A quick introduction. Kirsten and Leon, a fully-bred Maltese couple who both quit our jobs to buy a one-way flight ticket to travel a small part of this world. We have been travelling since February 2015 (Australia and New Zealand so far) and plan to go to Asia after we travel New Zealand. After 3 years together, travelling was always a main highlight in our relationship, and after not much debating at all, and with no real plans, we decided at the age of 23 and 27, that that is what we really wanted to accomplish together, rather than falling in the usual cycle of getting married and settling down.
After 3 years together, travelling was always a main highlight in our relationship, and after not much debating at all, we both agreed to leave our small country and explore it all! We are both enthusiasts of camping, hiking, off-roading (we have a Landrover back at home), driving a motorbike, diving and snorkelling, and cycling. We enjoy traveling because it has opened up our minds, allowing us to discover new foods, hike along gorgeous landscapes, and make friends from all over the world.
Fast forward; we are writing to you all the way from the ‘Land of the Great White Cloud’. New Zealand! After being robbed of the majority of our possessions in our 13th month of travelling (just a month after we landed in NZ), and almost being sent back home to re-issue our passports, we have never felt a stronger urge to travel!
Spending our first 12months in Australia, we had applied for a Working Holiday Visa. This grants you twelve months of travelling and legally working to support your finances. Realistically? After being scammed by work, spending almost 13 thousand AUD on just cars, and a few difficult times later, IT WAS AMAZING! Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef (yep! Many Nemos!), offroading on the biggest sand island in the world, sleeping in cars, passing through 45° weather to get to Central Australia to view Uluru, sleeping under blankets of stars, seeing animals in natural habitats (kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles, buffalos, platypus, wombats, whales, dolphins, etc), it sounds like it’s a Dream Come True!
So how are we the lucky unlucky travellers? First of all, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies, and what some people don’t understand, is that on such a ‘holiday’, bad things are bound to happen, and well, you just need to be prepared and ready to face them! Everyone seems to write how lucky they are to be travelling, what a paradise, living their flawless dream, however, somehow, nothing out of the ordinary happens. Everything goes plain sailing. We, on the other hand, seem to have many bad luck and encounters, or is it maybe we are just realistic with a very positive attitude?
Unlucky Event No#1:
Buying a fully loaded Mitsubishi Pajero for $4,700 from a backpacker during our 1st week in Australia, we assumed we were set for an experience of a lifetime around the huge island! Unfortunately we forked out $2000 to fix it, wrecked it after 3 months, bought a second Pajero and spent $2000 to fix it, almost wrecking it too, then in just a bit less than 24 hrs since we hit the road again after the fix, slept through a -5° weather night, and had a water pipe hose bypass explode and suffered $800 worth of damages.
Unlucky Event No#2:
Jobs! Scammed twice in the first few months, driving for hours just to go for the job, only to realise that they have told you lies, and end up working your ass off for nothing in return, sucks, and didn’t really help with the car situation.
Unlucky Event No#3:
Deciding to start New Zealand on a different note, we opted for a Couchsurfing experience, only to leave us stranded at the airport 5 minutes after the meeting time. Just to our luck, the majority of hostels and hotels were booked due to Rugby Weekend, however we managed to book in the 15th hostel, and thankfully didn’t experience the first night in NZ at the Airport.
Unlucky Event No#4:
Thinking we have used all our bad luck in Australia, a month after landing, 4 young blokes on push bikes broke into our car and stole (yep everything was hidden and nothing visible!) everything apart from our clothes, including: gopros, laptop, cameras, ipod, leatherman, toiletries, first aid, passports, wallets, all documents including the papers signed off for our 2nd year in Australia etc etc, the list is endless!
Unlucky Event No#5:
Reissuing of passports surely is not an easy thing. Even more difficult is when there is no embassy in the country you got robbed in! Being told we need to fly back home for our passports to be re-issued, we sold our van, but were confused, shattered, suffered nightmares of the scene playing over and over again, and depressed, however we had enough courage and started doing our own research. We managed to find a job, and after being determined and ‘rude in a polite way’ with the embassies, managed to obtain our passports!
Unlucky Event No#6:
Assessing the damage of our stolen items, one of the most important things were our 2nd year Visa documents for Australia which we had worked for so hard. Sure, contact them? The first company closed down, leaving us with no means of contacting anyone. Does this mean we can’t get our 2nd year in Australia?
Everything set a side, we have learnt to travel lighter and worry less. These experiences have made our travels more interesting, made us stronger and learnt how to tackle life issues, be positive, and have something to say when we meet people! We also met a lot of beautiful people along our way which we would love to thank from the bottom of my heart. Thankfully health-wise we’re both fine and I think, that is what matters the most! Hopefully we have used all our bad luck, and from now on, we will have only good luck! (Yeah right lol).
Note: Along this trip, we definitely state that Fraser Island is on our top 5 most amazing places we have set foot on, along with Central Australia – the bush, the desert, the corpses of animals, and being exposed to the original land owners.
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