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Gearing up for the grey nomad experience


Looking to join the ranks of Australia’s grey nomad army? The extended cross-country or round-Australia trip in a caravan or motorhome is a rite-of-retirement-passage for thousands of mature Australians and there’s lots to organise before you hit the road.

Getting up to date around the home

Life isn’t always predictable and having to head home because something unexpected has arisen that only you can deal with is a possibility on any long holiday. You can reduce the chances of your trip being interrupted unnecessarily by getting things in order in around the home and sorting out any personal matters that might require your attention while you’re gone. Jobs you might want to tick off include cleaning the gutters, pruning overhanging trees and changing smoke alarm batteries.

Banking and bills

The mail won’t stop in your absence and it’s important you don’t miss payments such as rates and insurance premiums, should bills be due while you’re away. If you don’t already do your banking and receive statements and bills online, it could be time to consider going electronic. This way you won’t have to miss a payment no matter where you are.

The tax man wait-eth for no man (or woman)

“A highlight of the last trip was spending a day emailing back and forth with our accountant to get our tax done before the lodgement deadline” – said no grey nomad ever. It’s few people’s favourite way to spend a morning but, if you’re still required to file an annual return, you’ll thank yourself later if you get as much of it as possible sorted before you get going.

Health checks

Thorough clean, new tyres, a full service… giving your vehicle a going-over is probably already on your agenda but how about doing the same for yourself? If your annual check-up is due – or it’s been more than a year since you had one – visits to the GP and dentist may be in order. Making sure you’re in good shape and your skin check, mammogram, prostate exam, flu jab and other regular scans, screenings and injections are up to date will help you keep on moving. If you’re on medication, remember to ask for repeat prescriptions and check the storage instructions if you plan to stock up. 

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