Grey nomads: 4 tips for life on the road

In case you aren’t familiar with the term, grey nomads are retirees who basically live on the road. This concept has gained a lot of popularity in Australia lately, where it has become a unique cultural phenomenon over the last couple of years.

So, if you’re interested in this concept and you want to hit the road for several months in the upcoming year, just keep on reading! Here are four useful tips on how to live your life on the road, so check them out and become a true grey nomad!

First of all, opt for the right van and the vehicle

Family vacation travel RV, holiday trip in motorhome, Caravan car Vacation. Beautiful Nature Norway natural landscape.
Photo: Andrey Armyagov, BS

Even though it probably seems like a piece of cake, buying a caravan can often be a daunting task – especially if you don’t really know what you need in the first place. There are a lot of layouts, sizes, and added features, so make sure to write down what you want the van for in the first place. However, one of the most important things is the size of your car which should be suited to the size of the van, as a vehicle of the wrong size can make towing a large van quite difficult and dangerous. This basically means that your vehicle is strong enough to tow your van, so bear that in mind and you won’t make a mistake.

Rely on the power of the internet

Senior man working on a laptop
Photo: Rawpixel, BS

As long as you have a good connection to the internet, you won’t have to worry about your life on the road, so be sure to rely on it as much as possible. The power of the internet is truly unmatched these days, and it will allow you to get in touch with your family, find out the location of the nearest public toilet, and find a free parking spot in the next town. Besides that, you’ll be able to check out the weather forecast and literally anything else you need to know, so try not to neglect it while on the road. You should also check out helpful websites like the National Public Toilet Map that shows public toilets around Australia, or the Grey Nomads Forum where you can seek advice from your fellow nomads.

Stay safe on the road no matter what

RV Camper Van Accident on the Winding Mountain Road.
Photo: Virrage Images, BS

Your safety on the road should be of the utmost importance, which is exactly why you should do everything you can to stay as safe as possible. First of all, you should get a reversing camera system that can help you back the caravan into the right position in a stress-free way. Apart from that, you should invest in the best brakes and breakaway systems, as well as in electronic stability control that will provide optimum safety and control if you experience a dangerous incident. However, if you get involved in a car injury, you should definitely contact experienced car accident lawyers who will fight for your rights and give you the personal attention you deserve. 

Plan everything to the tiniest detail

Male Neighbor Showing Senior Man How To Use Digital Tablet
Photo: Daisy Daisy, BS

Before you embark on a new adventure, you should make sure to plan everything to the tiniest detail in order to prevent potential problems and difficulties. Of course, you should think about the route you plan to take and check out the locations you’ll be travelling through on your trip. Bear in mind that there may be some major events that may block the roads or make it difficult to find accommodation so that you know where to go and what to do in advance. Besides that, you should certainly let your neighbours know that you’re going away and ask them to keep an eye on your home while you’re on the road. They can also collect your mail, or you can arrange for it to be either cancelled or redirected.

As you can see, there are a lot of things you should bear in mind before you decide to become a grey nomad and live your life on the road. All you have to do is to bear our four tips in mind no matter what, as these will help you get properly organised before you hit the road. Just stick to them and you won’t make a mistake!

Daniel Brown
Daniel Brown
Daniel Brown is a law graduate and a passionate blogger from Sydney. His areas of interest are alternative dispute resolution and its applicability in different fields of law, IP law and resolution of disputes arising from intellectual property infringement and commerce law.
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