A FEATURE ARTICLE ABOUT OUR FAMILY TRAVELS IN CARAVANNING AUSTRALIA
We love travelling the country and we also love writing articles and telling stories about our travels. Its awesome that we can inspire others to get out there and do it by sharing our experiences.
ON THE ROAD - Article appeared in September 2016 Jetstar's Inflight Magazine
Ever imagined throwing it all in, bundling up the family and taking to the wide-open highway? In December last year, Bec and Justin Larimer did exactly that with three kids (aged four, two and one) in tow. Nine months into their epic trip around Australia, we chat to Bec about family life on the road.
Q: Tell us about your trip.
Travelling Australia is something we have always wanted to do. So we literally bit the bullet and started planning. It was the best decision we ever made.
Q: What do you love about a family road trip?
It’s a fantastic lifestyle for all. The adventures and experiences we’ve gained are far more valuable than money ever will be. Let alone the quality time we’ve spent with our kids while exploring this amazing country.
Q: Any advice for families who want to hit the road?
Do it! It’s a fun and adventurous way to visit your favourite destinations at your own pace, it’s totally flexible and you can be as spontaneous as you like. The freedom to stop anywhere is priceless.
Q: What’s the best thing about travelling with kids?
We have noticed a huge change in our kids. They thrive on the changing environments and meeting new people. It has boosted their confidence and social interaction and we’ve watched their little personalities become strong and outgoing. We feel our kids have grown up so much while travelling and we’ve become such a close-knit family. If you haven’t done a road trip before – get on board!
We had a hilarious chat with the crew from Perth's Nova 93.7 about our travels. Check it our below!
TAWK Featured Family - 'Trip in a Van' - ARTICLE FEATURED ON TRAVELLING AUSTRALIA WITH KIDS WEBSITE MARCH 16
1. About you
YES! We have very young children, YES we are travelling Australia. My name is Rebecca, my husband Justin and our 3 children - Jack, three and a half years old, Billy two years old and daughter Charli 9 months are travelling around Australia.
We have been on the road for 3 months and are travelling in a Jurgens Narooma Family Van. We LOVE our caravan and seeing the sites of our beautiful country!
2. Why did you make your decision to TAWK?
It's something that Justin and I have always wanted to do, however we were caught up in the daily grind. Working, studying, paying off a mortgage and also having our 3 kids. About a month after we had our daughter, we decided to make the decision to travel as we knew we would be locked into work, schooling our kids and sport for the next 20 years or so. Home schooling wasn't something we thought we could do, however, reading more about it and talking to others, it does seem very achievable.
3. How did you get organised and how did you prepare?
Well, firstly, we got our house on the market. It sold in ONE day, which was unexpected. So, it was full steam ahead with selling all of our furniture and car, also my husband resigned from his job. We organised a garage sale and before we knew it, it was nearly time to begin our adventure. We also involved the kids a lot and spoke to them continuously about our big Lap of Oz and what it would be like living out of a caravan.
4. What has been your biggest joy?
Seeing how happy our kids have been! We love seeing there smiling faces and it truly is fantastic spending time together as a family. Justin has had a lot of bonding time with our baby which he missed out on while doing shift work and our boys demanded all of his attention also.
5. What has been your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?
Our biggest challenge was the first 4 weeks. We knew there would be an adjustment period but you can never really prepare for it... It is a big change for 3 little ones and us also!! We are lucky in that we have the comforts of home within our caravan, just on a smaller scale, so dealing with bedtime, bath time and toilet training wasn't an issue.