Africa holds a very special place in my heart and after travelling through almost every other part of Southern Africa, Namibia has to be my favourite. Its ruggedness reminds me of the harshness of my own desert state, yet it has everything else that the rest of Africa has in terms of wildlife and a rich culturally diverse nation, but more importantly I felt completely 100% safe. On this trip I went solo, but it’s a place I would not hesitate to take young children or teens. It’s easy to hire a car and stay in cheap accommodation or hire a 4WD with all the camping gear and hit the road. The following top 5 places in Namibia are in my favourite order.Continue reading →
Following on from the haphazard adventures of my last April school holiday post, “A Mother’s Survival Guide”, where the very word camping still finds me in the foetal position rocking back and forth, I have become the very proud owner of a 1986 Viscount caravan called Lillian. Low cost cheerless camping has now morphed into low cost captivating caravanning capers into the Stirling Ranges, Chevy Chase style… Continue reading →
How to Tell if you are Addicted to Travel: A Travel Tragic
Eating baked beans to afford a luxurious breakfast at The Hotel Majestic in Ho Chi Minh City was worth it!
When doing the family budget, the holiday has first priority, food and household bills are second and third respectively. If we eat baked beans every week until we depart, that will pay for two nights accommodation somewhere.
When buying clothes all you can think of is how well it would pack and how long it will take to dry.
When buying that new couch, you look at the price tag and think ‘that’s a return airfare to London,’ you walk out empty handed and tell yourself the ‘black hole’ in the old sofa really isn’t that bad after all.
When your inbox has at least 50 emails a day advertising specials from all the airlines that fly out of your nearest international airport.
Wrestling with your conscious about taking the kids out of school again, but the devil always wins.
When you are three years behind on all the holiday photo books you are ‘gonna’ make.
When you know the exchange rate of all the major currencies off by heart.
When you have visited at least ten countries in the last week….online.
When you own no less than 5 cameras and 10 suitcases and backpacks of varying sizes, shapes and designs.
When you can count to ten, ask for a toilet and a train ticket in at least ten different languages.
A mother embarks on an adventurous four day mini camping in Pemberton trip and explores a plethora of National Parks in the South West of Western Australia with her intrepid two teenage sons in a bid to keep them off the XBOX and to keep active. A humorous approach to her mishaps into the mundane will delight anyone who dares to read on… Continue reading →
If your are seriously into independent travel then having a car ‘to do what you want when you want’ is paramount. This will often mean it’s more cost effective than going organised tours especially when travelling as a family and often cheaper than the cost of airfares in getting to your destination if you are travelling as a group. Whenever I am in need of car hire I always explore the best option to match the occasion. Continue reading →
I just love exploring this great state of ours but every now and then, the urge to go beyond the borders and venture further into this great nation of ours becomes too much, especially when there are some great deals out there from a variety of budget airlines. Continue reading →
If you are departing from Australia, especially Western Australia, then it would just be criminal not to book with a budget airline on short haul flights. This is especially true when they have specials on. If you subscribe to their email alerts you can get some excellent deals. The less you pay for an airfare, the more you can spend at your destination or your next holiday. You worked hard for your money so don’t waste it. You can even make it cheaper by using these tips: Continue reading →
“I am sliding deeper into the role of the protagonist in a fractured fairytale. Cinderella suddenly inherits a ‘step sister’ and attends the ball in her rags after her Negroid fairy godfather waves his magic jeep. We shake the Minister’s hand, wish him a happy birthday and exchange pleasantries and pray he won’t ask any questions that might expose the façade.” Continue reading →