We are a family of three from the Gold Coast, QLD, Tristan, Sara and our daughter Billie who turns 2 in Feb. We've been on the road since the end of March (almost 9 months) travelling in our '88 Patrol and towing a Cub camper trailer.
Why Not, we say!! But seriously we figured now was a better time than ever, We didn't have to worry about school or anything for Billie so nothing was holding us back. I was on maternity leave still and we figured rather then chew into our savings while I wasn't working and staying at home, lets hit the road and explore this country of ours.
Our decision to TAWK was very spontaneous so we can't pretend that years of preparation went into it. After we made the decision to go we quickly went in search of our home on the road and got hold of our Cub Camper, next Tristan spent the next few months fitting the camper and car with everything we needed for the trip. After renting out our home, Tristan resigned from his job and we took everything on a quick 3 day "test run" before hitting the road!
We feel extremely lucky to have been able to have some amazing quality family time since being on the road with nothing getting in the way of it like work, housework and the busy lifestyle we led at home! Having this time to watch Billie grow up and especially the bond she has formed with Tristan has been very special to us.
We've been pretty lucky actually without too many challenges along the way! Probably the only thing that comes to mind is having to adjust to life with your wife/husband 24/7!! It's something that didn't even cross our minds before we left. It can definitely be testing on the marriage lol! I guess we've learnt to try and give each other a break when we can.
We absolutely fell in love with Western Australia, it's been our highlight to date and after spending 5 months in the state it was sad to leave. The WA national parks are amazing and some of our favourite spots are in WA including Cape Leveque, Coral Bay, Cape Range NP and of course the Kimberley.
There's been no places we've been particularly disappointed with, I guess just some places have it and some don't.
We are extremely lucky that Billie is not yet at school so we've avoiding schooling on the road! But I must commend the families doing it as we've met many along the way. You would defiantly need to have patience and great time management to squeeze it into a busy life on the road.
We have been amazed to find out that soo soo many other families are getting out there and TAWK'ing! The amount we have met is phenomenal, we had no idea we'd be getting the opportunity to talk to this many other families and making lifelong friends along the way!
This trip has really helped us appreciate the simple things more and realise that we don't need a pile of "stuff" to be happy! Before we left it was daunting to leave with soo little, but you don't need much to be happy and live a fulfilling life.
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