Budgetting for travel, or what on earth are we going to do?

I’ve just got a new job.  Yay!  This one is actually 100% online, so I can work from anywhere … anywhere I have good, fast internet access that is.  I am so ridiculously excited, and I feel like doing cartwheels along the beach.  This is our freedom … our freedom to keep travelling more and more and more without having to stop so often for work.

 

The problem comes back to the internet access.  I’m not entirely sure about this, because currently we’re in southern Western Australia, and heading northward.  In other words, heading towards the part of Australia with a big fat nothing as far as mobile phone and internet access is concerned.  How are we going to keep travelling when I have to be constantly in phone reception access for work?  We’ll just have to do massive drives between major towns.  There won’t be any hanging out in the goldfields … there won’t be the option to spend a month or two relaxing in the Kimberleys or Pilbera, because I won’t get any phone reception off the beaten track.

 

I’m busy looking at my options.  My options don’t look good.  The Australian government is bringing in a new scheme called the NBN or National Broadband Network.  This guarantees upload speeds of 1 megabyte and download speeds of 6 megabytes anywhere in Australia, for all households that can’t currently access mobile, ADSL or cable internet.  The government will pay for the installation of a whopping big satellite dish, and subsidise the ongoing catch.  I’m getting excited, as I look at this, thinking I’ve found my solution.  I even find two or three providers that offer a mobile dish for RV travellers, and are registered providers with the NBN.

No good.  The mobile dishes aren’t covered on the NBN, only their permanently fixed, installed dishes.  It is only an option for those with fixed addresses.  Apparently the NBN guarantees fast internet to all Australians…except travellers.  Travellers don’t count.  So unless I’m prepared to pay nearly $3000 for the dish, and I’m not, that option has just been trashed.

 

So, maybe I need to think about it again.  We change plans 1000 times a minute, but I have a new idea.  Jarrad is going to work FIFO on the mines for a bit, and I’ll stay here with the kids.  We’ll halve the mortgage this year, instead of just spending and travelling.  With my awesome new online job, we can then go outside Australia, because we’ll no longer be reliant on being in this country for work.  We can check for online codes for cheap travel deals and go to a cheaper country, with better internet access than Australia.  We can sell our campervan and car, or maybe just sell the car and rent out the campervan.  Suggesting someone uses Budget Rent a Car Coupon Codes or something similar would probably be a better option for us than including out car with the campervan … less maintenance and less risk …

 

I’m definitely thinking that it sounds like a better idea than limiting our travels to Australia.  We can use Jarrad’s week off for his Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) roster to explore around Western Australia … we can save up … we can go and explore the world once we’ve seen Australia.  And I can work in this fabulous new job I’ve got.

 

Unless I think of some better option for internet for working online in Australia ….


Travelling Australia in a campervan since 2009 with our four children aged 4, 7, 10, and 11. We are a family living on the road. Stopping to work in rural and remote towns as we need more money, we love this lifestyle. The four kids are homeschooled as we work our way slowly around Australia.

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Travelling Australia in a campervan since 2009 with our four children aged 4, 7, 10, and 11. We are a family living on the road.
Stopping to work in rural and remote towns as we need more money, we love this lifestyle. The four kids are homeschooled as we work our way slowly around Australia.

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