Fun for the whole family
Caravanning can be a rewarding experience with the places you see and the people you meet inevitably forming part of the story you tell your friends when you get back.
However, if you have kids, you might feel hesitant about hitting the open road.
For Travelling Australia With Kids Owner, Mandy Farabegoli, bringing the kids along is both challenging and rewarding.
“It’s not all roses, as sometimes parents aren’t used to being with their kids 24/7,” she said. “Add in the fact it’s a confined space and it can take some getting used to. But once you do, the experience will change all of you forever.”
“It will be the most challenging time, but absolutely the most rewarding time.”
While bringing the kids along might mean skipping a few activities you would normally pursue, it can open up a whole new world of adventure, according to Caravanning With Kids Owner, Adele Dyson.
“Travelling without kids seems like a distant memory for us,” she said. “Gone are the days of peace and quiet and lazy moments by the pool.
“The kids take trips to a different level; there is always something to see, to do or to discuss, and our kids like to be on the go all day.
“Sometimes it’s exhausting, however, we see so much more when we are with them, they challenge us and take us to new places and we experience things we would never do if they were not there.”
Ms Dyson created a travel journal for her kids as a way for them to document their trips, which she has made available on her website.
The family plays classic games like spotto and eye spy to keep the kids entertained on long trips in the car.
Ms Farabegoli recommended checking out local visitor centres to see what was available to do in a given area.
“Sometimes you can find some great educational opportunities where the kids do not even realise they are learning,” she said.
As for journey preparation, Ms Dyson said this should include preparing the kids.
“If you are new to caravanning, set up a few times in the backyard so they can get used to their new beds,” she said.
“Give them important jobs, ask them what they would like to see and do and slow down if they or you need a break.”
“Try not to get caught up in the little things, and enjoy the adventure and each other.”