This week I would like to welcome Emma and Daryl from Our Wayfaring Life as our AAO Featured Big Lappers. They are a great example of how a more simple life can be better for you. Enjoy the read.
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Who Are You Travelling With?
Our travelling party is husband and wife Daryl and Emma and our border collie, Chika.
How Did You Arrive at the Decision to Travel Australia?
Both of us love to travel and have enjoyed many holiday adventures here in Australia and overseas, over the years, as we raised our children and worked. For a long time we tossed around the idea of travelling for an extended amount of time.
Then it came about that I (Emma) fell pretty sharply into a deep depression. Long story short, it was the idea and realisation that travel full time was the answer/change to our life we needed. It was literally a decision we made one evening. From there we set the gears into action and got ourselves on the road nine months later. It has absolutely been the right decision.
How Long Have You Been Travelling / How Long Do You Plan to Travel?
We left the Blue Mountains in NSW on 27 November 2017 to start our life on the road. We are travelling with no end date and vague plans to find our dream location to stop one day. Our hope is to travel and work around Australia for number of years while Chika is with us and then in later years travel around the world.
Are You Travelling Permanently?
Yes we are travelling full time. We are now stopped, living in the caravan in a friend’s paddock along with their pig, for six – twelve months to work and save for another year of travelling.
What is Your Travelling Home?
Our home is our 17’ Viscount Vogue Series Pop Top Caravan we affectionately call Josephine. She is equipped with a kitchen, dining/seating and bedroom areas but no ensuite. Our toilet is in a pop up tent and we either use public showers or bathe out of the sink.
Are You Working Along the Way?
Currently, 10 months into our life on the road, we are in the process of finding work. You know – job applications, interviews, coming to terms with not having all our time for ourselves (bugger).
Actually we are pretty okay about returning to work because the focus is different now. No longer are we concerned about earning enough to pay the mortgage and bills. Instead we are focused on gaining new skills and experiences, meeting new people and saving to continue our travels down the track. These are much better reasons for working.
Do You Have Kids Travelling With You?
No. Our children are now young adults doing their own thing.
Do You Have a Home Base to Come Back To?
We still own our family home and is now tenanted. That said we don’t see it as our home base and have no plans to return to it. We were able to travel this past 10 months on savings and believe working rather than selling our house is the best option for us.
Benefits of the Lap/Travel?
The benefits have been so many but really what it all comes down to is our lives are our own again. We live simply in a little home (caravan), most days out in nature walking or kayaking. We eat good home made food (and chocolate) and have time for each other as well as family and friends.
One Piece of Advice to Others?
Travel has allowed us to prioritise what is truly important to us. Our priorities are our relationship with each other and relationships with those we love, our health (physical and mental) and our time (we have made it our own again).
Our advice is prioritise who and what is truly important to you. If your priorities are not central to your day to day life make a plan to change this. Make a plan, action the plan and make it happen. You won’t regret it and life will be infinitely better.
Negativity from Others?
Yeah some but very little. Some was well meaning negativity like “we will miss you” and a bit of “how will you live in a space as small as a caravan and not kill each other?” Overall though it has all been positive.
Three Favourite Places so Far?
- Bermagaui and Narooma on the NSW South Coast
- Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
- Stanley, Tasmania
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A big thanks to Emma and Daryl for sharing their adventures with us. There are so many reasons why people choose to travel and “self-care” is a good one. If you would like to follow Our Wayfaring Life’s adventures you can find them on Facebook, Instagram and their Blog.