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Name: Liam and Ali
Occupation: World travellers
Live in: Australia
So far we have only taken Bilby up and down the east coast of Australia over the course of 12 months. We have no intention of stopping any time soon and are loving life living on the road. We have tried to narrow down our favourite locations but have only been able to select 15. Haha we know thats a lot but there have just been so many amazing locations and they have all been so different. Some of our favourite are the Whitsundays, Noosa, Wilsons Prom and Crescent Head.
I think our favourite memory was the day we left. It had been a long 2 week delay in our departure date with a few things going wrong right before we left. That feeling of finally being on the road with our favourite song playing (Rûfûs- Innerbloom) as we drove off into the unknown. I don't think I'll ever forget the feeling of that total sense of freedom. Not having a plan and not having any time schedule was pretty amazing.
I think a few of the different animals we encountered in the northern parts of Queensland were quite scary. At one point in the middle of night I kicked a cane toad in the toilets the size of an AFL footy. It scared the hell out of me. We found the spiders got bigger, the bugs were huge and the animals were all very different. Don't even get us started on the crocodiles.
This picture is our favourite, it was taken on Phillip Island, a little island with amazing surf close to home for us, and all our friends came down to visit us right before we left again this year. Often on the road you miss your friends quite a lot and it was so nice to see so many of them come down and get a little taste for our lifestyle. Watching the sunset and cooking up a storm, all with an ocean view. Whenever we look back at this photo it makes us realize how important home is, no matter how long you leave for its always so great to know there is always friends and family waiting for us back at home.
I think we would both love to convert another bus somewhere and do another year, South America would be pretty unreal and we've also seen a lot of people doing Europe in converted vans. I guess theres no country in particular we would stick to, but more areas and continents we'd love to explore. We also looked at shipping Bilby across to New Zealand, it was a tad bit too expensive to do just on our own but is still on the cards for the distant future. I think we'd also like to throw South East Asia in the mix again, we love the idea of travelling for longer for less.
Funnily enough I would love to do Aus in the 60's and 70's, where there was no rules about sleeping in your vehicle at the beach and the surf was a lot less crowded. Same with places like California. I would love to experience the raw "hippie" lifestyle in it's prime.
Our Trono's have become such an important part of our travel. They are so comfortable and easy to set up that we use them nearly every day. We spend a lot of our days parked at the beach and our camp chairs take up too much room in the bus so we keep them in our boot. Which is unfortunately blocked when the motorcycle is on the back. The Trono's allow us to pull out a comfy chair anywhere we go. Its amazing how many people have asked us questions about them everywhere we pull them out. They can't believe they are inflatable. They are also great for some of the hikes we've been on. When we finally get to the top of the mountain or where we are going and we can pull out a comfy chair to relax on is fantastic. They have become an integral part of our working life as well. Its amazing to pull out a comfy chair and sit on the beach and be able to work on the Laptop to edit photos and reply to emails.
TRAVEL LONGER!!! Too many of our friends have been on holidays for 2 weeks if they're lucky once a year or go on a once in a lifetime 2 month trip to somewhere really expensive. although we have worked a little bit, we spend so little that we have been able to travel for a whole year now. The amount we earn in a week puts on the road for 6-8 weeks. Our advice: Find an inexpensive way to see the world and do it for as long as you feel you need to. We think we've probably got another 5 years in us. ALSO, find someone worth travelling with. We have been pretty lucky that we have found each other and we are both very easy going and not much really phases us too much. Having a good travel partner makes experiences like ours so much more enjoyable.