I'm Sid Whiting, from Western Australia, and Sandie's my wife.
When we sold up and hit the road in 2007, little did we anticipate the steep learning curve ahead of us. We made a few mistakes, including buying the wrong caravan for our purposes - that one cost us thousands when we traded it in for what we should have bought in the first place.
We spent the next 5 years as homeless tramps, grey nomads wandering where we chose around Australia, shooting lots of video as we went - videography and photography are my passion. In 2009 I produced my first DVD "Grey Nomad 101" as a hobby project. It deals with the things you need to know and think about before you buy a van or motorhome, and then how to set it up for the road. A couple of friends said "You should be selling that", and the rest, as they say, is history!
I thought that Grey Nomad 101 would be a one-off DVD, but that turned out to be another mistake. The feedback generated by this initial effort demanded a follow-up with a range of completely new topics, and Grey Nomad 102 was the result, just one year later.
With our fans wanting to see more of the actual places we've been, Grey Nomad 103, 104 & 105 followed, showing our adventures up north in The Wet, through the middle on the Outback Way, and motorhoming New Zealand's South Island. This is me in NZ, working hard . . .
Our recent "Grey Nomad 106 - Doing the Nullarbor" has been surprisingly popular. But that is about to be overtaken by the newly released "Grey Nomad 107 - Tasmania", already in its second production run. And now "Grey Nomad 108 - Alaska" has hit the streets.
Sandie keeps me in line. She's an indispensable part of the GN101 team, both manning our stand at the caravan shows, and more recently starring in her own right in the hugely popular Caravan Cooking 101. I don't think she realised how funny she was - stand aside Nigella!
When I had the first 500 copies of Grey Nomad 101 pressed, it was with great trepidation. Would they like it, would it really help people, and would they buy it? Five years and many thousands of copies later, the answer seems to be "yes". So, as long as the good feedback keeps coming in, we'll continue doing what we do.
We've also just launched our limited edition canvas print collection - stunning photos from our travels all over Australia. Meanwhile, I've published my first novel . . .