Reg and I are sharing moments, reminiscing, tonight.
From the romantic escape for two, close to home, see those photos above to first class air fares to the nearest Australian state or roughing it in a swag on the ground to far away places.
Some of the best family holidays were Inexpensive, camping trips on the River Murray and we also took our children on luxury international tours.
We have been to Theme Parks on the Gold Coast, Australia, doing the tourist thing, to quiet wilderness experiences like some we have just experienced here in Karijini National Park, Pilbara, Western Australia.
We talked about, some of the beautiful sights in the United States, including spectacular Yosemite. New Zealand, Nauru and Yasawa Islands. These are just a few of the holidays Reg and I have enjoyed.
Some of these trips I actually won.
I received an email from EBay telling me I had won a $1,000. travel accommodation voucher and I was about to delete it as SPAM, when I decided to go into EBay and look on the announcements page and there sure enough it said, Kathy Shell, is the winner of the watif.com, $1,000. travel accommodation voucher.
Using that watif.com, winning voucher, Reg and I initially booked in for a luxury 5 star mid week accommodation on the Mornington Peninsula, at ‘Arthurs Superb Views Luxury Retreat’, see photos above. Though in our 60’s, and normally into bush walking when on tour, Reg and I put up the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign, enjoyed house service meals, and in house movies and lazed in the spa bath or stayed in bed for three days and totally enjoyed to the fullest, our luxurious mid week break, not all that far from our own home.
We were able to purchase our accommodation at a discount price, so the $1,000. went a long way and our eldest daughter Leanne, used the remainder of the voucher. Leanne used it, to book into an apartment on the Gold Coast, for a family holiday. She purchased a family, three year pass to Dream World and the family have been having holidays there every year and getting maximum benefit for their three year family pass.
I have been relatively lucky when it comes to winning travel prizes, both the cost of the travel and the luxury accommodation. I have enjoyed first class return air flights to Tasmania, won at a family golfing picnic day and earned as a sales bonus, an all inclusive, luxury family tour of Fiji plus spending money. That stirred up a taste for travelling abroad and while this blog is primarily about our gray nomad years of travelling around Australia, Reg and I have enjoyed numerous holidays overseas.
One of our daughters, son in law and two grand children have the full set up of the caravan and land cruiser and they head out for adventure, make your own fun, road holidays and love camping close to the beach or with friends, near Lake Eildon and water skiing or going 4 wheel driving.
Our other, daughter and her family have become interested in scouting and bush camping holidays and they are beginning to look at overseas holiday destinations, like Reg and I did, when our family were also young. It’s great to see the younger generation enjoying travel.
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