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10 Things Travelling in a Caravan Has Taught Me

  • August 15, 2014
  • By 50 Shades
  • 10 Comments

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For those who are unaware, I spent the first six months of this year travelling around Australia in a caravan with my hubby. It was a life-changing experience for me as I quickly had to adapt to living in the confines of a 16 foot caravan with few possessions and without girlfriends to catch up with for a coffee. I know it sounds absolutely miserable!

However, I am here to tell you that I had the time of my life. It taught me ten very valuable lessons:

  1. Less is more – having less of everything makes you wonder why you have accumulated so many material possessions back home.
  2. There is beauty everywhere – I never expected Australia to be such a scenic and beautiful country.  It totally exceeded my expectations.
  3. To appreciate solitude and silence – you tend to spend a lot of time alone and you begin to enjoy the peace and serenity.
  4. A new appreciation for home, family and friends – because you miss them so much and don’t realise how much you take them for granted.
  5. You can survive without technology – there were many places that we had no mobile phone service, internet, TV reception or even electricity.  You quickly learn to amuse yourself with other things like reading books, doing crosswords, writing, taking photographs and taking long walks.

    Happy Hour!

    Happy Hour!

  6. You learn to dress more casually – No-one dresses up or wears makeup while they are travelling in a caravan.  It is ‘Frumpsville’.  I found that I lowered my standards of dressing and grooming and didn’t wear a pair of high heels the entire trip.  As for my hairdryer and straightener – they were seldom used.
  7. You become more outgoing and social – you tend to make more of an effort to meet new acquaintances.  Believe me, being with your partner 24/7 can be very boring and you run out of things to talk about, so you need to get out of your caravan and socialise.
  8. I have been educated about my wonderful country – you learn so much more about your country.  The history, folklore, pioneers, explorers, geography and its people.
  9. I have a whole new appreciation of my husband – he towed the caravan 25,000 Kms and barely complained about the driving, the hitching and unhitching of the caravan, the setting up and packing up or the daily chores.  He is an amazingly strong and steadfast man.
  10. I have learned to cook simply – gourmet food is off the menu while travelling in the caravan.  There is little room for a pantry and fridge full of ingredients and meal preparation space in the caravan is very limited.  Hence you to learn to cook simple meals.

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Walking into my home was a strange experience. I couldn’t get over how big my kitchen was and how many cooking ingredients I had in the pantry. I couldn’t believe the amount of clothing, shoes, handbags, jewellery, etc. I possess. I absolutely delighted in having a long hot shower in a shower cubicle that wasn’t the size of a phone booth. I was in raptures when I got to sleep in our big wide comfortable bed. You see I had taken all of these things for granted!

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By 50 Shades, August 15, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

10 Comments
  • Karyn Lane
    August 15, 2014

    Thank you very much for sharing traveling around Australia, My Husband and i are doing it next year and i have been worried how we will manage without the family and all the mod cons we use every day.

    • Kathy
      August 15, 2014

      Thanks Karyn, I’m glad you have got some valuable information from my travel blog. You will really enjoy leading a simple life travelling around and your family are only a phone call, skype or viber away.

  • Pinky Poinker
    August 15, 2014

    Welcome home Kathy. I think I would have buckled after a week and had to stay at a motel. The showers alone would kill me. Your blogging journey has been astounding. Anyone planning a trip like this should read it first. If I hear of anybody going to do it I’ll direct them straight to your blog! Congratulations.

    • Kathy
      August 15, 2014

      Thanks Pinky. I am still finding my feet at home. I think I’m going through a post-caravan (as opposed to post-holiday) depression! I’m not sure what to do next – will I look for a job? Will I go back to the gym? Will I plan my next trip? There are still many more blogs in the woodwork surrounding my trip, so stay tuned!

  • middleagedmama1
    August 15, 2014

    I have to say I was nodding my head in agreement to all of these! Did you know – for the first month we got home, we (hubby, and 2 kids aged 7 & 5) all slept on mattresses on the floor in just one bedroom?! Firstly, because it was the only air conditioned room and it was the middle of Summer, and secondly, because it felt weird to be in different rooms after living in a caravan for so long!!!

  • kathymarris
    August 15, 2014

    That is so gorgeous that you all slept together on the floor on mattresses. I am still coming to terms to having all this space around me and going into my walk-in robe is like going into a clothing shop – so many clothes!!

  • Window cleaner passing by
    August 18, 2014

    You forgot one point – the cleaning must have been less exhausting compared to cleaning at home :D
    Leaving joking aside, though, travelling around Australia in a caravan is my ultimate dream. I am saving money right now, so I can take a few months off next year and I am hoping to have a similar experience to yours.

    All the best,
    Ryan

    • Kathy
      August 18, 2014

      Cleaning took me a whole 10 minutes a day! Travelling around Australia was an incredible experience and I hope you too get to do it one day. Thanks for visiting my blog – there is more to come of our travels so stay tuned.

  • Susan Lattwein
    September 8, 2014

    It must feel so strange to stop the gypsy life, Kathy. Will you still have happy hour? :)

    • Kathy
      September 8, 2014

      Yes it has been a little difficult adapting back to living in one place. I often see caravans travelling along the highway and I feel a tinge of jealousy. As for happy hour – I still do this on a regular basis! :)

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