A friend told me about Rolling Solo in Australia – a group of women who travel Australia – and I joined. I wish I had known about this amazing friendship group when I travelled. They sound so much fun!
Travelling around Australia was something my husband and I talked about doing , perhaps towing a van, but it didn’t happen. After I left him, I went back to university and following graduation, I set out to live the dream on my own.
I bought a tent, a blow-up bed, sleeping bag, and a whole lot of paraphernalia that would, I thought, help me on my journey. Well, I did it. I drove around Australia for over 5 months, but, I confess, I didn’t use the tent. In fact, the only time it has been out of its bag was when I erected it to practice! Once. I had been a Girl Guide many years ago, so putting up a modern tent was easy compared to those days! I still have the tent – it remains in the bag and still has not been used, but I keep it. Maybe one day……..
On my journey, I spent many nights with family and friends around the country, as well as nights in cabins in caravan parks and in the occasional motel.
Why not camp? I was alone, and I got chicken. I figured I would be so scared I would not sleep, so figured it was safer in more ways than one, to get a good night’s sleep. I am so glad I did. If I had had a trusted companion I would have camped. I was so looking forward to doing so. I wonder now if I might go camping, now that I have learned of a large group of solo women doing just that.
Many have motorhomes or caravans. Just maybe I could do it and sleep in my tent. I am seriously pondering it.
On my latest trip, I didn’t take the tent. I just stayed with friends and in caravan parks. Easy, and not too expensive. At least I did it.
I do love driving so an 8000 kms trip in four weeks is not too difficult, though I should stay longer in some places. Money and time are my enemies.
I have some tips:
- In Australia, don’t drive at night in the country (too many kangaroos etc)
- Make sure your car is in good condition – mine was new!
- Let your family know where you are. FB is good.
- Take water and snacks with you. (I even use meal shakes at lunch – save money and time)
- Have your own Entertainment organised – I have the radio, CD’s including ones I can sing to when I get tired, and always “conversations” on my USB stick.
- Just take care. Don’t do silly things.