Wanderlust has been my middle name, from the time I could crawl. For many years, indulging this was confined to education and work holiday breaks. Then, a 4 month long-service leave trip round the western half of Australia, in 1993, was an insight into the travelling life. John’s hip replacement in 1997, at age 56, was the wake-up call to get out there and live our dreams of adventure, while we still could. So we retired from the workforce, aged 52 and 57, and went on the road full time 1998-2000. Since 2001, we have been alternating periods of travel with spells at home. This is when John pursues his loves of lawn bowls and woodwork, and we grandparent. Some of our trips during this time combined travel with work, because the opportunities were there, the jobs on offer were different from our previous working incarnations, and were too interesting to pass up. Travels before 1998 were tent-based. The hip replacement made tent based travel impractical, so in 1997 we acquired a Trakmaster Kimberley caravan, which we towed with our Landrover, the “Truck”. This rig was replaced, in 2012, by a Coaster motorhome: the Bus, with which we flat-tow a Terios.
So, our Third Age has definitely been This Adventurous Age.