Going through treatment was the worst time of mine and my family’s life.
I was down in the dumps and incredibly ill, and our entire life was turned upside down. We went from being an active family to coming to a complete standstill.
On a whim, Travis took our savings and invested in a caravan.
I wasn’t able to travel far, but he wasn’t going to let that stop us from having our family holidays. He figured the more short breaks we had, the more we would focus on one another and not cancer. It was genius. The caravan was nothing fancy, but it fit our family and was ready to hit the road.
Our first trip was to Fingal Head Holiday Park in Northern NSW. It was idyllic and right on a beach, just half an hour from our home on the Gold Coast.
On one of the days, I took a little walk on the beach, and that’s when I realised I hadn’t thought about cancer all weekend.
I arrived back to Travis reading his book and the kids playing around the caravan. It dawned on me that this was the perfect therapy for us. That’s when we began to research budget-friendly family holidays close to home. A family holiday a weekend? Why not!
While we mostly headed off in the caravan, we have also stayed in family resorts and cabins.
Before we knew it, we’d been on 30 family holidays in a year, all fitted around our work and school schedules, within budget, and around chemo.