Welcome to the Travel Journal.

The best part of travel is experiencing new places and meeting new people. For me, it can lift me up, open my eyes or make me humble. Or all of those at once.

While our website shares tips for travel, recommendations on places to go, I really felt like it was missing something.

I wanted to share more.

While this is not meant to transform our website into being a ‘personal blog’, I wanted to share more of our travels. What we’re feeling. The characters we’re meeting along the way. The quirky stuff we’re seeing. I mean, we have a list going on the funniest town names we’re finding along the way for goodness sake! Yet we’re not sharing that anywhere (yet).

As we travel through Australia, both coast and country, we aim to share what Australia and the Aussie life is really like. Once we head overseas, we’ll continue in that vein. (At least how we’re interpreting it.)

Part of this travel journal is to document our journey for ourselves. Part of it is to share our plans. But most of all, it’s to share the love of travel.

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Travel Journal: (Re) Discovering Phillip Island

While there’s more to Phillip Island, the highlight are the penguins at Penguin Parade. Yes, even over those Hemsworth boys. After a great trip prior with Nat, I was excited to share the experience with Rich. While it was memorable, not all of it was in a positive way.

The Wonder of Wilsons Promontory

Travel Journal: The Wonder of Wilsons Prom

It’s amazing how different something looks in real life. Even Google couldn’t deliver the amazing reality of Wilsons Promontory in Victoria. The place was stunning. It made the photography in me have very itchy fingers. From whales, to wombats, to meandering hikes. We indulged in a cabin, which we were thankful of when a massive storm blew in, but I can see camping here for a while too.

Travel Journal: Life Changes

The latest Travel Journal Entry: Canberra for this trip was different. Rich and I had some shopping to do and preparation for Natalie’s birthday. Our girl was turning 18th. Life Changes.

Travel Journal: Experiencing Autumn in the Victorian Highlands

Bright was one of the places I’d had on my personal Living List for a while. I’m not even sure how I had heard about it but it was a place I was curious about. It’s located in the Victorian High Country, nestled between mountains, easily accessible to the ski fields in Victoria. I hadn’t even seen many photos of Bright, to be honest. I just knew in my heart it was a place to add to our 10 month roadtrip.

Travel Journal: Housesitting in Gippsland Lakes

During our travels, we’ve found we determine the vibe of a place very quickly. Most times, it’s positive and with an uplifting energy. In Loch Sport, we didn’t find at that all. If it wasn’t for the fact that we were housesitting and loving the pets we were looking after, we wouldn’t have stayed for more than a day.

Travel Journal: Have We Found Utopia in Merimbula?

I feel like I’ve found Utopia. Merimbula is divine. It has everything I’d want in a ‘forever’ place. It was quaint, relaxing, but full of life. Have we found Utopia already? I hope not, because there’s a lot more to see and do… but it’ll be put on our short list for sure. Read on for WHY I loved it so much…

Travel Journal: The Southern Highlands

We found ourselves spending the end of March and part of April (2017) housesitting near Bowral, in the Southern Highlands. We were looking after a home that was truly amazing and, after convalescing after a bout of the flu (or pneumonia in my case), we explored the areas. It was stunning. Truly gorgeous with green, rolling hills, cafés on offer everywhere … and then I started to feel old.

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Travel Journal: A Week At The Beach.

Beachcomber was probably the best beach camping location I’ve stayed in. It was exactly what we needed to let go of the Treehouse and all the madness of the prior two weeks. We needed to just ‘be’ for a while. It was so relaxing. We were so drained, exhausted really, but by the time we left, we were refreshed and ready for the next adventure.