The caravan park we’re staying in has most of their larger sites for bigger rigs kept mostly together. From speaking to the owners, at least half of these rigs seems to be being used as a home rather than holiday accommodation.
One man is now travelling on his own after his wife passed away five years ago. He has been on the road for 18 years now in total he tells me. A couple I met yesterday have been on the road for six years and she said she never wants to go back to a house. They do occasional house sitting and each time she does it re-enforces to her the woes of owning a house with the constant maintenance, cleaning and expense.
Another couple we met in our first week here has now been on the road for 16 years, they love it and are on their 2nd van now. Their advice is to stay at farms where-ever possible. They also love the wide spaces in the free camping areas or national parks.
Yesterday I met a middle aged woman travelling in a small motor home on her own. She does house sitting all around the country and calls her motor home, ‘a suitcase on wheels’.
Everyone seems to love life their on the road and not many have any desire to see it end. Everyone has stories to tell of places they’ve been and seen, and adventures they’ve had.
I had thought we might have been a bit ambitious thinking 6 – 8 years (possibly even longer) would be the go. But after speaking to so many people I’m realising that isn’t ambitious at all. Time will tell, but I don’t think it’s out of the question that we’ll still be on the road at the ripe old age of 78 (20 years from now).
I can’t wait now to get going. Whilst this park is pleasant, it isn’t on a beach front, riverbank, or edge of a forest. I want to be able to walk out of the van and into nature without having to get into the car. I want million dollar landscapes on my doorstep from my $120,000 home on wheels. I want to get started on this new life. Only 19 more sleeps…..
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Thanks Jill and Mac.
All sounds reassuring for long term on the road.
Don’t forget to try Walpole Rest Point for a nice quiet stay, right on the Walpole Inlet. Also if you are travelling through Shannon, there is a lovely DEC campsite there in the forest. It used to be a timber town and mill and is now just for camping. Very quiet and secluded off the highway. A pleasant place to stay and unwind for a day or two.
Hi Jill and Mac
We tried to book into Rest Point, but they only have sites suitable for very small rigs or tents left at the time we’re going to be there. We’ll have a look at though anyway. We’re going to Emu Point first and then are going to look at and hopefully try a few freebies or cheapies, Windy Harbour, Big Brook Dam and Alexander Bridge all sound good. We’re also heading for a farm stay east of Margaret River called Big Valley or something like that. It’s cheaper than most of the parks in the area and gets really good reviews. I’ll let you know what they’re all like.
Bon Voyage, safe travelling and looking forward to hearing about life on the road. Jill and Macxx