The kindness of strangers

We recently experienced what can be classified as a “trip setback”. One of Claude’s wheels came off while we were driving which resulted in our lovely caravan being declared an insurance write off (if you want to read the full story check out this blog post we wrote for Australian Caravan+RV).

In the space of 30 seconds we went from a very high high to an extremely low low. No longer were we at the start of the highly anticipated northern WA leg of our trip. Instead, we were stranded, caravan-less, in a town where we knew no one, finding it difficult to get a roof over our heads (not many places take dogs. Thanks Ned). (more…)

One year on: what we’ve learnt

Today marks one year since we set off on our Champion the Wonder-ing. The months have gone so fast yet it feels so long ago that we drove out of Sydney, getting stuck in horrendous peak hour traffic on the way. Over the past 365 days we’ve learnt a lot (and not just about caravanning). Below we’ve summarised a few of the most important things we now know about travel and about life. (more…)

Dream Big, Live Small

Even though we know they’re out there, we’ve not met too many other young Aussies during our Champion the Wonder-ing. So we were excited when a young couple pulled up next to us in their converted bus. Heidi and Craig recently sold their house and are living out their dream life on the road, planning to work and play their way around Australia for many years to come. (more…)

A lesson in thinking before speaking

Finding the location of a caravan repairs shop proved more difficult than expected. On the phone to the shop foreman, Laura was trying to describe our location so we could be given directions when she spotted a bright green shopfront and cited its name as a reference point. There followed a long silence before the foreman indicated, with plenty of throat clearing, that he was not familiar with this particular business. (more…)

Reed Lookout, the Grampians

Guest post for Rebel on a Rainbow

We were thrilled when the lovely people over at Rebel on a Rainbow (ROAR) asked us to write an Adventure Story for their blog. We’ve had so many adventures since setting out that we struggled to choose a favourite. In the end we decided that this trip – the biggest gamble of our lives – was an adventure in itself, and things unfolded from there.