2017 - Australia & New Zealand  

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October 31: Today we celebrate the end of our sixteenth year of life on the road.  We are in Perth, the largest city in Western Australia, both enjoying the area around the city and dealing with some vehicle issues.  It’s been a long road getting here but we’ve enjoyed every minute; well, most of them anyway.  We continue to be charmed by the sights and sounds of Australia despite the heat and the dust and the flies that sometimes share our day.  We have just posted our newest posting from Australia entitled Red Dirt and the Zen of Outback Travel.  Lots of fun times and adventures to share, including our time on the famed Gibb River Road and communing with wallabies at Millstream-Chichester NP, pictured above and below.  We hope you'll be sure to visit our growing Photo Gallery from OZ on our photo page. 

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For anyone interested, we’ve also posted a report on our shipping experience to tell you about how we brought our vehicle to Oz.  This makes five times we've shipped our Tiger somewhere and you can read about them all, along with tons of other information, on our Shipping Page.

Earlier this year, we enjoyed every minute of our ten week visit to New Zealand.  We spent the Autumn in there, with April and May corresponding to October and November in the northern hemisphere.  We enjoyed amazing fall colors all the way through our visit and were very happy to be touring NZ in the shoulder season.  We’ve posted four messages from our time in New Zealand along with a bunch of beautiful photos on our Photo Site.   For anyone interested, we’ve also written up our experience in renting a van for our New Zealand tour.

In 2016, with our Tiger back in the US after a two year tour of Latin America and six years of travel in Europe, we completed a comprehensive program of maintenance and refurbishment of La Tortuga's living quarters and running gear.  At over 180,000 miles (290,000 km), our 2007 Chevy Tiger had continued to serve us extremely well, but as we looked ahead to what we hoped to be another five years or so of overseas travel, we felt some preparation was called for.  You can read about the refurbishment of the living quarters of our Tiger by going to 2016 Tiger Refit 1, and a full report on the mechanical work can be found in 2016 Tiger Refit 2.

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To access any of our stories from the road, just go to the top of any page of this site and use the drop down menus.  For Europe you can also go to our alphabetized Country Index under the Europe heading.

If you are primarily interested in pictures, you can go straight to our Photo Home Page at Smug Mug.  Here you will find our best photos from our six years in Europe, plus our photos from South America, Central America and North America.  We’ve posted thousands of pictures on the photo pages tied to each of our messages, and you can use either the individual link at the bottom of each story or the Photo Albums Menu at the top of any page to access them directly. 

In 2010, our Tiger arrived in Belgium on April 1 and we began our European tour with a month in that beautiful country.  Each year from then through 2015 we spent around eight months in Europe.  For an informational wrap-up on the ins and outs of traveling in Europe in a motorhome, go to our Europe by Motorhome page and read all about budgetary and other considerations involved in our journeys.  We now have six full seasons of expense information for you to peruse.  Despite varying fuel costs and exchange rates we continued to be able to travel throughout Europe within the budget we set when we began.  

In 2009 we completed our first trip to Central and South America in fine style.  We had a wonderful experience and will enjoy reliving the memories of places seen, people met and lessons learned for a long, long time.  We feel very fortunate to have been able to accomplish most of the goals we set for ourselves on that journey.  From Colombia in the north to Patagonia in the south, South America opened itself up for us in a wonderful way, and the countries of Central America were amazing in their color and diversity.  

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If you are new to this web site, go to our South America page in order to link to the stories and photo pages from the year we spent there; or go to Central America with us and enjoy our stories and photos from there.  

Our first five years of full timing (2001 to 2006) were spent in North America.  To check on our early stories from those years and our ongoing travels in North America, visit our US & Canada and Mexico pages.  You can also find connecting links to other travelers’ sites you might enjoy on our Links Page.  

As you have time, we hope you’ll explore the rest of our site, including the Our Vehicle pages, which continue to expand with added technical information as it comes to mind.  Our Information section also continues to grow with articles on Shipping,  Safety & Security and Storing your Vehicle.  

You can access our photos from any narrative page, from the Photo Album Menu, or directly from each of the main regional home pages; Europe, South America, Central America, MexicoUnited States & Canada or Australasia.  For photos of our vehicle, go either to the Our Vehicle page, or directly to Tiger Photos in the Photo Album Menu.

Finally, for fellow travelers, we’ve posted detailed Camping Logs for Central America, South America, Europe, New Zealand and will be adding Australia soon.  You can visit these pages to see where we’ve stayed and to get detailed information on fuel costs, exchange rates, propane availability and other information for each country we’ve visited.

We hope you enjoy our travels, and your own as well! 

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"Today, there are few travelers, but many tourists.  
Foreign travel has ceased to be an activity – an experience, an undertaking – and instead has become a commodity"

~ The New Philosopher

"Travelers, it is late.  Life's sun is going to set.  During these brief days that
 you have strength, be quick and spare no effort of your wings.

~ Mevlana Rumi

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