Two women. Experiencing more. Travelling more. Boating more. Camping more.
Hi! We’re Gill & Sara. Since meeting in 2016, we have been sharing our passion for everything travelling, boating, camping and just being on or by the water ever since. Thanks for dropping by to find out more about us!
We absolutely love each others company and we found that we were becoming frustrated with the daily grinds of life, the ‘normal’ expectations of working 9-5 plus more and being too caught up to actually enjoy what was around us. We’re sure many of you can relate to this.
That’s when in 2017 we decided that we wanted to travel around Australia and share all the amazing destinations and activities that there are to do around the magnificent coastline. It was incredible that our emotional reactions showed that we had both found something that we truly wanted to do with the rest of our lives.
This was a real life-changing moment for us as we knew we had to change the current way we live in order for it to become a reality. It’s great when you read of others selling their homes and everything they own in order to go off and travel for years, but what if you don’t have a home to sell? What if you aren’t in that position to just up and go?
What is this blog all about?
We found ourselves wanting to share our journey with you, as inspiration and ideas of how you could do the same. Whether it be for exploring the world, venturing around your own country or just having those extra weekend getaways to enjoy that sense of freedom. Even in your back garden if you wanted to!
As the blog continues to grow, we’ll share the decisions we’ve had to, and going to have to make. We couldn’t understand why it would take years to plan a trip like this, but we’re slowly starting to realise why! There is so much to consider – finances, jobs, income, a way of travelling, equipment needed, experience needed, what can you take and what can’t you take, routes, destinations, bucket lists, timing, what to do at the end of the trip – the list goes on and on! Oh, and we both need to agree on everything!
The best destination guides and advice!
As we visit places closer to home, to begin with, we’ll share the best destination guides with you. Then as we travel, we’ll share even more!
These aren’t your typical destination guides though. They have water, whether it be the ocean, lakes or rivers, as the absolute focus. We’re not history buffs, and whilst we enjoy finding out about culture, we don’t necessarily go looking for it. Instead, we just want to get out on the water and see it all from a different perspective.
If you’re looking for boat trips, cruises or water activities in a certain area, often the information is all over the place, hard to find, out of date or the link to the websites are broken. It’s frustrating.
So instead, we’ll be building the best list and guides on how to enjoy your experience and get the most out of it. From how to get on the water, boat trips, cruises, water sports, activities and fishing, to grabbing a bite to eat on the waterfront and the best accommodation with a view.
As most of us are outdoors people, we’ll also share local campground reviews so you know what to expect on your visit.
Making a dream a reality
Every day we focus on making our dream a reality.
So far, we’ve made some significant sacrifices, there have been laughs, there have been tears, but we know at the end of it, it will be worth it to be able to create all those new memories and really open our minds up to what is out there, ready and waiting for us to experience.
What is the ‘no anchor’ all about?
No anchor, to us, means being constantly on the move, looking for the next new adventure. It also represents the water and boating side of the blog. Don’t take it too literally though, especially when out in the boat fishing!
It also has a ‘metaphorical’ meaning as well. Anchors in life, such as lack of savings, mortgages repayments, jobs, fear, insecurities and lack of direction can all weigh you down to prevent you from doing what you really want.
We all have anchors, some you can lift up and carry without too many worries, but some can really get in the way. We’ll share what have been our anchors and what we’ve done to work with them, rather than against them, to be able to work towards our dream and help you do the same.
We’re becoming big believers in the Minimalist lifestyle, and it makes sense because when travelling, there won’t be any room for anything unnecessary anyway! It has helped us really understand what is important to us, what we value most and have made some serious cash savings along the way, as well as reduced stress levels!
We haven’t decided yet how exactly we are going to explore Australia and as we explore these options, we want to share them with you, whether it be working whilst travelling, saving enough to live from, building a remote business, travelling by car, camper trailer, caravan or campervan, cruise or boat – there are so many ways of being able to travel and everyone is different in their own personal preference.
Our Journey so far…
Each step of our journey so far has been a step closer to knowing how will we go about travelling the big lap.
We go to every outdoor, camping, caravan and boat show we can to get ideas and inspiration. We also take opportunities for a road trip as often as we can, to learn what we do and don’t like!
We went on a 3-night cruise with P&O from Sydney to Melbourne (one way) which cost us next to nothing with a Groupon deal! This taster cruise, was the first for me (Gill), although Sara had been on a longer cruise years ago.
Is it for us? It wasn’t long enough to find out and left us with food for thought!
Gill joins the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard to get more experience and confidence on the water. These invaluable skills may come in useful during our big lap!
