At the end of each month I am going to send out a summary of the highlights of the month. I will tell you about any travel bargains I’ve found and update you on our plans for upcoming trips and activities. Here is the summary for February.

Back to School!

No, wait! For the first time in many years, it isn’t! MacKenzie finished school last year, but even before my kids started school I was studying, so February was always back to school month. So instead of dealing with books, school lunches and uniforms, I have instead been organising travel! I even got a little travel itself in.

The first weekend of February saw Simon and I jump in the car for a road trip to the Yorke Peninsula. We hadn’t really planned it before we went, which was a new thing for me. Normally I plan everything in detail! We ended up staying the night in Marion Bay and then spent the next morning exploring the dramatic scenery of Innes National Park before the rain set in and we made our way back home.

Innes National Park

Early morning views on the Yorke Peninsula

Yorke Peninsula

The West Cape lighthouse in Innes National Park and some of the rocks it warns against.

Two weeks later we were able to take a four day trip to the Flinders Ranges in the North of South Australia. This is heading to the edge of the outback, so think wide open vista’s, kangaroos, red dirt, heat and flies. No, it’s not really that bad. We were lucky enough to have a cooler weekend since we were there in summer, and the flies were therefore bearable. We had a great time driving around to some places we had never been to before. Then we hit the trails to check out a couple of bush walks in the National Parks.

February

The flat treeless plains as we drove north to the Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges

Youngoona Waterhole. I was expecting a bit more water than this!

Flinders Ranges

Quorn still has some reminders of yesteryear.

Now Booked

I’ve finally managed to book almost all of the first month in Europe now. I am most excited about booking the Norway in a Nutshell tour. I have been looking at this for months, but it’s quite expensive and I wasn’t sure if there was an alternative. My wallet may be lighter but I think it will be worth it as the scenery looks stunning.

I was also really excited to learn that we are going to be in Amsterdam for Kings Day! This is the biggest party day of the year in The Netherlands where everyone wears orange and gets outside and celebrates! Best I start shopping for orange clothes, because I’ve never really thought it as my colour!

Coming Up

The days are ticking by quickly so March is going to be busy. I only have one quick trip planned this month. We will be heading to Canberra for a few days to check out some of the capital’s sights. Simon particularly wants to see the War Memorial, and I’d like to get to the National Gallery.

We have finally decided that we will be leaving Adelaide on April 13th for our big trip. We are staying in Newcastle for a few nights, then fly to Singapore on April 17th. I’m pretty excited because I have used my frequent flyer points on first class flights on Singapore Airlines. I am really looking forward to testing out their suites. We will have three nights in Singapore, two of them staying at the Marina Bay Sands to tick that off my bucket list too! Next is onto Oslo, where our kids will meet up with us for a month of travel around the main cities of Europe.

So the countdown is on – 43 days to go!

Catching Up

In case you missed them, here are my February blog posts
January 2017 Summary
My Favourite Things about Greece
Road Tripping to Innes National Park
My Favourite Things about New Zealand
Driving the Long Way to Wilpena Pound
Bushwalking in the Flinders Ranges

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