Join the growing band of grey nomads
The grey nomad phenomenon continues to gather pace as many retirees are discovering the joy and freedom of an extended road trip with their home in tow.
Australia is in many ways tailor-made for a caravanning adventure holiday, due to the agreeable climate, the variety of scenic terrains to explore and the quality of roads and facilities across the country.
After a life of looking after kids and earning a living, going out on the road can be quite a culture shock. It may take some time to adjust mentally to what is a very different lifestyle, but the ultimate rewards are definitely worth it.
Planning is the key to enjoyment
Making the reality live up to the dream just requires some sound forethought and planning so that it’s a smooth and enjoyable experience.
The first priority is to make sure you and your partner are on the same page. Discuss your expectations, needs and travel objectives and recognise that living in such close quarters can bring stresses that you may not have at home. On the positive side, it’s a great opportunity to ‘rediscover each other’ by talking more and sharing experiences together.
With all the free time on your hands and unfamiliar places that you will visit, it’s also important to plan what you will be doing day to day. Make sure you have a variety of activities in your kitbag that can keep you stimulated, such as reading, exercising, golfing, fishing, bushwalking, playing a musical instrument, painting or photography. Include some activities that can be done together and some that can be done individually, to keep a balance.
Try before you buy
On the practical side, it can be a big decision financially to invest in a motorhome or caravan, so consider some shorter trips with a rental vehicle to find something that is small enough to ensure comfortable driving yet large enough to give you the desired degree of space, facilities and comfort.
Once you are ready for some serious touring, make sure you consider issues such as health management, insurance, postage and banking, so that your time is worry-free.
Plug in to sound advice
To help you plan and enjoy your grey nomad adventure, you can learn a lot from the experiences of others. A great place to start for practical advice is thegreynomads.com.au
Caravanning and camping clubs are also a helpful resource – try these sites to get connected: