Geez we’ve been racking up some driving miles lately.
In yesterday’s post about our one year anniversary on the road around Australia we mentioned how we’ve driven 30,000+ kilometres so far since we left home last year.
More recently it took us five weeks to drive The Savannah Way from Cairns to Broome, stopping for amazing experiences like Undara Lava Tubes, Boodjamulla National Park in Queensland; Kakadu, Katherine Gorge, Litchfield and Darwin in the Northern Territory; and Lake Argyle and El Questro in Western Australia.
That was 4,514 kilometres of dusty red outback and dry heat.
Endless spaces and time to fill.
So we filled it with singalongs, movies for the kids, and hours of podcasts to inspire and inform. In between the fun stuff of listening to music we love to devour information so we can improve our personal self and business. The road trip has been an amazing opportunity to do that.
The Ford Territory Entertainment Console
I just love the entertainment system in our Ford Territory. We have a USB connection in the console between our seats which is iPod compatible.
1. The Bluetooth System
I love how we can connect our devices via the Bluetooth system as well.
This means if I forget to download podcast episodes onto the iPod or I only have course material on my computer, I can wire up my computer to the entertainment system and listen to it direct from there. It’s a really cool feature.
I also use the bluetooth system to listen to audio books. I can’t work out how to get them onto my ipod yet though. Any insights?
We can also sync our phones using Bluetooth so we can access my music on the Spotify app.
Thanks to our long road trips, we’ve been able to stay on top of our learning. We’d never have the time otherwise so it’s been awesome to use this downtime and be productive.
I download the podcast episodes we want to listen to before each road trip and simply plug it into the system. Then we can easily navigate through the panel to find what we want to listen to. This is also one of the ways we access our music playlists.
We’ve listened to hours of training, B-School calls, courses, and podcasts, including the odd sports podcast thrown in by Craig of course. Our mind is growing and exploding with new ideas and insights, and sports knowledge!
Our favourite podcast at the moment is Jonathan Fields from A Good Life Project. He does these great interviews with inspirational people from all walks of life who are doing incredible things in the world.
We were recently interviewed by Tim Reid on his small business big marketing podcast, so if you’re looking for something travel blogging inspiration on your long drives check it out #ShamelessPlug
3. Falling in love with Spotify
OMG! I love Spotify.
I’d always listened to it at home, but only the free version. I stopped listening to it once we hit the road because we have to be very careful of our data usage, which is already extremely high and ridiculously priced. Not to mention the horrible internet coverage we get.
A friend convinced me of the power of a premium spotify account and when I thought about it, it made sense to me.
Instead of buying a couple of albums each week via iTunes, for the same price I can have access to whatever music I want. And I can download them so I can listen offline.
We’re currently staying in an apartment in Broome and I’m watching Rage and downloading new songs I discover straight into Spotify.
I LOVE it! So much access to incredible new artists and old ones I love to. I’m now a raging fan. I really think it is worth the price.
My current faves are George Ezra, Hozier, Vance Joy, Birdy, John Butler Trio, and Sheppard.
4. The DVD Player
How good is a drop down DVD player from the roof? Ask our kids and their faces will light up with mentions of watching replays of their new favourite flicks, which seem to change weekly.
If only we had one of these five years ago there would have been a lot less “are we there yet” calls from the back seat.
Before we had our Ford Territory, Craig and I didn’t get much say on how we were entertained in the car. The girls controlled it with their demands and movies on our Samsung tablet. We had to be silent when they were on so they could hear.
When we’d try to listen to our B-School coaching calls, Kalyra would whinge at how boring it was. Or if we had our own tunes blasting from the stereo it would drown out their movies or games.
Now thanks to the awesome entertainment system in the car, the girls get to listen to their movies with their wireless headsets on and we can listen to what we like. Win-win.
There are not many tears on our road trip anymore.
When you’re doing eight-hour drives, you need a DVD player to break it up and help keep the sanity in the car.’’It’s really helped the girls get used to long drives and be okay with them”.
We’ve always loved our road trips, but this journey around OZ is by far the longest we’ve ever driven and it’s extra comfort and technology like this that makes it so much more pleasant for all of us.
Happy kids in the back and mum and dad entertained in the front means HAPPY DAYS!
So grateful to be sharing this adventure in partnership with Ford Australia as we continue on our family road trip adventures through WA, SA and the Red Centre.