Our Australian highlights video

Over the weekend we finally had a chance to go through some of our GoPro footage from the Australian part of our trip. To look back at some of our experiences was amazing, it put huge smiles on our faces, click on the image above or click this link to view our video

GOPR2053.00_01_53_45.Still003We feel it’s a snapshot of our time down under. We didn’t capture every moment or experience, but we love these memories that can transport us back in time. The backing track we’ve chosen is London Grammar – Big Picture. We first heard it while sat on the beach at Byron Bay, and for that reason it’ll forever be special.

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Keep an eye out for our New Zealand and Bali videos too.

Peace & Love, Edd & Ally x

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Reflecting – Australia, New Zealand and Bali 

Since getting back home to the UK after our travels we’ve found it to be a strange mix of emotions.

To see family and friends again has been amazing, but one of the hardest things about being away for such a long time has been the adjustment back to ‘normal’ life, reverse culture shock if you will.

The time back home has given us time to reflect on what we learnt and who we’ve become. Overall we are full of such gratitude that we were able to have such an incredible time together. It truly was the best experience of our lives.


We thank our friends, family, those that we met and gave us somewhere to stay, the locals for such amazing insight into where they live and everyone that made us laugh along the way. Our outlook and values have changed in ways we didn’t think possible before we left.


Life is full of simple pleasures and people from all different cultures and places make it amazing. As one legendary hippy we met put it we’re all citizens of planet earth’.


While travelling we found life was unfiltered and experiences raw, the freedom and simply beauty was quite astonishing. We approach life now in an altered state, the lessons we learnt while away resonate with us on a daily basis.

If there’s one bit of advise we could give to anyone thinking of going away, it would be to just go. You will discover things about yourself that will surprise you in ways you never imagined.

6 Months on the Road

Exactly 6 months ago today we began our travels. It’s been an unbeliable journey of self discovery and getting to know each other more than ever before.

We celebrated by hiring a scooter and exploring the islands of Nusa Lembongan and the neighbouring Cennigan. 

It’s been an unbelievable experience so far and hard to put into words. But put it this way it’s been one of the best decisions ever. 

NZ Week 9 – 10: A family adventure and leaving NZ

Our final two weeks in New Zealand were spent with my family. It was quite surreal for us all to meet up after not seeing one another for six months, especially down under. 


The stories shared from each other’s adventures were amazing, and we spent many a late night talking. Some of the mishaps Mike and Beth had encountered were hilarious, particularly their experiences with massages in India. 


My Mum and Dad had also had a fantastic time exploring the South Island in NZ, it is certainly something they will never forget. 


I was super grateful to be with everyone for my birthday – it was the big 30 – one I will always remember, thank you to all of them.


We spent the two weeks in two locations – Hihi in Northland and Pukehina in the Bay of Plenty. 


For all of us it was the first time we had stopped and settled in the same location for a while. Days were spent walking, fishing and kayaking, as my dad said ‘it was magic’. 


This chapter of our travels also marked the end of New Zealand for us. The time here has been unforgettable. The landscape has offered the true impact, the vast scale of what has been before our eyes providing a real perspective on life. 


Much of our time was spent in amazement at the sometimes surreal and often breathtaking sights. We leave with a changed state of mind. 

NZ Week 8: The Coromandel 

Our final week together in Byron the van so we wanted to make it one to remember and headed to the Coromandel. 


It was a week filled with walking on white sandy beaches and collecting the most amazing seashells.


New Zealand felt so cold in comparison to Australia, so when I heard about Hot Water Beach with natural 65 degree springs it became a must do location. We headed down just before sunrise and at low tide in order to find the springs, you could see where they are because of the steam rising from the sand. 


We borrowed a spade from one of the locals and Edd dug away whilst I eagerly waited to get in and warm up. The water was so hot that we actually had to let the sea water in so that the pools were bearable. It was super amazing sat in the sand watching the sunrise through the steam, it was definitely worth getting up early for.


Cathedral Cove was another highlight, walking 45 minutes to a small beach and seeing the rugged archway that has formed in the cliff. Edd was in photography heaven, which was wonderful to see.


Staying in a campervan has been amazing, parking up in secluded spots by the beach and hearing the waves crash at night is something we will always remember. 

The van has been our home, shelter, bed, kitchen, security, transport, kitchen and most importantly dependable friend. I hope that this is the start of more campervan adventures to come.

NZ Week 7: Volcanoes, Snow and Surf

Our first true impression back in the north island – after a quick visit to Wellington – was the snow capped volcanoes! 


Driving towards these beasts was like nothing else we’ve experienced, quite bizarre knowing that one could go off at any moment too. 


There had been a fresh dump of snow the night before we arrived. Walking out into it was pretty strange in May, knowing that back home it was summertime and everyone was probably out barbequeing. 


After a crazy drive on the ‘Forgetten Highway’, with our fuel running eye-wateringly low, we arrived into Taranaki. 


This volcano was the most striking for us as the surrounding landscape is so low lying. Sleeping on the side of it felt truly weird. 


The next day it was time for a walk and we climbed up one of the surrounding mountains for a closer view of the volcano, it was awesome and huge! 


Next on our route was Raglan, a place I have wanted to visit ever since watching the Endless Summer. It turned out to be one of our favourite places in NZ, reminding us very much of Byron Bay, proper chilled. 


One of the crazy things about this area of the country is the black sand, it certainly gives the beaches a different feel. 


It was a super fulfilling week back on the North Island that’s for sure. 

Getting lost in The Otways

Almost in complete contrast to our last post, The Otways was somewhere neither of us knew very little about.


It is a national park which sits just inland of the Great Ocean Road. It is different, very different to what we expected to find here. It’s a true rainforest and simply awesome. 

We enjoyed a great overnight camp near the Cape Otway, at the most Southern point of the Great Ocean Road. The highlight being when Ally suddenly shouted ‘There’s a Koala outside the window’. I thought she was joking at first, but sure enough there was. We ran outside and stood in disbelieve as it climbed the tree an arms length away from us. 


After a morning brew, we spoke to a local and were recommended a few routes to take into the wild. Turning off the main road onto a narrow, twisty and undulating gravel track, set the tone of what lay ahead.


We climbing for about an hour, only passing one other car. The rainforest getting more dense with every kilometre that went by. It got to a point where we questioned if we were in the right place. 

Eventually we reached our first stop, Redwood Forest. A section of the landscape which had been planted with Giant Californian Redwoods over 70 years ago. Being there was certainly one way to make yourself feel small in the vast wilderness.


Our next destination was Hopetoun waterfall. It was a long walk down the 197 steps (Ally counted) to the base of the falls, and to our delight there was a good flow over it. The water cascading over the edge and crashing into a fallen tree. The walk back up the steps felt even longer, but we had smiles on our faces. 


We faced a choice of destination next, eventually deciding on Beuchamp Waterfall – a leaflet we picked up rated the walk to it as ‘difficult’ – the gauntlet had been laid down. The rainforest was dense on the hike, both of us apprehensive about the thought of snakes or spiders after some of the recent stories we had heard. It was all good though and the reward was breathtaking. A stunning waterfall set to a jungle backdrop. 


We spent the rest of the day in awe of the forest, pulling the car over several times to simply listen to the insect orchestra, amazing. It really was a place where you lost yourself and were taken to a different world. Australia so far has been full of amazing surprises and we can’t wait to see what the next is.