Recently, we have passed the massive milestone of 600 days since leaving home (I wrote this whole post about it being 500 days until I recalculated… oops 🤣).
We’ve had plenty of new followers since we first began our journey in February 2017. We’ve seen the most amazing sites around this vast country, we’ve made lifelong friends, we’ve spent a RIDICULOUS amount of money, we’ve worked in new jobs in new towns and we’ve not (yet) killed each other!
And, we absolutely have not regretted our decision to travel – ONE BIT
A question we get asked a lot is about budgeting and what we did to start off the trip. We left home when we were both 24 years old. We didn’t have a house so didn’t have a decision to make there about what to do with it. From the point we decided to travel to when we actually left was only about 8 months. We worked our butts off to make some cash to travel with but also purchased a brand new Jayco Outback camper trailer. After receiving our new home on wheels a few months after ordering it, we learnt that the car couldn’t quite handle towing it…. so we had to find a Plan B.
Blaine quickly located a new tow vehicle (our current Nissan Patrol Ute) and we did a car swap. Unfortunately, Blaine had already worked extremely hard to get the old car ready for the trip and he had to do it all over again for the new car – luckily the canopy was already half set up.
If you’ve been following us from the very beginning you would know that 3 months into the trip, in May 2017, we decided the camper trailer was not for us. We ditched it at Blaine’s grandma’s house in Victoria and splashed out on a new electric rooftop tent and pole-less awning.
We were doing so well in the first 9 months of the trip – recording every expense, every box of Shapes consumed and every plugger blow out. But got slack and busy working and alas, the recording slowly died off.
We can however tell you a few things about what we have learnt on the road so far….
- Baby wipes are a good substitute for a shower (but after about 5 days, a bit of water wouldn’t go astray)
- You can never have enough spare boxes of Shapes hidden around the place
- It’s okay to play games ALL day
- Maintenance is the key
- Fishing sucks sometimes
- Blaine needs to stop buying (and breaking) expensive thongs
- It’s bloody hard to stay within budget
- You will never have the perfect setup… there is always something to improve
- A good, reliable fridge is worth it’s weight in gold! (as we have just recently learnt)
- Travelling friends are awesome
- Grocery shopping is never a fun task when you have to play Tetris afterwards
- You can never have enough solar
- The poor man pays twice
- There is zero privacy in your life when you live in a rooftop tent
- 2 min noodles are okay to have for dinner
- Happy hour begins at 3pm and lasts a little longer than an ‘hour’
- You have all the time in the world, yet you always feel like you’re out of time
- Recovery gear is important. Make sure you have it!
- You can survive with less ‘stuff’ – it’s okay to only have 6 different outfits… who cares!
- We will never be able to see it all
At this stage, we are planning on staying in Western Australia for the rest of 2018 and 2019 – getting jobs to top up the budget. If you have any awesome spots that we definitely cannot miss, please send us a message or comment.
Keep an eye out for some exciting changes that we have coming to the set up. Make sure to give us a like/follow to keep updated.
If you’ve gotten this far, well done! That was a lot of rambling.
We hope that we have inspired a few others to get out there into our own country and explore these amazing sights!
Trust us…. you won’t regret it!!