Top 5 healthy snacks you need to take on your next campervan roadtrip

Posted by Ruth   August 27th, 2015

You’re cruising along in your campervan, the sun is shining, the windows are down and there are 80’s power ballads blasting out and then it hits you… the rumbling of hunger, the all consuming snack attack.

Before long your mouth is watering at every fast food burger joint you pass and you’re fighting the urge to run into the nearest petrol station to grab a family sized bag of crisps and a chilled refreshing bottle of something sugary…

But just because you’re travelling doesn’t mean you need to need to stop with all your normal healthy eating habits, let’s face it – your beach body isn’t going to thank you for it.

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If you are planning on travelling long distances in your campervan then here are some top healthy, tasty snacks to help you keep you moving on the road.

 

1. Create your own trail mix

Most large supermarkets in Australia have a wide and varied selection of dried fruits, nuts and seeds available. So buy some larger bags of your favourites and create your own mixes.

Consider combining:

Nuts and Seeds
• Pistachios
• Almonds
• Macadamias
• Pecans
• Peanuts
• Cashews
• Sunflower seeds

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Dried Fruits
• Mango
• Strawberries
• Blueberries
• Banana
• Papaya
• Apple
• Apricots

 

TIP: If you have chocolate cravings then why not add in some chocolate buttons to your mix to help keep the sugar cravings at bay.

 

2. Get your 5 a day

Snacking on raw veg is not only a healthy option but also it’s also easy to pick up all over Oz, and it’s easy to transport. Team your favourite veg from the list below with mini pots of hummus, guacamole, cottage cheese or sugar free peanut butter.

• Cauliflower and broccoli florets
• Snap Peas
• Carrot or Cucumber sticks
• Radishes
• Celery
• Olives

Seasonal fruit is also a great budget snack option for backpackers watching their dollars. Apples, cherries, grapes and clementine’s are all great travellers. Plus a clementine makes your campervan smell amazing!

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* TIP: It’s also really easy to pick up fresh pressed fruit and vegetable juices that are a great refreshing alternative to keep stored in your campervan’s fridge.

 

3. Cereal bars and natural energy balls

Cereal bars and natural energy bars are the perfect road trip snack as they can be stored in the back of the campervan and don’t need to be kept cold. Look for bars that have less sugar and more oats, fruit and nuts.

Keep an eye out for natural energy balls made of dates, nuts and seeds in convenience stores and supermarkets. (You can normally find them with the chewing gum near the checkout). These sugar free alternatives make a great snack and are also good for your digestive system.

 

4. Look out for ‘air-popped’ and ‘baked’ crisps.

If you are craving crisps then opt for ‘popped’ or ‘baked’ potato crisps, or ‘air-popped’ salted popcorn.

Alternatively head to the Asian aisles in larger supermarkets to pick up some wasabi peas, chili broad beans and roasted chickpeas.

 

5. Lay off the Coca Cola

Your body (and anyone else in the van) isn’t going to thank you for guzzling liters of the fizzy stuff on a long journey. So look for other ways to keep hydrated with coconut water, fruit juice and soda or some slices of fresh lime or orange in chilled water.

 

healthy roadtrip snacks

 

Snacking healthy isn’t hard; all it takes is a little preparation. So don’t forget to stock up on your favourite snacks when you pass by a large supermarket on your campervan travels to make sure your trip is the best it can be!

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Photographer Sheila Smarts’ heavy handed approach to Copyright.

Posted by Anna   August 19th, 2015

Story originally appeared posted online by ABC online as “Photographers net thousands in compensation after spike in copyright infringement cases” by Anne Barker

Last month Smart began action in the Federal Circuit Court in Sydney against Periloo, a Darlinghurst company which runs the car hire website Travellers’ Autobarn.

She alleges the company unlawfully published one of her photographs of a surfer on Dee Why beach holding a surfboard with an Australian flag on it.

As with other photos she found it on the website via Google’s image search function.

“Travellers’ Autobarn did take it down but still refused to pay any money for a licence,” she said.

“Most people do take them down immediately. But if they don’t then it becomes ‘wilful use’ and you can sue them for higher damages.”

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Top 10 Most Stunning Beaches in Australia

Posted by Anna   August 19th, 2015

Australia is renowned for its beaches, and it isn’t hard to see why: with some of the longest stretches of sand-covered coast line in the world, Oz’s beaches are not only plentiful but also of great quality. Travellers Autobarn has created the top 10 most stunning beaches in Australia. Start planning your roadtrip and visit one of these amazing beaches, you will not regret it!

 

1. Whitehaven Beach, Queensland

The crystal clear aqua waters and pristine silica sand of Whitehaven stretch over seven kilometres along Whitsunday Island , the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. It defines nature at its best and provides the greatest sense of relaxation and escape. is a definite “must-see”. Whitehaven is accesssable by boat, ferry and air.

