I wrote a post a couple years back after my backpacking trip to Australia on where my travel buddies ended up. As I re enter the world of backpacker travel I’ve been thinking more and more about my travel companions and I’m stoked to make some new ones – I’ve already chatted about how travel relationships are unique and intense and for me the people I’ve met on the road are the people in my life who’ve had the most impact.
So where are my travel buddies now?
What does life hold after the backpacker bubble?
I’ve had a bit of a Facebook trawl this week and I thought I’d give you an insight in to where backpackers end up…I’m actually pretty stoked at how awesome all my buddies are these days. So here’s some of my favourites…
Luke – I met up with my buddy from home in Cambodia when he headed out in a RTW trip which was supposed to culminate in the Rio Carnival last month. However after running out of cash he sat tight in New Zealand she’s he’s still currently working! Luckily for me he had a sofa for me to crash on when I passed through Wellington and to seal the deal on a trip to Brazil he’s just scored and epic 2 year teaching contract in Sao Paulo!
Nic – the first person I met in Oz Nic is still bouncing around the globe as a ski instructor. After finishing a season in Japan he met up with me back in Byron Bay earlier this week and is spending the next few months in Noosa with his family before heading to New Zealand to work.
Harriet – my travel buddy from Thailand and fellow diver Harriet returned to Oz after finishing her dive master course on Phi Phi, she quickly bailed back to Thailand thought and has just completed her dive instructor course. She’s planning to head over to South Africa to work later this month – how sick is that?!
Leah – one of my fellow interns in Montanita she headed up into Columbia before falling ill with dengue fever and having to cut her travels short. She’s back in Colorado now skiing and working in advertising but it won’t be long before she’s back on the road.
Gijs – my partner in crime in Ecuador Gijs is finishing his degree in tourism and even joined me in Morocco to finish his thesis. Looks like he’s landed a sweet job at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil…so I might have an excuse to return to south america!
Adam and Flo – two of my students from Morocco these guys are still surfing the waves of Africa and clocking up some hours towards there coaching course. We’ve already put together some plans for an epic surf trip later this year in Bali…
Stephanie – I met Steph on the slow boat between Thailand and Laos – after 2days of crazy whiskey drinking we travelled together through a chunk of Laos before she headed back to Canada, she’s also the girl I interviewed about “when backpacking goes wrong” which resulted in the infamous and aptly named leg vagina! She’s fully recovered now and opted to complete one of her university modules abroad, so she’s based in Sydney for a while
Tika and Jessie – these crazy girls that I met in Ecuador headed back to Sydney after exploring South America, they’re putting together a travel inspired fashion label called Wolftress which is nearly ready to launch it’s first collection, I’m stoked to see how it goes!
Craig – another buddy from my first backpacking adventure back in 2009 and possibly the only feed on Facebook I’m truly jealous of! Craig’s landed a sick job with the British Insitue of science which has seen him go on expeditions to Antartica last year. He’s on leave at the moment bouncing around Peru and south america before he sets sail for the North Pole later this year!
Ally – my dive instructor from Phi Phi has now bounced from her island dive home and is currently trekking around Indonesia before heading to Australia later this year with her boyfriend Liam. No idea what she’s doing from there but I’m sure it’ll involve the ocean!
Oceana – one of my Indo travel buddies Oceana landed a sick job as the social media gal for HostelZoo.com on Great Keppel Island where she has spent the last few months. She’s now working back in her hometown of Darwin for a bit to top up her travel funds before heading on an epic adventure through Asia and beyond later this year – follow her blog; Bare Foot Beach Blonde
It seems that the kind of people you meet on the road are the kind of people that have a special zest for life.
They’re not content with being stuck in the same place for too long and they have the drive to live crazy, chaotic and amazing lives full of travel and passion.
Even those who aren’t travelling anymore are busy setting themselves up for life in the fast lane or chasing their dreams.
The moral of this post?!
Travel makes you awesome!