We arrived in Coober Pedy (CP) just after dark after a stunning sunset. (Don’t start me on the night sky. I can't even describe in words how amazing the star strewn night sky is over the outback so I'm not going to try.) Sky cannot be appreciated until you are in a landscape as flat as the outback... you can see it forever, and during the day you can see where the horizon meets the earth so it seems as if you are driving into the clouds. An excellent exercise in one point perspective!
Little money but with the urge to travel is a common scenario and a lack of riches is no reason to stop you. People in their 50’s and 60’s often ask me if they can afford to travel – and of course I say yes!
You may dub me the world’s worst parent, but I say yes! Mine did (are doing) at 15 and 16. No - not on an organised group trip or tour, and Yes – they survived!! Better still, they did have a heck of a good time and they thrived from it. If your teen wants to go, I can only encourage you to say yes!
Surviving a long haul flight – and here I am talking something like NZ to Europe, or, 24-30 hours depending on your stopover times – can be arduous on your own, let alone with younger kids, unless of course you can afford first class! These tips should help you get through in good old cattle class.....
My first target was Wilpena Pound in Flinders Ranges National Park, a 300km detour from the Stuart Highway. On the way I stopped to take in some aboriginal artwork sited in caves, which was simply beautiful. The artwork is completely in synch with its natural surroundings and looks stunning - the hand-prints being my favorite, created as the maker spat ink over their hand to create a silhouette.
Think you can’t afford to go travelling for a six months or a year – think again. Aside from a number of ways of making travel cheap – working, volunteering, house-sitting etc, there are lots of places that are cheaper to travel in for starters – and even better many of them are interconnected so you don’t even have to take a flight to visit a number of countries all on a budget.
Following on from my earlier post Hunting Australia’s big five – where to see kangaroos, koalas, platypus, echidnas, and wombats in the wild” I am going to add to this with some of Australia’s other iconic creatures and turn it into the big fifteen!
Struck Melbourne in winter? Then this day-trip is a must. You need one car, your maps app, plenty of time to visit the wineries en route and even more time to while away warming up your body temp at the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs.
Best friends? Should you travel together? Not without reading this first and taking action!
Yes she’s your best friend or he’s your best mate but it doesn’t mean you are going to be great travel buddies. The daily rhythm of life at home is not the same as on the road, and you might find that friendship doesn’t last for long once you get going. Having a few ‘agreements’ before will take the pressure off for both of you. Use these 10 tips to keep it together!
That's fine – it’s natural and normal for there to be a lot of questions, ‘what-if’s’ and wonderings. It doesn’t matter if you are heading off on your first travelling adventure at 18 or at 70, and it doesn’t matter how long you’re planning to go for – there are always questions.
Here are a few quick Questions and Answers that might help get you on the road.