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Selling up and hitting the road

by Dean Wickham on January 10, 2013

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I know it has been very quiet here on The Road to Anywhere lately, and no it’s not because I’m slacking off or because I’ve stopped travelling. The reason it has been so quiet here is because we have been flat out getting ready for our next big adventure. If you follow The Road to Anywhere’s fan page on Facebook, you may have noticed a few mentions and photos of a campervan. That is the big hint towards the first part of this adventure.

I have been living in Brisbane for well over six years now, and Veronika has lived here all of her life, and these days whenever we are not travelling, we are just living and working to pay bills and hopefully save for another trip. This time, we’ve decided to throw all of that away, sell most of our possessions and hit the road for as long as we can.

Campervan at the beach on the Gold Coast, Australia

Spending the day at the beach on the Gold Coast in our campervan

The first part of our trip is going to be a huge road trip around the bottom of Australia from Brisbane and around to Perth so that we can visit my family. We will be travelling around in a van that we have decked out as a campervan, and for those wondering, yes Mindy will be coming with us.

Things have been ridiculously hectic lately as we had to move out of our house sooner than expected, so we had to rush to get everything sold and sorted. To be honest, the past couple of months have been crazy and we have both been running around like mad chooks, however, somehow we seem to have pulled it all off, and right now we are camped out in Darlington Park – a nice shady campground on the Albert River just south of Beaudesert.

Camping at Darlington Park in Queensland, Australia

Our current base at Darlington Park

I will be working at my job for another two months before we head off on our trip, but it’s so good to be camping and relaxing away from all the hustle and bustle and madness.

Camping under the stars in Darlington Park, Australia

Camping under the stars in Darlington Park

After we arrive in Perth, we will be dropping Mindy (and our campervan) off at my Mum’s place before hopping on a plane to Hanoi, Vietnam. This is where the even bigger part of our adventure will begin. We are hoping to spend around 5-6 months travelling around South-East Asia, visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Malaysia, and if possible we are hoping to make it to Myanmar (Burma) as well.

I can’t describe how excited I am about 2013. It is going to be a huge year of travel and experiences, and even better, I get to do it together with my lovely wife.

So I have to apologise for the lack of content on the blog lately, but I promise that there will be a lot of exciting new stories and pretty photos going up throughout the rest of the year. Stay tuned and as usual, thanks for reading! :)

Having a beer by the campfire in Darlington Park, Australia

The campfire is going so it’s time for a beer!

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Jade - OurOyster.com January 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I had no idea you guys live in Brisbane… I do too! We should meet up before you head off!

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Dean Wickham January 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

Hey Jade. That’s funny! I’m actually not in Brisbane anymore but if I’m up that way again I’ll get in touch :)

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Natalie January 10, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Congratulations. Looking forward to hearing more of your stories

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Dean Wickham January 15, 2013 at 11:43 am

Thanks Natalie. There will be lots to come!

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Christy January 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Happy New Year! It sounds like you have a fun adventure ahead.

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Dean Wickham January 15, 2013 at 11:44 am

Happy new year to you to Christy! I’m excited about 2013! :)

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Cheryl Howard January 11, 2013 at 1:27 am

Such exciting news! Congrats and all the best in your new adventure. Look forward to reading your blog over the coming year. :)

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Dean Wickham January 15, 2013 at 11:45 am

Thank you Cheryl! There will be lots to read about :)

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Nate January 12, 2013 at 2:10 am

Well done mate, nice move. Are you from Perth? (I am!)

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Dean Wickham January 15, 2013 at 11:47 am

Thanks Nate! Yes I am from Perth. Great to see another Sand groper on the blogging scene! :)

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Rahman Mehraby January 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm

You seem to have fantastic ideas for 2013. Good luck with the plans. It’s a powerful attitude to get out of your comfort zone and explore the world. This will give you the brilliant perception of the world and its realities. I would love to see you whenever you plan to visit my country, Iran. I see some Australians here recently.

Rahman Mehraby
Destination Iran

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Stephanie - The Travel Chica January 15, 2013 at 10:27 am

Very exciting! Looking forward to reading about your next adventures. This is something I would like to try.

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Pablo January 15, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Sounds exciting! How do you like living in a campervan? I’ve recently been looking into purchasing an old van, fixing it up and taking a North American road trip. I love road trips just not sure if I could last long term. haha

If I could have a fire and beer for a lot my stops I’m sure that would help! Have fun on your upcoming adventures!

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Dean Wickham January 31, 2013 at 10:45 am

Hi Pablo. I really enjoy the campervan lifestyle. It’s very relaxing. A campfire and a beer definitely always make it better ;) You should definitely go on your road trip!

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Helen Magner January 25, 2013 at 9:59 am

Hi Dean, love your blog and I am looking forward to following you around Australia. I’m an old girl(not at heart but chronologically). My husband and I have just bought a caravan and we are going to head off in the opposite direction to you. As you said lots to do. We will be spending February in NZ and then it’s home, rent the house, wave goodbye to the grandkids and leave Sydney behind for a while. I’ve been trying to set up a blog but being this age means I’m not a native to technology and HTML is beyond me. The setup of yours is my standard so there’s been lots of frustration and I think I’ll have to set the bar lower. All the best. I’ll be following.

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Dean Wickham January 31, 2013 at 10:34 am

Hi Helen. Good on you for taking the leap into full time travel. It sounds like you will have a great adventure! Travel blogging can be a little bit tricky, but if you just want to set up a basic blog then it doesn’t need to be too hard. If you don’t want to use the free blogs like Blogger or Wordpress then just find a good e book to get yourself started with a self hosted site. Nomadic Matt (nomadicmatt.com) has a pretty good one for about $5 that tells you all you really need to know about how to set it up. Good luck!

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zay @ iran tour January 27, 2013 at 11:41 pm

interesting page, im from Iran and have been living to Australia for 2 year from 2000 to 2002, i have traveled through the land with my bicycle and i understand how joyful would be the trip like what you are doing with your car. i love to do that kond of on the road trip one day

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Dean Wickham January 31, 2013 at 10:25 am

Hi Zay. That must have been an amazing journey travelling around on your bicycle. Where did you travel in Australia?

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