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The Privilege of being able to travel Australia is not lost on us

The Privilege of being able to travel Australia is not lost on us.

Getting to this point hasn’t been easy. We certainly aren’t wealthy, we don’t have any other assets other than our home. My business is a poor cashflow business, I can go for months with no income. I could make more if I wanted to sell real estate again but it doesn’t provide any flexibility with time. That no longer works for us.

Let me tell you a little bit about our personal story.

Kevin and Adele

Natures Window in Kalbarri National Park, October 2016

For those that don’t know us well and don’t know our history, I was 31yo in 1995 when we lost everything. Not a single dollar to our name. We had a furniture business, the market turned and I was naive. The bank sent us a letter of demand on my birthday or they were going to repossess our home. They gave us until the end of the month and we sold our beautiful home at Boondall Qld for less than we had paid for it, the day before it was due to be repossessed.

Matt

Our two sons, Matthew and Cameron when they were little at our Boondall home

We were left with nothing, no money, no home, the van had to go as it was only 3 seats and there were now 4 of us and besides, it was rusted out and it was worthless. Family and friends were delivering groceries to us or we sold off furniture and what we had in garage sales to raise funds for our meals for the week. No exaggeration, that’s exactly how it was, just the 4 of us and desperate times.

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Matthew’s 3rd birthday at Boondall just before we moved out, Nov 1995

We ended up with a beat up Mitsubishi Magna which if it got us from A to B there was a real risk it wouldn’t get us back to A again. Adele’s parents gave us the money to buy a car to allow Kevin to start a career in real estate. We were so close to bankruptcy but I was determined not to have that on my resume.

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Kevin’s real estate agency in Nundah Qld, 2005

I worked my arse off again in Real Estate and it was very good to us and allowed me to make enough money to get back on track. It took a few years but then we got lucky with being given AMP shares and it was enough for me to open my own agency on a tight budget. I built that up over more than 5 years before selling it but eventually my next investment lost a lot again. With that venture we lost $750,000 in cash plus loans plus share value equal to approx $2.25m.

When my father died in 2008 the desire to grow a big business was lost and I set about chasing what I really wanted in life. I started asking myself some questions.

Who did I really want to be? What did I want my legacy to be? What was really most important to me?

My answers were really easy. There were 3 things that were non negotiables.
1. Family
2. Real Friends
3. No stress

 

Kevin Fishing

Relaxing on a Houseboat on Gold Coast Broadwater in 2014

We lost Adele’s Dad to cancer not all that long after my Dad passed and with that Adele, Matthew, Cameron and our Mums became total priorities. Rather than needing lots of friends we focused on our very best friends and tried to keep regular contact. Anything that created stress wasn’t healthy and didn’t make me happy so I just eliminated it.

I didn’t allow stress to come in to my world wherever I could control it.

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We love the Gold Coast

Travel became a great stress relief. We took very regular long weekends away, mostly to the Gold Coast but we went to Sydney or Melbourne when we could and on the odd occasion to the Sunshine Coast. We went to New Zealand a few times and 2 trips to Thailand. Then we found Houseboating and enjoyed 5 trips in 11 months around the Gold Coast Broadwater.

Houseboats are so much fun.

House Boating

Kev’s 50th birthday was celebrated aboard Houseboat ” The Prestige”

All of this led us to where we are today, a commitment to 2.5 years driving around Australia under our logo, Indefinite Leave.

We had earnt this opportunity. For almost 25 years we worked long and hard, mostly 7 days a week and the sacrifices we made were enormous. Adele had long careers with a bank and Westfield and was ready to rest.

We love to travel and the ability to spend such an extended time frame enjoying this adventure on the road is not lost on us. Travel has become such an integral part of us and this just made sense.

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Auski Roadhouse at Karijini National Park, Sept 2016

In fact, travel quite possibly played a bigger part in keeping us together early in our relationship than we realize. Just 9 weeks after we met Adele left for 3 months to travel Europe. Of course back in 1987 there were no mobile phones, no Facebook and no texting. All we had were postcards and snail mail. Waiting every day to check the mailbox was filled with excitement and then despair.

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Paris 2015. We love to travel overseas too.

