If you’re employed full-time then you’re entitled to a four-week paid leave every year. That’s just swell – every one needs that time to disconnect from the demands of corporate life, after all. And we all know Australia is home to some of the most beautiful and exciting places in the world, you’re certainly not going to run out of places to go and things to do.
Long- term travel – meaning travelling a minimum of four weeks – is one of the best ways to recharge and spend that much deserved annual leave. And many Aussies do exactly that. Not only does travelling longer give you the opportunity to rest, it allows you to explore new places longer, meet new people, and overall have a more enriching holiday.
Where can you go?
Australia is a country that is best explored and experienced via road trips. There really is no better way to enjoy a four-week annual holiday. Your journey is as much part of your the experience as the destination. But where do you go? The country’s so big and you can’t drive to all those destinations in just four weeks!
How about Lorne? It’s one of the most popular stops along the Great Ocean Road on the way to the Twelve Apostles. It’s also one of the best places to relax by the sea and go surfing. If you’re more of a hiker, you can explore beautiful waterfalls and walks around Lorne. Don’t pass up seeing Phantom Falls and Erskine Falls. Top off your trip with a glass of wine in one of the town’s seaside restaurants.
If you’d be coming from Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula is just an hour’s drive from the city. The moment you arrive you would understand how the place is so popular for a staycation among Victoria residents. From vineyards to beaches, national parks and camping sites and golf courses – really, there is something for every type of holidaymaker here.
If you’re eyeing spending four weeks in Queensland however, the first stop definitely has to be the Sunshine Coast. Hands down it’s one of the most breathtakingly beautiful coast lands in Australia. Picture stretches of long white sand beaches with quirky cafes and boutiques. There are also off the beaten track swimming holes and waterfalls that very few people know about. Here’s a tip, do not miss stopping at Noosa National Park’s fairy pools. Visit early in the morning or just after midday. You’ll thank us later.
Travelling on a budget?
Going on holiday for four weeks or even longer CAN put a dent on your savings. BUT there are ways that you can travel longer and see more places without spending a lot of money. Hiring a campervan or motorhome from companies like Camplify for example, allows you to drive to and from your chosen destinations at your own pace.
You do not have to own a motorhome and have to deal with all the costs – just rent one. Camplify has an easy booking system that helps you find the right vehicle for the type of holiday you’re planning. And it’s cheap. Rentals can go as low as $35 per night. And you would rent a vehicle you can sleep in, cook meals in and even has its own bathroom. That alone saves you from pricey hotels and allow you to be as comfortable as possible when you camp out for the night.
Are you a pet owner?
We have mentioned this before in a previous post. Australia mostly is a pet-friendly road trip paradise. But you cannot bring them everywhere with you as there are still places where pets aren’t allowed for environment preservation reasons. Not all beaches, campsites and national parks in Australia allow pets.
Another issue with travelling for a full month with your pet is well – you will be disrupting their routine. Pets run on schedules: they eat, sleep and go potty around the same time every day. And if you’d be road tripping for four weeks, that can throw their schedules on a loop. Keep in mind that even on holiday, your pets need to have the same amount of attention that they do when you’re at home.
Lastly, travelling long term may not be safe for your pets. It can actually be very difficult for them to adjust to new surroundings, sounds and smells every time you visit a new location. It stresses them out and ultimately, you would be too.
The best way is to arrange for a house sitter who can take care of your pet and look after your home while you’re on holiday. Your pets get to stay at home and go abut their routine: sleeping, eating, going potty, playing and going for walks around the same time. They are surrounded by things they are familiar with, looked after by caring responsible people.
Companies like Aussie Pet and Home Minders offer home and pet owners an opportunity to post free house sitting ads in their site. You just set up a home owner profile, and indicate how long you need a pet and house sitter for, what type of pet you have and what specific care they need. They have a list of verified and experienced sitters that you can contact through the website, too.
Long term travel is good for your physical, mental and emotional health. It recharges you, enables you to experience new things and see new places. Meet new people and just simply appreciate the beauty of what your country has to offer. And as we’ve indicated here, being away from home and your pet for four weeks minimum shouldn’t be costly or stressful, too.