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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thoughts on getting ready to travel

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TRAVEL

‘Travel affords you many memories, vivid flashbacks that dance across your mind like skittish schoolgirls on their way to a big day out someplace. I can’t think of anything that will take away from this experience, only experience itself, I guess.’  
As quoted from Teri Louise Kelly “The Last Bed on Earth”.


The next few blogs really only apply for folks thinking of travelling

Ok folks – this next part of my blog might bore you to death!
It is here to help a parent (and slanted towards a Mum; and a single Mum at that) get ready for travelling overseas with their child or children.

You may want to skip this next ‘info on travelling bit’, and I am not offended in the slightest!

I have written it, mainly because I found there were not really the resources out there that were up to date, or very practical for single Mums.
You may find a few topics that overlap or repeat, but it became a bit of a spiders-web of thoughts at times, so bear with me if you find this occurring.
Also because I found there was SOOOOO much that had to be prepared when travelling with a child, that just is not the same when you are a free spirited single. 
Kids need safety and structure. 
They need food and sleep. 
They whinge and drive you nuts if things are not right.
So I have tried to get it all right – well as much as humanly possible.
So we can have as little of that 'quiet or loud whingey-whiney voice ' going on and on at me.
And so we can have a great time, and not waste our time!

Remember parents – you have to take control. 
You are the commander of this ship. 
It will only sail well when you have prepared well for the journey.
Then your journey will knit you together in a memorable and lasting bond.
And be one to remember forever.  



Early Trip Preparation - Go Hunting!

Start to visit Op Shops, Garage Sales, Yard Sales, Trash and Treasure, & Outdoor Stores for sale items.
A great Op Shop for cheap clothes is Reactivate on Henley Beach Road. their funds support missions and other aid work. and kids clothes are $1 !

We started visits a good 12 months before the trip.

We picked up cheap jackets, sleeping bags that zipped together (were $200 each and are a terrible colour but down to $35 each).

Buy warm jackets at the summer sales etc.


We also got a great deal on hiking boots.

Mens Leather Hiking Ankle Boots Grey - Lake (Mens Boys)