The title of this post says it all, Wanderlust, meaning a strong desire to travel. This is a big part of who we are. We truly cherish every chance we get to travel around our home country, Australia and visit new places overseas. When we explore Australia we take our beloved van Rainbow and live the vanlife. It's the best feeling to wake up in a forest or at the beach, next to the ocean or a stream and listen to the wildlife or take a swim, it's very peaceful and our favourite way to travel. But our lives would not be complete without some of our other passions, surfing, skating, books, film, music and meeting new people. All of which we want to share. Our travels, our experiences, our ups, our downs. So far we have spent 13 years together making memories. In that time we have both suffered heart ache, pain and loss. We have both experienced happiness, joy and a whole lot of love. In all of these moments, parts of ourselves have been shaped, forming who we are today. We don't want to have any regrets, we want to make the most of every day. We are just a couple of kids trying to live our dreams...
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On our travels we love to start the day by finding a beautiful spot to have breakfast. We usually try to find some water, like a lake or river to set up near. So when we saw a sign for Lake King we thought we'd give it a go, sounded like a winner. Funny how wrong some names are to describe an area. Turned out the drought had got the better of Lake King and we ended up having breakfast over looking what felt like a desert in the middle of nowhere. But turns out we don't mind hanging out in the desert. We actually love it. It was so cool to look around and see no one or nothing for miles. You feel a real sense of freedom when your surrounded by so little. Its almost like nothings distracting you, no people, places or phone service, just peacefulness. We were looking for a beautiful lake but found a new experience.
Its funny how you don't know what your looking for until your forced into that situation. We can get so stuck in our ways, so comfortable with how things are that we struggle with change. But if you don't try something new how will you know if you like it, you could be missing out. When we are living in the van we are always forced into new situations, forced to try something different and it has had a positive impact. When you are open to change, when you welcome it, it can open up a whole new world of experiences. It makes you want to make the most of your situation, instead of being upset that things didn't go your way. You could be searching for a beautiful lake but life serves you a desert, and who knows, you might just love it.
Have you ever driven past a beautiful moment? For example a lookout, a park bench on a river or a beautiful spot to watch the sunset. I have. Sometimes we are just to busy or running late. But taking the time to pull over and tune out, even for a moment will benefit you more than you know. I've been working on slowing down, taking the time to stop and enjoy something beautiful. The other day I drove past this beautiful horse. I had to drive on quite a bit before it was safe to turn around, but it was worth it. We hung out, I think we had a stare off at one point. He won, but he made me smile. He was such a peaceful horse, he made me feel peaceful. The experience brightened up my day. You should try it... Turn around!
With one of us working and one of us free to road test the Mercedes Sprinter van, I travelled in a car, on a plane, on a bus, on a train then in a car again to get to the place that was selling the van of our dreams, or so we thought. It did not work out as planned. After hours of yes let's get it, no it's not what we want, yes let's get it it's close enough, no it's not perfect, we we're exhausted. Our minds were so full of mixed feelings of uncertainty and van lust. In the end we figured our doubts were justified and we should wait to find our perfect van. So with the decision made, I had to get home. So I went in a car, on a train, on a bus, on a plan and in a car again. All this on 3 hours sleep, what a hugely draining day, both emotionally and financially. This was one of those moments when you find out what your made of. Although I did not feel strong at the time I am proud of myself for not giving into doing something that would makes us happy for the now, at the expense of what would make us happy for the future. Have you ever experienced that, a moment of complete indulgence to satisfy your current cravings? My hand just went up! It's so easy to give in for that instant gratification, I wanted so badly to drive home in our new van, to take it on this weeks adventure. But I would always look at those few things that bothered me about it and never be happy with it. Best to fight for what you want and know you haven't settled for less. Our perfect van is out there and I'm excited to find it, when the time is right.
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Thank you all for your amazing support. We can't wait to keep sharing our adventures and other people who live a life of passion and seek fulfilment. Check Rebel Reviews and Rainbow Chats for two new posts. Please email us about your passions and adventures or new businesses you are trying. We would love to share it with like minded people. Whatever you are doing today enjoy it and make the most of it.
Breakfast has become an exciting event for us. We always try to find a new scenic spot where we can relax and take in the surrounding nature. When we worked full time we we're usually so rushed, it was difficult to start the day right, to eat good food and get in a good headspace. This morning we found a sweet spot near the river in Bairnsdale, NSW, Australia. A few minutes into our food we started to chat with an old fisherman. Old people are so interesting, when you have the time to listen, they actually have great advice and funny stories. This guy gave us some tips on keeping our sand worm bait fresh. What an enjoyable morning :)