I Passed My Driving Test (& What That's Got to Do With Travel)

I had three goals on coming back to the UK:

1. Go to Glastonbury Festival (not achieved)
2. Eat proper Fish & Chips (achieved, a lot)
3. Pass My Driving Test


Rougham Airfield, Wings,  Wheels and Steam Country Fair.
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As you may have guessed from the title of this post, I passed my driving test! On Thursday, after a sleepless night, and in spite of incredible nerves, I somehow lived through 45 minutes of being tested and PASSED!

The test itself was horrific, I ballsed up one of the questions I was asked, I forgot to put my dipped lights on. I was overly hestitant not once but twice. I stalled the car for the first, and respectively second time EVER and did so consecutively. Right after my emergency stop, no less. My bay park was anything but straight, but it was in the lines, which is the main thing. Having stalled after my emergency stop, not once but twice, I was utterly convinced I'd failed. I was utterly gobsmacked that I'd passed.

OK, OK, I know what you're all thinking, why are you writing on your travel blog about passing your driving test (this is where you click the About bit up there in the toolbar quickly and I wait for you to read it.... done? OK good.)?

As you all know it is my dream to own and travel in a campervan.


Camper Van
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Obviously the first step to campervanninghood (or dom) is having a driver's licence, right? And, after several years of dragging my heels, and then two months ago I started taking driving lessons again, took my theory test pretty sharpish (with a respectable 48/50 pass) & then took my actual test, to get 7 minors (you can get 16 'minors', which cover things like hesitation, not checking every single angle when you pull out, not checking mirrors during change of speed/ direction/ enough in general) in my real test. It was all very quick but I wanted to walk into 2015 knowing what I want out of the year.

What I want is a camper van. My main aims are to get one in good mechanical condition and one that has already been converted, so I don't need to do too much work to it. In an ideal world I'd get a brand new one, but even with my years worth of savings I don't have that kind of cash. The idea is that I could live in it and work part time to cover 'costs' and have my savings there as a back up.

I don't know a great deal about camper vans or where to begin, though I plan on researching that over the next couple of weeks (whilst I'm in between jobs). I shouldn't say I don't know where to begin when one of my friends has been there, done that and bought the t-shirt. She will probably be my greatest source of inspiration- I wish she was coming with me actually. One of the best things about the camper van is that Tiger, my dog, can come with me. He's got a long 8 weeks coming up whilst I'm in the arctic, so it will be nice for both of us if we're together, and he already has a passport (since he is in fact Canarian).


immaculate camper van
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Who knows what route I'll end up taking, or any of the details for that matter, all I can say is watch this space, dreams being made into realities on the horizon...



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  1. Congratulations Tammy! Now I can’t wait to see you on the road with your own campervan… :) By the way, from my own experience, those vans on the photos look perfect, but unfortunately they cost a small fortune to buy and maintain. As you saw, in the end I made peace with a newer T4 and if you are on a budget, you might want to consider one as well. Even if they are not as cool, they make at least a great camper... :)

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    1. Ah Dennis, these are just pretty pictures pulled from Creative Commons, not ones I have any hope of affording to buy and fix up. Deffo looking at something similar to yours :)

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  2. Being on the road in a campervan (kombi) around Europe is a great way to go; probably the best. Many years I did this with a few friends and we came up upon many slices of life that we would have otherwise missed altogether. All the best for this trip and the one to the snow and ice.

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    1. Thank you :)

      I can't wait, I mostly want to travel around eastern europe, my favourite place in the world so far!

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  3. Congrats... on the driving test, not the eating of fish and chips, in the UK is not exactly difficult lol Dreams start with a small step, just you wait.

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    1. Perhaps not, but at the time I hadn't had proper fish and chips for nearly 5 years! ;)

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  4. Great! Congrats! I had to pass mine 3 times :-) Hope your campervan dream will come true, it's a great way to travel indeed. I'm sure Tiger will love it! :-)

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    1. I feel amazed and lucky that I passed first time with so few minors!

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  5. Yaaay congrats! Confession- 25 and don't have mine. I did, but then I didn't finish all three levels on time because of family illness and lost it. Now I'm like a few hundred dollars for my lisence orrr travel. Guess what keeps winning ;)

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    1. I'm older than you Hannah ;) so don't worry about not having it yet!

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  6. Awesome sauce, girl! Love your dream, I might come and join you at some point, it sounds like a blast! :D

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    1. You should :) it'll be amazing :) I keep hoping my friend will come with me, but one minute she sounds keen and the next not so.... I dunno, we'll see what happens

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  7. Massive congrats girl! And the camper van trip sounds amazing - it's also been a dream of mine to drive one eventually. Have a great trip!

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    1. Thanks, I am dying to go and do this. :)

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  8. Congrats ! Sounds like a great plan. Happy Travels !

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  9. Congratulations on passing your test! Woohoo! It would be awesome to own a camper van and drive all over the place!

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  10. Congrats! Getting your drivers license is a big stept forward towards your goal. I always regretted not getting it in my teens because I couldn't drive while in Australia and NZ but right now, on a roadtrip, driving with very loud music on, is what really makes me happy!

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    1. Well I'm mid 20's, so.... ;)

      I am looking forward to driving around with road trip music blasting out.

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  11. Good for you! Those images of the camper van are pretty sweet, they are like old vintage hippie vans! You'll have the most fun driving around everywhere.

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    1. Thanks, aren't they the best? I'd love one, but as Dennis say up there, they're a pain to maintain

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  12. Congrats Sammi!! I'm excited to hearing about your adventures road tripping! I still need to get my fiancé to get his drivers license so we can do the same ;)

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    1. Thanks, Beth! And your fiancé! I didn't know you were engaged huge congratulations :)

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  13. Great stuff! I tell you I'm dreaming of proper fish and chips! My family are from North Yorkshire and those guys sure know how to fry fish! So pleased to hear that you are one step closer to realising your dream!

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    1. Amazing, yeah you're right fish and chips are amazing in Yorkshire :) I also loving visiting a friend in Doncaster at the weekends, because before I head home he makes me a gravy sandwich, AMAZING!

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  14. Yay! Congrats on overcoming the first road block (no pun intended) to you dreams! Campervanning sounds so fun and a great way to see the world. Good luck on the rest of your journey!

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  15. Congrats! I totally failed my test the first time - was turning left and went up on the gutter! Never done it before and have never done it since, but of course that day I did.

    Can't wait to see you get this going! Then you'll be the one I come to with questions haha.

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    1. I thought I'd failed, honestly... I stalled twice after my emergency stop!

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  16. Amazing, well done Sammi! I can't wait to read about your campervan adventures!

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