Tuesday 8th June 2010, Sunshine Coast.
I just had a snide snigger to myself when I just read the last few lines of the last report, considering what I am about to say in this report. I thought I would never have to say this, but, we are now thinking that some time in the near future, not too near though, that we might have to consider that our travelling might have to come to an end. It is not that we are not enjoying it, but rather the finance involved with the situation. It seems that most caravan park owners, or managers, don’t consider that a great percentage of their clients are retirees and we have all just been through a great big financial slump over the last couple of years. The caravan parks all the way up the east coast over the past couple of years have increased their rates to an amount that we consider is just too much, considering what we have been paying since starting travelling, and these increases in some cases are amounting to something in the order of 50-80% over the past couple of years. I can’t think of anything else that has gone up at that rate so it is unfathomable as to why these charges have to increase by so much, other than greed, or the misconceived idea that all retirees nowadays have plenty of money. The main situation at the moment is the caravan park we are presently in, and have stayed at over the winter period regularly for some years now, with the increases they have adopted. About 3 years ago we were paying about $140.00 per week, and next year an increase is going to take the rate up to $275.00 per week, how can they justify such an increase. The result is that we can no longer afford to pay these rates so we will either have to change our ideas about what we do for the winter period, or where we go, or consider the unmentionable. This only backs up the statement that we have heard from quite a few retirees that they simply won’t travel on the east coast anymore because it is too expensive, I am starting to agree with them. When I earlier said that it won’t be a great concern for a while yet, we do have plans for the next couple of years by going to Darwin and WA again. We will now just have to consider taking longer to do that trip and we won’t have to worry about the dilemma for a while, and maybe we can then think of doing some other longer trip slowly, incorporating some camping out.