Who remembers family holidays in caravans by the sea? The entire family squashed in to small quarters, traipsing to the amenities block in the middle of the night, sunburn, ice cream and playing by the sea all day. For many, these holiday memories are among their happiest. Wellnow you can return to those simple holidays of your youth, but do it in style. Many caravan and holiday parks across Australia are now providing stylish, cabin-style accommodation including this one that we’ve just checked into with the Frequent Small Flyer (FSF) at Stockton Beach Tourist Park,near Newcastle. Think neutral, beachy interiors, comfy queen size beds, flat screen TVs, kitchens, sparkling new bathrooms and cute bunk beds for the kids. But the best thing is we can hear the waves crashing on the shore just across the dunes on Stockton Beach. Stockton, although just a short ferry ride from Newcastle City, almost appears trapped in a seventies time warp, with a quaint ‘Sea Change’ feel. I half expect torun into Diver Dan down the shops. We’re going to catch the ferry later and have dinner tonight on the harbour at the fabulous Nor’East. Now all we need is a Paddlepop, a couple of ice cold beers on the deck and we’ll be sorted. Have a great weekend everyone.
This weekend the FSF (frequent small flyer) and I are preparing for our next big adventure. Our dream of diving with Jean Michel Cousteau – the son of the famed Jacques Cousteau – has come true. Next week I’ll be diving into the coral-filled waters off Savusavu, Fiji’s second biggest island with the ’Dive Master’himself which I alluded to in an earlier post. I kind of have to pinch myself. It’ll only be my third ever dive and to be diving with someone of Cousteau’s calibre feels surreal. But even more exciting for me is I’ll be diving with my best friend, and one of the FSF’s very special God Mothers. That got me thinking: travel and adventure is always best when shared with people you love and are closest to don’t you think? Sure there are times when we crave solitude, but when we experience something amazing or beautiful, we want to turn around and have someone by our side seeing and feeling what we are. This is how memories are made – through shared experiences. We hope you find your own beautiful adventure with friends and family this year. For inspiration stay tuned, or like the new Five Star Kids magazine’s new Facebook page. More about that new adventure for me and the FSF next time.