Welcome to Dodgy Knees
Welcome to Dodgy Knees Travel Blog, a blog dedicated to sharing information and tips on independent travel, with a focus on the older traveller. On this page you can find some of our top travel tips. There is also info about us, Ken and Cally Hardaker. At the bottom you'll find links to our latest posts.
We split our posts between the many overseas destinations that we have visited (126 countries and counting) and our home in Tasmania, one of Australia's, if not the world's, hottest tourist detinations.
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Ken and Cally
Featured Posts - Top Travel Tips
Hi, We're Ken and Cally Hardaker. We're 50 something empty nesters who love travelling. But when we're not on the road we are at home in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia - a fabulous place to live. We spent 2016 and the first half of 2017 having a Gap Year travelling through South, Central and North America, the Caribbean and Europe - 18 months in all and 54 countries. If you want to know about our current or past travels or just want a bit of local knowledge about Tassie you might find our blog of interest.
This is a fairly new blog having been launched in January 2016. As well as documenting our Gap Year adventure we've put in some posts of past (pre-gap year) travels to give you an idea of where else we've been so far.
When we're not on the road we write about Tasmania, particularly our favourite walking destinations. We try to add information about places and activities that are not already well documented elsewhere.
The central message of our blog is that older travellers (we've called this the 50 and overs for want of a better description) can travel independently, just as younger travellers do. With a bit of planning and a few handy tools, you can do it on a budget, and go to places you thought you could only go to on an organised group trip.
We have found that a lot of people our age think that travelling independently, especially to places outside of Western Europe, North America of other obvious tourist locations (such as Fiji and Bali) is risky and difficult.
And while a little more planning is needed at times to visit more remote or less developed countries it is quite doable and opens up so many possibilities for travel. In our blog we'll provide some information about how we approach planning for our trips as well as blog posts on a wide range of destinations.
Tasmania is Australia's smallest state and an island. It has some of the best bushwalking and wilderness in the world. It also has a growing reputation as a clean, green location with excellent food and wine. On top of that it has some world class places to visit including Cradle Mountain, Wine Glass Bay, Port Arthur, the Bay of Fires and MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). When we're not traveling we'll write about Tassie and some of our favourite places.