I am a single mother of four daughters. We lived on the road for 11 months, just with a tent and our old Pajero. We left Tasmania and travelled for 11 months. It was the best time of our lives.
Anyone can live the dream.
It was always a dream of mine to travel Australia but when some pretty traumatic events happened things quickly turned from a dream into reality.
I needed to show my girls that there are good people out there and beautiful things to see. I needed to prove it to myself as well.
Honestly I didn't do much planning as things were rushed in the pack up process. Basically I sold and gave away everything we could and dumped the rest.
Sites like Tawk and other travelling pages inspired me and gave me hope that I could do it.
Biggest joy was definitely seeing my children happy and free. They didn't need electronics and we're always exploring and keeping themselves entertained with their surrounding. Having this time together brought us closer.
Biggest challenge was the loneliness. The first 3 months was the hardest. Confidence isn't my strong point so I had to really push myself to get out there and start conversations and meet people. It really paid off because we met some amazing people along the way and I treasure their friendship.
Our whole trip I really enjoyed just seeing the constant change in scenery. The different landscapes, trees and animals. I was always saying "aww look at that", I really annoyed the kids I said it that often. So many birds of prey. It was amazing!
The one place I really loved was Mystery Bay, South Coast NSW. The beach was stunning and the bush camping was really relaxed. We explored the rocks and caves and had a ball.
We were pretty lucky that we didn't have any major disappointments throughout our trip, though what ended our trip was really devastating. We had work done on our car and the mechanic forgot to tighten a bolt which resulted in our whole motor being destroyed. If that didn't happen the girls and I would be swimming the coral reef and enjoying Cairns right now.
Our is differently not over, we may be grounded for a few years but this bump has just made me more determined to live my dreams and show the kids anything is possible.
The people! We met so many kind, compassionate, helpful, and interesting people that all had their own unique journey. It was definitely the most positive experience of the trip. I know people go and travel Australia for different reasons but this was something we really needed and it was the best feeling finding kindness.
Let yourself relax, take your time and enjoy the small things:
You don't need to go to all the expensive fancy attractions to see Australia, the true Australia hides behind all that.
Whatever your reasons for travelling, whatever your background, your financial position, find a way and live your dreams because it's your life and anything is possible.
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