It’s an idea many people dream of – travelling with the kids, taking in the sights, and learning all about this magnificent land of ours. Often, the only difference between those who actually do it, and those who keep dreaming about it, is the planning. Sometimes just wondering where to start can be daunting enough to prevent it from becoming a reality. Taking a systematic approach can put you on the road sooner than you might think.
Gather Your Resources
Gather resources such as travel guides, maps, online resources, and a GPS. You’ll also need pens and paper for list making. Searching online for Australian travel guides can be a great start and lead you to all sorts of resources you might never have thought of, but don’t underestimate the importance of paper travel guides – internet access is never guaranteed when you’re on the road.
Planning and Plotting
Before talking about it with the kids, figure out how much time you have and how much time you actually want to spend driving. This will determine how many places you can visit along the way. Deciding on your destination and associated rest stops is a great exercise in family bonding. Be sure to lay down communication rules first and ensure that everyone’s preferences are taken into account so that they feel heard. Short-list those places and activities that interest the whole family, plot them on a map with the kids’ involvement, and you have the bare bones of your trip planned already!
Finalise Your Plans
Using your GPS or one of the trip planning websites, calculate the various travel times and consider what time of day you’ll need to leave and arrive at each destination to give the kids time to explore and enable you to wind down at the end of each day.
Budget and pack accordingly. Take into account the cost of fuel, which can be a lot higher in country areas than in the city, and include contingency plans just in case things don’t go quite the way you’ve envisaged.
By following these starting steps you’ll ensure your trip is planned realistically and everyone will feel as though they’ve had a say. Ensuring that you have the right vehicle goes a long way towards a reliable and safe trip, as well as providing enough space for you and your family while you’re on the road.
Whether your preferences run to a camper, a pop-top or a caravan, the team at Goldstream RV will be delighted to talk to you about your options.