As we settle back into Victoria after our epic ten months travelling around Australia, I reflect on our time away and how grateful I am for it all
Looking back it’s hard to know where to start so thank goodness for this blog which allowed me to journal our adventures. With so much wow factor in this beautiful big country, every place brought its own piece of magic. Whilst many days were spent simply driving, the roads inevitably lead us to some extraordinary places and incredible experiences.
We hiked through the ancient gorges of Karijini and Kalbarri and swam in pristine waterholes. We camped on sandy beaches and beneath granite mountains and sometimes in a gravel pit! We explored towering forests and sweltered through our hottest Christmas Day in 50C temperatures. We worked in a caravan park in one of the most beautiful places in Australia and we made life-long friends. I fell in love with WA during our seven months there. One of these days I’ll compile our journey into a photo book.
For now I feel so fortunate to have been able to share much of this trip, not just here on my blog, but in various Australian travel publications like On the Road and 4×4 Australia. These are my latest: tangible reminders that it wasn’t merely a dream.
There are plenty more stories still to come. Some will be published soon and others are still to be written. So much has happened. In many ways I don’t feel like I’ve returned the same person.
This life truly is one of creation and intention and I’m reminded, even now that we’re back, that our choices create our reality. Do you ever wonder if your life is what it could be? Do you have forgotten dreams that you want to achieve? Don’t leave it too late. I’m glad we didn’t . Our hopes and dreams await and it’s never too late to create.
Just Be and watch the magic
We travelled more that 30,000 kilometres and stayed in roughly 37 caravan parks. We also stayed on remote outback stations, camped in National Parks, road houses, coastal campsites and a range of free camps. Very little was planned and nothing was rushed. Going with the flow, I often felt guided by a much higher force.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing. In Geraldton Doug got sick and ended up in hospital for five days. We had two cracked windscreens, scraped the side of the van near Wave Rock, the range hood fell out along the Oodnadatta Track and we almost ran out of fuel a couple of times. Prices of diesel got exorbitantly high and towards the end juggling finances became a true work of circus art. But was it all worth it? ABSOLUTELY! No regrets.
I was asked recently what I loved most about our time away. Honestly, I think what I loved the most was the freedom and flexibility. To just BE. Waking up to different views, being able to do as we wanted and simply following our instinct and being guided by intuition (and Wiki Camps).
It’s great to have an idea of where you’re going but having no strict plan is liberating. To live at your own pace and wake up in the most incredible places is true freedom. I read this quote recently and every word resonated with me, so I must be a bit of a rebel.
Travel is Rebellion in its Purest Form
We have come back, however we’re not quite settling into our old routines. These past two Covid filled years, and in particular this time away, has made us reassess the way we live and the things that are important to us.
How we want to live is always a choice. It’s not about the achievements and possessions, or about waiting until we get something or somewhere to make us happy. It’s not about being told what to do by a media that perpetuates fear or waiting for something to change before we take action.
Being away from the mainstream for the past ten months and living in our home on wheels has made me less attached to the external influences and more attuned to reality. A reality where we can simply be.
When we’re present and living in the moment, life flows with ease and we have an inner compass that feels aligned to our path. Fear disappears when we look within and trusting the flow of things is everything. But will that feeling last, now we’re back?
So, is the Adventure over?
We’re home now and the past week has been surreal. It was an amusing but anticlimactic welcome when we walked in and our adorable old scruff head Harry didn’t realise we were there until I was right beside him.
Everything seemed so BIG. After living in a van for ten months it felt strange to have so much bench space, such a large kitchen and so much stuff. And my bed, ahh, my bed was blissful!
Settling back in, spending time with family, washing, cleaning and clearing and making way for new opportunities has filled my week.
So, IS the adventure over? Well, our road trip might have come to an end for the moment, but the journey is ever evolving. We start a new chapter next week and time will tell how it goes. Letting go of the familiar and stepping into the unknown. I’m feeling excited, a tad nervous but ultimately looking forward to the changes and adventures that await us.
Here’s to looking ahead to new chapters and stories in a different setting. Wishing you all love, joy and courage as we step out and embrace a life of creation and choice.
In love and light.