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If you’re like us, there’s a yearning inside of you to travel. You’re tired of life in the hamster wheel and you just want to reclaim a little freedom back.
A chance to just slip into a hammock undisturbed at sunset with an ice cold drink and a slow sway to the tunes of your favourite song.
Maybe it’s something more you want to escape to – a trek to Machu Picchu, teaching English in Asia, or a gap year that turns into three – like ours did.
Travel is something that’s hard to define because each of us have our own interpretation of what the ultimate form of travel looks like.
I’m sure we can all agree that travel allows us to escape the everyday formalities, giving us a sense of ownership over our lives. It offers an exotic spark of adventure and discovery that our day-to-day lives seem to gloss over.
You just want more time to elevate your happiness and sense of inner peace.
You want the chance to tell more enriching stories and have something to laugh about in the years to come.
We caught the travel bug 16 years ago, and have been traveling on-and-off ever since. It’s our absolute passion to help others follow the same bliss. And we’ve been changing people’s lives on this travel blog since 2010.
Allow us to introduce ourselves.
We’re Caz and Craig Makepeace a married couple from the Central Coast of Australia, but we like to call the world our home.
We’re serial travel addicts and have lived in 5 countries and had adventures through 52.
Life is about, accumulating memories, not just possessions and now we’re creating those precious memories with our two daughters as we road trip around Australia.
If you’re looking for a place to further fuel your desire for travel and a little push to help you believe you can do it, you’re in the right place.
We’re here to tell you your life does not have to fit in a box. Screw the picket fence, the full-time job that sucks you dry, and the monotonous peak hour traffic runs.
You can have this, if you want, but, we’re pretty sure you don’t. You at least want to escape your everyday life for weekends and a few weeks during the year.
And just to be clear, we’ve traveled long-term without a trust fund, without special privileges, or well-connected friends. We’ve made it happen with an intense desire and by putting one foot in front of the other.
It’s all about life by design and we’re here to show you how.
We share all our tips and strategies for traveling in a way that you love WITHOUT costing a fortune.
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Besides being serial travellers, we’re also outdoor adventurers, sports fanatics, sunset mojito lovers, and of course travel bloggers.
We also wear the hats of writer, speaker, social media influencer, and mentor. We share the world through our stories and offer an abundance of tips to help people like you state their desire for travel.
We believe in fun, freedom, adventure, connection and discovery – it makes our lives richer and more meaningful.
With us it’s not a case of tell us why you can’t do something.
We’re a kick-away-those-limiting-beliefs-and-tell-us-why-you-can sorta people.
Here’s the truth:
Don’t wait until you’re old and cashing in your retirement money to start living. Your creaky knees will have no energy for early morning sunrise hikes and late night cocktails with new friends.
Do it now.
And don’t think for a second you can’t do it because you have kids.
I got so tired of people telling me once I fell pregnant my travel life was over. It was like becoming a mother meant you were walking into a prison cell.
I did not sign up for that!
Both our girls had their first international holiday before they were 6 months old, and we’re currently on an indefinite road trip around Australia.
This is what happens when you pursue your passion and do what it takes to make it your lifestyle. You’ll discover those barriers were just imagined and born from fear and doubt.
We’ll help you to kick away those fears and lean into the life your heart desires.
We started y travel blog in 2010 as a way to share all we knew to help you travel more – 16 years of round the world travel: living and working in 5 countries and travelling through 52.
We never realized our travel blog would grow so big. Miracles unfold when you follow the passion of your heart and share your unique self.
Virgin Australia named us as one of their top Australian bloggers for 2014, and our work is regularly syndicated by National Geographic, Lonely Planet and the Tourism Australia social communities.
We’re regular contributors to Conde Nast Travel, Home Away, and Kidspot.
We’ve partnered with brands such as Qantas, Ford, Canon, Expedia, and many tourism boards.
Lonely Planet, ABC radio, The Travel Show, Huffington Post, Pinterest and Social Media Examiner have featured us as experts in what we do.
We regularly speak at blogging and social media conferences, and have appeared as teachers in Create traffic Driving Images, Travel Blog Success, and Bright-Eyed and Blog Hearted.
All of this born from a passion and love for travel and just wanting to help others do the same.
I, Caz, left home in 1997, 3 days after graduating from University to live in London.
I lived in a house with up to 25 international travellers. I didn’t think twice about mid-week pub crawls and Sunday Sessions. It was fun and apparently soul evolving (well that’s what I like to say)
It wasn’t all just partying though, I traveled a lot too – Eurovan tour and treks through South East Asia (maybe with a little full-moon partying thrown in)
At this time, Craig was carving up the length of the football field playing professional rugby league for the North Sydney Bears until 1996. He trained and played hard, and in the off season went in search for adventures in South Africa and the USA.
When his football career ended prematurely, the passion for more travel began to stir within him. He had plans mapped out for indefinite travel when his construction training finished.
We met at the right time.
3 years after I first left, I returned home, ready to fatten the bank account and leave again for round 2.
But then a handsome young man walked in the pub one night and swept me off my feet. I couldn’t leave him for Ireland, so I waited. Two years later we married, and 3 days after that we hopped on the plane to live our travel dreams together.
There was a lot less partying – it was still present – but this time we embraced a little more adventure and exploration:
Teaching English in Bangkok, then the UK, Africa, Asia and the USA. You can’t help but feel hopeful about a marriage that starts with a 5 year honeymoon!
Don’t worry it’s not all as perfect as it seems. We returned home after the honeymoon and hit a major slump. This travel life we loved was over.
That thinking changed everything and before we knew it we were chasing money making schemes all over the world trying to get the riches we needed to keep traveling.
Let’s just say $500,000 and no self-esteem later we woke up.
It wasn’t an easy journey out of the black hole, but as soon as we focused on what we loved and used that as a way to serve and change people’s lives things turned around.
And here we are now.
Living the life of travel we dreamed of.
This time with our two adorable daughters, Kalyra and Savannah. Just us, a camper trailer and the wide expanses of a sun-burned country.
If we can do it, you can too. It doesn’t have to be but a dream!
Let’s get started on your dream today.