We wrote to each other numerous times over those 3 months, sharing lots of our inner thoughts and feelings. We were engaged just 9 weeks after Adele returned and married 8 months later. That was 29 years ago in August 1988.

Wedding Day

Our wedding, August 1988

We have endured, like most families, some fantastic highs and some very big lows. It’s those lows though that you learn from the most. As we have searched for happiness we now know what matters to us and makes us happy.

Travel is our drug and we have the bug.

We certainly respect that a lot of others are not in the position to just pack up and leave everything behind as we have done. Many, many would love to. If we had one dollar for every time someone has said to us “I’m so jealous, we would love to do what you’re doing” we could fund our entire trip.

Whilst it was an enormous decision for us, for others it’s just not possible for a variety of reasons.

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Entering Karijini National Park, Sept 2016

We were so confident about this adventure that when people said to us, “Don’t buy a Motorhome without renting one and trying it first, what if you don’t like it” we found it just gave us more clarity that we knew this was right for us. Our research had opened our eyes to what an amazing Country we have right here in our own backyard and it was time to explore it.

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Entering Kakadu National Park, July 2016

We were ready to become closer to nature, learn much more about our history as a country and discover everything our incredible nation has to offer. Next time we were to meet some backpackers we were going to be able to say we’ve been there too rather than listen to them talk about our own country they seemed to have seen and knew more about than we did.

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Meeting some Possums at Barracrab Caravan Park Clairview, Easter 2016

As you read our blogs and see our photos on social media and think to yourself, those lucky Bastards, it’s ok, we know we are privileged, we know we are achieving an amazing dream that so many others would like to share.

We hope however that one day you will be able to do it too. If it’s something you plan to do, keep working towards it. You too can enjoy this amazing adventure.

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Snorkelling at Quobba, WA, September 2016

In the meantime I hope our journey inspires you and gives you the motivation to one day say Stuff it, we’re packing up and leaving.

Tell us about your plans to travel around Oz?

Safe travels,

Kev, Adele and Matt

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12 Comments

  1. Cath

    October 19, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Wow that’s quite a story! We’re travelling in the opposite direction to you – we actually camped on the site where you had been in Jabiru and met your cousin! I’ve been reading your Qld blogs as we’re now in Mission Beach heading south.

    We have a story too – our caravan burnt down while we were doing our big lap. We pressed on and spent eight weeks touring in a tent before getting a replacement van. We’re in our 11th month of 14 – we need to be back in Melb in mid-Jan. We will be so sad to go back but hopefully our travels will just be on hold for a little while .

    • Indefinite Leave

      October 19, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Hi Cath, that must have been daunting. Can’t imagine how awful that must have been, hope you didn’t lose anything of too much sentiment or value. I wonder which cousin you met, I’m guessing Rod and Dot? We met my Mum’s cousin Phyllis and her husband in Jabiru lol. Thank you for reading our blog and glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  2. Kathy de Groot

    October 20, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Sorry to hear of all your problems but totally agree family and health come first. Glad you are enjoying your trip. We all have to make decisions to suit us and like you we bought a motorhome and are slowly preparing our house for sale sadly in a slow market. In saying that we are ready to move on and have no idea where we will live. That is part of the adventure. ? I could work for another 18 months but want to spend time together with Harry. Money is an issue so that is why we will downsize. As we live on acreage it is a pain to come home to a messy yard. All the very best. It takes a lot of guts to do what you have done but I’m sure you will benefit in the long term. ?

    • Indefinite Leave

      October 21, 2016 at 1:03 am

      Thank you Kathy,
      That’s ok, they’re all in the past 😉
      Hope you can sell your property soon and get out on your own adventure.
      Take care, hope to see you out there soon.

  3. Vicki Burnett

    October 20, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Glad you guys are enjoying this beautiful country we are privileged to call ours & I love it when I read stories like yours, of rising from the ashes & just getting out there & doing it…..that’s the Aussie way
    Thanx for sharing your story guys….keep on enjoying, as I know you’s will ?

