove in an approximate loop (mostly) up the east side of the Sierra Nevada, across to San Francisco, then back down again, through Death … [Read more...]

Review: All the Aires Spain and Portugal (4th edition)

All the Aires Spain and Portugal 4th edition

Shortly before we headed off on our USA road trip (write-up to come shortly), the good people at Vicarious Books got in touch with a copy of the latest edition of their motorhome stopover guide for Spain and Portugal, "All The Aires Spain and Portugal". This slightly belated review covers the … [Read more...]

Don’t miss the Adventure Overland & Travel Show 2015


Adventure Overland & Travel Show, Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse, Warwickshire CV37 9SE 26-27 Sept 2015 If you're interested in overland travel or simply want a chance to see some amazing and unique motorhomes, then you'll not want to miss this year's Adventure Overland Show. Day … [Read more...]

Fiat showcases Ducato 4×4 Expedition concept camper

Fiat Ducato 4x4 Expedition camper

12 October 2015: Updated with interior pictures Fiat has released pictures of an 4-wheel drive Fiat Ducato Expedition camper vehicle. It's only a concept for now but provides a tantalising glimpse of what the firm could do if it chose to compete with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 and Transit AWD … [Read more...]

Visiting Italy? Aree Di Sosta Review (Italian aires)

Camperlife Aree di Sosta guide 2015/16

If you're visiting Italy in a motorhome and are a fan of the aire/motorhome stopover, then you will probably want to pop a copy of the 2015/16 Aree Di Sosta guide in your glove box. Published by Italian magazine CamperLife and available in the UK from Vicarious Books, this guide is Italy's answer … [Read more...]