Have you been considering a big lap around Australia, but you’re not sure if you’re ready to take the plunge and dive right in to a new lifestyle?
We speak to some of the experts who have been around the block (some have even done it a few times) and give you the good and the bad of travelling long term.
A change of scenery every day
A positive of travelling long term is getting to see such beautiful places every day. There is always somewhere new to explore and travelling long term allows you to explore these places with minimal time restrictions.
Watching the kids learn new things
There is something about travelling with kids, particularly of they are young, that they just wouldn’t get in a classroom setting. Exploring, camping, and being out in nature are just some of the things your children will cherish. Afterall, who remembers their most boring days of school over holidaying with the family?
Head over to our blog on family vacation tips, for ideas on how to keep the littlies entertained during your travels.
No time restrictions
When you make the nomad life part of your permanent lifestyle, one of the major benefits is that you’re not running against the clock to see everything within a certain time frame. You can be flexible enough to alter your trip in the case a certain location takes your fancy.
As Four Hands in a Tin Can put it, “For us, one of the positives about travelling long term, without a time frame or any expectations, is that we get to explore places that others don’t have the time to explore.
“We have visited some magical places and learnt a lot of little known Australian History. We have been able to absorb a town, its quirks, its magic and learn about the people who live there or have lived there.”
Everything can be seen at your leisure, detours are possible, making planning stress free so you can just go with the flow.
Being away from family and friends
The full-time travel life can be very hard if you’re used to having family and friends around. Thankfully, easy access to social media and the flexibility of technology makes it easier to keep in touch regularly. As they say, distance only makes the heart grow fonder.
Adapting to a small space
One of the negatives about travelling in a caravan or camper trailer is a lack of privacy and personal space. It is something that you quickly learn, at the beginning of the trip, and is something you can or cannot live with. Being in a tight, confined space doesn’t make things easier, particularly when tantrums are afoot. Luckily you have all that space ‘out there’ to blow off some steam.
One expert says, “Establish privacy rules early around dressing/undressing and showering and give others some space when they need it.”
Money, Money, Money
It certainly can feel like it’s a rich man’s world sometimes and whilst you may not have to deal with a definite time limit on your travels, on the other end of the scale is figuring out your financials and ensuring you have enough budgeted for the next meal or fuel stop.
Doing the big lap requires many, many hours of forward planning and research time and for some of these experts it was years in the making before they could commit to their new lifestyle full-time. Whilst it’s easy to romanticise the idea of travelling for an indefinite period of time, it’s important you’re not going into anything with rose coloured glasses on, and you realise the true cost of travelling full-time.
Luckily, you don’t have to start all of this from scratch, thanks to our experts, The Blonde Nomads, Four Hands in a Tin Can, Summit 2 Sea Adventures and RVee There yet. These guys are a great resource in starting your journey.
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