“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 now live out of nothing but our 45L Tortuga backpacks (carry-on size). So far it’s been almost 8 weeks since we left and I feel like the longer I am away from home the less I want to go home! There is so much the world has to offer and so much to explore how could I possibly want to stop now! This is our story…
Welcome to the ‘About us’ section of our site! 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!).
Kirsten (me!) is a 22 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.
Sam is a 24 year old construction glazier, Rugby league enthusiast and the paler skinned one (We often have competitions of who can tan more 😉 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.
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!”
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?
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.
The time to follow your dreams is NOW.
So what are you waiting for?