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1. Posted by Gilll (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi there, I'm after some advice for myself and a friend. We are both single mums and are going travelling next year with our two girls who will both be nearly 3 by the time we leave.

The plan is to get a RTW ticket (not decided exactly where yet) but spend most of our time in OZ and NZ as we both have family there that we will spend some time with. I've done quite a lot of travelling before (inc a RTW trip) but never with a little one. This trip will be totally different to anything I have done before now that I have a mini me! We have all the time in the world with only money determining how long we will be away for (still unsure of our budget)

I've travelled around NZ in a campervan before so have a pretty good idea of costs/campsites/itinerary etc but have no clue about OZ. I love the idea of renting (buying?) a campervan and being able to come and go as we please, maybe stay a week or so in each place (which will also save money..always a bonus!) and very slowly travel around and have a very chilled out trip (would also be easier/more comfortable/homely etc for the girls).

So what I'm really after is some advice on costs to rent a campervan, experiences with travelling with children, ease of travelling in Australia (can you just pull up anywhere in a van and stay the night or do you have to stay in a campsite?) Would we be better off renting a car and camping/staying in hostels?

Also If you have any suggestions about any other countries that would be good to travel with kids then that would be great aswell. I'm always up for an adventure so open to anything really, can't wait to show my little lady the world :-)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated :-) Thanks Gill x

2. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!


I just noticed this book at my library. "One hundred places that can change your child's life, From your Backyard to the Ends of the Earth" - by National Geographic.

I have not read it myself but maybe of interest to you.


3. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I have just now read the description of that book on the libraries web site & will have to read the book now. Sounds like it is not just for kids but adults who still have the wonder that kids have at seeing somewhere new & different.

Here is the description >>>>

Kids who learn to travel will travel to learn. National Geographic Traveler Editor Keith Bellows sends you and your children globetrotting for life-changing vacations that will expand their horizons and shape their perspectives. What you won't find inside: predictable itineraries and lists of landmarks and events. Instead, you'll get evocative, slice-of-life experiences and age-appropriate ideas that illuminate place and culture. Each chapter of 100 Places That Can Change Your Child's Life plumbs the heart of a special place--from the Acropolis to Machu Picchu to the Grand Canyon--all from the perspective of insiders who see destinations through a child's eyes. You'll meet actor and travel writer Andrew McCarthy, who tours the suqs of Marrakech with his seven-year-old son; photographer Annie Griffiths, who shares the miraculous migration to Mexico of the monarch butterflies; Tom Ritchie, who has guided countless children and parents to Antarctica for more than 30 years; the waterman who knows where to see the ponies of Assateague in the true wild; and countless others who are cultural treasures, great storytellers, and keepers of a sense of place. Packed with ideas to supplement the travel experience--foods, music, films, and carefully curated lists of kid-friendly activities and places to eat and stay--this inspiring book is the perfect trip planner to excite children about culture and the unique magic the world has to offer.


Sounds wonderful

Happy travels .


4. Posted by ADL-car-rental (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

wow - sounds like a great trip. I travelled for years with my son and I am proud to say he is a third culture kid with no sense of silly Nationalistic pride whatsoever. Job done!

5. Posted by Gilll (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Steve, I'm so sorry for the late reply. That book looks great, I'll definitely keep an eye out for it!

And ADL-car-rental, what did you find the hardest part of travelling with a child? He sounds great :-) I bet he had an amazing time. Where/how did you travel? X

6. Posted by ADL-car-rental (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hardest part was upon our return, my son found it difficult to relate to other kids his age. We spent four years going around the world with majority of our time in Japan, China, Philippines, Canada, Sudan, Kenya, and the UK.

7. Posted by DependableVA (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I know this won't help much...but my mom and dad went on a caravan trip in Australia when I was 8. I loved every moment! My brother was 3 years old. I remember they had no problems with him other than he would wake up really, really early when everyone was trying to sleep in (we were there around Christmas and New Years visiting relatives).

I have really fond memories so I wish you all the luck!

8. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2566 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Honestly, it doesn't matter where you go when the child is as young as yours will be. No outside influences make lasting cultural impressions on a kid who'll turn only 3 years old during the trip.

Make this trip about you. The next trip a few years from now can be about your daughter.

Have fun.