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Ageing Traveller Series

The Ageing Traveller series is written by Rose Howell, who has been traveling the world for over 40 years, beginning with New Zealand and then the ‘Hippy trail’ in the 70’s. Her travels have taken her to; Asia, Middle East, UK, Europe, Africa, South America, USA, Canada, China and the Pacific Islands. In total she has visited 67 countries plus all the states of Australia except Western Australia, and her goal is to make the century club. Her passion for travel is documented on her website

Click here to find out more about Rose.

What is a staycation?

A staycation is a unique kind of vacation in which vacationers, stay at home instead of going away. One might ask how a staycation can be a vacation if it is spent at home. The idea behind it, is that one take time away from their everyday life, without actually having to travel away.

Why have a staycation?

They are a great solution for those who desire a vacation, but are short on cash, time, or simply hate the idea of travel delays. You might decide to stay at home, or may even check into a local hotel. Either way, you save on the cost of airline tickets or petrol. You avoid not only the cost and time of traveling to a destination, but also the hassle of packing luggage.

What are the benefits of a staycation?

  • Time short – can check into a local hotel or resort without having to travel far.
  • Save money – you can stay home and organise daily activities or stay in a local hotel and save on the expense of travelling

Tips on organising a staycation

  • Specific times and dates should be allotted just as though the vacation was being spent away. To prevent neighbors and friends from interrupting the staycation, phones can be turned to mute, and the welcome mat can be replaced with a “we’re on vacation” sign (be careful with that one as you don’t want the thieves to know you are away).
  • Make a list of fun things you would do on vacation such as play board games, read books, take photos, watch movies, go for walks, sight see, wine tasting, eating at different restaurants.
  • Make a list of things you aren’t allowed to do. Such as, answer or send emails, spring clean the house, shopping at supermarket
  • Turn off the alarm (unless needed to get up to do something fun).
  • Avoid doing chores if staying home

Things to do on your staycation

Check out the Tourist information office in your home town to find out what activities you can do. Do what you normally do when you travel. Be a tourist.
A tip for enjoying your staycation. Eat out if you want to, don’t’ do housework, relax. Bring some discipline to your staycation by not doing the things that take away the fun. Remind yourself even though you are at home you are on vacation. This way you will have fun, relax and have an inexpensive vacation.

'Fab over 50 girls' staycation to the Adelaide Hills 2014

Three 'fab over 50 girls', Julie, Lee and Rose decided to venture out on a staycation and check out their own backyard.

There were two separate itineraries,

  1. a walking trip (which depended on the weather),
  2. a car trip, dropping in on select places of interest (where we wouldn't get wet if it rained).

The morning of the trip was forecast rain so option two it was.

We began at 9.30am and travelled up the freeway to the Hahndorf/Woodside turn off. We ventured left to Woodside. Julie and Lee had not been along this road for many years so it was a pleasant surprise for them to see how beautiful it was. We drove through Lobethal to our destination, Golding Winery. A relatively new family owned winery established in 1995, with the first vintage in 2002.

“The property features rolling hills covered with beautiful vineyards and huge old gum trees. In summer, it’s an oasis of green vines, the end of each row studded with gorgeous red roses. In autumn, the vineyard transforms to a stunning backdrop of reds, yellows and browns – perfect for an event with a rustic, country feel. The outdoor spaces at the property take full advantage of the vineyard setting, offering sweeping views of the vines and the small lake surrounded by gum trees.” (Golding website)

After a couple of tastings (my favorite is Last Hurrah Sparkling) we were on our way back through Lobethal and onto Melbas chocolate factory. I had been here a week earlier and had stocked up on chocolates, but couldn't resist buying some more.

“Melba’s Chocolates was started by Graeme and Joy Foristal in March 1981 in a small wash house behind their Adelaide Restaurant, ‘Melba’s’! Due to the business growth, on July 1st 1990 Melba’s transferred to the historic Woodside Farmers Union Factory site which had closed in 1977 and been left to languish. Historically, Melba’s operated old heritage chocolate and confectionery making machinery and this continues today allowing visitors to experience the old arts and techniques.” (Melbas website)

The building next door to Melbas, was advertising cheese tasting, so in we went to fill up on cheese. The cheese was mainly very tasty bries and fetta, made from cow and goats milk. We felt there should have been something else such as tasting wine and gourmet biscuits to complement the cheese. . We weren’t impressed with the set up but the decor was good with a rustic look consisting of wood and galvanised iron.

Moving on to Stirling for lunch at the Locavore. A restaurant that is well into sustainability. A locavore is a person interested in eating food that is locally produced, not moved long distances to market. They live by the principles of the 100 mile diet, where all produce is sourced within a 160km radius.
Due to only having a few hours of time to travel we did pretty good with our first staycation and all three girls enjoyed themselves and began planning the next one.

Rose Howell Biography

Rose has been traveling the world for over 40 years, beginning with New Zealand and then the ‘Hippy trail’ in the 70’s. Her travels have taken her to; Asia, Middle East, UK, Europe, Africa, South America, USA, Canada, China and the Pacific Islands. In total she has visited 67 countries plus all the states of Australia except Western Australia, and her goal is to make the century club.
She has taken all kinds of transport and accommodation from budget to luxury. She has travelled through war zones, survived a bus accident in the Andes and visited areas that are no longer available to tourists, such as the Khyber Pass and Bamiyan Statues in Afghanistan.

Rose wants to inspire others to travel and offers free advice to all travellers in particular those who are embarking on their first travel experience. She has a passion for travel and since retiring from an Adult teaching position with TafeSA, has recently resumed clocking up kilometres interstate and overseas.
Her daughters have inherited the travel bug from their parents. The eldest daughter is a travel journalist/documentary maker based in a beautiful area called ‘Byron Bay’ in New South Wales and with her husband, has two globetrotting toddlers who at the age of 5 and 2 also love to travel. Her youngest daughter and fiancé have recently returned from 2 years working and traveling in the UK and Europe. They have only been home a couple of months and are already getting restless. Oh the travel bug!!!!

Rose has developed a website for the over 50 traveller where you can access for free all her advice and past and present stories. You can add stories of your own too.

She also has a blog on:

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