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Welcome to my Blog!

Below is a list of recent posts, there is a menu on the left where you can choose to see older posts by date or by the labels (tags) I have given them. This means you can easily find all my posts about a specific subject. I hope you you enjoy my blog, if you do you can subscribe by using the button above. More about me... ♥ I left behind life as I knew it and started on a journey. The journey in a physical sense has seen me living on the road for ten years now travelling in the UK, Ireland France, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Portugal and Morocco. This journey has and continues to be amazing, discovering new places and meeting new people who constantly inspire me. On an emotional level this journey has made me re-evaluate everything I believe in, made me question today's society and helped me to become more open hearted and honest about myself and with others. I am learning to love myself more which in turn has let me love others more. ♥ ♥ I have respect and love for the earth

Be Kind ❤️

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    Be kind, be love, fuck the haters xxx

Really should post more!

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But I probably won't! I post far more to Instagram so of you are on there do follow me. My personal account is @sam_van_dweller and our couple account is @atlantic_coast_nomads they are quite different and I don't post the same stuff to both. So news news news....  First, we got our vaccines at last! It took a bit of effort and then even more effort to get our digital certificate but now we can travel and see people and feel a bit more protected and that we are protecting other people too. The actual vaccination centre was super efficient and we were really pleased how they handled it.  Before I go on to other topics, I got a nasty message from someone who apparently has been following this blog for years although they remained anonymous to send me a message. It was a rant about vaccines, veganism, even my ex partner! I can only call it the ramblings of a mad person! As I always say, I am more than happy to engage with others with different views and opinions but I absolutely w

Portugal's Shame

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My partner and I aged 50 and 59 would both like to be vaccinated against Covid-19. My partner is an Irish citizen, he has owned some land in Portugal since 2000. He does not have Portugese residence as this is not his main residence. I am a UK citizen trying to get residence at the moment. We were happy to see there is a dedicated website to register to get vaccinated for people without a health number at https://servicos.min-saude.pt/covid19/vacinacao-nao-utente When we heard that they were vaccinating our age groups here in Portugal we were expecting to be texted with an appointment to come in. Alas nothing and after emailing, with no response, telephoning and going to the health centre and vaccination centre, all we keep being told is we have to go back to our own countries to be vaccinated! So this is Portugal's policy is it? Vaccinate their own and let everyone else get ill? We would like to go back to Ireland and the UK but feel it's unsafe while restrictions are still in

Men, talk to your mates

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This isthe hardest blog post I've ever written and is definitely the hardest one to make public. I wrote most of this a week ago but have battled with a fear of sharing these personal things. BUT I am angry and need to be heard and I also want to help other women gain their voice and I feel like I can't do that unless I share what I have been through. I have empathy for others who have experienced domestic violence, controlling behaviour, gaslighting, coercion, sexual harassment, sexual abuse and violence at the hands of men. I want you to know I hear and believe you and I hope by reading this you will understand I am an ally and have experienced some trauma myself so have a level.of understanding to what you may be going through. I want to help bring a voice to the marginalised women, those women who are never believed, the women who come from the wrong neighborhood, the women who struggle with mental health issues, with drug addiction, the gay and trans women, the sex workers

How to sign the petition against the new parking laws for campervans in Portugal

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A few people have asked me if there is a petition against the new law that is being brought in on the 8th January preventing campervans, motorhomes and similar parking anywhere overnight that is not a designated campervan area, i.e. a campsite or aire. There is now a petition which can be found HERE Obviously it is in Portuguese so you may need to use a browser such as Google Chrome which translates the page automatically. You will need to register on the parliament website to sign the petition. All this involves is signing up with an email address, setting up a password and using your I.D. card or passport number to confirm your identity. Once registered you will get a confirmation email and then you can go back on the petition and sign it. It all looks a bit complicated at first but it's fairly simple and well worth signing. Please do make the effort to put your name down and showing there are many people against this ridiculous new law. Thanks for reading :)

Vanlife in Portugal after 8th January 2021

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From the 8th of January 2021 changes to the Highway Code in Portugal come into effect. The approved changes to the Highway Code clarify the places where motorhomes can stay overnight, parked. It will no longer be allowed to spend the night in car parks, laybys, on the street or on wasteland. The only authorized places where motorhomes will now be able park overnight are the areas designated for that purpose. So unless you are parked on a campsite, aire or other area deemed as an area to park motorhomes you will be breaking the law if you park overnight and sleep in your vehicle anywhere else! Parking will mean the parking of the vehicle with more space than its perimeter for example having a window open outwards or steps sticking out. A motorhome or similar will mean a vehicle that presents a living space or that is adapted for the use of a living space, or classified as motorhome, or caravan. Overnight stay will mean the permanence of a motorhome or similar at the parking place, wit

