Caravan and camping trips have always been popular in Australia during the school holidays. However, some families take their children out of school for a couple of months or even an entire year so they can take an extended journey, travelling all around Australia. The popular children's picture book, 'Are We There Yet? A Journey Around Australia' by Alison Lester describes the fictional journey of one such family.
Would you like to take this kind of extended family holiday, or have you done it already when your children were younger? Alternatively, when you were a child did your family ever take you travelling in this way, and if so, did you like it?
I agree, 'Are We There Yet?', is a great book for kids which inspires us to slow down and explore Australia's vast, wild spaces. We'd definitely love to "do the lap", taking time to stop wherever we choose, living close to nature and meeting colorful locals along the way. I believe the outdoor classroom of life is a great learning space for children of all ages and would set them up with adventurous skills for life.
We did a long family holiday in a caravan when I was 9 and my brother was 7. I think it was for a couple of months. It was fabulous. Neighbours just went travelling with 3 children for 8 months and they had a wonderful time. They had "school" on the way but as time went on they did less and less. Everyone caught up within a term on their return. What the children learned and experienced on the way can't be taught at school.
Did many camping weekend trips with kids. That was the level of their 'attentiveness'!
We spent a month 'on the road' going to various National Parks in NSW & SA. Loved it all. Flew to Perth. 'Indian Pacific' back to SA, then by road home. Petrol was 17c/litre then, but it still was our greatest expense the whole trip, totalling $1000! Camping total was $36!
Had Hotel stay in Perth & Adelaide, which was great to be in a bed with sheets, for a change after a month in sleeping bags!
Celebrated slap-up meal at 'Ayer's House' for 5th Wedding Anniversary, in Adelaide. 'Pheasant Under Glass' & beautiful Wolf Blass Grey Label wine!
Had plans to do repeat, but, alas, it was never to be! Such is life..............