It’s finally happening, we are doing it. My work contract ends in a few short weeks. Kirk has resigned from his job. It’s all out in the open and what a relief! Now the mammoth task of packing our life into a trailer.
We’re in the preparation stages for our new chapter and its dawning on us how much there is to do. I’ve counted 12 weekends until we leave and only 8 of those we have free, we may have been talking about this for the last 5 years but talking about it was way easier than actually doing!
We’ve booked the Spirit of Tasmania for Saturday 29th April and we are officially in countdown mode. We’ve got lists on top of lists and more tasks than we have time to complete.
Our very loose plan is to head to Tasmania for around 6 weeks (our favourite place). Then head back to Victoria for a few weeks work. After that we’ll be heading to South Australia and from there, who knows! While we’re experienced campers we are basically making it up as we go along. We’ll need to work as we go because we have very limited funds.Joining us will be Rufus, probably the best dog in the world. Expect a lot of complaining about how hard it is camping with dogs. We’re technically going the wrong way round, but we never seem to do things the proper way!
This is our Australian adventure, exploring this vast country while working along the way. We don’t have a time limit or a specific destination in mind, we’ll be following the open road to see where it takes us.
Why are we doing this?
We’ve been talking about travelling to our friends and family for about 5 years now. I think they are sick of hearing about it and are glad we are going, but not without their concerns. While we are young by modern standards, we are in the phase of life where we should be ‘planning for our future’ saving for a mortgage, planning a family, the usual stuff everyone asks newlyweds. There is nothing wrong with those things, it’s just not what we want, not yet anyway.
We’ve spent the last few years jumping through visa hoops, saving and then spending then saving some more. Getting caught up in the rat race, filling our house and wardrobes with things we neither need nor use, and it just doesn’t make us happy. In fact, it has the opposite effect, it makes us miserable.
Our life philosophy has always been to be rich in time, not money. It’s something we talk about constantly, how can we create a life for ourselves where working isn’t our sole purpose? Where we can choose how and when to spend our time? Working to live instead of living to work, surely there is more to life than a 40 hour work week, right?
I’ve been working in soul destroying administration jobs for around 10 years with a redundant degree and a dwindling creative streak. I’ve been trying and failing to find fulfilling ways to spend my time outside of the tedium of my various jobs. So I’m hoping that I stumble across my life’s purpose along the way, is that a thing? Probably not. Change for me has been long overdue and I’m excited to see where it takes us.
We’re going in search of something else, a life a little less ordinary. I don’t know what that will look like, or whether we’ll find it, but it has to be worth a try.