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N&T 2016 Armidale Trip
Written by Tara Marlow
I have always wanted to travel. I have a bucket list (or Living List, because I live for this list!). One that would make most people’s heads spin. While life has thrown me some curveballs, the one constant has always been travel.
I was born and raised in Australia.  In 1991, I had the opportunity to move to the U.S. and that’s where I stayed for over 20 years.  The original plan was to stay for only five, but that plan went haywire somewhere along the way.
Ultimately, I landed in Austin, Texas. As the music capitol of the world, Austin has a lot to offer in it’s own right. I didn’t have to go too far for some great experiences!
I took advantage of Austin’s central location.  It was easy to see the U.S. and just as easy for quick getaways to Mexico. Getting to Europe was also an easy jaunt and one I did many times.
For the majority of my time in America, I worked for a large corporation.  I was working 70-80 hours a week in a job I liked, but didn’t love. When I was at home and my daughter needed something, I’d often respond with, “give me five minutes”, but usually getting back to her HOURS later.

SOMETHING HAD TO GIVE.

Fast forward to 2010 and I went on a 13 day, 11 state road trip my daughter Natalie, who was 11 at the time.  It was one of many ‘girly getaways’, but this road trip was different.

IT CHANGED MY LIFE.

While driving the 3000 odd mile adventure, I realised just how short life is. I had little time for my family. I was losing my health and if i’m brutally honest, I was losing my mind.
I decided that it was time to hang up the corporate ladder and take my life back. On MY terms.
Since then, I’ve been pursuing my passions – freelancing as a travel writer and photographer. The best part?
My family has been along for the ride, every step of the adventure.
Natalie and I have been on some rockin’ adventures. My husband, Rich, and I have shared some wonderfully romantic escapes as well as some Living List adventures. All of which we’ll do until I “drop off the perch”.
In 2013, we had the chance to move back to Sydney, Australia. It’s currently our home base and will be until our daughter begins university in February, 2017.
Currently we are in the process of planning and executing that next phase:  Our Full Time Travelling Chapter.
Our website is dedicated to the travels we have discovering Australia and the United States and all the places in between.  This is a full time adventure for us, while we share our plans for our full-time travel plan, starting in 2017.
In my corporate life, I worked as a project manager, a process improvement analyst, a bids manager, a sales contracts administrator, a sales manager, a tech support manager, an escalation lead….zzzzzz.
In 2011, I left the corporate world to pursue my passions…writing and photography.  That’s when life got interesting.
  • I’ve founded two travel websites:One was about our move from Austin to Sydney.  The other was a hobby site, which started this little endeavour.
  • I am a certified Travel Advisor (Certificate IV), certified in Amadeus.
  • I founded and ran a successful photography business in Texas for 2 years before moving to Australia.
  • I am a graduate and member of the International Travel Writers Alliance (2011).
  • I completed Marie Forleo’s B-School in 2015 under the mentorship with yTravelBlog’s Caz and Craig Makepeace.
  • Currently I am working through Christine Gilbert’s 12 week Blogging Brilliantly course (2016).
  • Oh, and on the side, I’m writing a novel (fiction).  I also have written a number of fictional short stories.
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