Almost 4 years ago Mr B announced that he wanted to buy a camper trailer so we could get away a bit more often with the kids. I was a bit skeptical at first as we had only camped once before when the kids were little. We have always loved travelling together and prior to moving to the Gold Coast in 2005 we had been up here for holidays both before we had kids and also when the kids were little. So he really didn’t have to twist my arm very much before I said yes.
We have loved every single trip we have done in our camper trailer and you can read more about our adventures on my other blog – All Around Oz. So far our trips away have been confined to just Queensland and NSW but we are hooked and can’t wait till we are able to do more. If I had one regret it would be not doing more when the kids were little but now that they are at the pointy end of their school years (Miss M is Year 11 and Master B Year 10) we are quite restricted on the amount of travel we will be able to do over the next couple of years.
With me turning 50 this year (Mr B is a couple of years younger than me) we have started to think about planning for our future and what we would like to do. Neither of us can see ourselves retiring and just sitting on our bums for the rest of our days so our plan is this – we are going to wait till the kids finish school and then upgrade to a caravan that we can comfortably live in for an extended period of time. And then hit the road and travel around Australia working when and where we can. I’m thinking somewhere in the vicinity of 5 or 6 years, may be more, may be less. As we only have a very small family circle we really have no commitments that will keep us in one place for extended periods of time.
So in preparation for this I need to start cutting back on our spending now as I know this lifestyle is not going to be cheap to maintain if we can’t find work every few weeks. I want to start putting some extra money away now and get as much of our debt paid off as we can. I also have lots of ‘stuff’ that I really don’t use and am certainly not going to be able to fit in a caravan so I am starting to think about what I really have to keep such as photo albums and a few other precious belongings and what I can cull. I am prepared to be ruthless in my quest to get rid of this ‘stuff’ but it would also be awesome if I could make a few dollars along the way.
I don’t have enough stuff to get rid of at the moment to warrant a garage sale and I don’t want to pile it up somewhere until I do so I am going to try my luck at a car boot sale in a few weeks time and see how I go. Mr B has been raked in to help and has some stuff in his shed that can go as well. I also have a few bigger things that I will put on e-Bay.
Stay tuned and I will let you know how I get on!