Image by @manacoco_clau

Image by @manacoco_clau

2. Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia.

Cable Beach is a 22 kilometres stretch of beach near Broome, Western Australia. Cable Beach was named after the telegraph cable laid between Broome and Java in 1889.

Photo by @thekimberleyaustralia

Photo by @thekimberleyaustralia`

3.Elephant Rocks, Denmark, Western Australia.

Elephant Rocks are spectacular rock formations in William Bay National Park, Denmark Western Australia.

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Phto by @do._.ni

4. Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, Western Australia.

Known as one of Australia’s best beaches, and amongst the top twenty beaches in the world, Turquoise Bay is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon relaxing, swimming and snorkelling. Dive into the pristine waters near the town of Exmouth and you’re swimming just a few metres from Ningaloo Reef.

Photo by @incrediblebeaches

Photo by @incrediblebeaches

5. Sandy Bay, Exmouth, Western Australia.

Sandy Bay is one of the best beaches Exmouth has to offer. It is located down the West Side down Yardie creek Road about 81km from Exmouth. Well worth the trip down the West Side for the day to spend a relaxing day on the beach. Sandy Bay offers protection from the wind and shallow crystal clear water for the kids to play in.The Bay is is also known to be great for Kite Surfing and Wind Surfing certain times of the year.

Photo by @abel_photography_tas

Photo by @abel_photography_tas

6. Jervis Bay, New South Wales.

Jervis Bay’s famous white-sand beaches and clear turquoise waters are amongst the safest and most beautiful in the world.

Photo by @theduke789

Photo by @theduke789

7.Noosa Main Beach, Queensland.

Noosa is practically synonymous with white powder. Noosa is 160km north of Brisbane via the Bruce Highway and the Sunshine Motorway.

Photo by @hanhogie

Photo by @hanhogie

8. Byron Bay Beach, New South Wales.

Byron Bay is a beachside town located in the far-northeastern corner of the state of New South Wales. Right in front of the town of Byron Bay is something very special.  It’s a safe, north-facing curve of beach offering a very popular surfing break, as well as soft white sand and a turquoise sea lapping one of the most stunning beaches in Australia.

Photo by @elodieaubert

Photo by @elodieaubert

9.Prevelly Beach, Western Australia.

Located 10km west of Margaret River town, Prevelly is situated at the mouth of the Margaret River. Home of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro surf competition, Prevelly is internationally recognised for its spectacular surfing conditions. There are fantastic views from Surfers Point lookout and from high up on the ridge.

Photo by @jeyjamesyeh

Photo by @jeyjamesyeh

10. Hamelin Beach, Western Australia.

If you wander down to the Hamelin Bay Jetty or the boat ramp at Hamelin Bay, you will notice the stingrays moving through the water close to the shore. The gentle and friendly sting ray population that live in the bay are unafraid of people and have become a tourist attraction. Although they’re unlikely to sting it is wise to be cautious.

Photo by @scottslawinski

Photo by @scottslawinski

Start planning your trip now! Use our booking engine on our homepage for the latest prices or call us on 1800 674 374

 

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6 Fool-proof Tips For Successfully Selling Your Car Online

Posted by Anna   August 11th, 2015

Travellers Autobarn has been selling cars for over 20 years and we know it can be difficult at times. You don’t wish to spend the last 10 days in Australia, underground in the car market trying to sell your car. Follow these 6 fool-proof tips and your car will be sold in no time!

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1. Commitment

Don’t cut corners! The less effort you make, the less successful you will be. Take your time to write an awesome description and take good photos. Your effort will pay off, eventually.

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The 7 Most Common Roadtrip Mistakes

Posted by Anna   August 5th, 2015

Road trips can be incredibly fun, but one mistake can quickly ruin the trip. To prepare yourself for the long trip ahead Travellers Autobarn has listed the 7 most common road trip mistakes and how to prevent them. Enjoy!

1) Getting Stuck in Traffic

Sitting in traffic for hours is a waste of time and money. By idling, you’ll burn through gas without going anywhere. Plan ahead and leave during a less busy time (early in the morning or just after rush hour), or find alternate routes with less traffic. You won’t regret it.

2) Over-planning Your Trip

Pick a few activities and take your time to enjoy them without having to constantly check your watch. If possible, leave some extra buffer time for any unexpected and spontaneous fun that you may come across. 

3) Under-Budgeting For Your Trip

It’s amazing how quickly that wallet can thin out. There are many unexpected road trip expenses that may surprise you. The price of gas can vary depending on the area, unexpected toll booths can swallow up your change, and even ATM/Debit fees can add up quickly. Take your time to properly budget for your road trip, and have some additional cash tucked away in case of an emergency. Small expenses, including roadside snacks and souvenirs, can quickly add up.

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