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Retirement Living: Keys To A Happy Retirement


Retirement is the ideal time hook up the caravan, hop in the car and explore our amazing country. Here are five things you should consider before hitting the road…

1. Familiarise yourself

Get a good feel for where you can stay on the road. Of course, caravan parks are great however can begin to get expensive after a while. National parks and rest areas are usually free and also often have toilets and shower facilities. For information and locations of national parks and rest areas in your state simply search them online.

2. Stay connected

Although freedom is what often draws people to the caravan life, it is important not to get too isolated or lonely and to let family or friends know where you are in case of an emergency. Using devices like smart phones, iPads and laptops can keep you in touch with friends and family with the touch of a button whether it is via messages or even uploading photos of your trip on social media.

3. Look after your health

Even if you are feeling 100% before your trip, it is best to visit your doctor prior to heading off for a quick check up to make sure you avoid any unexpected health issues on your adventure.

4. Keep track of your mail

Bills and letters will still arrive at home while you are on the road. Consider giving a trusted friend or relative access to check your mail while you’re away or organizing a re-direct. Organising a direct debit payment system for your bills might be easier while you’re away as the amounts will simply be withdrawn from the account on the date specified.

5. Choose the right caravan for you

Before you set off, you need the most important thing, the right vehicle! When you are choosing your caravan it is important to think about where you are wanting to travel to determine what caravan will be best suited. For example, if you are planning on doing some off road exploring, you may need a four-wheel drive and other specific design features. You will also need to consider the car you have and its load capacity for towing. Consider what you are going to be taking with you to help determine the amount of storage needed in your caravan. Lastly, you will need to make sure the caravan you choose will fit in whatever space you have to store it when you are not travelling.

Considering a road trip? Check out our article on Esperance and The Great Ocean Road before you plan your next adventure, or our tips on getting connected while on holiday.

St Ives villages are perfectly set up for the lock-and-leave lifestyle with caravan spaces, easy-care homes, and gardens and facilities taken care of by us!

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