My friends thought I was mad. I can see why—the hurricane of emotions that preceded my decision to leave New Zealand had really messed up my hair, and left me hollow-eyed and twitchy. Quitting my job, selling my car, and flying away across the sea never to return was considered understandable under the circumstances, but my insistence that I would do it all with only carry-on luggage? Apparently, that was the crazy part.
We've all seen those Instagram posts, beautifully clean van, back door open looking over an azure sky and a golden beach. It is enough to make any of us want to swap our lives for the promise of a life of freedom, beaches and adventure in a small space. Well it was certainly a dream of mine, and last year me and my partner did just that, nine months in a small space, driving around Australia in an old works van that we turned into our little home on wheels. Here's some things I learnt during those nine months:
This started off as a journal entry that I'd made upon returning home to London, here were some of my sentiments at the time:
A question that gets thrown around a lot and one I'm sure hundreds of people are dying to know the answer to is 'How do you make a living while on the road'. Having a 'normal' job with a fixed premise is just not possible. Yet there are endless stories, including mine, of people who have swapped their nine to five job for a life on the road. Being a wild, free traveler isn't as simple as quitting your job, buying a van, and going! You need a way of generating an income, something that can stop your dream in its tracks. However there are hundreds of ways to generate money while travelling, and there is bound to be one that suits you!
Tired of the drudgery of living in the same city, working 40 hours a week only to get a two week vacation that feels too short and too rushed? Try living and working abroad. Depending on your job, you could either telecommute or quit your job and earn money on the go. Here’s how to do it. Let’s use my example. I wanted to travel and write for a year.
Summer time is here again and it won’t be long before the summer holidays begin. Whether traveling abroad or having a stay cation, if you’re going to be going in the sea it’s important to remember that just because it looks calm it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is.
My recent Airbnb experience has lead me to write this article in hopes that if you find yourself staying in a shared space that you do your best to be considerate of those around you. A little Airbnb etiquette if you will. Read with consideration.
Camping in the great outdoors, whether it be some of the most extreme places to camp in America or your local campsite, requires that one is versatile with nature and everything that comes with it: bears, mountain lions, insects, wind, and even rain.
Road trips: some people love them, some people hate them. Either way, one thing is probably for certain: it's cheaper than flying. So, save the cash and embrace the road trip journey this summer! Find out how to make six hours in the car with your little sister more bearable using some of my worldly knowledge on the road trip experience.
For my 23rd birthday, I was lucky enough to go to New York for a week - and it was one of the best weeks of my life.
Red Bank, NJ is my all time favorite place. It’s my go-to—my escape, if you will. Whenever I’m feeling down or stuck in Michigan, I run off to Red Bank and live the gypsy life I was always meant to live. That’s one of the best things about my job as a writer. I can go anywhere any time I want.
The most fun part of camping is getting down and dirty. So, instead of piling your muddy and messy clothes in the corner of your tent, only to stink up your campsite, put some soap and water to good use.