    • Indefinite Leave

      October 21, 2016 at 1:00 am

      Hi Vicki,
      We sure are, it’s so amazing. So glad we met up with you guys, talk again soon 🙂

  4. Marg HALLIDAY

    October 20, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    We decided to sell up everything and hit the road almost 6 years ago. The 1st year away, Hubby had several mini strokes, so after 11 months in Tassie, I took him back to Ballarat Dr’s and yes confirmed my thoughts, also was diagnosed with Parkinsonism, so again we headed off, this time around Australia. 3 years later in W.A we were told he DID NOT have Parkinsonism and that the drugs had done massive damage, I am His carer, and he an aged pensioner. No diagnosis, but deteriorating rapidly, now after a further 2 years diagnosed with P.S.P (Progressive Supre Nuclear Palsy) 1 in 100.000 world wide, still travelling, but do lots of house/pet sits to offset both the time and pension, don’t ever want a house again, our Winnebago Esperance is our HOME, brilliant medical facilities everywhere we go.

    • Indefinite Leave

      October 21, 2016 at 12:59 am

      Ohhh Marg, we are sorry to hear of all your hubby’s health issues. Must have been a tough few years. My father was misdiagnosed 3 times, first told it was just a cyst, then told it was benign, another time they said they had got it all. He passed 9 months later from melanoma cancer.

      Keep travelling and enjoying our country. We wish you both the very best. We love our Esperance too 🙂

  5. Mick

    October 22, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Hi guys, thanks for being so honest in describing how you got to where we want to be. After losing $2.5M it is encouraging that you can now afford an envious lifestyle that costs around $1600/week. Can I ask whether you still have a mortgage and whether you have rented your home out whilst you travel? Safe travels and look forward to continuing to live vicariously through your travels.

    • Indefinite Leave

      October 22, 2016 at 11:53 pm

      Hello Mick,

      Yes being in Real Estate I understand the value of property. If you sell out of your home it’s now so hard to get back in. We have our home tenanted and so far all is going well.
      I think our cost to travel per week will be a lot less in the next budget report but time will tell. It’s probably important to note that the loss of $2.25m which we incurred was in value rather than cash. It included shares and company loans too.
      Thanks for following us and reading our blogs and feel free to ask any questions anytime 🙂
      Cheers Kev

  6. Mick

    November 2, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Nice, I like the cathartic nature of your story. We are on a parallel path. My “ah hah” moment was cancer. Told it was 10% or 80% chance dependent on the outcome of the next op, 3 months after the first one! Lots of time to think and my list was similar to your first two!
    Trace and I feel similar about the lucky bit! We say “we worked damn hard for that luck!”

    Finally to share our little trick tokeep perspective on our “luck” we say each evening…”well what did you do today” and say something like …” walked along cable beach at sunset” or “sat outside with a wine and some Wallabies”. This helps us remember our privilege.
    Travel well, keep healthy
    Mick and Trace

    • Indefinite Leave

      November 3, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Thank you Mick 🙂
      Sometimes you just have to have those moments where you ask some questions….

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Get the F###ing Fire Extinguisher!!

There’s a major story that we have never told, but a lot of time has gone by and I feel the time is now right.

The air conditioner on our Motorhome caught on fire.

You know, flames from the roof, bellowing smoke, fire brigade, campground jam packed with hundreds of people all around us and Adele inside the Motorhome while the roof was alight with flames and smoke.

It was Easter Friday 2017. We had been to Kangaroo Island in South Australia and arrived back on the mainland a few days prior and went straight to Rapid Bay Campground. Our YouTube channel has a video of the campground when we arrived and another the day of the fire. We were told there were 900 people camping there over Easter.

It was as simple as I plugged in the Generator and started it. Whenever we plug into electricity the Air Conditioner unit goes on standby and the standby light comes on, it’s our way of knowing the power is connected, but on this occasion Adele was inside and heard a fizzing sound and there was no light. She came out to tell me what she heard so I went inside myself to see why the light hadn’t turned on. I checked the unit and tried manually turning it on but nothing. Then I tried the remote control, still nothing.

Next minute absolute mayhem as someone came running over yelling to us we were on fire.

