Technology And Travel

19 04 2013

Our travel technology consists of the following:

Nexus 7 tablet
Nexus 4 unlocked 3g phone
1T Samsung portable drive
USB On the Go Cable
2no Fuji compact cameras

Why have we taken the above?

I was banned from taking the laptop because the temptation to drift into work mode would be too great. The Nexus 7 was taken as the next best thing to keep in touch email etc but it lacked 3G. Nexus 4 was duly purchased to cover this shortfall and it has been truly indispensable on our trip to new Zealand.

On the go cable was purchased to allow connection to other USB peripherals. So far it has been successful with mouse, a wireless keyboard and camera. It won’t work with the Samsung portable drive. Apparently the device needs to be rooted to work.

The portable drive contains backup of travel documents and some work files. I do have drop box but was semi reluctant to put some personal information online in case of a breach.

So far we have been able to do most things on the phone and Nexus. I am glad we made this decision as it has saved a lot of weight being unnecessarily carried.





Auckland New Zealand – On a budget with family

19 04 2013

This is what we have found so far

A taxi ride, with the lovely Raj79, cost 75 NZD from the airport to the Best Western in the Central business district.

The Best Western is a good place to stay with a family. The family unit has separate accommodation for the kids and adults. There are two supermarkets adjacent so you can buy fresh croissants in the morning and keep costs down. 12 NZD was the average cost of a day for breakfast. There were two food courts nearby one above Countdown supermarket (which had excellent Chinese steam dumplings) and another a little walk in Queens St. We dined out on 22NZD in one evening and were full!

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Skytower is 61 NZD for a family ticket. To date this has been our most spectacular outing. We also had tea and cake for an additional 6 NZD each ūüôā Staff in the tower were lovely also.
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If your missing loved ones or cant withdraw yourself from the internet you can keep in touch with Vodaphone Smart 19 data package which cost 30 NZD. It gives you 500MB of data, 50 min talk and 5000 texts. You will needs an unlocked phone. We took a Nexus 4 and it has been utterly priceless this week for directions and email.

We wanted to explore the North Island and hired a car via Apex Car Rentals. A mid size saloon costs
61 NZD day with the collision damage waiver. The staff were a joy to deal with a made the process painless.
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Auckland Museum has been our second most favorite attraction. It is 10 NZD (donation) for adults and free for kids. It was very educational re the Maoiri culture and the history of the country. It is set in a magnificent building in spectacular grounds. Parking on the road is cheaper than under the museum.





Things I learned travelling this week

19 04 2013

Don’t rely on reviews on well known review sites – remember everyone’s expectations are different.

Singapore airlines are really good with kids, unfortunatley their choice of children’s meals are not so good.

Don’t make kids eat airline food in the early hours.

You can buy oysters in Heathrow airport but you can’t easily get a bag of chips (fries).





WORKING WHEN TRAVELLING

19 01 2013

Working When Travelling

Family Travel Blog for Nomadic World Travel with Kids: 5 Best Professions for Permanent Travel
Adapt your Profession so you can Work Anywhere | Life Remotely
Tips for the digital nomad: Staying in touch in Western Australia | NuNomad Location Independent Living, Lifestyle Design, Independent Travel
Can a Digital Nomad be a Ski Bum? | NuNomad Location Independent Living, Lifestyle Design, Independent Travel
How To Charge More As a Freelancer
Success Stories | Career change advice at Careershifters.org
Veteran Entrepreneurs | Under30CEO
Anywork Anywhere – Jobs & Resources For Work & Travel Worldwide




Means of Travel

19 01 2013
William Frost Layton in recreational vehicle o...

William Frost Layton in recreational vehicle on tract of land he later developed into Layton’s Cottage, Trailer, and Fishing Park: Riviera Beach, Florida (Photo credit: State Library and Archives of Florida)

Means of Travel

Not sure how to travel? Neither were we lol. Have a look at these lovely people travelling from everything from top of the range RV/Motorhome to just simply walking without a bean in their pocket.

UNDER A WANDERING STAR |Artist travels in a VW Camper
Man’s home a 14-foot canoe in Boston Harbor¬†Man lives in Canoe!
Upcycled caravan РRecycle that old van into something special for travels!
 
