Adventure Caravanning With Dogs
It Never Rains But It Paws
By Jacqueline Lambert
Adventures and human and dog interest abound in Adventure Caravanning With Dogs. Thanks to Random T. Tours for inviting me to review this travelogue. Join these pooches on an adventure like no other… (a pic of cute dogs is included in this review).
Discover more in the synopsis and my review below.
Five years after giving up work to travel full time, Jackie and Mark race against time to leave the UK before Britain leaves the EU. If Brexit happens, their four precious pups may lose their pet passports, and will be unable to travel. But Brexit isn’t their only obstacle. A few months into their trip, the pandemic leaves them trapped in Europe’s No.1 coronavirus hotspot…
This, in many ways is a trip of our times and in years to come, will serve as a reminder of how things were during the pandemic. In all of its fun and hilarity it reminds, in someways, that trips, however long or short an adventure people go on, should not be taken for granted because anything can happen…
This is perfect for armchair travelling and perhaps inspiring bucketlists or for giving a picture of some hometruths when worldwide events happen and you have adorable pooches in tow.
The locations that feature are France and Italy.
It all starts rather well on a journey across to France by ferry, as the memoir turns into quite the interesting travel-logue, with some historic facts here and there, adding extra interest to the places, Jacqueline and her furry, pawed friends go to. Not everything is plain-sailing as she and Mark runs into some issues and the rainy weather doesn’t help matters.
Mixed in with intrpid travels, are some politics about Brexit, although for a short spell, it gets a little heavy, it nonetheless doesn’t detract from the rest of the book as it then proceeds into the consequences to what had been unlimited travel around the European countries that are (at time of writing), still part of the EU, so for the main part, there is a point to bringing this up, as she navigates this.
It also documents some of the huge diseases the world had encountered, whilst travelling, including the global pandemic, brought by Covid-19, which Jacqueline encounters and ends up in a hotspot of in Italy, on her own, since Mark had to go back home to sort out a different sort of problem, beforehand, meaning they are separated more than what they may have been otherwise.
Even through, what was, at the time, unexpectedly hard times, there are snippets of some humour and some things that this couple have learnt along the way.
It goes to show that travelling, however well planned, isn’t always quite as smooth as it first seems, in this adventrous human story that is interesting and entertaining and emotional on many different levels. So, this is a book I recommend, so hop into this caravan from your armchair and join these pooches on their adventure of a lifetime.