Who am I?
So who on earth is this Dave guy anyway?
Being born and raised in small town New Zealand provided me with the perfect beginnings for a lifelong travel addiction. If there’s one thing guaranteed to make you want to get out and see the world, growing up in a little town in a little country at the bottom of the world is it.
After graduating from university with an arts degree and somehow falling into a technology career, I started my wanderings in the same way that many Antipodeans do – packing my meagre belongings into a backpack and heading for London.
Starting was easy, but stopping has been much harder. I’ve now spent much of the last fifteen years travelling through forty-something countries and counting.
I am empowered and inspired by life on the road like nothing else I have ever experienced.
Where am I?
Finally deciding to make travel a permanent part of my life, I left my job in late 2011, offloaded my stuff and travelled several thousand miles to follow a dream. Since then I have lived and travelled for months at a time in South East Asia, Eastern Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Right now I’m in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
I’ll finally be dragging myself away from my second home of South East Asia in June, heading for the USA and Mexico. After that I’ll continue south into Central America for the first time - but where I’ll go and how long for are still a mystery. I’m excited!
I now work online, scraping together enough money each month to stay afloat, and my ‘must see’ list continues to grow almost as quickly as my bank balance doesn’t. As a result I don’t see this crazy, wonderful dream ending any time soon. Ongoing slow budget travel is a vital part of my life these days – put simply, it’s just what I do. And you know what?
This is something that you can do too.
If you know that there has to be something more to life than sitting in a cubicle and praying for the weekend then welcome aboard. You’ve come to the right place.
Life does not have to be about exhaustedly working 80 hour weeks or trying to remember what your friends and family look like. It doesn’t have to be about consumerism and reality TV, or trying to fit your hopes and dreams into somebody else’s view of the world.
Living a life true to yourself should be more than a vaguely-remembered goal. It should be a requirement.
A few weeks vacation per year was never enough for me. It’s probably not enough for you either.
Putting everything off for a day that may never come is a risk just too big to take. Right now I have the health, finances and burning desire to follow my dreams. This will not always be the case.
You get one shot at this.
Make that the best, happiest and most fulfilling shot that you can.
Come and join me.
Stay in touch
If you’d like to talk about anything to do with life on the road, please drop me a line – I’d love to hear from you!
Finally, if you’re interested in travel technology be sure to head on over to my other site, Too Many Adapters, to see what’s happening there.
Thanks for reading!
PS: Not sure where to go next? Well, you could always start here…