In 2006 I went on my first trip to Thailand for 14 days. It was full of adventure and included a week long hill-tribe trek roughing it in the northern mountains and staying with the locals in their villages. The following year I vacationed in Hawaii for one week and then travelled to Bali for a month which included a week spent on a boat that sailed to Lombok and Sumbawa. I knew then that I preferred 'travelling' over 'holidaying'. Then in 2008 my friend and I decided we would do the South-East Asia backpacker thing. No plans and no return ticket. We were just going to go with the flow and see where it took us. We ended up travelling overland from Bali to Java, then to Malaysia and all of southern and northern Thailand. This took about three months and all of our savings (there was a pet monkey thrown in there too!). Obviously life was never going to be the same back at home. I had been running my own successful business for almost four years by then making a REALLY good income! However, I was not finding it as challenging anymore (even though it was the best job ever). I decided to move north to Brunswick Heads (northern NSW, Australia) to pursue a degree in Environmental Science. This was and still is one of the best experiences I've ever had. I loved the long drive north to a destination where I hadn't even had housing lined up yet. That sense of accomplishment with no help from family or friends. New places to explore, fresh faces to meet and a new lease on life.
This is where I eventually met Jamie. We had barely been together for two months before I bought us tickets to Indonesia for his birthday. It was just a short, fun surf trip but little did he know it was a taste of things to come…
The following year we decided we would get one way tickets to Indonesia and stay there for at least three months. I originally wanted to do three months or longer in the USA but he was more interested in his surf trip so we compromised and visited the United States for one month before heading to Indo. It was the ULTIMATE road trip! We hired a car and did the Pacific Coast drive, Yosemite National Park, northern California, north-west Washington and splurged on a cruise to south-east Alaska. We fell in love with the USA! I didn’t want to leave. I was heart-broken when we did. I made Jamie promise me we would come back the following year. And we did.
This brings us up to the present. We have been on the road for almost a year now. We will be posting blogs from the start of our adventures to share the experiences and knowledge gained in regards to life on the road. We will share with you information such as buying a car in the USA, obtaining U.S. visa's (for foreigners like ourselves), what life is like living in a van, how to road trip on a budget and of course show you the amazing places you simply must visit if you plan to Road Trip the U.S of A.
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Two Aussies road-tripping across the USA. Our goal is to discover America's wild places and vibrant cities... and make the most of every moment. Read more