14 March 2010

Caravan and camping show

Have just spent the day at the caravan and camping show in Caulfield. Who knew there were so many different kinds of vans?!

We came away exhausted, the weather didn't help much, it was so hot! Autumn in Melbourne and I'm sure it must have reached 30 deg, a little too hot to be shopping for caravans!
We loved the Jayco expanda! Complete with shower and toilet, that's my kind of caravan!

Of course, we had to get our card stamped at all the designated points! What a master stroke by the organisers, it certainly made sure we visited every section of the exhibition - including areas we didn't even know existed!

Never realised they had destinations as well as vans - can't wait to get out their and travel around Australia! We picked up a pile of brochures on WA, NT and Qld. This is something that won't happen for quite a few years, but it's never too early to start planning (and dreaming!)

After the exhibition we went for a walk down Chelsea beach, such a beautiful beach, and the setting sun just set it off perfectly. Beautiful white powdery sand and sparkling blue waters - it takes my breath away every time we head down there.

And this time we tried the gelati in Chelsea for the first time - it was beautiful and worth a visit just for the owner, who is so passionate about his gelati and insisted we try the gelati before we bought anything. The cheesecake gelati is to die for!

05 March 2010

Planning the next trip

I did the impossible. Managed to find a rental house for Easter weekend within three months of Easter!
This was no easy feat, hence my general reluctance to take on this task and instead to leave it to my friends (thanks Sam and Emma).

But this year they told me in no uncertain terms it was well and truly my turn to pick and book the accommodation!

At Easter we generally go somewhere not too far from home, last year it was Phillip Island, the year before Apollo Bay. This year I chose Inverloch/Wonthaggi/Venus Bay area to search for accommodation - something that would house three couples and a baby and a toddler.

Stayz.com was my life saver and has now become one of my favourite sites, how easy is it? put in the dates and the region and it gives you various options. My only criticism is that a couple of the houses that the site said were vacant were actually booked out when I enquired about them. But I finally found a house in Venus Bay - three bedroom place with a large games room. Looks beautiful so fingers crossed it will live up to the images online!

We have also started looking around for our next overseas trip. We are planning a relaxing holiday this time - our last two overseas trips were India and Kenya, so this time we are heading to a beach to chill out. We can't for complete chill out as Adrian will get bored within about 10 minutes of lounging on a beach, so we are looking at Malaysia, Cook Islands, Hawaii, or Fiji was thrown into the mix this evening.

I've been to Fiji, and it is beautiful, but I think Malaysia or Cook Islands are coming out on top at the moment. I think the front runner is Kota Kinabalu and Sipadu in Malaysia. Looks beautiful!