When we first decided that we wanted to travel around Australia in a caravan a lot of people asked us if we thought we would be able to manage in such a small space, over a long period of time. Straight off we said, ‘Yes, we’ll be fine!’ ‘But what about spending all that time together? Won’t you get sick of each other?’ Again our answer was, ‘We’ll be fine.’ We really do have a great relationship.
There are lots of reasons why we know we’ll be okay and if you are of a similar mind-set then you’ll be okay too. So here is a list of 10 signs you will be able to Travel Australia in a Caravan!
1. YOU ARE ADVENTUROUS
Yes, there is no doubting that for this plan to work, you’ll need to be adventurous. For us, we both love visiting new places, learning about the history of a place, discovering new landscapes and meeting other people. We love getting off the beaten track and visiting smaller, out of the way places too.
2. YOU ARE ORGANISED
This is a big one for me. I need to be organised for travel to work for me. This is not so much to do with planning, but what I need to take and finding a home for everything. This is where a caravan is a huge benefit for me as there is so much storage available.
I like to be able to find what I need straight away, without having to unpack the entire back of the car or rummaging through all the cupboards in the van. This is where a minimalist approach to packing comes in handy too!
Although we haven’t had the van for very long, I have already found set places for a lot of our stuff.
3. YOU ARE OPEN-MINDED
To truly enjoy this adventure you really do have to be open to new ways of seeing and doing things. When travelling Australia, you will meet people from all different walks of life and cultural backgrounds. You need to meet all these new people or face new experiences with an open mind. Only then I think, will you have a truly unique experience.
4. YOU ARE BUDGET-CONSCIOUS
Unfortunately, travelling anywhere is not a cheap experience and Australia is no exception. But by being budget conscious you can make your precious dollars stretch a little bit further. Save money on food by buying fruit or veg from road side stalls and use up all your left-overs. Get creative with your meals. Where possible, opt for free or low cost camps and caravan parks and look for free or low cost experiences in the places you visit.
5. YOU ARE EASY-GOING
For me, having an easy-going personality means that not much phases you. This will help a lot when little things don’t go to plan. Brenden is definitely a very easy-going bloke and takes everything in his stride. I am definitely ‘a work in progress’
6. YOU ARE SELF-SUFFICIENT
Here I’m not just talking about having the right solar set-up or extra water tanks, but more in a personal capacity. If you rely heavily on perhaps family members to help you out when times are tough, like when you or one of the kids are sick, then you will need to adapt for life on the road, as that support will no longer be available. If times are tough, you will need to be able to depend on each other.
7. YOU GET ON WELL WITH EACH OTHER
This is a big one! If you are going to be travelling for an extended period of time, you really do need to get on well together. Yes I know there will be times when a cross word or two will be exchanged, that is just life. But life on the road will definitely be much easier if you get along well.
Brenden and I were actually friends long before we started going out together. In over 20 years of travelling together, there has hardly ever been any conflict between us. This may go back to point 5 and his easy going nature!
8. YOU ARE A HANDY-PERSON
Being able to maintain your own vehicle and caravan comes in very handy. Not only could it save you a few dollars, it might also get you out of a tricky situation. Luckily Brenden is very clever – he has years of experience working on cars, trucks and boats so there really isn’t much that he can’t do. He has been able to customise quite a bit on the BT50 and also a few little things on our NextGen caravan.
Of course we use someone qualified when we need to, but it is great to be able to fix things as they arise, especially if you happen to be out in the middle of no where.
9. YOU ARE ADAPTABLE
If you don’t adapt to change very easily you may struggle with this lifestyle. Given that when you travel, you are constantly moving to new locations and environments, being adaptable will make those changes easier to cope with.
If like us, you are planning to work along the way, you might find yourself having to adapt your skills to suit a new job.
10. YOU ARE HAPPY LIVING WITH LESS
For me this is the greatest benefit of travelling Australia in a caravan. As I have been culling our possessions over the last couple of years in preparation for this trip I have learnt that I really can manage with just enough plates and cutlery for two people. I have found that I am happy to borrow books from the library instead of buying them and that I can enjoy a simple meal at home just as much, if not more, than going out to an expensive restaurant.
Visiting somewhere beautiful and taking loads of photos to look back on rather than buying souvenirs is much more satisfying. Plus photos don’t need dusting!
Are you any of these things? Do you think you would be able to travel Australia in a caravan?