I used to be an accountant.
When I was 20, I graduated from university, and by 21 I was already in suit and tie. I spent my days in a cubicle maybe a couple metres wide, doing tax returns for a lot of wealthy people who didn’t seem to care too much about it. Supposedly I was doing everything right, but I probably only lasted a week in the job before I began asking myself, “Surely there is more to life than this?”
In early 2010, I’d had enough. I was only 23 years old but had already grown sick of life. I hated waking up early in the morning, hated being told what to do by someone I didn’t know and hated working so hard for something that I didn’t even really want. At the time, many firms were hurting from the global financial crisis, and my employer offered extended leave to anyone who wanted it.
I took it.
It was exactly what I needed. I had two months to do whatever I wanted, and decided to pursue my love of language by spending it studying Spanish in the south of Spain.
From the first day, I was hooked. Traveling alone for the first time was like discovering a world I never knew existed. I found the culture shock so electrifying and speaking in a different language was like discovering a whole new me. I finally felt like I was enjoying life, and every day became something to be excited about rather than a slow, tortuous wait for the clock to knock past 5. I knew straight away that this was the life I wanted.
I returned to my cubicle and one year later gained the exalted status of Chartered Accountant. For most accountants that’s the beginning, but for me it was the end. I quit my job 2 months later and never looked back.
Since then, life has been an incredible adventure. The road has blessed me with countless new adventures, friendships, lessons and memories that will surely last a lifetime. My mission now is to help you pursue your own dreams, whatever they are. I want you to know life does not have to be lived behind a desk, tinkering on a keyboard and punching numbers into a spreadsheet. It is difficult to change paths, but I can assure you once you do you will certainly never look back.
There is an incredible, mind-blowing world out there, more fascinating than you ever imagined it to be.
About my travels
I like to think of the world as a classroom. Each place offers new lessons; things you can learn that will enrich your life and the lives of those around you.
Since I started this journey, I’ve done a bunch of pretty cool things. I volunteered as a pre-school teacher in northern Tanzania, I studied Spanish in Peru and visited the famed Machu Picchu, I explored the coffee region of Colombia, I received a scholarship to study Chinese in China for a year, I learned to fight at a martial arts camp in the Philippines, I learned how to surf in my home country, New Zealand, I studied salsa dancing for three months in Ecuador, I studied French in a small school in the south of France, I walked with gorillas in Uganda, I joined a dragon boat team in Shanghai and raced in international races, I brought water to a rural village in Ethiopia.
In between, I wandered through countries on every continent, exploring the food, language and culture that made every place unique. As a culmination of all my travels, I finally published my first book – Triple Your Travel – in 2015. It’s been an awesome adventure; one that I continue to pursue, and continue to share with you.
About this website
This website started as a place to share stories from the road. As the readership grew, it evolved into a place to help you fulfill your travel dreams too.
Today you will find my writing covers many topics; money, work, love, fear, dreams. But the lessons I learn are always from the road. Travel is my first love, and always keeps me moving forward.
Hopefully there are lessons here that will have a positive influence on your life, too.
If you’re ready to get started, I’ve put together a Start Page for you, complete with all my best stories, advice and resources. You can click here to go there now.
Hope to see you out there one day!
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