Women on the Road – Nola Fort

We got to catch up with Horizon owner Nola, 65, from Geelong. She absolutely loves being a ‘Woman on the Road’.

She has been living on her own for 16 years now. She has always had an adventurous spirit and 14 months ago, she decided to purchase a ‘Banksia’ Horizon motorhome (which she has fondly nicknamed Fiona) and start traveling around the country with her cat, Polly. Since then she has clocked over 21,000kms. Having just returned from Phillip Island she is already preparing for her next trip – 9 weeks in South Australia.


She admits that she is not a planner, and prefers to make quick decisions about where she will go. She loves the freedom of being able to choose and having a motorhome makes the process of getting on the road incredibly easy. She prefers to free camp and having solar power allows her this independence.

Nola decided to go with a Horizon because she wanted to treat herself with something a bit more luxurious.

“When you are younger, you adapt. As I’ve gotten older I’ve just felt like I needed a little more luxury like a toilet and shower”

She also took it upon herself to make a few of her own modifications to glam up her Banksia and make it more appropriate for her needs.

“I’ve done many years of camping with plastic crockery and I didn’t want to do that in my 60’s, so I went to Bunning’s and bought some material to make custom cut out wine glass holders for my drawers.”

Nola told us that “Getting a motorhome and traveling solo has been one of the best decisions of my entire life…this beautiful country is a great big adventure and I can go almost anywhere I’d like.”

When asked if she had any advice for women, Nola said, “Never feel like you can’t go somewhere or do something just because you haven’t got someone with you…and never leave home without your coffee machine or a bottle of champagne.”

She also offers the following tips:

  • Pack lightly
  • Keep busy with a hobby
  • Having a tablet computer is really handy
  • www.wikicamps.com.au is a useful online resource
  • Be choosy about where you set up camp

How truly inspiring Nola. We can’t wait to hear more about your travels on the road.

If you are a ‘Woman on the Road’, we’d love to hear from you. Please email us at stories@horizonmotorhomes.com.au