I have almost 16 months to go before that retirement day hits. Plenty of time I hear you say. In theory that may be true but when you work full time and do the routine tasks of day to day living then a lot of time is lost. I am not a list person but I can see that this is exactly what I am going to have to do to relieve my fairly active brain of the mundane tasks of remembering small details that are easily overlooked.
The two biggest tasks of acquiring my tow vehicle and deciding on the caravan are all but completed. However the smaller yet significant decisions have still to be made and just like today I need to spend time in considering the options and decisions I must make prior to setting off. The alterations and equipment I still need to make or buy
What is my address going to be. This is important for registrations and official mail purposes. You know the government does not even consider that some people do not have a permanent address.
I need to re-do my will and make sure my family are aware of it. In my head I do not feel old but anything can happen and best be prepared.
Planning the initial part of the journey where and for how long. The Shake down trip. Once that is completed and any minor defects put right then to head out on the great Nomad Adventure.
As the plan gets underway some questions I need to ask are:- How am I going to stay in touch. Being off grid is off grid and being able to access friends and family from the more isolated parts of Australia means careful thought and planning. This has to happen now rather than after you leave and go oops how am I going to do that!!
There is no rush no time frame for the Big Lap and so travelling many klms. a week is not necessary. Not only does this save on fuel but allows you to explore the local in which you find yourself. To document and record the little known treasures so that others following after you.
The art of free camping. I say this because as technology changes -and it does very fast- what are the requirements for a solo traveler to have so they can exist for the greatest time without requiring modern conveniences. At the same time being completely self sufficient so that whatever you take in comes out and is disposed of properly so as not to pollute our natural environment. This to me is very important.
If people want to have the ability to free camp then this will only be permitted if we leave our stopping places cleaner than when we arrived. The dumping of grey water and worse black blights not only the environment but the vast number of fellow travellers who follow after. Local authorities also will severely restrict if not ban everyone from this great opportunity. We travellers may spend and contribute to large and small communities throughout Austalia but if we do not treat each area with respect we will become a blight and not a benefit to them
Throughout this blog I will address many of these issues and welcome your input and discussion so that in moving forward a common set of principals will be accepted and be accepted best practice amongst the travelling community. These will be my opinions and yours my be different I accept that. However healthy discussion and debate is only a positive outcome for all of us.