Safety on the road is the most important part of caravan holidays, we all want to arrive safe and sound at our destinations. All safety aspects need to be considered before taking off towing a 3 ton house behind you including anti sway, ride levelers and braking controls. We have a complete service done on the caravan before planning a long journey but in between as with any vehicle, it pays to keep an eye on the tyres and general wear and tear.
We’ve recently made an upgrade to the caravan with the addition of a diesel heater. One thing that has prevented us from doing free camping over winter in the past has been the lack of heating in the van. As much as we love a good campfire, the caravan can be way too cold for comfort when you turn in, so we bought a diesel heater through Aussie Outback Stores, a camping, 4×4 and accessories supplier online.
If you’re involved in travel writing or other tourism industries you may have seen work grind to a halt in a lot of ways in the past couple of months, let’s face it, it’s a bit hard selling the dreams of travel when there’s nowhere to go. But for the glass half full people like myself there are still plenty of ways to stay involved.
Talk about social distancing, we were doing it back in the mid to late eighties without even having a valid reason for it. Come to think of it we were also free camping, going off grid, having a digital detox and taking part in all sorts of other trendy buzz words and phrases, before they were a thing that had to be named to exist!
I thought I’d have fun with some old photos from one particular camping trip with today’s take on them, back when having a roadmap meant literally…well, having a roadmap. I’ve highlighted some common buzzwords and jargon phrases around today and love them or hate them I thought I would repurpose them for a lol.
I think if you ask most caravanners, the biggest motivation for caravan holidays is to enjoy the slow travel lifestyle including being immersed in all aspects of the country. Every landscape, deep red dirt, stark white sand, bone shaking gravel roads, the dead straight black tar or winding ribbons of roads are all aspects of the journey. Then there are the forests, deserts, cliff edges, plains and lazy days on coasts. With all the devastation of bushfires and droughts experienced throughout the country lately, it has had me wondering how much caravanning contributes to carbon emissions and what can be done to lessen our impact on the country while enjoying holidays on the road.
The joys of caravanning with friends are many and in the case of meals and happy hour treats the bar seems to get raised higher and higher when we dine together. With a month spent at the beach and fishing as one of the main pastimes, there are plenty of recipes tried and tested from campsite to campsite and lots of willing guinea pigs to try them.