Travelling with young kids!

Submitted: Thursday, Oct 04, 2012 at 12:38
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Looking for other families planning to travel in 2013!

Next year we are looking at the possibility of living on the road for 12 months or so. We have two boys who will be 5 years and 18 months old when/if we go. My eldest son would be attending his first year of school if we were to stay home so I will be looking into home schooling etc. I am an early childhood teacher so I am hoping this might make things a bit easier. My main concern is the social interaction/experiences with children his own age that he may miss out on whilst living on the road. We travelled for 9 weeks when he was 2 1/2 and hardly saw another child the same age!

Sooo I am looking for advice from people who have travelled with children in this age group but would also love to hear from anybody who is planning a big caravanning adventure next year. It would be great to have another family to meet up with at various points so that the children can socialise with those of a similar age :)
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Reply By: LeeJ - Thursday, Oct 04, 2012 at 14:28

Thursday, Oct 04, 2012 at 14:28
Hi Rebecca,

I'm not travelling as yet (I wish), but we plan to be by this time next year. By "we", I mean my 7yr old son (who will be closer to 8 by then) and me. We were originally planning to go for 12months but due to a number of various reasons- we have cut it down to just 3 months. We will be leaving around August and travelling from Sydney north to Uluru, and than south to Victoria and back to Sydney.

I would say my son interacts far greater with adults or babies than children his own age. This doesn't bother me a whole lot. I'm one of four kids, and all of my friends are older than I am- my closest friends have already crossed the 40 bridge, while I'm only 28. I've always got along much better with people far older than I and I wasn't ever taken away from other kids my own age so I give little value to this theory.
I think the fact that you are an early childhood teacher will help greatly as you'll know where to start with teaching the fundamentals of reading, maths etc something that I, being a non-school teacher would not have felt comfortable doing.

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Follow Up By: Rebecca H - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 06:02

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 06:02
Thanks! Sounds like a good trip. I will be continuing to post on here until we go so might see you in our travels :)
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Follow Up By: Rebecca H - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 06:05

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 06:05
Have you got an email I could contact you on Lee?
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Follow Up By: LeeJ - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 07:36

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 07:36
Thanks, I can't wait. Sometimes I'm so anxious to go I can hardly stand it! 7 months until we pick up our caravan, than at least I can occupy myself with small weekend trips. I love reading preperation posts, articles and blogs so I no doubt will see you round in here. My email addy is l_jenkins2309@hotmail.com
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Reply By: SDG - Thursday, Oct 04, 2012 at 23:01

Thursday, Oct 04, 2012 at 23:01
There will be 7 kids travelling with us next Easter. Will be in Alice at that time, then heading north, and back to NSW via Qld/coast
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Follow Up By: Rebecca H - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 06:04

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 06:04
How long are you going for. I take it that's more than one family?! Could you send me your email address? Would love to have some contacts of other people who will be out exploring the same time :)
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Reply By: Searay - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 19:40

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 19:40
Hi Rebecca, Our family have been on the road for approx 3 years now, staying for periods in a town and then moving on again. Our boy is about to turn 7 in December and when we left home was shy and quiet. Some days i now wish i could have that boy back as he is always on the move doing something. He is more than happy playing with any age children and does not find it hard to meet others when on the road and is good at saying goodbye. At the moment we are in Darwin so he is enrolled in school but when travelling we do lots of reading/writing and getting him to make scrapbooks of what he has done and seen.

We love it and dont worry about children they make friends before you will say hello to someone. Have a great time
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