The Girl Can Tow

April 18, 2021 2 min read

In November 2019 I bought a towing caravan, not a very big one but it was mine...

Katie and Baxter outside their caravanThis may not seem that significant but when I look back now, a year and half
later, I think it was a pretty pivotal moment in my new life as a single Mum with
twin girls (now 11yrs old).  I’ve always been independent, very assertive and a lover of the outdoors, but in amongst children and marriage I suppose that got lost a little bit. We all know what it’s like, our priorities have to change and that’s ok, but as the children need you less and obviously being single, I started thinking about what I might want from life (even though I probably didn’t realise I was thinking about that at the time).

 

Caravan under rainbowInitially the caravan was something that the girls and I could do together, I
wouldn’t be able to afford family holidays and the caravan seemed the perfect
way to still get away without the back breaking reality of camping. Once I had
the caravan I started thinking about the possibility of going away on my own
with Baxter, probably the most unadventurous dog you could meet! I like my
own company, I’m confident enough to go away on my own, I can tow a caravan
and so the seed was planted.

 

Baxter looking out of the caravan windowEven though we were in the throws of a global pandemic I managed to get away with the girls 4 times last summer, some holidays were brilliant others were very stressful but all totally worth it. Then towards the end of the year I joined the caravan and motorhome club, this gave me the confidence to book a couple of solo trips away. They have what’s Certified Locations, which are small sites with only 5 pitches. The majority of them have electric hook up, wifi and waste disposal. They’re nice and quiet and perfect for what I wanted.

 

 

 

Caravan

Yes, I was nervous: yes, I wondered if I could actually stand my own company and yes, I did worry about breaking down, but that wasn’t going to prevent me from at least trying. So I booked a trip to Coldingham, ok it’s not the NE of England but it’s just over the border into Scotland. Baxter and I had the best time, we walked, we read, we cooked and we relaxed and I didn’t get bored, I didn’t breakdown and I loved it.  As soon as I got back I booked another 2 night stay in Kielder and that was equally brilliant. But more about that in next months blog…

Baxter the dogSo here we are, looking forward to lockdown being lifted again and booking caravan trips as if my life depended on it! Bring on 2021 and many more adventures with Baxter (the most unadventurous dog in the world!).

Follow Katie and Baxter's adventures @thegirlcantow

 

Katie Lee
Katie Lee


4 Responses

Sarah Bell
Sarah Bell

May 30, 2021

Sounds amazing Katie! Good on you, I imagine you will have some amazing adventures. I know I would love to own a caravan and be brave enough to go it alone…and I am sure you will inspire lots of other people too❤ Enjoy! xxx

Vivers
Vivers

May 30, 2021

Good on you Katie. I love going away for little adventures on my own in my campervan. Look forward to hearing of yourself.

Diane Nicholls
Diane Nicholls

May 30, 2021

Well done you! What you are doing with your caravan is exactly what I did during five years in the desert! My mum thought I was ‘very brave’, my grandma would have been ‘very proud’. Over a tearful farewell at Heathrow airport, my daughter said that if I didn’t go through with it, I wouldn’t ‘be the mum I thought you were’. Enjoy your travels, Katie, there is absolutely nothing to get in your way; I wish you luck and God speed.

Helen
Helen

May 30, 2021

What a great post Katie. Caravanning has a bad respiration for fuddy duddies but its not and can be so liberating just be outdoors ! Happy caravanning xx

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