The journey from everyday workers to everyday travellers…

“The more I travel the more I want to”

This is now the mantra I live and breathe. After hard saving for more than a year my partner, Sam, and I quit our jobs. We sold everything we owned, including our cars. We packed up our rental home in South Australia and are now living our dream of travelling the world, full-time. There is so much the world has to offer and so much to explore. This is our story…

So you’re here because you want to find out how we changed our lives and made the change from everyday workers to everyday travellers! Thanks for caring enough to read a little about how we got to where we are today after making the BIGGEST decision of our lives by, well, completely shaking up our lives (for the better!). It our desire to inspire people all around the world to get out and see it! Join the global community physically, not just through your laptop or phone. Hopefully you begin here today, on our website, and tomorrow you’re planning your own adventure.

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Me at my teachers desk.

Allow me to introduce ourselves. Kirsten (me!) is a 23 year old teacher, soccer enthusiast and the more tanned skin one of the duo. I was born and grew up in the Northern suburbs of Adelaide, Australia.

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Sam off a swing stage hard at work.

Sam is a 25 year old construction glazier, Rugby league enthusiast and the paler skinned one (We often have competitions of who can get the better tan, I always win). Sam was born in Cairns, Queensland and moved to Adelaide’s Southern suburbs when he was a teenager.

We met almost 4 years ago. I was 18 when I met Sam, then 20, in a nightclub called The London in Adelaide, Australia. I saw him across the dance floor, gave him the biggest grin possible until he finally came over. He made me pinky promise him I would call/text him the next day after exchanging numbers. I did, and we met again within 24 hours. It felt like we had known each other for years! It wasn’t until after a bit of catching up that he told me he was leaving in a few months to live in Europe for 2 years on a working VISA. It was crushing and he didn’t want to leave anymore having had met me. He plucked up the courage and asked me to be his girlfriend; it was an easy question to answer. His 2 year trip turned into a 6 month visit. While he was away our relationship was based on late night/early morning Skype dates. This lasted 6 weeks until he booked his ticket home.

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Us saying goodbye through the International departures glass as Sam left for Europe 😦

I still remember, when I picked him up from International arrivals, the words he spoke to me…

“Seeing all of those beautiful sights was meaningless without you. We’re going to travel together one day!”

My reply?

“Hell yes!”

In 2012 I was currently studying teaching I didn’t want to stop halfway through my degree. I honestly never would’ve gone back if I stopped! So finally at the end of 2014 I had finished. Time to pack everything up and go right?

Wrong.

I was offered my very first teaching job. Just having finished my studies, it was too good to be true so I took the contract. Sam had a construction job working on the new hospital in Adelaide. This led to another year of eat, sleep, work, repeat. We decided at the beginning of 2015 that this was the year we take the leap. So when the end of 2015 was creeping up on us and we were both being offered longer time at our jobs or new contracts to ensure work for 2016 we said…no.

If we didn’t leave on the 30th of December 2015 then we never would! There would always be some reason we could find to stay longer if we really wanted to. The fact was we didn’t want to make excuses anymore. We are now traveling the world indefinitely, like we’ve always wanted to.

You’ve never been on a plane before?

Book a flight now!

You’ve never been out of your own country?

I’m sorry but you’re missing out! Our world is such a beautiful place. You just need to look for it.

You’ve got no money?

Start saving! What do you need more? The latest iPhone or a chance to see and experience something new?

You’ve got no one to travel with?

Most of the people we’ve met travelling up until now are solo travellers! Join a Facebook group and sign your email up to blogs (including this one!) There is a whole community out there of solo travellers just waiting to give you advice and catch up for a drink or two! We’ve made friends for life with some of the fantastic people we’ve met and travelled with. You can too.

The time to follow your dreams is NOW.

So what are you waiting for?

s and k

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8 thoughts on “The journey from everyday workers to everyday travellers…

  1. Hi Sam and Kristen, went through all your blogs. Very beautifully written. Although the destinations are not the same but I could relate to your blogs because I felt my writing style is quite similar to yours. Hope you have fun exploring the world and one day me and Sam wish to the same. All the best. My travel blog is https://avidtravellers.net/ have a look if you get some time. Many thanks.

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  2. Great ‘about us’ page. Very personal and well written. You’re at the beginning of your travel journey so I’m quite envious, lots of first times for you both coming up. I look forward to following your journey. Check out mine at http://www.thekiwihaslanded.com
    Cheers
    Iain

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  3. Hi Sam and Kristian,
    Wonderful to read about your leap of courage. We too love travelling, first solo, then as a couple, then as husband & wife… now as a family with three growing sons. How wonderful for you to grow in your love and experience the freedom of the road together. We wish you every safe, good journey.

    We will be in Europe this winter, travelling with my 77 year old mum and blogging. Hope our paths cross.

    sabretoothedchickenstour.wordpress.com

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    1. Wow that’s so impressive, love that you guys have continued to travel with your children. What a great life experience you’re giving them! I’ll give your blog a subscriber if you could do the same I would appreciate it vey much!
      Thanks for visiting or about us 🙂

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