Introduction

Well Hello and Welcome

This will be the reinvigorated running Blog of Jill and Richard Pieper’s adventures.

We initially decided to become international nomads in our mid 40’s choosing to swan about the globe and experience life to its fullest. The purpose of the Blog was primarily to be a tool to update our friends and family on our adventures, acting as a form of diary, but as we get further into the planning of this we are including bits that others may find both useful and entertaining. So our journey began. But before any travelling could occur there are those pesky things that needed to be thought about.

  • Where are we going to go?
  • What are we going to do?
  • How are we going to fund it?
  • How long are we going for?
  • How do we make things work?

And off we went…

We did this to great effect, spending 433 days globetrotting… until we ran out of money (as tends to happen). But in that time we did get the opportunity to see and do some amazing things.

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This lack of funds prompted us to head back home to Australia to be adults again (and get jobs). We did this for around 5 years but when we were ready to go again, the dreaded COVID kicked in, thereby keeping our wings clipped for the intervening period.

So what prompted these things….?

After a heart attack at 42 (me) we decided that life was about more than putting in 12-14 hour days working for largely unappreciative employers. We also are not the types that need excessive luxuries or to live in the biggest mansion. Having both spent some time working with oldies, the biggest regrets we heard was that many had waited until it was too late to travel, and that their bodies had pulled them up earlier than they had hoped – leaving many big ticket travel items unfulfilled.

We saw no value in being the richest people in the cemetery and for a long time have believed that we would rather have stamps in a passport and memories – rather than things.

A post COVID world…

When the borders started to open our planning recommenced. But we soon learned that the world was a very different place. Civil unrest, disease, mad heads of state and disgruntled populations had taken some of the travel destinations off the safe to travel list.

Add to this that almost all of the travel guides (lonely planet etc) were virtually useless as nobody had been keeping them up to date. Many of the hotels, restaurants and attractions were not able to survive the lack of trade due to COVID and most had simply ceased to exist. So this trip was going to be a little different.

Interestingly, the starting point remained the same…

  • Where are we going to go?
  • What are we going to do?
  • How are we going to fund it?
  • How long are we going for?
  • How do we make things work?

We thought the best place to start was somewhere that we knew well and could relax in without too many issues. So the first bit will be back to Cambodia and then on to Vietnam. From there the world is our oyster.

Read along with us…

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