They may only be 11 and 13, but sisters Vivienne and Alyssa have a wealth of travel experience. The Sydneysiders share some stories of their adventures and a few tips to help you get the most out of your time away, especially if you’re a kid!
What is your favourite thing about camping and caravanning?
A: I like the outdoor experience of being in a tent and having an adventure. Once a year, we go camping with 3 other families over Easter. I love that there are 17 of us just hanging out around the campfire. Then during the day we go on bike rides, for a swim and jump off the pier.
V: Yes, I love sleeping outside with nature and being in the fresh air. It’s a lot of fun doing outdoor activities, like bike riding, swimming, playing cards and then at night having dinner round the campfire and toasting marshmallows.
What is your least favourite thing about camping and caravanning?
A: Not having my own shower space and having to share a bathroom. You have to make sure you remember everything and if you go at the wrong time there can be a long queue.
V: Having to set up the tents is long, hard and a bit boring. But once it’s up I am ready to go off and have some fun!
What has been your favourite destination so far and why?
A: Fingal Bay is my favourite destination as there are a lot of places to bike ride and many things to do, such as going to all the different beaches, cafes and jumping off the pier.
V: I agree, Fingal Bay is amazing. It’s bigger than some other places we go like Huskisson and Port Stephens.
What do you like to eat when you go camping/caravanning?
A: Potatoes and steak cooked on the campfire and marshmallow s'mores for dessert.
V: Everything that’s cooked on the campfire – roast potatoes would have to be one of my favourites. I love the smell and the taste.
What essentials do you pack when you go camping and caravanning?
A: I always make sure I bring a headlamp, a blanket and of course the swammock.
V: My favourite thing is my swammock! I also bring my tent, sleeping bag, blow up mattress and of course, my oodie.
Do you have any travel tips you’d like to share?
A: Bring some games to keep you entertained and a bike so you have a way of getting around the area.
V: As a kid, don’t walk off without an adult. If you are riding your bike in a caravan park, always follow the arrows and watch out for cars.
What do you like to listen to on the road?
A: I love all sorts of music so I will listen to my favourite playlist or watch a movie on my iPad.
V: Hamilton the Musical is the best!
Tell us a story about a really good travel experience.
A: On our holiday in Asia, we did a homestay in Vietnam where we experienced what it was like to live like a local for a few days. We learnt about the culture and how to cook in their traditional ways, it was so good.
V: Going to the Maldives was amazing! You could swim with baby sharks, the water was so warm and clear, the coral was beautiful and the beaches were so clean. And my favourite adults Dan & James were with us!
Tell us a story about a time when things went wrong.
A: Last year when we went to Kiama, it rained so much that we almost got flooded. Everyone had to stand in the rain to make sure our tents weren’t going to blow away.
V: When we were in Asia, we got up at 2am to catch a 5.30am flight. It got delayed until 9.30am so we were just hanging out at the airport for ages. I was so tired as it was such an early start to the day.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Greece – I would love to visit all the little towns, explore the beaches and of course eat their delicious food.
V: London – my best friend moved there last year and I would love to go and visit her.