When it comes to travel everybody’s need are different. The kind of holiday you went on as a backpacking teen or early twenties is not the same sort of holiday you will be taking with young children. And that will differ again when the kids are teenagers and again when they have left home and you have time for yourselves again. The places you stayed in as a 20 year old will probably not be the same when you are 60. The kind of holiday may change as well. The youth hostels around Europe on the trains (and I’ve done that and it was great but it would not be my first choice now) may give way to a river cruise or going to a favourite place and staying there for several weeks to really become a local.
Whatever travel you are planning it is essential to consider the people who will be travelling and their needs. Planning a holiday where there are young kids involved will require finding places where there are kids clubs, and the journey there will need some planning with things to entertain the kids whilst you are on the move. If it is a motoring holiday keeping an eye out for a playground, a riverbank or a beach so you can break the journey in a place where the kids can burn some energy and have a great time. It may be that the sand castle you built as a family may be one of your favourite memories of the entire trip.
Planning travel with your parents also requires some sensitivity and forethought. The things you are able to do in your 30s and 40s are not necessarily the things that your parents in their 60s or even 70s will be able to manage comfortably. Making sure they do not have to think about the logistics of travel means they can relax and enjoy the experience much more. Prepay arrival and departure transfers, pre-book day tours and ensure they have time to simply do nothing in if they choose. Their travel is then much more relaxed. Rest days are essential. Planning every moment of everyday generally means you need a holiday when you get home!
That’s where I come in. I can help you plan an itinerary that ensures everyone’s needs are met and you have a holiday to remember for all the right reasons.
I love my job! Travelling to see clients means that sometimes I am near the beach, and that was the case yesterday. I had lunch at the beach and then went for a walk on the beach before meeting with my clients. On a beautiful Adelaide day Christies Beach was a picture.
I don’t spend days on the beach but I love walking on them when I get a chance. We are blessed with some of the best beaches in the world in Australia – and that’s official! Cable Beach in Broome, Surfers Paradise beach, 75 mile beach on Fraser island and even Vivonne Bay on Kangaroo Island have made the top beaches worldwide lists from time to time. Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands is almost always on the Top 10 beaches worldwide every year. And there are dozen more.
Worldwide many travellers seek out beaches for all sorts of reasons – tropical lagoon beaches on the Cook Islands and the Maldives for honeymoons, safe wide sandy beaches for family holidays and beaches where the surf crashes in for those who ride the waves. Many are great beaches – but don’t be surprised if the white sandy beaches you are used to Australia are not to be found in the places you might expect them. Fiji’s sands are frequently coarse yellow sand and even grey volcanic sand. European beaches are typically stony or rocky and you will need shoes to traverse the “beach” into the water.
I spent a lovely weekend in Canberra in late January. As a regular visitor I look for different things to do apart from the usual tourist spots. This time I focussed on the outdoors. The National Botanical Gardens are entirely Australian natives (with the exception of a single tulip in honour of Floriade!) and the areas range from Tasmanian wilderness rainforest to the central Australia red centre garden. The resident lizards are fun too.
The National Arboretum is relatively new – only two years open to the public (and its free as is the Botanical Gardens) but the plantings have been going on for a few years prior. One hundred gardens of 1000 trees from all over the world have been planted and visiting dignitaries now plant their trees in the relevant area. In ten years this will be quite spectacular and the views from Dairy Hill Farm towards Canberra now are worth the visit.
The bonsai area at the Arboretum is fascinating and the trees are seasonal. It is amazing to see full sized banksia flowers on a bonsai sized tree!
Canberra holds many wonder and lots of things to do, so make it a place to visit sooner rather than later.