Staying in motels etc. when you should be camping

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I am the worst offender.

There's nothing like sitting under the stars, next to a roaring campfire - having a few quiet drinks contemplating life and taking in all of nature - Unless of course, there's a motel within 50 kilometres. If there is - I will be there. Lying on the bed with the TV remote control in hand, air-con cranking full, cold beer mmm.

Am I the only one here like that? Strange how out in the bush, perhaps fully equipped for weeks if necessary, that one is still attracted to a fixed shelter with walls and a roof, myself anyway!!





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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 16:54

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 16:54
Hi Alan
Firstly a very Happy New Year and all the best for your trip planning for this years adventure.

Admitting publicly that you stay in Motels - All I can say is you must be getting soft and sun struck from all that desert sun.


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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 17:00

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 17:00
Happy New Year to you too Stephen.

I'm a tragic mate. I guess getting out to those special places sometimes just requires a bit of sacrifice.

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Follow Up By: Mick O - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 20:59

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 20:59
Amen Alan,

Love the outback but at the end of a long trek (or while travelling hastily to get there), there's nothing like the ease of a motel, cabin, or OS van.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 21:02

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 21:02
Amen to that brother..

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 21:07

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 21:07
Hi Mick
I though you would not lower yourself to those standards. After all, a million star rating accommodation is still far better than a 5 start rating? Next thing you will be taking an electric blanket out there with you. LOL

Sounds like Alan is leading you astray.

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 21:14

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 21:14
Sounds a bit soft Mick? :-)

Bad enough Alan has gone down the soft path ;-)

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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 20:37

Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 20:37
Settle down you two.

It's just a motel every now and then. There is no softening up.

Inertia and momentum of outback adventures is maintained. Integrity and sincerity of trips reports will remain unaffected.

Nothing to see here; as you were!!!

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 20:50

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Very good Al, :-) LOL

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Reply By: Voxson - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 17:05

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 17:05
No way...

Campfire burning, chatting with a beverage in hand, climbing into bed smelling of campfire, digging a crapper hole in the morning, being the closest thing to the weather without being in it, cooking out in the open, collecting firewood, bathing in the creek or just a "wet-ones" bath........etc etc etc etc...

But if it is your thing then go for it,,,,,, but the answer is NO..............

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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 17:18

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 17:18
H.N. Year Voxson.

Well I can certainly appreciate all that you have stated there....I guess for me doing that for a while tires me hence the appreciation of a motel room - perhaps I am getting soft haha






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Reply By: Notso - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 17:12

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Mate, the missus and I spent a couple of nights in a tent a while back, now I know exactly why I bought a caravan. My motel on wheels!
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 17:20

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 17:20
haha, now your talking!!

Might be a bit hard to pull over some dunes though :)

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Follow Up By: Notso - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 17:36

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Yeah, I got rid of the O'Briens Camper a couple of years back, sorry I did now. I wasn't quite as far over the hill as I thought I was.

Ah well, just to show you how low I've gone, we flew out from Quilpie to Birdsville a while back just to walk over "Big red".
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Reply By: Mr Pointyhead - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 17:55

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 17:55
"Too Long in the Bush" ?.

I do love camping, but these days I usually only get to go away for at most a few days at a time. To avoid the PITA of setting up a camp late on Friday evenings etc I must admit that I am inclined to motel it most of the time these days.

However, when traveling around and I pause at beautiful camp sites I do sometimes regret my decision...
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 18:14

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 18:14
Hi Mr. P.

It's always good to get home from a trip however I will always go back to the bush, always.

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Reply By: Member - barbara M (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 18:15

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 18:15
Hi1
We only stay in a motel if we have to would rather stay in the caravan any day in the bush preferably any day
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 18:24

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 18:24
Hi Barb,

Fair enough too, the caravan option is a long way away yet for me - but sounds like a good option.

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Reply By: obee1212 - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 18:19

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 18:19
sometimes its cheaper to motel it than rush around with that huge anchor on the back. We go to tassie and leave the camper behind for those few days we spend in a cabin. Different if we were to spend a couple of months.

