Mum, Dad, my two sisters, baby brother, and I are travelling around Australia in a campervan. We’ve been on the road for over year now.
Travelling Australia can be boring when you are driving, because there is almost nothing to do except watch the scenery passing, read, or listen to an audiobook. We usually drive two or three hours at a time, maybe two or three times a week. When we drive, we usually do not stop until we get to our campsite. When we are in the car, Susan and I usually read or listen to an audiobook, though Susan will often draw with Edmund and Lucy. I find some books can make me sleepy. Lucy will usually point out windmills we pass, and everyone points out cows, animals, water, and watertanks. Be cautious reading in a car, reading while going over hills can make me car sick. I like reading, but sometimes I can’t read in the car because I get carsick. Usually I find the cure to help car sickness is sleep. It is boring being in the car, but we find things to do.
You have to be careful with campsites; some are really good, some are not. We like to find a playground at a campsite, but we can’t always. I like to play tag and ride my bike, my sisters also like making fairy houses. If there is something I want to do, I try to find someone to play it with me, but if not I’ll do something else by myself. At Belair National Park, we played a long game of hide ‘n’ seek tiggy. At Cobungra, we got to ride on the other kids’ quad bike.
We find it hard to keep in touch with our friends. We like to find new friends at campsites. It can be difficult to find friends because sometimes there are no other kids at the campsite. Sometimes I meet the kids again at another campsite, other times we don’t see them again. It doesn’t bother me; I can always make new friends.
We are home schooled. When we do schoolwork, Mum is very strict. I like to look at old equipment and try to figure out how they work. At Coober Pedy, I tried to work out what the old machines were, and I looked at an early telephone in Warnambool. I’ve learnt a lot about history; what people have done, how they’ve done things, where they’ve been. i read books about the towns we are in, some of these books are interesting, and others are boring. One time we found a clean skeleton while we were four wheel driving. We worked out from the long tail that was still together that it was a kangaroo. When we are at tourist places, we always read the information on the signs.
I like travelling full time, but I don’t like being in the car for long periods of time. Sometimes I feel like I never want to stop travel.
If you are interested in hearing more about how the kids feel about their travels:
Peter has set up Adventurous Childhood, a website of his own where he is now blogging.
His sister, Susan, is now blogging at Life and Views.