How many km in 20 days???

Submitted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 07:18
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Hey Campers (again!)

I'm looking at traveling 4714km in 20 days... Good or bad?

We have 3 boys but they're awesome travellers (thanks to electrical devices!).

Cheers.
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 07:49

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 07:49
Well, it depends, perhaps sharing your itinerary will help.

If there are a few days of long haul travel at each end that you can handle, then a slower pace for the body of the trip then it should be fine.

At the end of the day if you have kids and have to fit trips into school holidays it will work if you don't go overboard and have most of the trip at a reasonable pace.

Basically you have no choice.
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Follow Up By: Woodsie78 - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 07:54

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 07:54
There's a few 8 hour days in the middle of long haul trips either end of the trip. But when we set up its for 3 - 5 nights at a time.

The trouble is we have to be 2000km away for a function but only have 3 weeks off. No choice is right!

Thanks for your reply boobook.

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Reply By: mikehzz - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 07:55

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 07:55
For some people it would be a breeze and for some others it would be hell....not the kilometres...the 3 kids...lol. Seriously, it really depends on where you are driving. Those lkilometres on a highway, no problem, about 7-8 days driving leaving 12-13 days off. But if it's dirt tracks at 50 kph, forget it.
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Reply By: Bruce-n-Bundi - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 08:21

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 08:21
What a shame that your boys are subjected to "electrical devices" to make them awesome travelers, if they are old enough for "electrical devices" they are old enough for you to make the trip an "educational experience" for them.
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Follow Up By: Member - Timnivo - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 09:46

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 09:46
Please take your preaching and pontificating elsewhere. Timnivo.
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Follow Up By: Member - john y - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10:13

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10:13
Electrical devices can also be educational
I will go anywhere as long as it's forward

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Follow Up By: Bruce-n-Bundi - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 11:10

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 11:10
Each to their own I guess............

Sure glad my parents took an interest in teaching about Oz when we traveled about, something we did with our own kids as well.

Always had a "What Bird is That" book in the car, still do.

Our kids were given the old Kodak Instamatic cameras along with a few rolls of film and we were never in too much of a hurry to stop for an interesting scene. Kids kept a journal of the trips and added the photos when they got home. 40 years on they still have them and share with their children who do the same.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 11:25

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 11:25
Yeah Woodsie78

Give your kids an instamatic and a few rolls of film.

The trip challenge will be how the hell do we get instamatic film developed. You'll save a fortune on developing costs, there won't be any.

Bruce you say each to their own, but preach "do as I do", or more accurately 'do now as I did 40 years ago, when I was a parent of small kids'

I don't recall the OP asking for parenting advice. And he probably doesn't need it from people who have no idea what it's like bringing up a kid these days.

Sheeez. Talk about answering a question that was never asked.


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Reply By: Peterpan - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10:29

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10:29
HI. It depends on your families ability to put up with travelling but it would be plenty of time for me . We did Melbourne to Cape York return in 24 days in 2003 with 6 days of sightseeing as well . We also had a grandchild with us . He started playing a gameboy . Second day i told him to put it away and look at the scenery to learn about OZ . When we travelled 65 years ago with my parents we looked at the scenery. My children did a lot of travel and learnt to recognise plants animals etc . Just enjoy your trip .
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Reply By: Woodsie78 - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 12:33

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 12:33
Hi all.

Let's not get too negative. I'll leave the choice of using electronic devices up to my kids and how they are coping... I have also got a check list of things to spot along the way & there will definitely be time for journals when we stop which was always the plan.

As for the advice about the Kms, thanks for all your tips. I think we'll be okay going by most replies. I like your ratio of driving to days stopped. Cheers!

Keep the opinions coming.


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Follow Up By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 17:49

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 17:49
I reckon you'll be fine esp if the kids travel well. A fair few ks but doesn't seem too much.

As for the kids, those gadgets are great to keep them occupied along with other distractions. We let ours use them but also told them to give it a rest too. You must be doing something right if they travel well. Ours actually like travelling and always have. I think it's the over-indulged that struggle. These trips are future great memories.

Have a good trip.
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Follow Up By: Woodsie78 - Friday, May 24, 2013 at 21:31

Friday, May 24, 2013 at 21:31
Thanks! (My iPad wont let me tick the thanks box!)
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Reply By: Barbera72 - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 12:40

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 12:40
"traveling 4714km in 20 days... Good or bad?"

More than good in my opinion. About 240Km per day or 3hrs, 1 1/2hr in the morning and 1 1/2 after lunch you'll be laughing even with 10 kids with no electrical devices and on a dirt track. I have kids and no entertainment in the car apart from cd player and some days on a long road trip we score 800 to 1000Km on bitumen and 500Km on the dirt. With no issues. Frequent snack stops and lots of singing in the car seems to be working with us.
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Reply By: greybeard - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 12:41

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 12:41
As long as you balance the long drive days with the exploring days then things should be ok.
Unfortunately it depends on how your kids cope otherwise it ends up being a driving excursion rather than a holiday.
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Reply By: Woodsie78 - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 17:08

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 17:08
Many thanks! Sounds like we'll be fine. Love your work everyone.

Cheers and happy camping!
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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 22:16

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 22:16
G'day,

last year we drove 13,000 kms in 6 weeks and we did and saw heaps.

Someone did the maths before and that shows it's pretty easy.
Depends on where you're going because if you have big stretches it's easy to do 400 or 500 kms in a day.

Hoo roo,
Steve
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Follow Up By: Woodsie78 - Friday, May 24, 2013 at 21:33

Friday, May 24, 2013 at 21:33
Awesome! Thanks heaps.
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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 22:51

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 22:51
Where are you thinking of going?

Your distance was pretty specific.

Steve
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Follow Up By: Woodsie78 - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 13:57

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 13:57
Not a fan of revealing too much online but across a state or two!
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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 14:01

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 14:01
Fair enough.

Have fun.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 12:35

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 12:35
235 klm per day ,, pffff , people out our way have to drive more than that on dirt and gravel /mud [when its rained] just to do a grocery shop ,,,,,,
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Follow Up By: Woodsie78 - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 13:58

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 13:58
If you're used to it, I'm sure it's not a problem but our crew only travel occasionally. It will be a great adventure!
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