I know people who could have saved a lot of money when you consider the amount of time they get from their expensive caravan. A lot of caravans rot on the driveway for little or no return. I even wonder sometimes if our camper was worth the few thousand we paid.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 18:29

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 18:29
Hi Owen,

You're right you know; when I think of all the thousands I spend on trips - the money spent on motel rooms is only a smalll fraction of the total amount.

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Reply By: Wilk0 - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 18:45

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 18:45
Hi Equinox,

I prefer the solitude of the bush,anyplace where not only dont you see anyone but you dont see signs that humans have ever been there.

No rush, no push n shove, no body caring what you look like, It feels like home to me.

I personally dislike the way society has become fixated on looks and celebrities.

Give me the middle of nowhere anyday.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 18:50

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 18:50
Hi Wilko

You describe a nice place there, one that definitely beats a motel room...

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Reply By: Holden4th - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 19:22

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 19:22
Motels are awful. You are stuck in one room that contains all your living requirements with one notable exception - you can't cook! For this reason I avoid them if I can and if I don't want to put my tent up a cabin in a van park will usually suffice.

What's really good about van parks is their communal cooking areas where you get to meet fellow travelers like yourself. If there is a campfire going (or you're allowed to make set up one on site) then that is even better. A pleasant evening sculling a few bevvies while talking to those who've gathered around the fire to join you is (to quote a credit card ad) priceless! This is the essence of camping.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 19:45

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 19:45
Hi Holden

I guess I wouldn't want to stay longer than a night in most cases, as I certainly see your point about cooking.

Agree the comradery is great amongst all the people you meet up with. We all have the same interests and pretty much are doing the same thing so it makes for a good time.

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Reply By: D200Dug- Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 19:50

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 19:50
We used to prefer self contained cabins in van parks, more room and usually cheaper. we did the sums and for 4 weeks leave a year they were far cheaper than a tow camper of any kind.

Now we have time we are looking forward to a caravan and some long trips on the road ( and off the road :-)
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 19:59

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 19:59
Yes - that's another good option and agree are a bit cheaper. - and another vote for caravans!!!

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Follow Up By: D200Dug- Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 20:25

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 20:25
They are usually larger than motel rooms with better facilities as long as you don't want room service.

Personally I hate any room with a TV when I am on holidays as you can be in a hotel room anywhere in the world and watch the same rubbish on TV.

if you have no Tv you are more likely to actually do something fun !
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Reply By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 20:15

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 20:15
Hi equinox,
Don't think we'll ever stay any where else other than free camp or in a C/park.
Our Swan does the job. A stay at a mates place, a couple of nights on a river bank somewhere, or at the out laws, within 15 minutes our home is setup.
We love it.
I can also understand that every now & then it is nice to have those creature comforts. I guess it depends on, whats on offer, ;) and at what price LOL

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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 18:18

Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 18:18
Gday Hairs,
Im with you mate....Motels are fairly rare with us too. I don't mind them when it does happen but Im just as happy in the camper out of the way somewhere.

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Reply By: Best Off Road - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 20:15

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 20:15
Well, I like it both ways (no, not that ye of foul mind).

We like to do two weeks of each year in a Resort/Hotel style of place, typically in Bali or Phuket. Eating out every meal, having our laundry done, someone to clean our room and change our lined etc.

But the rest of the year we love to get bush in our basic Camper Trailer, wash in a bucket of hot water, cut wood etc.

Our two week trip trip to Bali this year ended 28/11 and our three night bush trip ended today. Both magnificent.

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Follow Up By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 20:21

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 20:21
'Bali or Phuket'
Glad you got your spelling right Jim
I would of just said bugger it lol ;)
Sorry couldn't help myself.

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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 20:58

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 20:58
We love our caravan, can pull up anywhere any time for that cuppa or nanna nap, camp in the bush and wake up to the sounds of the Australian countryside, we also enjoy the tent as it takes us to places that we can't go with the van, having said that it is also nice to know that the motels, cabins etc. are there if you need/ want a little luxury once in a while.
If this was a vote our caravan would run out a a winner by a long length, you have it all at your fingertips, can pull up, set it up and be relaxing inside after about 10 minutes (if that long), but it's probably right to say that it probably isn't much cheaper in the long run than moteling it when you add towing costs etc. but hey it's only money.

