You love the idea of hitting the open road now you have a little more time on your hands. You have your keys in your hand and you are all but walking out the door, when something stops you, a nagging question that has you doubting your decision, ‘Can I really do this, alone?’
This is a fear that many senior travellers may encounter before departing on an expedition and in the worst cases, it can deter people from going altogether. But, the truth is, almost anyone can travel Australia alone in a recreational vehicle (RV).
The diverse and extensive group of people heading out on the Australian open road must be seen to be believed. There are those seniors travelling full-time to save money and others who prefer just a few days away; there are singles, couples, and families also embracing the RV lifestyle.
You can make your RV as secure as your own home by fitting locks, smoke detectors, alarm systems and other basic security and safety measures you have in your own house. And there is no reason why you can’t take your beloved pet with you for a little bit of extra comfort and security, but just be extra careful crossing pot holes if you plan to bring your goldfish!
If you are concerned about isolation in the outback, consider the following precautionary measures:
- Before heading off on a long drive, it is important to let a local police station know of your intentions and planned route. If something unfortunate happens, such as breaking down, you can take comfort in knowing that the police are aware of your whereabouts.
- You could also invest in a CB radio; most truck drivers use the CB radio to stay in touch. You will find that in certain areas of the outback your mobile phone may not have reception so a CB will allow you to touch base and socialise with others on the road.
- And finally, stop and have a rest every two hours. Studies have shown that driving at an accelerated rate for a long period of time can cause hallucinations, fatigue, and emotional distress. Avoid added stress on your adventure; stop, revive, survive.
If you are still feeling worried about venturing out, why not join an enthusiast club and take an active role in one of the many likeminded groups spread across Australia? This is also a great way for seniors to meet new people and make new friends.
The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) is Australia’s largest RV Club and one of the benefits of joining CMCA is its club chapters and special interest groups. With 96 chapters across Australia and the following five special interest groups; the HF Radio Users Network, National Fifth Wheelers, The Big Rigs Clan, and the Solos’ Network, there’s sure to be a group you can join.
The Solos’ Network is perfect for those seniors who travel alone the majority of the time. It encourages single members and those members who have lost their partner to begin, or continue enjoying the RV lifestyle. Sometimes travelling the open road can be confronting but it can also be exhilarating, educational and an experience which could to change your life.
The chapters and special interest groups offer plenty of support when you’re travelling on the road, so even if you are a solo senior, you are certainly not by yourself. With meetings being held throughout the year, there’s always somewhere to drop in and have a chat.
Before you venture out on the open road, visit CMCA for more information www.cmca.net.au
Article provided by CMCA
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