CAMPERVAN-K: Have I found it?
Spoke with Adrian of Edwards, in Worcester, today about a motorhome - it ticked nearly all the boxes. Alas, there was not such a good trade-in deal with my car as I had hoped!
The thing is, I'm getting a bit frustrated. I've been searching for a van for some time, a few months. I've put a question online to those who are searching for theirs and they seem to have found one with relative ease. But me?
It seems the vans I've seen have been too small, to smelly, to old, too expensive... in fact, if I can find an excuse not to like it I will.
I guess, in the end, it's just like buying a house. I don't want to spend all that money and not love being in it. It's got to have the 'feel' about it. I've got to be able to want to be in it. After all, I need to learn to eat, sleep and peep in it and I want to feel comfortable.
I've gotten to wondering whether I really want to do it, or not. Am I making excuses so that I don't have to part with the cash. After all, I could just keep the money and keep on saving. Or, do what everyone else want's me to do and buy a house.
But everytime I think about doing that, I feel sick. I really don't want that mortgage hanging around my neck anymore. I can't be doing with paying out all those bills just to keep a roof over me. It was doing my head in! Everywhere I turned, there were bills for:
Water (yes, since when did we start paying for water?)
Council tax (they like to call it a Community Charge, but heck, it's a tax - and used to be called the Poll Tax)
Insurance for contents
Insurance for building
Bank interest rate (on the mortgage)
Upkeep of the bricks, mortar, windows, grass, shed, roof tiles, rendering, wiring, piping, fencing...
It was never ending! And there never seemed to be any money left for me at the end of each month. I found myself working to keep walls around me. My own little prison.
So, I know I have to pay bills for a van, but surely - there won't be so many of them?
The thing is, I don't think that Adrian of Edwards, in Worcester wanted to sell it to me... but we'll see.
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