As you can imagine, it was immediate panic and the following few minutes are a blurr now looking back on it. I raced to the back of the Motorhome and climbed the ladder to see flames coming from the air conditioner unit. Someone had already unplugged the Generator and raced away from the Motorhome with it to take that risk out of the equation. I quickly asked for my 20L container of water to put out the fire when someone yelled out not to put water onto an electrical fire.

I’m glad someone was thinking common sense.

Adele grabbed our fire extinguisher and it was thrown up to me. I’d never used one before but very quickly worked it out and began giving the Motorhome a foam bath. It worked fast but this stuff went everywhere.

On the roof of the Motorhome there was powder residue all over it but the gift kept giving when we got back inside, it was all over our bed and all throughout the Winnebago.

It was obvious the fire was contained to just the air conditioner unit for which I was thankful, no damage at all to the Motorhome or the roof. It’s 18 months later now and the air conditioner has been replaced, twice actually, but I’ll discuss that in a minute.

Matt was out fishing with our mate Mick in his boat so we had Mick’s wife call him to get the message through to Matt to come back.

The Fire Brigade was called to check everything and gave it the thumbs up. They looked right over everything and told me they believed the compressor had shorted and that did made sense.

So here we were, Easter Friday, nowhere to go, no-one to speak to about repairing it until Tuesday when shops opened again. Foam was everywhere, inside the Motorhome as well as outside.

We were the talking point of the Campground and for all the wrong reasons and photos began being posted on Instagram of our Motorhome on fire. The people there though were fantastic and very helpful.

Why the air conditioner decided that moment for the compressor to short out we don’t know but we were thankful it did do it then, when there were so many other people about to notice it and help us to put it out properly, rather than just days before when we were free camping in isolated locations around Kangaroo Island.

Here’s what I do know though!!

End of the drama you’re thinking? NoNoNo, it was only just beginning.

The air conditioner that had been in our Motorhome was wayyyyyy too small and therefore was working too hard when it was used. It only barely cooled the Motorhome down when it was on and it was a hot day.

We bought our Motorhome second hand and it came with a Dometic B2200. It looked to be the original air conditioner unit but there’s no way for me to know for sure. What I do know is that the B2200 Dometic Air conditioner unit is designed for a 5m vehicle and was too small in capacity for our Motorhome – http://etime.com.au/appliances/air-conditioners/dometic-b2200-pop-top-roof-mounted-air-conditioner.html.

I didn’t know about all this until afterwards when I did some research.

We did manage to get on to our insurer CIL straight away the next day, they were awesome even though it was Easter Saturday. We decided to go see CaraRest in Adelaide and arrange for them to do the insurance work of replacing the air conditioner. We were due to fly back home to Brisbane as I was the MC for my nieces wedding meaning we could leave it with them for the 10 days we were away and they would have plenty of time to see to the repairs.

We dropped off the Motorhome and the owner of CaraRest said to me he would be installing a Dometic Harrier air conditioner, the model suited to our Motorhome.

Fantastic, no problem.

It was 10am and our flight was 4pm, thankfully we had plenty of time because 40 minutes into our taxi ride, we were almost to the airport, I realised I left my wallet back in the Motorhome. Without my license I had no identification to show at the airport, so we had to turn around and go back to the Motorhome. When I arrived the owner’s daughter served me and took me out to the workshop to the Motorhome. They were already working on it and I jumped in through the open side door to the back of the Motorhome and reached through into the front cabin and grabbed my wallet and we were back on our way.

I followed up during the week with a phone call to the Owner to check on progress, yes everything will be ready by Friday, the day before we were due back to pick up the Motorhome. I rang again on Friday to check on progress and was assured it was almost complete, it would be ready when we got there on Saturday. Ohhh and by the way he said, we couldn’t fit that Air conditioner, the solar panels on the roof were in the way so we put in a B2200 Freshjet. I figured he knew what he was doing so ok, see you Saturday.

When we arrived the Motorhome was brought around to us. It was 11.30am and they closed at midday. The owner stood there with his pad and biro watching us while we all had our suitcases and luggage in our hands, over our shoulders and basically our hands were more full than a centipede’s sock drawer.

Given he showed no signs of opening the door, even if it was for a lady with her hands full, Adele decided to open the door to the back of the Motorhome and when she did the handle just fell off in her hands. We all stood there wondering what was happening before asking what the deal was. The Owner immediately responded that Adele had applied too much pressure and broke it.

