We are Ron and Michele, an Australian couple from Perth who have decided not to wait until we retire to travel the world but get out there and embrace life while we are still young (well youngish) and blog our experiences.
After spending three years travelling by motorcycle around Europe we headed home in February 2017 but this is not the end but the beginning of a new lifestyle. Less things more experiences…join us to see where the journey takes us.
We hope our blog inspires you to step out of your comfort zone and do something different to live the life you love be it travel, study, work or your relationships.
What experience made you fall in love with travel?
As individuals we have traveled most of our adult lives, Ron was in the Navy and visited many places as part of his career, for Michele she headed off to the UK for a working holiday in the 80s and caught the bug then.
Our first overseas holiday together was our honeymoon, spending 3 weeks in Singapore and Malaysia. This experience made us realise there was so much of the world to explore and our passion to travel together was born.
What made you decide to share your adventures online?
We stated as many people do sharing our holidays online for family and friends, we found an online platform and shared our first European holiday in 2009.We then discovered that there was such a thing as a travel blog and when we decided to travel long term decided to launch Legging It to share our adventure.
Where did you go furthest outside your comfort zone and what happened?
The first part of our journey to Europe was taking trains to the UK from Kuala Lumpur. We arrived in China after walking across the border near Lao Cai, we had no Chinese Yuan but had read there was a bank nearby. We spent ages looking for a bank and after finally finding one headed to the place to catch a bus to the Bus Station.
We got on the bus and handed some money and the driver refused it, he spoke no English and we had no idea what was wrong. We sat down and other people kept paying but we still had no idea what we had done wrong. We disembarked at the Bus Station and needed to purchase a ticket to Jiang Shui but nobody spoke any Emglish, there were no signs in English and my written note with the destination written down was pushed aside as they had no idea what it meant.
We were envisioning spending the rest of our time here as we could not get a ticket, suddenly a man turned up he spoke a small amount of English, took our note and went up with us and explained what we needed. So we had a ticket however there were 20 buses lined up and no English signs.
Suddenly Ron went “aaah this is a registration number for a bus” and we went along comparing all the plates till one matched, found our seats and we were off. Looking back we realised that whatever happens something always sorts it out, whether it be the kindness of strangers or google translate it just works itself out, This made us stress a lot less as we continued our journey.
What advice would you give someone that is worried about expanding their own travel comfort zone?
Ask them what is the worst thing that can happen? Explain some of our own experiences. The things that go wrong give you the best stories and often show you the kindness of humanity.
What is the first thing you want to do when you visit somewhere new?
Learn how to say hello please and thank you in the local language. We have found most people will meet you half way if you attempt their language even badly.
If you were given an open ticket to travel, what would be your destination?
The hardest question of them all there are so many places we still want to explore nd so many we would want to return to. But we think Canada, it has been on our hit list for a few years and we would really love to explore it’s natural beauty.
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