Dear Fellow Motorhomer,
May and the UK’s weather remains good for the most part. Whilst being in ‘lockdown’ the dry weather seems to have encouraged many motorhomers to tackle their gardens in a way not seen for many years – usually motorhomers are too busy travelling at this time of year to be doing their own gardens. However, for the majority we are the lucky ones to have this outdoor space to spend time in whilst awaiting when we can next travel.
Whilst there remains no certainty when travel will once again return to normal, there are strong signs across Europe that countries wish to work together to create a condition where travel again becomes possible for this summer. Some of the south Mediterranean countries are planning to open their tourist facilities from June onwards. Croatia and Greece are particularly ahead of others in this, not least helped by having had very low instances of Coronavirus within their own countries. GB Motorhome Tours continues to monitor all aspects of Coronavirus including keeping in regular contact with supplier’s all across Europe to have first-hand information of the local conditions in each country. Without doubt travelling in our own motorhomes will be one of the safest forms of travel for some time to come. For now we must remain patient as developments are monitored for when it will become safe and sensible for us to once again run tours.
All who have tour bookings for this spring have been contacted individually with updates on their tours. For Autumn tours it remains too early to have a clear picture of how things may be at that time. As information becomes available for each of the Autumn tours contact will be made with all tour participants updating them of any developments or changes to their tours. We will be watching very closely the progresses over the summer months to assess any impact these may have on the planned Autumn tours, along with looking at any additional tours we can arrange for later this year.
A number of tours for next year are now on our website and these are all available to make bookings for. Places remaining on some tours are becoming limited with the Cyprus and More tour now fully booked for next year. If there is anything you would like to ask about any of the 2021 tours feel free to email us, we are always happy to answer any questions.
Since the start of the Coronavirus crisis our thoughts have often been with those dealing with the situation first hand and personally. The medical staff, the key workers and those loosing someone close to them. Very sadly, we too, just over a week ago, have lost someone very close to all of us at GB Motorhome Tours, with the passing of Alan Douglas. Being members of our Tour Directors team Chris and Alan Douglas are well known by many motorhomers through leading motorhome tours over many years. They have also become close friends of many customers. Our sincere thoughts are with Chris and her family at this very sad time, whilst we also very deeply feel the loss of a great colleague and friend. Alan was someone who appreciated facilitating others in having fun whilst at the same time also enjoying himself. He was up for most things and would often lead these from the front.
Whilst a photo never lies, sometimes when put together by professional photographers, maybe not all is as it first appears? Alan would not have allowed you to believe anything different however! Thank you to Phillip Lawson and Janet Edwards who provided this photo from their GB tour in Hungary with Chris and Alan. A tribute page to Alan has been added to our website enabling those who would like to say some words to do so. The page can be viewed at any time using the link https://www.gbmotorhometours.com/alandouglas. If you would like to add to the page, please send it in a reply to this email and we’ll include this for you.
Whilst presently not getting your motorhome onto the road as much as normal do take time to start and run the engine for a reasonable period every couple of weeks, this keeps all engine components rotating freely and well lubricated. Also if possible move the motorhome forwards or backwards by half a tyre rotation to change the weight of the van to a different point on the tyres. These measures will help ensure your motorhome is in good shape for when we can all get touring again.
Until that time take good care of yourself.
Nurcan & Kevin, Sue & Ron, Liz & Dave, Cheryl & John