Travelling around Australia is a dream for many Australians, and many are making that dream come true after retirement as part of the growing Grey Nomad movement.
No longer busy with full-time work, paying off a mortgage, or raising children, many retired Aussies are hitting the road and seeing what this great, big, beautiful country offers. It really is living the dream for many.
But before you set out, you have to plan ahead. As one of Australia’s favourite roadside assistance and battery providers with a nationwide network, we’ve had the pleasure of exploring the country’s finest destinations and experiences. Here are our Grey Nomad hints and tips for making the most of this exciting and well-deserved time in your life.
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1. Sort Out The Boring Stuff
At this exciting and liberating time, it can be tempting to throw caution to the wind and just take off, but a little bit of planning will help make your new lifestyle easy and hassle-free.
- Organise Bills: Organising direct debits in advance to pay any bills that you might still have will take the stress out of having to remember when this or that is due. These can easily be set up online or over the phone.
Internet banking is a lifesaver for the wandering traveller – you can check your balance online, make sure the direct debits are coming out as planned, and move money around if the need arises and you don’t have access to your usual bank.
- Make plans for collecting your mail: Another often overlooked task is collecting or redirecting your mail. If you have a trusted friend or relative, you can contact Australia Post to have your mail redirected to their address then, with a little planning, they can forward your post to a local post office for your stop-offs.
It can take a little advance notice and timing, but it can be a great way to ensure you never miss important letters. Australia Post also offers a mail-holding service if you plan on making shorter journeys and returning home in the meantime.
- Make Storage Arrangements: If you’re selling up and plan to live on the road full time, you’ll need to sort out your belongings – such as furnishings, etc. This may be through selling them online or through a consignment dealer or if you want to hang on to them, long-term storage solutions may be the right choice for you.
- Be Prapared For Car Failures: While the open road promises adventure, it’s essential to anticipate the unexpected. Marshall Batteries has you covered with our reliable and affordable roadside assistance and battery replacement services. With a nationwide network, we are just a phone call away, ready to assist you in case of breakdowns or battery issues. Plus, there are no annoying membership fees or waiting times, Marshall Batteries services are pay-as-you-go!
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2. Insure For Peace Of Mind
Insurance is vital for anyone looking to hit the road. Now that your caravan or camper van is your home, it’s important to be fully insured in the event of a worst-case scenario.
Insurance will be a lifesaver in the event of a total loss, such as due to fire or flood. Insurance will ensure you have enough funds to replace, tow, and/or store your van or vehicle in case of breakdown or theft.
Make sure to shop around and choose an insurance plan that offers the coverage you need to forget your worries and enjoy the open road!
For added peace of mind, choose Marshall Batteries roadside assistance services. While insurance provides financial protection for unexpected events, our roadside assistance service ensures you’re never left stranded in the face of a breakdown or battery failure.
Our high-quality caravan and solar batteries are another layer of protection for your mobile lifestyle, ensuring you have the power you need wherever your adventures take you.
3. A Healthy Traveller Is A Happy Traveller
Before you set out, head to your GP and ensure you are in good health. If you are on any medications, make sure your prescriptions are up to date and you have the repeats you need.
If you’re travelling to a particularly remote location, it’s important to take your medications with you, as there may not be pharmacies nearby or the ones that may not carry a large selection of medications.
Major cities are the best places to pick up prescriptions, so grab them in advance if your prescription allows it. Always have a first aid kit on board, brush up on your first aid skills before you go with a refresher course, and always keep your ambulance membership up to date if the need arises.
Check out our guide to car breakdowns to ensure you’re ready for everything.
Where To Go? Explore Grey Nomad Travel Destinations
Are you a snowbird, or are you escaping the cold from the warm sun? Australia is your oyster, and now is the time to chase your ideal weather.
Sick of the cold? Head up north along these stunning off-road drives in the Northern Territory! Can’t stand the heat? Maybe Tassie would make a great place for you to visit? The fantastic thing about Australia is the variances in climate – we really do have a comfortable place for everyone! Go through our travel guides or The Grey Nomads website for a little inspiration of places to visit in every state or territory.
And if you want to replace your battery or need roadside assistance during your nomadic travels, Holler for a Marshall at 1300 695 717, and we’ll come directly to you. Our exceptional service and high-quality batteries will ensure that your vehicle is ready for whatever the terrain has to throw at you.