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A long weekend road trip: Calgary

A road trip from Calgary: What to see, where to stay, and what to eat along the way! Our home town of Calgary, Canada is only about an hour drive from the foothills, and where the foothills grow into the Canadian Rockies there are quite a few places to explore. A favourite of ours is crossing the Provincial border into beautiful British Columbia. Specifically, the Columbia Valley where the small town of Invermere lays about a 3-hour drive from Calgary. How would we recommend you spend a weekend away from the city? These little gems are must see and do for your three day trip. Friday Stop for coffee: Beamer’s Coffee Bar is a local favourite in Canmore. Snap a photo of your to-go cup while on your adventures to be featured on their website. Enjoy the view: Emerald Lake Lodge is a breathtaking must-see any time of year. Picture Lake Louise with less of a crowd and even more of that blue-green hue these Canadian Rockies lakes are known for. Stay: It’s too hard …

Check out these campervan rental shops in New Zealand

Rent a campervan in New Zealand New Zealand’s islands are easily anyone’s dream travel destination. Explore the glacial and volcanic landscape, watch the unique wildlife, and soak up the welcome charm on the city streets. We know it’s a backpacker’s paradise. But what about campers? Maybe you are flying to New Zealand, but hoping to spend your time outside. To experience new nooks and crannies of the islands each day, and wake up in the wild each morning. Quite idyllic, actually. No? The solution: rent a campervan for your Kiwi road trip. Here are five campervan rental companies with pick-up depots in New Zealand’s major cities. Escape Rentals If you’re flying into Auckland or Christchurch, Escape Rentals is the local self-proclaimed providers of “cheap campervans for travellers.” They have over 200 campervans with funky designs, fully equipped for up to three adults. Just bring yourselves and drive off into the Kiwi countryside (in fun fashion). Both depot city areas have plenty of regional parks to choose from. Kiwi Campers Another Auckland and Christchurch rental pick-up …

Everyone’s talking about the North Coast 500 – with good reason

It has been dubbed the Route 66 of Scotland. Frankly, the North Coast 500 doesn’t need to hide behind any other great touring route. It has character and personality all of its own and is right up there with the very best road trips in the world. We’d certainly add it to our list of ‘top camper locations in the world’. I’ve not long returned from a trip on this 500-mile (516 to be exact) circular route around the most northern region of the Scottish Highlands. Created in 2015, the North Coast 500 has fast become one of the most popular driving routes in Europe, and has already been ranked highly by top media like Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveler and Condé Nast Traveler. For campervans, we rate it highly too. What? To say the North Coast 500 has been created suggests it’s brand new. Strictly speaking, the roads used have been there all along. It’s simply that a savvy marketing team has established a circular route on existing roads and given it a name. …

Camping Mount Fuji’s Five lakes

Do you know Japan’s tallest mountain? It’s hard to get this wrong. But if you said Mt. Fuji (富士山), congratulations! Standing at 3,776m, Mt. Fuji is Japan’s tallest mountain and one of the country’s most recognizable symbols, often referenced in works of art, and likely the most popular attraction on the island next to the many buzzing metropolises. This colossal mountain is just 100 short kilometres south-west of Tokyo and is popularly hiked at night so as to catch the infamous morning light or 御来光 goraikō, meaning “arrival of light”.  Of course, you cannot take a camper on Mt. Fuji and while that sounds amazing, we don’t actually think it’s a wise choice. Instead there are five lakes that surround Mt. Fuji—known as the Fuji-goko or the Fuji Five Lakes – where we will introduce some great scenic spots and campgrounds where you can experience one of Japan’s most inspirational images. The first lake is the one closest to Tokyo—Lake Yamanaka. Of the five lakes, Lake Yamanaka has the largest area. Located near this lake …

Quick Guide to Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

Often overlooked given its proximity to Banff National Park, Waterton is just as beautiful, and usually a little less crowded. The surreal natural landscape makes it an obvious choice for an UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Picture rare wildflowers, plentiful wildlife (bears!), and waterfalls pouring into glacier lakes. When to go Plan your visit June through September for the sunniest weather. Where to hike With over 200 miles of trails to choose from, it’s hard to suggest only a few. The classic hike visitors head to as soon as touching down in the park is Bears Hump: about 45 minutes (1.5km uphill) from the Visitor Centre to Summit. For day-long hikes, take the Red Rock Parkway to Red Rock Canyon. Don’t let the 20-minute canyon scenic walking path fool you—a few trail heads lead into the backcountry from here. Twin Lakes (22.8km) and Blakiston Valley (20.2km) are just a couple. For an extra challenge, try the Triple Crown of Waterton Challenge: Crypt Lake (17.2km), Akamina Ridge (20km), and the Alderson-Carthew Summit (18km). The …

Watch for the Wind in Iceland!

Apparently the wind can get a little crazy in Iceland. So crazy it just might blow your camper right off the road, into a rock-laden gully, and explode into a thousand pieces. Six people were in the wreck of which one went to hospital with serious injuries, according to Iceland Magazine. Weather has been wreaking havoc in the area of Vik, Iceland and that particular stretch of road is known for extreme wind and nasty weather. A good lesson for those renting RV/campers in foreign lands is to always keep watch for unfavourable weather and landscapes in which conditions could be worse than normal. Campers of all sizes are susceptible to capsizing. Best to use caution in all situations.  We also hope no food or booze was spoiled by the incident. Onward! Photo: Iceland Magazine.