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. Several times I’ve tried to settle down, buying cars, houses and all of the trappings of a more traditional life. Ultimately, though, it never quite worked for me.
I am empowered and inspired by life on the road like nothing else I have ever experienced. At the end of the day, I realised that was just where I had to be.
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 my heart. Since then I have lived and travelled for months at a time in South East Asia, Eastern Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.
Right now I’m in Mexico for a few months, living on the beach and eating my own bodyweight in fish tacos every day.
Once I finish up in Mexico early next year, I’ll continue south into Central and South 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 from anywhere with a good view and an internet connection, spending more time than I’d like in front of a laptop to make sure the bills get paid. It’s not always easy, but being my own boss is infinitely more rewarding than any of my corporate jobs ever were, so I don’t see this crazy, wonderful lifestyle ending any time soon.
Two years ago I decided that my life did not have to consist of dejectedly sitting in an office for 80 hours a week and trying to remember what my friends and family looked like. I didn’t care about consumerism, reality television or the latest football results, and I no longer wanted to try fitting my hopes and dreams into somebody else’s view of the world.
For me, living a life filled with passion and purpose needed to be more than a vaguely-remembered goal. It had be a requirement, and an unexciting job with a few weeks of vacation each year wasn’t going to provide that.
Putting everything off for a day that might never come was a risk that was 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.
I get one shot at this life, and I’m doing everything I can to make that the best, happiest and most fulfilling shot I possibly can.
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PS: Not sure where to go next? Well, you could always start here…