I have just come back from a road trip for work. I left Monday morning and came back Wednesday afternoon.
|Lush Green Wet Lands.|
I feel I was very lucky to be able to go, as I enjoy going to the different schools in the Northern Territory to see staff, help out and have an understanding of their remoteness. I speak with people on the telephone every day and I love to see them face to face when I get a chance. Some areas are very remote and and extremely isolated.
This week I went to the Kakadu region. So I snapped a few photos of the beautiful scenery on the drive for you all to enjoy.
|On The Road Again, Packed My Bags, I'm On The Road Again.|
|Majestic Rock Formations.|
|Double Danger: Flowing River and Crocodiles Galore.|
|I'm Nervous Of River Crossings. I Wouldn't Want To Jump Out To End Up Croc Food.|
To keep the trip's entertainment frugal for myself I made sure I packed four of my FREE magazines and cheap DVDs I had gathered from op shops. I also took my lap top, a packed lunch and 3 litres of frozen water.
|Free Mags. Out Dated By A Couple Of Months: But Fine For Me.|
However I do get a generous travel allowance of $85 per night so I bought dinner on both nights at The Miners Mess. The Miners Mess wasn't open to the public. It's only for staff and contractors from the mines but I went in and paid and no one said anything to me. The buffet and steaks were only $13 and it was delicious. The food was varied and different on both nights. I had 2 plates of vegetables and meat dishes, then a plate of salads and then a plate of desserts!!!! Yes I put on lots of kilos in 3 days, but life is for living out loud and that is what I am doing :-)
The super perk on the trip was having a little "me time" as Dolly had to stay home, the second perk was the gorgeous hotel room just for me, paid for by my employer. A big bed with fresh white sheets!
|Lovely Hotel Room.|
I planned to laze around in the bathtub after work as I don't have a bath at home. I also aimed to swim in the pool to cool down. However I worked late each day and started super early each morning making me too exhausted to pamper myself in the bathtub or luxuriate in the swimming pool. I did watch some mindless TV, which was fun. And even though I was working each day, it felt like a mini holiday as I had no cooking, dishes or laundry to do. Also not having Dolly constantly chatting to me allowed me to rejuvenate myself and think a few things through.
|Ready to Eat Out - No Floating In The BathTub.|
So all in all, I kept my trip frugal and have left over travel allowance to pay for more important projects in my life. The work was a nice change from my office work and I have returned to the office feeling refreshed and much happier.
How about you? Been on any trips lately? Where did you go and how did you stay frugal?