When many Irish people think of “holidaying”, they automatically think of going abroad. I have travelled parts of the US, Asia, Australia and Europe, but while I was experiencing 30°C heat in the rainy season in the Philippines last summer, I kept seeing pictures of Ireland in blistering sunshine. This was when it first entered my head to holiday in Ireland the following year in an old-style Volkswagen (VW) camper van.

My boyfriend Stephen and I started to look up websites and scout the possibilities of renting such a camper.