I needed to shake off that weight and feel free to explore how people lived their lives in other countries besides my own. I want to bring together the best of each different culture, to create my own style of living. How could I if I was stuck behind a desk in a small architectural firm? I needed to be out there breathing it in and ultimately living it.
In December 2006, leaving behind a desk full of paper, yellow trace and unique clients testing my abilities well beyond what I thought I could do, I found myself travelling around Laos by motorcycle, it was a great way to move along the arteries of the country reaching out into smaller communities. Finding myself far from the usual tourist destinations I felt a desire to give back to the community, for all the experiences and memories that they have given me by trying to spend the time with each one and helping them out on with their general daily activities and showing them my culture when it was appropriate.
I returned to my desk early January 2007, with its stale pile of papers and wrinkly trace that I knew wouldn’t change my life for the better. I could no longer focus on the world I had created around me as it no longer felt complete. I needed a change but I was not exactly sure what?
On a whim, I flew home to visit my Dad in the Marlborough Sounds (NZ) and made him listen to my heart. With my dreams pouring out of me, his response was perfect “If you really want to do this, you will make it happen.” With all the encouragement I needed to head back to Brisbane, with a big idea brewing…
It was not long after that I bought my first bike, a Honda XR 250. I had no idea about mechanics or how to ride it home, I had to get it delivered to my house. Over the following six months, thanks to my uncle, I learned how to strip my motorcycle down to its bare bones, designed pannier racks and developed an essential tool kit.
Mid October 2008, at twenty-eight, I have accomplished my first ten-month trip solo through South East Asia and North East Asia and now I am currently in the middle of another adventures from Australia to Africa over land through South East Asia, India, The Middle East to Egypt where I will start my circumnavigation of Africa.