The big surprise for 2019!!
Over the Christmas/New Year break, I decided to pack up my house and hit the road travelling around Australia.
On a whim? Well yes, but I wasn't really looking forward to another year of Suburbia during 2019, so a change had to happen to feed my soul.
I'm aiming for about 6 to 9 months, and then make a decision about what happens after that.
Australia happens to be a near perfect country for camping, either Freedom camping or through paid Caravan Park camping sites, or pitching the tent or sleeping in the back of the SUV. There are many options to choose from.
So far I'm travelling around the state of Victoria, and it's the height of summer over here, with heat waves etc. A silly time to be travelling you may think, but it doesn't really matter because you get two extremes, in the height of summer and during the height of winter.
I've met plenty of people on the road, some with common stories to myself, some who are retirees and are travelling full-time in their retirement.
Many locals are sick of expensive rents and 30 year mortgages, and have opted out of the trap. There are plenty of foreign tourists too, usually from Europe and North America.
Sawpit Camp, McClay State Forest, Narrawong, VIC, a misty morning..
As for GDM, a lot will change. For instance, I won't be able to put up file shares anymore. As mentioned in a forum post the other day, most of my stuff is in long-term storage now.
While on the road, most of my work will be done by Android phone. On occasion I will have to hotspot to a laptop. This is especially so for working with mySQL databases, but at a pinch, I could probably do it on my phone. It will be a bit cumbersome but eventually I'll work out a system that works for me.
Uploading reviews might take a little bit longer. I need to work on a solution with the writing team because Word documents are pretty much unusable on a Android phone. We might have to resort to using text files, or just send PMs through the website.
My Internet is a fixed mobile plan now, a far cry from the 'all you can eat' unlimited plan I had living in a house! So I have to be conservative with my usage while on the road.
No doubt there will be tall tales to be told while out on this journey of discovery, I'll endeavour to keep everyone in the loop as to where I am and where I've been.