I’m hit­ting the road for a sum­mer es­cape full of ad­ven­ture

donna hay - - CONTENTS -

When the sum­mer months are stretch­ing out ahead of me, plan­ning a fam­ily road trip with my boys is one of my favourite things. There are so many beau­ti­ful placesp to go, even if it’s just for a cou­ple of days, but if I can, I like to take a whole week, vis­it­ing beaches, na­tional parks and small towns – all those places I’d usu­ally be whizzing past on the high­way, run­ning from one meet­ing to the next. As much as I ap­pre­ci­ate the sheer genius of GPS and hav­ing maps on my phone, on th­ese road trips I love to dig out my old maps, so we can lay them out on the ta­ble and plan the trip to­gether. My boys have an ea­gle eye for great beaches, usu­ally with an abun­dance of rock­pools for them to ex­plore, and I al­ways seem to fifind those towns with great an­tique shops (where a few ‘es­sen­tials’ in­evitably fifind their way into the car!). So we plot our course, book our cab­ins and camp­sites and hit the road, maps in hand. On the way I’ll of­ten pull over to take a pic­ture – the land­scape gives me no end of ideas for the mag­a­zine and by the time I head home, I’m fi­filled with en­ergy and in­spi­ra­tion.

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