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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 22:41

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 22:41
I'm with you Alan, I lived in a Motel for 4 months in Kalgoorlie in the early 90.. LOL.

Two years ago when we did the AB and came back the Trans line we payed $140.00 per night to stay in one of the old Met houses... It was fun hot showers TV only if you watched the same as the managers or DVDs cool,

We even took a free house at Cook the night before, better than sleeping on the ground (and it rained that night).

HNY

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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 20:52

Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 20:52
HNY too Richard,

Price has gone up a bit.
In 1997 we paid $10 per person for a furnished house at Rawlinna. It had a pool table, a table tennis table and had all kitchen utensils as well - Bargain!!






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Reply By: Member - Royce- Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 23:08

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 23:08
I absolutely HATE motels, hotels etc.

Can't sleep. Nasty dry heat. Someone else's bed... slept in by many others.
You have to carry in your gear and pack up in the morning.
And then you have to pay for the unpleasant experience.

Okay.. air-con is nice if you have a hot night.... but usually under canvas/mosquito net, it's a lovely night.

Nah... not interested.
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Reply By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 00:55

Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 00:55
Hi Alan,

You must be getting soft; next you'll want to take a porta potti and even a chandelier for your camp.

Sorry I avoid hotels/motels/onsite vans like the plague. Too many restrictions and you can't light a campfire in the middle of the room.

Sometimes I have thought of taking a few jars of desert sand home to throw into the bed so it would feel like the bush !!!

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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 01:19

Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 01:19
Whats wrong with a porta potti??????? \O/

We took one on this years trip for the first time .. felt like a King looking out over my Kingdom every night.. :-))

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Follow Up By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 01:28

Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 01:28
Nothing wrong with them Richard - its just that a young buck like Alan looks like he is getting soft and it seems he can't handle the rigors of the bush.
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 01:48

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Whoops,,, didn't mean it to sound like that...

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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 10:41

Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 10:41
Me going soft????

....and that's coming from the guy who can't shove enough 80 litres fridges in the rear end of his 100 series???

We need to weigh up, just what is soft, and what is not :)))



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Follow Up By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 20:26

Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 20:26
True true, but you have to give us old blokes a bit of leeway,with our creaking bones.

You young blokes staying in motels!!!
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Reply By: Top End Explorer - Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 02:09

Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 02:09
I have enjoyed camping for the best part of 40 years, the last 17 years I have been camping with and looking after groups of up to 20 people for as many as 6 days a week.

So when I am on holiday and we generally go camping, if there comes a day that has been long etc, if we come across a motel and someone else cooks me dinner and does the dishes, well one night every now and again doesn't hurt, If any thinks thats soft then to bad.

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Follow Up By: Member - Cantiva Clay (NSW) - Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 13:51

Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 13:51
Agree- if these critics are sooo not soft how come they are in motor vechicles? if they were tough they would do it Burke & Wills style, walk! or by bicycle! or in the cattlemen style, on horseback (or by Camel if you prefer...).
Sorry, who's soft?
I like a good comfy bed and when it cools to 35 I don't apologise for aircon, besides Stuart was right - its to stony out west - and anyway theres enough of "rock and a hard place" when traveling, I mean you have to do without 3 flat white's a day - how tough do you want to make it?
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 18:54

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If you work out how many $$$$ spent on 4x4 vehicles , camping gear ,camper trailer or caravan ect ect over the years ,throw in a 6 mth 23,000 klm trip like we did in 08 and the figures become frightening , recon could stay at any 5 star resort in Australia for 4 weeks a year for the same $$$$$$$$$$$$
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Reply By: Member - Russnic [NZ] - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 15:13

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 15:13
You Towny Aussies must be getting soft.
I guess you only drive on the the sealed roads as well.
LOL ::--))
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