Retired couple enjoying new lease on life as travellers
BUNDABERG couple Avril and Sandy Cowrie have just begun their grey nomad journey, recently joining up with Rum City Ramblers at the weekend.
Both happily retired, Mrs Cowrie said it was a chance to meet "like minded people”.
"We're having a great time,” she said.
"Last year we stayed at the Mundubbera showgrounds, it's a nice little town.”
Mrs Cowrie said it's good to see other grey nomads taking the time to visit the Burnett.
"It's always around this time of the year when people start moving and towns start seeing an influx of travellers,” she said.
"Tourism being what it is, people are screaming to get us into their towns and to support the community.”
Mrs Cowrie said grey nomads tended to spend their money back into the economy.
"Pensioners don't get much but I tell you what, they don't save much either, what they get, they spend,” she said.
"It's not like somebody getting it and stashing it away, we are bound to spend it, whether we spend it in Mundubbera or the next town down the road, we still have to eat and put fuel in our vehicles.
"A lot of grey nomads are on the road for a long time, not just a weekend.”
Asked about the grey nomad concept, Mr Cowrie said they've had many trips on their own.
"We've been grey nomads for a while but at this point in our lives we thought it would be good to join along with other travellers,” he said.
"You meet people who've been to other places and they make recommendations and that's how you connect.”
Mrs Cowrie said travelling to different regions was a great thing as you meet a lot of interesting people.
"We've always met people and stayed in contact,” she said.
"You meet a lot of interesting people.”