Australia - The old man and the kids

When I travel, I usually travel with someone else.  But occasionally, I also travel alone.   Both have benefits.   With a friend, you have someone with whom you can share the adventure (and expenses.)  When traveling solo, I find that I meet more people.

And in general, I don't do tours, but there are certainly exceptions.    Such was the case, in 2008 when I decided to book a tour to Kangaroo Island on the southern coast of Australia.   I was there on vacation from my Peace Corps service in Tonga.

With a tour, you never know how the group dynamics will play out.   We left Adelaide before sunrise.  At 48 years of age, I was by far the oldest person on the tour.   I was joined on the trip by a couple from Germany, five women from Europe and a woman from Korea. They were all in their 20’s except for the German guy who was 30.   I suspect that when I first got on tour bus, this group wasn’t sure what to make of me, this older guy who was on their trip. But that quickly changed and I know the exact moment that it happened.

As part of the tour, we went to a place called “Little Sahara”. It’s a huge sand dune that is not on the water, but inland. We came there to sand board, something I had never done before. I was the second one down the hill and it was fascinating to see how the attitudes of my group changed once they saw me get on that board.

For the rest of the trip, I was "one of them." Instead of treating me like the old man on the trip, they started to see me as a friend. And even after the trip was over, they invited me to hang out with them in Adelaide.   


Kangaroo Island is an amazing place.  Yes, we saw kangaroos and yes, we ate kangaroo too.   The island is filled with other wildlife as well including Koala Bears and Seals.    I wrote a full blog post about my trip which includes more photos.  

Dates of Travel

  • September 2008
  • September 2009
  • November 2009

Places Visited

  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Adelaide
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Cairns
  • Sydney



This post is part of my series "One Photo - One Country."  I'm am selecting one photo and writing one story from every country I have visited.   Your comments and questions are welcome.  

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