You’re kidding right!!

A few minutes back and forth, and I just wanted to get into the Motorhome and put down the bags. We knew what we were being told wasn’t adding up because one thing he said was they never used the back door. That seemed so odd, that they would lug their tools and an air conditioner unit over the front seats, squeeze their way between the two front seats, over our Waeco 40L fridge/freezer which at that time sat between our seats to access the rear of the Motorhome when there was a perfectly good side door. Besides, I had to come back to get my wallet remember and guess which door they had opened.

I went inside and looked at the air conditioner unit and straight away it looked odd. It was clearly much smaller in size to the previous one and that one hardly worked as it was. I quickly googled it and found out it is made for a space of 25m3 (we are 49.5m3) and a vehicle of maximum length of 5m (we are 8m). Our Motorhome is W2780 x L8000 x H2230 internally giving a total approx area of 49.5m3. I asked him about it and he just said the one he wanted to put on wouldn’t fit and he put a like for like on it. He insisted that was all he had to do.

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Check more specifications here

At no time were we angry or swear etc, we simply asked questions and believe we made valid points such as why didn’t he call me to discuss options before deciding not to install the one he said he would. At this point he decided to yell at us to leave and walked off and slammed the door to the premises and locked it.

Did that reaction suggest he was feeling guilty about something, I guess only he could answer that!!

Here we were with a broken door handle plus an air conditioner totally unsuitable to our Motorhome. It was a Saturday and again the Monday was a Public holiday so we had to wait 3 days before we could get answers to the issues. We were ready to leave for Uluru but had to spend more unknown amount of time in Adelaide.

We rang CIL and told them what we knew. We asked do we take possession of the Motorhome and they said yes. So back to Rapid Bay we went for 3 more days.

Lets just say, we will never darken the doors of that company ever again and I highly recommend you don’t either.

Throughout our entire ordeal, CIL were magnificent. It’s why we were so disappointed when we had to change companies, you can read all about that here –https://indefiniteleave.com.au/caravan-motorhome-insurance/

By this time we wanted to leave Adelaide, we were pretty shattered and were looking for some positive experiences. It was also by this point we had run out of funds, nothing left, zip, zilch, zero. The stress was starting to tell. We spoke to CIL on the Tuesday and they said obviously we didn’t want to go back for them to fix the repairs and we confirmed we didn’t want them anywhere near our Motorhome. We said there was no point testing the air con in Adelaide in 22c cool weather, it will always seem cold.

So they agreed we should leave Adelaide and arrange repairs further up the road, maybe in Coober Pedy or Alice Springs. The door handle worked from the inside, just not the outside.

As we drove out of Adelaide just an hour or two…. Boom!! One of the tyres disintegrated and blew out. It was one of the rear dual wheels so we limped into the nearest town just nearby, a place you’ve probably never heard of called…..Snowtown!!

Ohhh shit……!!

Needless to say, we weren’t thinking an overnight stay here was something we were looking forward to. If you’re unsure what I’m talking about, just google Snowtown. Our headspace was already very ordinary, this felt like another blow. I kept telling myself, this is a test, the universe is asking me how much do you really want this life?

My business for reasons I couldn’t understand just wasn’t happening. I was doing a lot of work but contracts kept crashing and I was left without being paid anything for all my time and costs. Instead of the normal 1 in 5 contracts not proceeding on finance or other issues I had lost 8 out of 9 contracts while travelling. Each one that crashed was a dagger in my back and totally unexpected. Financially, we were now having to go into debt to continue.

This was when we became super awesome at travelling on a budget.

Only very few people know about this dark time we went through, that is our great friends we had met and travelled with and were keen to catch up with again. Jason, Denise and little Millie from the Facebook and Instagram page West Aussie Nomads and Mick, his wife L and their 2 boys all of whom we now proudly call great lifelong friends. We didn’t discuss details with any family or friends back home, we didn’t want to worry them when they were so far away.

We had been doing this long enough now to know there were going to be great times again, we just had to get through it.