Life on the Road during Covid-19 - Part 3

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A few months ago while on lockdown in Morocco I wrote a couple of pieces about how life was like on the road there for myself and my partner and the effect the pandemic was having in general to van dwellers. We finished off our Moroccan adventure with a few days in Essaouira and then a few days in Chefchaouen, both normally very touristy. We felt very lucky to visit just as lockdown was easing with no other tourists in sight! Waiting for the Ferry to Spain We were lucky enough to make our way back to Portugal fairly painlessly with the help of the UK embassy who got us and our van a place on a ferry carrying mostly French nationals out of Morocco. Cases of Covid-19 were on the rise in Morocco as they started easing the lockdown, and we felt it was time to head back to Portugal which is where we are normally based most of the year. Portugal had done fairly well in keeping cases of the virus fairly low compared to other EU countries and deaths were also low. As we travelled through the

Merry Yule Bloggers!

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Hope all my readers have had a Blessed Solstice and have a very Merry  and a Happy New Year. Thanks for reading all my ramblings this year. Lots of Love, Sam XXX

The end of free Vanlife in Portugal?

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or 'The criminalisation of my lifestyle in Portugal' Sadly it seems the rich and the fascists have got their way once again, this time in Portugal. Those of us who remember the UK traveller scene in the 80s, will remember how the government criminalised our lifestyle as 'New Age Travellers' starting with draconian laws after the government stopped the peaceful Stonehenge peoples festival in 1985. That day they used horrific police brutality on Travellers themselves, their vehicles and their animals. Many in Ireland will know how anti-traveller sentiment led to car parks all getting height barriers and trespass being criminalised. This is us, full-time van dwellers There has always been anti-traveller sentiment from a section of society. Nomadic lifestyles have always scared some of the settled population, a mixture of fear, jealousy and lies in the media have contributed to the anti-traveller brigade. With the growing number of people again taking to the road, known as

Van dwellers travelling during the pandemic

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Is it ok for vanlifers, campervanners, new age travellers, hippy travellers, van dwellers, motorhomers etc to be travelling during the pandemic? Travelling at this moment in time is being discouraged generally. There are many countries in the world with closed borders where visiting them would be impossible at the moment. There are also many countries where although travelling is not being encouraged, there are open roads, ferries and flights to these countries. Some countries have quarantine requirements so as long as you abide by the rules regarding quarantine and where and when you can travel is it ok to drive around in your campervan? What has brought me to question this is the sheer amount of vanlifers and other van dwellers I see on Instagram posting about their travels during this global pandemic. I don't mean people that are generally staying in one area but people covering hundreds of miles. What is particularly worrying is the vanlife influencers or wannabe influencers th

Groups against 'wild camping' in Portugal

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After my post a few days ago about the actions of some local people evicting people in motorhomes from where they were parked I did some research into a couple of online groups that I found that are actively against the ‘wild’ campers in the Villa do Bispo area. I found that one of these groups openly supports the Chega party, the far-right political party in Portugal. I also found that followers of these groups were not all the environment lovers they claim to be. One of the major sources of complaint has been people parking in the Natural Park overnight, something that is prohibited. The 'anti wild camping' campaigners often say the environment is being ruined because of campervans parking overnight.  These groups are taking photos and videos of people and their vehicles without their knowledge and posting on social media. They post mostly rather ambiguous pictures of campervans next to litter or just pictures of litter accusing the people in campervans of leaving the litter.

Vigilantes come in the night to evict Vanlifers, Surfers and Motorhomers in the Western Algarve

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Thanks for arriving at this article! If you don't want to read the whole article as I appreciate it's quite long then scroll down to the bottom for a summary of the main points. Last Saturday (the 21st November 2020) there was some disturbing news emerging about some locals from the Vila do Bispo area getting together and taking it upon themselves to evict people in campervans from beach car parks in the Costa Vicentina national park. There has been ongoing problems with the arrival of more and more people in campervans and motorhomes over the last few years to this area of Portugal. Most of the negative reporting about people in vans is actually a very small minority of people and includes day trippers in cars, locals and tourists alike.   Campervans at a Beach in the Natural Park These issues really need addressing urgently before someone gets hurt. Vigilante groups are a scary enough thought for people in campervans but also the locals themselves may well end up putt