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Travels in a Quirky Car

I’m finding there are many benefits to joining the WI. My favourite so far is the speakers. On Monday night we enjoyed the adventures of Peta and her “Travels in a Quirky Car” talk. I never expected to join the WI but after I spoke at a meeting a couple of months ago, I was drawn in.

You see, here is a group of worldly women They’ve brought up children, they’ve committed and changed their communities, they’ve travelled extensively. They’re incredibly adventurous. Take Pat, she’s enrolled on a trek of the Great Wall of China raising funds for the amazing East Lancashire Hospice. There’s also Jean, the President about to embark on a cruise which includes 4 days exploring northern Iceland.

But back to Peta, her adventures across the world in her quirky Citroen 2CV (and van) were epic. She described her travels through India, Pakistan, Iran. We laughed as she described the trouble with having your mother as your navigator. On and on, the tales kept coming, and I couldn’t look away.

Now anyone that knows me, will agree, I wasn’t inspired by the talk in the sense that I would book a similar trip for myself in a heartbeat. Oh no, the thought of camping on the side of a road in -7 degree weather, with no running water would not be my idea of a holiday. I was inspired however by Peta’s values.

Never over plan.

Always allow for flexibility and opportunities to arise that surprise and delight you. Like the time in Iran when she ended up staying with a family, enjoying the creature comforts and company of the locals. This really resonated with me because on our Holroyd multi-stop adventures, there have been times we wished we’d been able to spend more or less time in one place or another. California is one example and cruising gives you a taste of new places, but you nearly always say “one day we’ll come back!”.

Interact and embrace the locals.

After all, they’re what makes a place. You learn more that way, you grow more. You see the place through new eyes. Some of my most enjoyable travel experiences have been when spending time with locals. Tours by Locals offers up masses of opportunities to see a place in a new way.

Pack light.

A travel goal for many but when on a multi-stop holiday it’s essential. Half the battle is keeping suitcases and rucksacks small enough to fit many in a car, under the weight limit for your airlines. Not to mention, living out of one can get a little old.

Let things go.

When you’re travelling in a group on a tour, one of a lot of people’s hesitations is “will I get on with everyone” but it’s true to say you let a lot more go on holiday. And if you don’t that will be your downfall. Try. Try to let the little things go. I’ve started embracing this a lot more with day to day life with the kids. I’m not always successful but when I am, I feel great.

Find your Tribe.

Peta regularly meets up with other travellers and owners of Citreon 2CVs. They have international meets. Not only does it give them an opporunity to plan a(nother) trip but it also is when they can hang out with like minded people. We’ve tried to build this too with Holiday Companions. We’ve got some work to do but we’re looking forward to seeing where it goes (no pun intended!).

So there you have it, news of the day, at 34, I’ve joined and am loving the WI Hoddlesdon. There are opportunities to grow in the most unusual of settings. Want to know more? Get in touch. kate@strawberryholidays.co.uk | 01254 205300.

About the Author
I've worked in travel for 13 years. As a marketer I've worked for Thomas Cook, Going Places, Direct Holidays, Gill's Cruises, Virgin Holidays and cruise brands, Cruise118.com, sixstarcruises.co.uk and rivervoyages.com. Strawberry Holidays was born because I LOVE TRAVEL. In the last 5 years my family and I have been to 39 places and 17 countries.