We got ourselves to Darwin and went to see Paul who does Mobile Caravan repairs there and he was sensational. He showed us a caravan he was renovating and it was probably half the size of our Motorhome and he was putting a bigger air con in it, the B3200. He said he hoped the Insurers wouldn’t want him to keep the one installed in ours as it was so small he’d never use it.

Once he spoke to the Insurers and provided other really damning evidence and opinion, CIL backed us up entirely, organising the Harrier air conditioner to be installed plus replacement of the door handle and we were told the cost of it was sent back to the original repairer. Whether that is what happened I’m not privy to but it’s what we were told. Needless to say, CIL’s representative told us they were very disappointed with the original repairer.

There’s a comment made by two people within the industry that reflects so poorly on the original repairer that I’d love to share but it’s opinion and not fact, so that one you’ll have to ask me about if we meet one day.

We had the air conditioner replaced in a day, yes the solar panels had to be re-positioned but it was obviously easily done and could have been done originally, and a new door handle was installed. It was a huge relief but the Travel Gods decided we needed one more devastating blow, the time to make a call on our beautiful Golden Retriever MACKS. It was time to say goodbye.

Now we were truly shattered, our souls were basically destroyed.

Let me tell you, this is so hard to write, tears are beginning to flow as I go back in time to share with you about this horrific two month period of our life on the road. They were cruel times.

The repairs were completed and we’ve had no issues with them since. We went heavily into debt and had to spend some time back in Brisbane getting control of our finances again. We headed home for Christmas and spent 4 months focused solely on getting back on track. Just when we got back in front we had to replace the rubber membrane of our roof in the Motorhome and that blew $8000 and left us with no surplus cash once again.

It had been fun times…. not!!

We honoured MACKS in every way we could think and today the Motorhome is called Darwinny, in remembrance of her and her resting place. She will always be part of Indefinite Leave and her collar, mat and lead stay with us.

We thank our great friends we mentioned for getting us through. We have remained mates and catch up often and they feature in our next book coming out soon. We look forward to introducing them to you.

We can’t thank Paul from Pauls Mobile Caravan Repairs enough, he really knew his stuff and couldn’t have been better to deal with. Contact Paul on 0438 120 571 if you are in Darwin and need any help.

We also remain very thankful to CIL for what they did for us even though we are now with a different insurer.

To everyone who followed our journey on our pages and offered us a friendly comment, chatted to us, messaged us and inspired us to keep going, and there were so many, thank you, you really don’t how much you helped us through that journey of our adventure but we sure do.

Our Blog became our place where we could go, put on a brave face and share positive thoughts and get back more in return.

Now go check your Fire Extinguisher, check it is accessible, in good working condition, isn’t out of date and all of you know how to use it, it may save your vehicle or even your life.

Safe travels

Kev& Adele
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I Can’t Do 4 Walls

I keep saying it, over and over, to anyone who asks and those willing to listen.

I can’t do 4 walls again.

I don’t know everything about my future and I reserve the right to change my mind, but after 2.5 years of living in Darwinny our Motorhome, I love it so much I don’t want it to change for my foreseeable future.

Adele is happy either way, she loves this life but could also go home. I think that’s mostly because she misses her Mum a lot and to be close to our sons Matt and Cameron.

During our time back home, we just had 4 months in Brisbane, we had lots of times where we were invited to friend’s places, sometimes even offered a place to stay. We received text messages from friends “I’m away for the weekend, the spare keys are under the mat, go relax in a bed and use the pool for a few days” would be texted to us and we were so grateful for their offer and thoughts for us. We love that we have so many wonderful and kind friends.

We did a housesit for my niece and it was awesome, beautiful pool, nice home, Foxtel, heaps of room to park the Motorhome. It was perfect, except I found within just a day or two I was back doing what I used to do, sit and watch TV, stay at home and not be productive. I wasn’t LIVING!!

We visited family and friends in their homes and all I see is “stuff”. The same stuff we used to have. All those possessions I thought that made me happy. Every now and then you’d blow off the dust and get a broom to the cobwebs and use my “stuff” again but for the most part it would just sit there doing nothing. Just money wasted which made us believe we needed to go back to work again week after week to fund the life everyone else has and we were copying.

