May 21 2013

Lovedale Long Lunch

Guarded (in)accessible toilets“You can’t go in there – they’re the disabled toilets.”

Apart from the poor grammar, there are lots of arguments about whether “disabled” toilets are for disabled people only, or whether they’re toilets that anybody – including those in a wheelchair – can access.

But there was no discussion at the Lovedale Long Lunch, and they had a security guard working the door to prove it.

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May 16 2013

An outback travel story with a difference

Eulo-mud-bath Outback Australia travel stories are dominated by blokes in big 4WDs, yet many travellers these days are women. And they’re not all travelling quietly along beside their men, nor do they travel with men at all.

A travel story with a difference, Two Sheilas in a Ute are two “women of a certain age” travelling the outback, camping under the stars, visiting many of Australia’s iconic places, and having fun as only girls can. From visiting outback festivals, to digging out unique ‘pampering’ experiences such as a sunset mudbath in Eulo, Two Sheilas in a Ute aim to show that outback travel does not have to be difficult and blokey, and you can do it in a 2WD vehicle (with a few modifications) without a man in tow.

But it’s not all glamour. There are still long distances to travel, sometimes in very remote areas where the possibility of something going wrong with the vehicle is high. And, of course, camping out and cooking over a campfire – gourmet meals of course!

Is preparation, common sense and an adventurous spirit enough to get us through?

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May 15 2013

Only a couple of days to go …. so why am I crying?

CarpetingI know it’s nearly time to leave because things are starting to go wrong.

Perhaps it’s because Doc’s such a perfectionist, nothing can be left to chance. The more he does, the more he finds to do.

He keeps asking me how I want to pack things into the car (how should I know, I haven’t done it yet!), and how I want to tie things down (umm?), exactly what I’m taking (not yet sorted). As I haven’t sorted it yet, he’s been stressing for me.

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May 12 2013

Using social media for travel information

happybirds4MediumI love social media.

I particularly like twitter. The 140 characters you’re allowed in tweets might be restrictive sometimes, but generally you can get your point across. Particularly – and here’s the important point to all of you in the tourism industry – if I want to find out something about where I’m headed.

On my last outback trip I did an interview with ABC radio in Broken Hill about my use of social media on the road. They picked up the story because they also use social media and had come across me on twitter – see, it does work!

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May 07 2013

How to eat well while you’re camping

First-attempt-at-cooking-bread-in-the-camp-ovenI’m getting to the point in planning the trip where I’m starting to think about food.

For those of you who missed it, last time we were at the farm I started practicing cooking with the camp oven. Shall we say, my first efforts wouldn’t get me on a reality television cooking show!

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May 03 2013

Holiday planning – the new competitive sport

Boy-running-sunset-DarwinHow long does it take you to plan a holiday?

Despite my work background as a planner, in my own life I’m the perennial “non-planner”, at least I thought I was until I met Helen – my Two Sheilas in a Ute travelling companion. She’s so laid back that her first call to me about our first trip started with “Where are we going again?”

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