A houseboat to call home
Like other travel addicts, I was devastated at having to cancel our 2020 travel plans. After moping around for most of lockdown I thought I’d better snap out of it and make alternative plans.
Our first “holiday at home” was a huge success. We swapped a yachting trip in Croatia in the summer for a houseboat on the Murray River in the winter, and set off with another couple for a week on the water. Our houseboat had two bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms, good heating and a welcoming jacuzzi on the back deck. We enjoyed an indulgent menu on board, more than adequate refreshments, board games and fun.
Each day we walked near small towns and hamlets along the riverbank and learned snippets of history and interesting facts. I had no idea the Murray is the world’s third longest navigable river. Each morning we woke up to see peaceful pelicans gliding through the mist. Each evening we watched as limestone cliffs were bathed in golden light at sunset. We encountered beauty and tranquility every day and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
LUCKY IN LOVE
Do holiday romances last? Yes. We met on a Centralian coach tour in 1983, fell madly in love and married in England in 1984. As I am an Australian, we settled back in Australia. We travelled 32 countries together, and have two children and a grandson. We’ll be celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary next week and
have two overseas holidays planned for next year. We have had a fortunate life together. Geoff and Alison Duncan
Australian caravan parks are brilliant, unlike some of their depressing counterparts in France, and other parts of Europe. We recently stayed at Horseshoe Bay Holiday Park at South West Rocks and had a top site overlooking the beach. We couldn’t have had a better location if we’d paid for the best apartment in town.
SOLO AND GOING STRONG
I took a personal challenge and self-indulged with my first solo trip in 2018 to Japan. I fell in love and I haven’t stopped since. I remember feeling I was unlocking a secret, undiscovered strength and self-discovery. I still get flashbacks to where my journey kicked off at 7am when I loaded my backpack full of nigiri and boarded the Shinkansen to Kyoto – the most peaceful three hours I’ve experienced. Lisa Ta
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