I was born in Wellington, New Zealand and grew up enjoying the great outdoors while playing soccer, rugby and cricket. I went to Wellington college and did my last year of schooling in North Queensland.
After returning from Australia I did a carpentry apprenticeship back in Wellington working mainly on new builds, alterations, extensions and the restoration of the largest wooden structure, Old Government buildings, in the southern hemisphere.
In 1998 I went to London on what I thought would be my 2 year OE. Little did I think that 12 and a half years later I would still be in Europe. I spent 8 months in London working in the construction industry before getting a job with a prominent UK tour operator Contiki. The next 3 years then saw me being the handyman of a chateau in France, a hostel in Amsterdam and a Gastf in Austria. I also worked for them at their campsites in the South of France, Paris and Venice. The money wasn’t great. It was a life style and a means to live in other countries, experience new cultures and explore parts of a country in a not so touristic manner.
In 2001 I left Contiki and travelled the Middle East visiting Egypt, Syria, Jordon and Turkey. I then returned to New Zealand via Canada. Spent six months working at home before heading to America where I spent some time building storage lock ups in San Diego and other parts of California. After returning to the UK via Mexico, I then headed off to Africa to do an overland trip from Nairobi to Cape town.
Returning to the UK again I worked for 3 months as a “brickie’s” labourer for my uncle before heading to Canada on a one year working visa. I started off in Quebec the French part of Canada finishing off the building of an extension to a hostel. Working a few hours I would then head off hiking in the forest, mountain biking or just heading over to the beach. Again I was never doing it for the money, but the experience. As long as I was making enough money so I could move on to the next place without touching my savings things were good.
After Quebec I headed to Calgary and worked for an oil exploration company. I would get flown around and dropped off in the middle of nowhere by helicopter. It was winter and some days there was a wind chill factor of –58°C.
After a year in Canada I backpacked around Europe with a tent before heading to South America for a four month overland trip through Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Brazil.
In Argentina I left the truck with 5 others and we did a 10 day tour to the Antarctica which has been one of best impulsive things I have ever done and one of the best places I have ever been lucky enough to go to and visit was Easter Island.
In 2005 I worked again for 5 months in New Zealand while catching up with family and friends before heading to Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and finally back to London where I figured after seven years of working and travelling it was time to be a bit more settled and for the last 5 years I have been working for a civil engineering company which saw me working on the taxi way at Gatwick airport dodging planes. I am now back to my old tricks and during the next 12 or 13 months I will be heading off for the biggest adventure in my life so far with a bike and a tent.. ………………………… (TO BE CONTINUED)
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