Posted by: simla
Posted: 3rd May 2013
Hilary says: All sounds good. I'm wondering how people fund these trips ... savings? pensions? casual work along the way? sell the house? Sometimes I feel like selling up and getting away but don't know...
Hi Hilary, I just read your post. In case you are still wondering about the financial stuff you mention. I agree with RedNomadOZ in that it is a good idea to try smaller trips first, just to see if you can take to it. I found that the bad weather was the worst, or if you suffer from arthritis and the weather makes it worse. For me, this was the 'wet blanket' that spoilt things a bit. For this reason I'd advise you to do some sooner
As for finances, a lot of us pensioners do it on a shoe-string budget, often camping in cheap camping sites till next pay day.
Obtain a copy of 'Camps Australia Wide' it is worth getting the latest version as it has details of current costs. Also, if you have a dog, where they are allowed. Most people get to know where to head for, after a few trips away. May be go a bit further each time. Make sure you have enough in reserve in case of emergency, motor repairs/ sickness a couple of thousand $ at least, otherwise you could be stressing out worrying about 'what if''.
I wouldn't sell your house to start with, see how you go. Reply