When chatting to Martene and Nathan about their adventures and dealing with covid outbreaks and natural weather issues, etc., their main advice to others
starting a journey was to remain as flexible as possible and keep up to date on travel conditions across states.
One of the more outstanding issues they had to deal with was a lengthy tale of separation. The family was at Uluru, and they planned to travel into South Australia
and stop at an AirBnB so that Martene could attend a course that was run during the night as it was overseas-based. They were then going on to Tassie.
The plan changed with border closures, so Martene flew back to Queensland with the two younger kids while Nathan and their eldest drove back to northern
New South Wales. The fourby got a busted rear window within the first hour of starting out on the Plenty Highway, which allowed half of the dust on the road
to enter the vehicle. It was annoying for them, to say the least!
When it came to schooling Zali, Maisie and Matai on the road, these switched-on parents explained, “We wanted to teach the kids history, geography and more,
not just through the internet – in real-time as we travelled. This meant schooling had to be factored into our travels. We set up a routine
so that Martene could do her work, the kids could do their work, and Nathan could do his work. Everyone around the big table and club lounge seating. It’s really
bought this family together.”