One day, Moo and I decided to quit our jobs and travel for a year.

It wasn’t the easiest decision, (I was begging him to move to New Zealand with me!), but this was our compromise. Tough. I get it.

So we started to save, and save and save everything we could to get as much money in the bank as possible.

The hardest part wasn’t quitting our jobs or leaving our beautiful apartment. It was deciding where we would go and what backpack to choose.

Sifnos, Greece

Greece

We started out on May 1st, flying from Sydney to Athens, Greece. The first island we reached was Sifnos, ahhh Sifnos, it’s still under my skin and I can’t let it go. The food was exceptional, that should be enough to make you want to go there. Then it was off to Milos! We enjoyed Milos, especially the thrills and spills of the place. On our way to Crete, we stopped off at the infamous Santorini, I have to admit, I didn’t LOVE it.

From Santorini, it was aboard the ferry again on the way to carefree Crete where we enjoyed the beautiful bays of turquoise waters, fresh seafood and even an epic day hike at Aradena Gorge. Before we knew it, the week was up and we were flying our separate ways, me to Budapest and Moo to go kitesurfing in Montenegro.

Eastern Europe

From Budapest, I went on to walk the European Peace Walk (a 330km journey from Hungary to Italy) arriving in Italy, (finally) in mid-June. From here the only thing on the agenda menu, was a relaxing two weeks in Umbria. Tough, I know.

Tuscany, Italy

Italy

After our two weeks in Umbria, we set off to Lucca, before meeting our friends in Pisa to travel ten days down to the Amalfi Coast. After all that excitement, we were ready for some chill time, so it was off to the tiny island off the coast of Naples, called Procida. A hop, skip and a jump over to the U.K for a wedding and before we knew it we were back in Italy – but this time we were exploring as much as we could in Sicily.

South Africa

From there, we made the huge decision to leave the northern hemisphere and fly south – straight down to chilly Cape Town. While we were here, we tried to explore as much as possible, including the peninsula and the many vineyards along the way, but we couldn’t come all this way and not see the Big Five.

During our time here, we decided to give pet sitting a try, it was absolutely wonderful!! We ended up spending two months along the Garden Route along the western cape too!

Zebra, Gondwana Game Reserve

Brazil

After a rather embarrassing incident, involving us flying business class to São Paulo, we were thrilled to be in Latin America. We fled to the north coast for warmer waters. Moo and I split ways, he on a kite surfing safari and me on a two week surf retreat. Once reunited we continued north to Jericoacoara where we travelled as responsibly as possible for another week.

Seriously sun and surfed-out, we ventured down south, first heading to Rio de Janeiro, which at first didn’t impress, but after visiting the stunning Ilha Grande, then on to colonial Paraty and diplomatic Petropolis we gave Rio de Janeiro a second try, this time staying in a different part of town, we’d definitely warmed to the place by then.

Christ the Redeemer

Barbados

After Brazil, we flew north west, this time to tropical Barbados, where we would be living for a month, pet sitting again, this time, looking after two cats. Here, we tried hash for the first time and enjoyed plenty of the Caribbean beaches.

One thing you should know – is that we’re travelling the year with carry-on luggage only (this is what’s in my bag!) and that we expect to travel as lightly on the earth as possible, in fact everything we have is as ethical (and Australian made) as we could find!

Follow the journey and enjoy every minute, I know we are going to damn well try!