There’s no place like…holidays?

DON’T get me wrong – it’s a good life.

In fact, it’s a very good life and I’m not complaining. But sometimes when it’s been raining all week, I’m up to my elbows in washing, the kids are acting up and there’s dog hair on every piece of black clothing I own, I do fantasise about getting a one-way ticket to somewhere exotic.

I’d spend my days relaxing somewhere warm with a cocktail in one hand and a good book in the other…


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I like to think I’m not alone in this fantasy – surely there are other people who think, “You know what? Maybe I could spend my whole life travelling.”

Well, one Aussie couple has done just that. They sold their home and everything they owned and established a lifestyle of travel. They’ve now been on permanent holiday for three years.

Yep, you read that right – three years.

After the loss of a family member, Nicole Connolly and her husband Michael Wright decided that they needed a change of lifestyle.

“The life I was living wasn’t the one I had always wanted,” Nicole said in an interview. “So one night over conversation and a bottle of wine, we decided to give everything up for a life of travel.”

After careful planning and a lot of careful saving, the couple set off on their permanent adventure.

Their money soon ran out so they’ve since developed an online business, as well as writing a successful travel blog, which combined gives them enough income to continue their adventures indefinitely.

And, apparently, it’s surprisingly cheap.

“You could travel on as little as $20,000 a year if you wanted to,” Nicole says. “What many people don’t realise is that it costs less to live our lifestyle than it did when we had a mortgage, cars, and a ‘normal’ 9-5 life.”

“If I am completely honest, there isn’t much about our old life that I miss.”

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit jealous. In fact, I’m a lot jealous.

But I’d also be lying if I said that was the life for me. Living on the Gold Coast is kind of like being on holidays all the time…We have 24/7 access to beautiful beaches, more sunny days than rainy ones, and a relaxed lifestyle where 80 hour weeks at the office are certainly not the norm.

So I may not pull up stumps and drag the family on an ever-lasting adventure just yet. But in the meantime Suitcase Stories allows us common folk a chance to live out our dreams of globetrotting, albeit only vicariously.

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