Welcome to the Grey Nomads Podcast. Each week, we’ll be talking all aspects of the grey nomad lifestyle with an entertaining array of guests. So, whether you’re a veteran of the open road or you’re still in the planning stages, we hope you’ll share part of your journey with host Oliver Gough … and that you’ll learn a bit, smile a bit … and be inspired a lot!
Pick Myself Up
Back in 2013, Colin Caudell was living the grey nomad dream as he and wife Suzanne travelled Australia full-time in their luxury fifth wheeler. Then, in an instant, everything changed. In this week’s podcast, Colin talks to host Oliver Gough, about the dreadful accident that claimed the life of Suzanne, and turned his life on its head. And he talks of how writing and dancing helped him slowly to come to terms with his loss … and eventually to re-discover his love of the open road.
Hook, Line and Sinker
Now, there’s certainly no shortage of grey nomads who throw in a rod and reel as they pack up the rig for the Big Lap, and imagine themselves at some idyllic waterway landing a monster fish, and later being the envy of the campsite as their catch cooks on the campfire. To find out if those freezer-filling dreams are naïve, or a realistic possibility, host Oliver Gough talks to Neil Hawkless, a full-time grey nomad who’s given it a go … and to the editor of Fishing World magazine, Scott Thomas.
For many grey nomads, life on the open road is an absolute breeze. Things work out, plans come together, and the only challenge is deciding which part of paradise to camp the night in. However, others are not quite so lucky. In this week’s podcast, host Oliver Gough meets two solo women travellers who have both had their adventures interrupted by extremely serious health issues. Yet it’s hard to believe there could be two more positive, more inspiring, or more happy people on the Big Lap.
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
The vast majority of grey nomads have the time of their lives on the open road, but not every trip goes perfectly smoothly. People do have accidents, do have breakdowns, and – sadly – they do very, very occasionally find themselves in genuinely frightening positions. This week, host Oliver Gough speaks to one of those hugely unlucky, one-in-a-million travellers who found themselves in quite a terrifying situation. And, as Julie Dryden explains, it all started with a dream camping hosting position in a magical part of WA.
In the Saddle
For most 73-year-olds, travelling around Australia in a caravan or a motorhome is more than enough adventure … but not for Ken Pisichko! In this week’s podcast, the amazing solo traveller explains why doing the Big Lap on a bicycle is the only way to go (and termite mounds are a big part of that!). And he also tells host Oliver Gough about the reactions he gets when meeting more conventional fellow grey nomads … and about the incredible generosity he has encountered along the way. All truly remarkable!
In this week’s podcast we’ll be talking to a grey nomad gold detecting ‘addict’ and a gem fossicking expert. So, join us as we share part of their journey ... and find out why treasure hunting is the perfect Big Lap hobby.