Thoughts on Full-Time Travel

Mum, Dad, my two sisters, baby brother, and I are travelling around Australia in a caravan. 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.

I have made this slideshow of some of my favourite places I saw in our first year travelling:

I’ve Been Everywhere…

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About Peter

Hello, my name is Peter, and I am eleven years old. I like to read, particularly fantasy and adventure. My favourite authors are Angie Sage, Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, and J.K. Rowling.

I am traveling around Australia in a caravan with my Mum,Dad,baby brother and two sisters. My brother, Edmund, is two, and my sisters are named Lucy, who is six, and Susan, who is eight. My favourite places are Ayres Rock, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, Mt. Hothom, Andamooka, Gem Tree and Phillip Island. At Ayres Rock, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyonn, we walked for ages. At Mt.hothom we skied for the whole season and tobboganned.

I like to read, listen to audiobooks on my ipod, ride my bike sing, memorise poems, take photos, maths, cooking, campfires, and swim. My favourite songs are by Louis Armstrong.

My sisters and I are homeschooled. Mum tells me sometimes that I have to read a particular book. Sometimes Mum tells me to read a book, and I usually say “No way! I hate that book!” but then once I read it I usually find I love it. It was like that with J.R.R.Tolkein, Angie Sage, Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl. I knew that I’d like L.Frank Baum, though, because Mum had played some of the Wizard of Oz audiobooks in the car.

Comments

  1. An excellent choice of song for the slides. I watched it some months ago and enjoyed it again. You put in a great variety of photos to give a good idea of your different experiences

  2. I love your photos. Australia is such a wonderfully diverse place. Dry and barren, lush growth, amazine animals, hot and cold, these are a great showcase of them all.

  3. You are always a huge help when we get to the next campground, too, with helping get the bikes out, and helping Daddy outside.

  4. hi,

    thanks
    peter

  5. Thank you so much for your posts Peter! I have been enjoying reading them all ,and those of your family, and other travelling families, as my husband and I start to plan future travelling adventures for our son James (currently not yet 2, but already a natural explorer!). Your writing is thoughtful, witty and inspiring, and we thank you for sharing your experiences.

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