Chris, Sarah, and little Jack on the road indefinitely

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Chris, Sarah, and little Jack on the road indefinitely

Introduce yourself – Where are you from? Where in the world are you currently?

We’re Chris, Sarah and little Jack Appleford from Melbourne Australia. We’re currently in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We’ve been here for about a month so far and we’ll be here for another month before moving on to India for a few weeks, then Abu Dhabi to hopefully find work and live for 4-6 months.


Tell us about your first trip abroad? What first attracted you to a life abroad? 

My (Chris) first trip abroad was when I finished uni and headed to London on a two-year work visa Download file linux. It’s almost a rite of passage for Australians to live and work in England for a couple of years at some stage early in their working life, especially teachers who have just finished their education degrees. Sarah’s first taste of living abroad was as a 15 year old. She did a high school student exchange and went to live with a host family in Canada for a year. For me I came from a small town in northern Tasmania and by my mid-20’s when I finished uni I hadn’t really been anywhere. I was itching to get out and explore the world. It can be quite an insular world living in Tassie, so it was a real eye opener to work in another country and explore the world. For Sarah, I think she was having a difficult time at school and wanted to get away and experience what it was like to go to school somewhere else good slip pictures for free. Both experiences turned out really, really well for both of us and we’ve both travelled extensively since, both before we met and since.


What kind of traveller are you? Backpacker? Long-term traveller? Short term? Other?

We’re long term travellers, although we’ve only been on the road for a few months so far. Our plan is to stay on the road indefinitely, until either the money runs out or we tire of travelling with a child and feel the time is right to go back to Australia. Jack has just turned two so we’ve got a few years up our sleeves before he has to go to school, but even if he spends the first couple of years at a school overseas we don’t think will make a huge difference do not whatsapp videos. Besides I’m a qualified teacher so if need be he can be home schooled before we get back to Australia.



How do you fund yourself when travelling?

We sold everything we owned so we have a little slush fund in our bank account to get us started. I thoroughly recommend everyone has a clear out of a what they own every five years or so anyway, even if they’re not travelling. It was such a cathartic experience, very liberating in a way, and we got rid of so much stuff that we either didn’t need or didn’t use. It’s amazing how much stuff we accumulate that is so unnecessary. We also gave quite a lot away to charity which is great for the soul. We realise that the money simply won’t last long, so we have to work on the road rollenspiel kostenlosen vollversion. I’ve been teaching English here in Thailand and Sarah is doing some freelance work online. We’ve both registered profiles on oDesk and while I haven’t been very active looking for freelance work there, I will be in the future. Sarah has been quite successful picking up a few jobs to keep the funds coming in.


Your favourite place you have been to? And why? 

So far we’ve been to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, and without doubt the Temples of Angkor were a massive highlight. We hired a couple of pushbikes, which we do a lot, and rode from Siem Reap to spend the day riding around the vast complex. Each of the Temples are unique to each other, and you can feel the history as you wander through the ruins. Because it’s spread over such a huge area, at times we felt like we were the only people there, either while riding on the road or when wandering around the ruins, except at Anchor Wat which was crawling with tourists sims 3 städte kostenlosen. Movies like Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom were filmed there, and you can see why. They’re truly amazing.


Your least favourite place you have been to? And why?

Phnom Penh for sure. I can handle the fact it’s a third world country and there will be poverty wherever you look. There’s people living on the streets, much of the city is in a state of disrepair and there’s urgent need for aid to help these people get on their feet, particularly after their recent genocidal history. The reason this is my least favourite place is because it made me angry. To see such blatant wealth and excess, either from the Royal Family or politicians, while people are living on the streets barely able to feed their families just isn’t right. The most amazing buildings were either the royal residences or government buildings, of which there was clearly no expense spared in construction or maintenance ninjago shadow des ronin free download. I’ll never understand how royals and politicians in poor countries can be perversely wealthy while the countrymen they claim to love and serve struggle to survive.


What advice would you give to other people looking to travel? 

There is almost never a ‘perfect time’ to go travelling in the way we are. There’s always something that can keep you from making that leap – someone’s not well, you’re just about to get a promotion, you’ve got a mortgage, etc. Well, we’ve got two mortgages and the rent doesn’t cover the repayments, so we have to work and repay the loan just like we would at home. We both had great jobs, family and friends we love, and a great life in Melbourne icloud speicher bilder herunterladen. But we had a travel itch that needed scratching. My advice, if you really want to go travelling, make the decision to go, set a date, formulate a plan and get started. The hardest part is making the decision to go. Once you’ve really made that decision, and I mean REALLY made that decision, the rest will come easily.



What is left on your bucket list for you to accomplish/see?

There’s so much we want to do, but there isn’t a specific bucket list. I’m very keen to stay in New York for a while, I haven’t been there before but I know I’ll love it solitaire windows xp download kostenlos. We also both can’t wait to travel through Europe, wherever the wind may take us. So much history, such beautiful architecture and countryside, and different cultures and languages within a couple of hours of wherever you are. That’s why we travel, to experience all of these things, and hopefully Jack will be influenced by the adventure. We realise Jack probably won’t remember much of the journey, but we’re sure he’ll be shaped by it and when we return to Australia he’ll be a well rounded, tolerant, happy little boy.


When did you start your blog? Why should people read it?

We started our blog,, a few months before we left in April, although we only flicked the switch for it to go live about 3-4 weeks before we left. We started it for the same reason other travellers start blogs, to share their adventures with family, friends and anyone else interested, as well as provide tips and inspiration for those considering doing the same as we are herunterladen. We read so many blogs before we left we felt as though we’d been to some of the places before we’d even left Australia. And the information we gathered has proven invaluable already. Hopefully we can provide that sort of help to others. Given we’ve got a two year old with us our blog has a slight family edge to it, but anyone can read about our adventures and advice and get something from it.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

That’s a great question, and I guess the beauty of travelling nomadically is that you really don’t have a one year plan let alone a five year plan. You might have a vague idea of what you want to do, but probably not a plan. Having said that we might be back in Australia by then as Jack will be seven and at school mp3 musiken gratis. However Sarah may have an opportunity to work in LA in 12-18 months from now and if that’s going well and we’re loving it you never know, perhaps we’ll be living there in five years time!


What is the biggest difference to life overseas compared to life at home?

At home you’re set in your routines. We had jobs, we went to the gym, we obviously lived in the same home every day, we shopped at the same supermarket, everything was in its place. While travelling it is totally different, in fact it’s almost the complete opposite. You don’t do the same things every day, and while you may stay somewhere for a while like we are in Chiang Mai, we still eat somewhere different every night, experience different places and do different things ever day. This sounds very glamorous, and it can be a lot of fun, but this sort of life throws up plenty of challenges. Not knowing exactly where to go for what you need can be frustrating at times. Not knowing how systems work, like public transport, mobile phone networks, etc., especially in countries that don’t speak English, can also get a little frustrating. But that’s part of why we left, to get out of our comfort zone and challenge ourselves to thrive in these sorts of environments.

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