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“Straya, A Privileged Holiday”

“Straya, A Privileged Holiday”

“Straya, A Privileged Holiday” 3 months ago I wrote a reflection piece where I tackled the big question “Is grass greener?”. After all I had resigned from a senior leadership position and put our city lives/careers on hold just to go on a camping road trip around Australia on a shoe string budget. The answer to that question fortunately still is a resounding YES! And YES! It can be done on the cheap. My best childhood memories are of my parents exploring Europe and US with me and my siblings. We travelled a fair bit as kids but for some reason our first trip to Europe when I was around 14-15 years old is what I remember the most of and have always wanted to give my kids a fond memory like that. After our trip around Straya I finally worked out why Europe was “THE TRIP” for me as a kid. Nothing beats a family holiday at any time and but if you can add a sense of privilege to it, all of sudden that holiday leaves a lasting impression for everyone involved. Let’s face it! not everyone can just go on a holiday be it for financial reasons, health reasons, family reasons or any other reason that makes it impossible to travel. Travelling anywhere for a holiday I believe is a privilege but as kids going around Europe we definitely saw how privileged we were to have stayed in Europe for so long and visited so many countries. I believe we have finally given our kids that holiday, an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives and God willing remember it fondly. I know both Geanette and I will forever cherish the memories that left us jaw-droopingly speechless like Uluru, Ruby Gap & Kakadu wetlands and those that tested our resolve to complete the trip like our tent incident in Coober Pedy or the oil dip stick falling out of the engine in Cobourg Peninsula. Above all we will remember the day when we saw our kids “change” when they started to enjoy each other’s company in the outdoor as opposed to glued to their video games. We have both travelled extensively in our...

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Is Grass Greener?

Is Grass Greener?

Today is the start of our 4th month on the road and habit calls for a little reflection on the first quarter of our journey. What started off as one of my hair brain schemes (as Mrs puts it) quickly snow balled into one of the most adventurous and confronting experiences of our lives. Planning for this trip with rose coloured glasses was great but the journey and the actual experience has not been as romantic as the idea. The working life before took 10 hours of my life 5 days a week and so weekends with the family were planned with the utmost enthusiasm. The plan for this new nomadic life however was to travel around Oz 24/7 with the family whilst I spend my morning studying and spare time writing a blog about this ultimate adventure on a shoestring budget. The fact is that 10 months is only just enough time to explore NT and WA let alone going around the country and aim to study and blog at the same time. We have missed many places and hopefully once kids are older Geanette and I will explore the rest on our own. Let me first answer the ultimate question. Can the trip be done on a shoe string budget? The answer is a resounding YES! Budget Figuring out my shoe string was not as simple as I originally thought. Previous life was comfortable where every holiday was in a 5 star resort albeit for only 4 weeks in a year. Trying to now free camp in a tent without “taken for granted” facilities like toilets, showers, washing machine, dryer and even drinking water is at best challenging as is forward planning to ensure we stock up adequately before hitting the next big town. Everyone’s shoe string is obviously different and so we locked ours to the following key components and so far we are within our budget and have even saved money to do some additional excursion trips: Paid camping 2 days a week Not travelling more than 300 kms in a driving day on average Driving at a steady 75kms/hr which gives us 10-12ltrs/100 kms Stay for atleast 4 nights during school in each area...

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