Well this is our journey. We have packed up our home in Perth, Western Australia and decided to travel North with our caravan. Sounds idyllic to many people, in fact envied by several of our friends. This journey is not like a holiday where you have a set destination or 2 and a specific length of time away before you return to normal life in your own home. This journey has required us to work hard to leave, in fact it was so hard to leave we delayed our departure 3 times!
Now we are on the road and finally far enough North to wear shorts and thongs even at night. After 2 weeks of cold and mostly rainy days, we have finally found the land of almost eternal sunshine – the Pilbara region of WA. We had freezing cold nights in Geraldton, then rain that seemed to follow us all the way North to Exmouth! Three beautiful days of sunshine – one each in Coral Bay, Exmouth and Ningaloo (all within 100km of each other!).
We feel weary and the kids are still getting on each other’s nerves and ours! Why? Isn’t this the trip of a lifetime? A dream come true? Is it just the rain and wind wearing us down?
After driving 580km yesterday in 8 hours, including nearly 2 hours on rough corrugated station tracks, we could be excused for feeling tired. But I fear that it is something deeper.
Are we worried about the cost of fuel, food and accommodation on our limit funds? Of course! But we have the support of our family and we are managing to stay on budget so far.
Do we know where we are going and when? Well, yes and no.
And there’s the hitch!
Our lack of itinerary is freeing but also tiring as we weigh up our options, consider weather, distance, costs and almost each day we decide. Yep it’s the decision making that’s draining our brains and our energy.
It’s a well known fact that decision making uses up brain power. As Kelly Exeter so succinctly says to make our lives more efficient and manageable we need to minimise these decisions and create routines.
Routines are exactly what we are lacking on our trip. From what we will eat for breakfast, to what schooling will we do for the day right through to where we are going next?
So here’s challenge number one for our journey: how to create routines whilst living a travelling lifestyle. These new routines need to be flexible enough to suit travel days, activity days and rest days. Routines that will create stability for the kids, respite from the battles and reduce the number of decisions in our day.
Back to the itinerary, I think it is time we had a plan. Well we have a plan (in my head) but it is time to put our plan down on paper and flesh out a few more details. The best-made plans are the ones you change……….
Have you travelled long term with kids?
Ever felt tired even on holidays?
Do you stick to an itinerary?