We had decided 15 years earlier to travel as soon as we could and so when it came time to sell our business, we also sold our home and purchased a car and caravan to travel this great land in September 2012, with our aim to get to the Millmerran Camp Oven Festival in early October. You wouldn't believe it, but we wanted to buy our camp oven at the festival...and they didn't have any!!!!
As our plans were to be on the road for two years, we took enough clothes to cover all seasons, but only enough cooking equipment to cover the essentials as these are heavy and goodness knows, the weight of the van was taken up by the enormous amount of books that we piled into the kids cupboards! Other miscellaneous items we took were two computers (one for Andrew's Test and Tag business and one for the kids and I for photography storage, journalling and general school work), bikes for us all (used regularly), balls, bats and general indoor and outdoor toys and board games, BBQ, tables and an Eco Pot (our blessing in disguise).
To make our finances spread further, we had researched a great deal about the ability to free camp in allocated spots all over Australia and this is exactly what we did on our first night. I will never forget the exhilarating feeling of freedom and relaxation as we sat on our camp chairs next to the van and watched the boys play at a playground nearby. I smile now just thinking about it.
You've probably heard it said many times before, 'Children learn so much on the road'? Well the first lesson came when we arrived in NSW where we made camp on the state border between QLD and NSW in Wallangarra. This is a quaint little town that we enjoyed investigating and it also provides a fantastic comparison between the railway lines of QLD and those of NSW. Have a look in the photos to see the difference.
Since starting this blog, I have used it only for advertising my resources, but now I would really like to move towards sharing my thoughts, processors, knowledge and our roller coaster of events. I will be sharing my own personal opinions, our family adventures, how, where and why we homeschool, my methods of lesson planning, researching and preparation of resources for our curriculum, techniques and ideas for reporting and registering for homeschool with HEU, how we plan our time, family budgeting, favourite family recipes, meal planning and general ups and downs and ins and outs of our lives. Bare with us and enjoy our journey too!
Firstly though, I would like to attribute some posts to our trip around Australia to cover how we planned and budgeted, how we educated the boys on the road, where we traveled and what we learnt.
Travel Preparations and Destination NSW