Sun 30 Jun 2013
"Let's go to Tassie!"
"Righto, cool!... When? How long for? Self drive or public transport with tours? What's there to see and do? You wanna pay for it!?... Ok, can we afford it?"
And so the idea was formed...
But hang on...
"What about the kids? Are we crazy?!"
"Nah, it won't be that bad. No worse than going round the world with Sonia when she was 9 - 12 months old."
"But there's 2 of them now! And they'll be 10months and 2.5yrs old!"
"That's fine, just plan accordingly!"
And so the planning began...
However, if you've ever tried to research a winter trip to Tasmania, with 2 toddlers, you'll understand the frustration that occurs from lack of information readily available. We had a fairly long list of questions, with no quick easy answers.
- Campervan with toddlers in winter… good or bad idea?
- What’s the weather like for ‘shorter’ hikes/walks that time of the year?
- Many walks available to do with a stroller?
- How best to keep toddlers warm and dry during hikes?
- Free camping with campervan?
- Accessibility of camps, hikes, and other things during winter?
- If booking into accommodation… do you need to book much in advance?
- Are many things or areas closed during the winter season?
- Recommendations on things to definitely do/not do with toddlers?
After reading a few other travelers’ blogs, putting questions out on various different forums, and numerous phone calls, I’d answered quite a few of our queries, but still wasn’t a hundred percent sure on others. Figured we’d just have to go and enjoy the adventure, learning along the way! Hey, we’d previously survived a three month round the world trip (July – October 2011) with one toddler and basically no research… how much worse could this be?! Maybe that’s why I was now trying to do a lot more research prior to this trip!
And so that brings me to this blog… trying to carry out this research got me thinking that if I’m having difficulty finding information and answers, maybe others could be going through a similar situation. Hence the idea of writing this, hoping our experiences would be able to help others in similar situations. Here’s to hoping it does!