Backpacking РBackpacker Tips, Great site for info
Why anyone can travel Pholosophy behind it
Traveling lifestyle blogger with no Wifi 
Adventure Photographer Trevor Clark ‚Äst¬†Great van lifestyle plus photography
INDIA¬†– Blast from the past van trip in the 70’s
Family overland adventure ¬ę¬†In Campervan
 
Spain and Portugal 2011 In a campervan from the UK
motorhome and away Europe in a campervan
Planning My tour РThis man has tried practically every combo possible RV, Campervan, car and caravan- good honest account
 DIY Motorhome Construction in Oz
Motorhome Australia –¬†website for Australian Caravanners and Motorhomers
What kind of vehicle? German site, how the writer came to a decision as to what vehicle to use, ending with a Landcruiser
THIS EUROPEAN LIFE¬†You man’s adventure is classic Mercedes and making a little money on the way¬†
landrover vs mercedes camper? –¬†¬†Discussion as to whats best 4×2 van or dedicated 4×4 overland vehicle
It’s a small world after all¬†Family of five from London, on a round the world trip.
RV Boondocking¬†American site equivalent of UK Wildcamping ūüėČ
RV Boondocking American site with some different rigs on show
trikes and more Lots of self built camping machines and devices
Vagabonding Adventure¬†– Useful advice on how to make it happen, no less from the legend that is Rowdykittens ¬†ūüėČ
Vagabonding  Another travel legend the Art of Long-Term World Travel, by Rolf Potts. 
What do you do for shelter? –¬†¬†Bit extreme but this man lives in a cave with a ringtail cat for companionship.
DWELLING PORTABLY A mixture of ways of travel from on foot to RV bus
World Trip Forever¬†No Money? not a problem see how these people do it – Not applicable to families though ūüėČ
Forward the (R)evolution  More travel without money, how do they do it?
Recommended for Travel by Andy the Hobotraveler Essential kit including Duct tape (Whatever did we do before it )
CouchSurfing The ubiquitous site for free accomodation for the young free and single lol




Family Travel Resources

19 01 2013

Family Travels

The view to France from Folkestone. (Note to self: Next time bring your passports)

The view to France from Folkestone. (Note to self: Next time bring your passports)

Here are some links that we found useful and informative:

| Fodor’s Travel Talk Forums
About the Vogels РThe family on bikes!
How It all Began…. РSitcases & sippy cups Рclue in the title
How 14 Nomadic Families Afford World Travel
Timing your Trip ‚ÄĒ Travel Throughout the Year
About | 3-6-6.com Family with 3 kids
Living Outside of the Box Thinking differently
Family Trek
Cheaper Phone and data on the move | Family Trek
Stupid Questions for World Travelers | Family Trek
Tough choices to enable travel | Family Trek
Becoming Minimalist¬†Letting go of “stuff” before you go
Here We Go: Our Trip Around The World
Travelling around Europe in a Campervan
France with Kids and Campervan
Adventure Travel with Children Under Four
Travelling with children – The HUBB
 Overlanding with Kids
¬†Raising Miro on the Road of Life –¬†
Roadschooling: Family on Bikes
Got Passport‚ĄĘ
With 2 Kids In Tow,  Backpacking РHow Much Did Our Trip Cost?
How To Plan A Year-Long Family Travel Itinerary |




Why are you called “Four Go Further”

9 12 2012

Hello,

We are a family of four that live in the UK and are intending to go travelling ¬†2013. My wife and I both travelled before we have kids but haven’t ventured far since.

Why the name “4 Go Further“, well that because we are not very organised and our last trip to main land Europe only got as far as Folkestone. This was due to Daddy Pig not sorting the passports out soon enough ūüė¶

This is our “warts and all” tale of our travels to Auckland New Zealand and Melbourne Australia. We hope to use social media to record our successes and fails

We suspect that our plans will hit the occasional stumbling block so by hopefully highlighting our errors it will benefit others in the future.

Hope you enjoy our tales ūüôā

You can also follow us on Twitter @4gofurther