Twenty dollars, full of food, a tank, and a sense of adventure was all Amy Kinder, Bendigo’s single mother, needed to start exploring the world around her.
the main points:
- Budget traveler Amy Kinder limits herself to a $20 budget and 24 hour trips
- She must be creative to make sure her travels are fun and memorable
- Her mother has disappeared again, the Facebook page is a place where others can watch her adventures
Hiking on the road and seeing different parts of Australia is something Ms Kinder has always wanted to do. But since she lacks time and is a single parent, she thought it was almost impossible.
“As a single parent, I was poor in time and short of money. Family members were going on vacations abroad and doing these wonderful things.
But the change in attitude and desire to travel inspired Kinder to look at holidays in a different way.
“I realized how cheap it can be,” she said. “Take the food and pack my food, this can turn it into a really cheap adventure, only go for 24 hours.”
Kinder, who was joined by her daughters aged 19, 18 and 8, said the adventures gave them something to talk about during the pandemic.
“They absolutely love it. It’s downtime and quality time they spend with me in my happy space.”
push the limits
Getting out on the road and exploring wasn’t an easy move for Kinder, but it was something she was determined to do.
“I remember the first time I was taking my baby away, it was just me and my baby, and I had to make all the decisions myself, it was pretty spontaneous with no real planning or timing, it was so annoying,” she said.
Since the first flight, Mrs. Kinder has built her self-confidence and said upon seeing Australia, you are only limited by your imagination.
Sometimes Mrs. Kinder pays for the accommodations, but most of the time with the car seats pushed down and a double mattress, Mrs. Kinder calls home for the night.
She is looking for places to outfit her car for the night in locations with a view that others would envy.
My Mom Is Gone Again, a Facebook page where Ms. Kinder shares her adventures with other single parents and people wondering how they can do what she does.
The page has attracted a healthy following and can inspire armchair travelers to pack their bags in and out.
“It’s not really that hard. You just have to be open to the idea of it.”
Australia is a great place to explore, and Mrs. Kinder’s travels are inspiring.
“I’ve been on an adventure for 24 hours, and I didn’t make a master plan until I got to the end of my driveway,” she explained.
“I took the kids on a ride around Tasmania and the four of us slept in the car and in the residence.
“For solo trips, I’ve traveled to Port Lincoln in South Australia and taken my time traveling up the coast back to Victoria. I’ve been touring around New Zealand as well.”
In all her adventures, Mrs. Kinder takes no risks. She is well aware of the risks a single female traveler can face, but she fends off this by making smart choices.
“I took my mom for a ride and showed her some of the places I was driving,” said Ms. Kinder.
“She was worried about how safe I would be. And when she realized where I was, she said, ‘This is a very safe place.'”
“There was lighting near where I parked or it was in the middle of Main Street in Mansfield or next to a stadium in Tasmania, which gave her confidence and she was really proud of me.”
For her latest adventure, Kinder is exploring Queensland for the next few weeks.