Our friends and family may read this but I’m sure they’ll understand the context of what we mean. We discussed this with them anyway. We passionately respect and love our family and friends but a house just isn’t where we’re at any more.

When my Dad passed away I found myself asking the question “there has to be more to life than work and do chores”.

We really miss our Mums, both of us have lost our Fathers now, and we miss our sons Matthew and Cameron. We miss our friends. I miss playing cricket and all my mates. It’s not easy to just pack up and leave and it’s even harder to stay away.

For me, my entire life of 51 years before we left was lived in Brisbane. I grew up living in the same family home, we didn’t move house even once, until I was married. Adele had lived in different places and moved around different homes, but I hadn’t. I was very used to routine and stability. Given my personality that was probably a good thing.

We recently spent 4 months in Brisbane and the South East seeing everyone we could, pushing my business and exploring places we had never seen in our own “backyard”. I didn’t enjoy the traffic being back home in Brisbane, the hustle and bustle doesn’t do it for me now, but it’s still home and our Family are all there. It is home and always will be.

It was during this time back in the City that I realised I yearned for things I learnt to love when road tripping around Oz. 3 specific things stood out that I missed.

• Sunsets
• Open fires
• The Stars at night

Nobody at home talks about seeing an amazing Sunset. There’s something special about them that we just love. The colours, the differences when there’s a cloud or fire in the distance, the different views across oceans or rivers, over barren land and between mountains or ranges. Sunsets can be so different yet all so spectacular. We just don’t appreciate them at home.

Cooking over an open fire, sitting around it with a Rum in hand and chatting to new friends, seriously, does it get any better than that.

I love waking up in the morning, getting the coals fired up again and cooking some bacon and eggs. Lighting a fire in downtown Brisvegas is a sure fire way to upset the neighbours and have the local Council issuing a huge fine.

While settled in over that fire at night, it’s so wondrous to look up and absorb the big picture. Who am I, why am I here, what else is out there, what would it be like to go to the moon, how amazing is life and how our planets work. I really enjoy looking up to the stars at night, imagining a life where I get to choose my tomorrow.

Yes, don’t box me in.

How does that song go:

Oh give me land, lots of land, and the starry skies above
Don’t fence me in
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love
Don’t fence me in…….

Did I mention, I can’t do 4 walls…..

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
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10 Reasons to Travel Australia Instead of Going Overseas.

There’s nothing better for the soul than travelling, it opens our eyes, our minds and our hearts. The big choice to make is if to head overseas or explore our own country. There’s so much to see in this world but here’s 10 great reasons to Travel Australia first.

1. Australia is Safer. With everything happening around the world right now, I feel pretty safe in Longreach, Broome, Esperance, 1770 and the thriving downtown metropolis of Rainbow Beach 😊

2. Shit AUD. The Aussie dollar is too low to be over excited about heading overseas.

3. Our Beaches. Unless you’ve got to know our own beaches why go overseas to see there’s?

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4. Weather. We really do have perfect weather here. Head north for winter, south for summer and be anywhere in Oz for Autumn and Spring.

5. You will meet really interesting people. We have met some of the most inspiring people on the road such as John, the 72yo former teacher and sheep farmer who I got talking to for 3 and a half hours around the camp kitchen BBQ in Katherine. Fascinating guy and hard to believe he had left Perth, been to Melbourne and was now in the NT travelling at his age…….. on a Motorbike.

John is just one of many wonderful people we have met on our adventure.

6. Learn our History. There’s so much about our own country’s past just waiting for you to discover.

7. Sunsets. The setting sun in 1770, Darwin and Broome just have to be seen. I could name so many more places including most of the WA coastline but I’ll let you discover some yourself.

8. Better for our economy. We hardly manufacture anything anymore, mining took a nose dive and therefore Tourism is becoming a vital industry for our economy. Let’s spend our money here and give our kids jobs.

9. Make friends. Travelling Australia almost guarantees you will make a whole lot of new friends.

10. Children. Your kids will grow enormously and learn on the road. They will thrive by spending genuine quality time together as a family.

As that famous brand says: Just Do It……

Safe travels

Kevin & Adele
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