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Are you wondering why your family or friends have ‘gone bush’ with little more than a caravan and an ageing shih tzu? Are you concerned about how you’ll spend your time in retirement? Are you passionate about travel? This is the site for you.

This is a guide to caravanning in Australia for those retired or contemplating retirement.  Must I have a caravan? No you don’t. Most of the articles here relate to any type of RV. Be it a camper trailer, a caravan, motor home, fifth wheeler, converted bus or even the armchair traveller who just wants to read about the experiences.

Be warned, caravanning can become addictive and as you will read in these posts it can change your life, forever! When we learn something new, we make mistakes. When we venture outside our comfort zone we open ourselves to challenges and surprises. In these posts I will endeavour to give you our experiences warts and all. Triumphs and mistakes not the glossy stuff.

But not for one moment do we regret having embraced this crazy, crazy lifestyle.

These are the actual tales from a caravanner’s journal so please be aware that you may stumble upon some colourful language in these pages. ‘Itchingforhitching’ is all about the characters we have met and the often totally useless things that we have learnt along the way. Australia has the sixth largest land mass on earth and it is incredibly diverse. I am convinced that every town no matter how small has a story to tell. And every town has its characters, those true blue laid back Aussies with their laconic humour.

Retirement travel is a “rite of passage” for those of us of a certain age, to see as much as possible before the inevitable. It sometimes feels a bit like being a surfie travelling from beach to beach. Apparently it is ok to wander aimlessly at twenty and again after sixty, but not so in the ‘between’ years. So make the most of what time you have and get out there and enjoy it.

“The older I get the more interesting the world becomes.”….Artist & Coast Guard volunteer at The Inlet, Port Douglas.

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  1. Hey Linsey and Brian, Love reading about your adventures. I know the rest of the world is a beautiful, wonderful and magical place but we sometimes forget to look right in our own backyards. Australia s a very special place. Thanks you so much you are a constant reminder just how beautiful this country we live in is. I hope you liked my nomination your blog and photos are a constant inspiration. Travel safe and keep on bloggin!!

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  2. I love RV:ing. When my daughter was 10 months old, we set out for a cross-country trip, and visited 33 US States. It was memories for a lifetime. (She learned to walk in the RV!) When we got back home, we leased a ranch for a while, but soon enough I decided that I was tired of putting money in someone else’s pocket, while improving their property. After that my daughter and I lived in our RV for around 1,5 years. Right now we’re not, but I love the freedom it gives. I can easily see us doing it again. I love reading your posts!

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  3. I doubt I will ever Caravan Australia but I do love camping and road-tripping across the United States! Sounds like a great journey I’d like to be a part of. Look forward to reading more.

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  4. I only have done one road trip in caravan and really enjoy it. I have met people on the road with quite sophisticated caravan that has nothing to envy to the most comfy home. It is definatly the best way to travel in Oz. Don’t you think so?

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  5. What an interesting idea for a blog. I’ve caravanned a bit, but mostly in my younger years when my first husband and I took leave from our jobs and traveled in Mexico for nine months two different times. Now I just enjoy the adventures of others. I’ll be back.

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