Shiny Things

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I leave tomorrow for India. Our brief sojourn in Australia en route to our next destinations has gone blindingly quick. I said goodbye to Tyrhone last Friday, the lead up of which was worse than the actual event (often the case with things I’m worried about). We’re having family Christmas tonight – prawns, turkey, the whole bit. I told my little niece Santa may even make an exception and deliver some gifts early since I’m leaving tomorrow. … Keep reading…

Sunny (mostly) Perth: Notes On Coming Home

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Whenever I imagined Perth when I was away, it was the clear blue sky that came to mind. I would imagine breathing in the crisp, cool air of autumn or spring and raising my face to the endless blue. Perth has a new, fresh feel, atmospherically a world away from cities like Bangkok or Beijing though geographically rather close. Returning to Perth in September didn’t disappoint. On our first morning I walked down to the unassuming riverfront near my Mum’s house, my 3 … Keep reading…

Sold! We Sold Our Home

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We sold our home today. It came as quite a shock. Let me explain… Just before Christmas, someone made an offer, a very low one. We made a counter offer, then they ‘upped’ theirs. Still too low. So we resolved to take the Christmas/ New Year period off from home-opens (i.e cleaning), and start again in the New Year when the buyers would surely come-a-lookin’. … Keep reading…

Dealing with the C word

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I’m talking about Change, people! Big, fat change, and the rollercoaster of emotion that has me strapped into its rickety carriage, hurtling towards destination Great Big Unknown, via a series of  oh-my-god-this-is-awesome highs, and some I-think-my-guts-is-in-my-mouth lows. I’m just as scared of change as you.  No, not you, professional traveller cum blogger-extraordinare cum citizen-of-the-world-slash-digital-nomad. You! Yes, you, who has inadvertently stumbled upon this blog after a bungled google search, whilst attempting to alleviate work place boredom. You, who is stuck at work, pretending to care … Keep reading…

Owning Less To Have More

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A year ago we ‘owned’ two properties. Today, we own one. Soon we will own none. Yes, things have changed big time for us recently! Our apartment is on the market, and though I agonized over the decision to sell, now that it is up for sale, I am really looking forward to being mortgage free. I have written before about why we’re changing our lives to travel, as well as all the fear and insecurity involved with leaving our jobs, … Keep reading…

Before I Die I Want To ____________ .

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Last night I had dinner with five of my girlfriends. Some I have known since I was 7 years old, others I met in high school when I was 12. Our lives have all taken different directions, and I don’t see them all the time, but when we do see each other, it’s like no time at all has passed. I laughed my ass off, and it felt great. … Keep reading…

A Day On The Bibbulmun Track

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When my work friend Craig said he had been walking the Bibbulmun track, I got excited. I had heard a lot about the track, my Mum had even walked some of it, but I hadn’t been able to drag Tyrhone along to explore it. The Bibbulmun meanders from Kalamunda, an outer suburb of Perth, all the way to Albany in the south-west of Western Australia, almost 1000km in length. Whilst I wasn’t planning on seeing it all, I did want to check it out, and since I … Keep reading…

Why We’re Changing Our Lives To Travel

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Ok, so in the last two months, we officially decided to pursue our dream of long-term, indefinite travel. It’s a dream that would not be possible had a few ducks not lined up in a nice little row. A few of the other ducks needed some stern words a bit of old-fashioned brute force. Now that they’re lining up nicely, I thought it might be time for me to clarify what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. … Keep reading…

The Fear of Selling Up

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I’ve mentioned before that Tyrhone and I are selling our apartment to allow us to follow our dream of long-term, indefinite travel and adventure, and on days like today, the idea totally freaks me out.  But this is something that we have wanted to do for a long time, and when my company offered voluntary redundancy to anyone that wanted it, it was as if the universe was speaking to me saying, “it’s now, or never.” Never is too horrible a thought to … Keep reading…

How Do I say Goodbye to This? Leaving Loved Ones Behind

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This is my niece, Olivia, the coolest person I know. Sometimes I look at her in such awe, at how someone so small can have such a strong personality, such a clear sense of who they are. I love her. She has brought so much joy and lightness to our family, and she has taught me a lot. As we prepare to embark on our ‘Indefinite Travel Adventure’, one of my main concerns (aside from selling every possession I own, including … Keep reading…