Sara brings her boat, a Cobalt open deck v-hull, that she has had with the family for years, down from Moonta to Adelaide. This gives us more opportunity to go out on it, giving me more confidence in my boating skills. And Sara gets to fish more. One happy Sara!
Our first camping trip together! My first Aussie camping trip, which is a surprise as I hated camping in the UK. Sara is a well-seasoned camper, although it’s a few years since she last went.
Not only a first, but we did it style! In a hired VW Camper. And right on the beachfront at Rapid Bay Campground. Life couldn’t get any better! We loved it and this was very much the start of the dream for us.
We also met Mal Leyland, from the Leyland Brothers and saw their original Land Rover on display at the Adelaide 4WD & Adventure Show. An absolute inspiration to travel more and love his book, Still Travelling (available from Amazon) which we had signed by Mal himself.
We started our ‘Once a week minimalist’ challenge. Although we’re not hoarders by any stretch of the imagination, we still have a lot of stuff lying around that we don’t use. We made a commitment that once a week we would either sell, donate or throw out one thing that we do not plan on taking when travelling. It has been a real motivator with the feeling that we are constantly doing something towards working towards our goal.
Sara also had a storage unit that was just eating away money each month. Although a tough physical and mental challenge, everything was moved out, sold, used or donated.
At the end of the month, we had a cheeky few days away down to Fleurieu Peninsula coast, just south of Adelaide. We cannot recommend enough the Beach Huts at Middleton – a perfect village atmosphere to truly relax in.
Neither of us had any experience of going out to sea on a tinny, so we decided to hire one from St. Kilda (unfortunately we don’t think this hire company is in operation anymore). We love the idea of travelling the big lap with a tinny, so this was just a bit of fun to see how we got on. This one was 4m with a 30hp engine that we launched from North Haven and was great to catch lots of fish and crab in time for the big day!
We increased our efforts to sell more of our stuff online, mainly through Gumtree, with more people looking for Christmas gifts.
Christmas presents were mostly experiences, not things. The only items we gave each other were to do with either camping or travelling. Even my Mum got in on it and gave us an inflatable bed and a jaffle iron for the campfire! Thanks Mum!
A trip to Kangaroo Island with Mum before she returned to the UK. Love how natural this island is, and definitely more inspiration to travel more, seeing how rugged and beautiful Australia is.
Unfortunately, Gill decided to take her phone for a swim during this trip so we have no photos, just memories!
And now we have the 4WD bug! This is a big decision to decide if and what vehicle we will be doing the big lap in, so we’ll be trying out as many different ones as we can.
We also took a trip to the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia and stayed at Gleeson’s Landing campground. Our first proper camping trip in a tent and with all our new shiny gear (it wasn’t so shiny after this weekend!). We loved every single second of it. We didn’t want to go home!
Gill had no idea there was such an amazing coastline around this state – she thought it was just Kangaroo Island that had the stunning beaches! More inspiration to get out there and travel more.
Where there is a will, there is a way!
We need to work on getting more gear for the Holden Captiva (this is a Cascada)!!
The Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Show at Adelaide Showground was the first time we set eyes on the Signature Elite Camper Trailer. We are in love.
It’s serious consideration time for travelling around Australia in a camper trailer.
We also take our 2nd camping trip this month to Butler’s Beach at the bottom of Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. This was also our first experience of camping in the rain!
Working in Clare gave us an opportunity to stay a couple of days in this gorgeous part of South Australia. Despite it being a beautiful part of Australia, it confirmed we much prefer being close to the water, and what type of campsite we didn’t prefer!
The Minimalists were in Adelaide and enjoyed an evening of them talking about this life-changing movement. Very inspiring and was good timing as we’d slightly fallen behind in our ‘Once a week minimalist’ challenge.
Another work opportunity took up to Naracoorte, close to the South Australia – Victoria border. This was our first glamping experience at the Big4 Naracoorte Holiday Park and really enjoy it! Normally we hate the rain, but we weren’t camping in our gear so we absolutely loved it! Let’s go glamping around Australia!
During this month, we also made some serious financial decisions. Hard ones. But they needed to happen. The boat was sold. The second car, the Holden Cascada was sold. Sara loved the boat and I loved the car so it was heartbreaking. But we are doing it for a reason. Doing it so we can achieve our dream. We reworked our budget, and now living off just half of our income. But there is still a long road ahead as we have several large amounts to be paid out over the next year.
With all this emotion, we headed to Deep Creek Conservation Park (an hour south of Adelaide) for the weekend to take some time out. This Park was much bigger than I expected and was a great experience with the local kangaroos who were more sociable than the people!
With a week off work later in the month, we headed on a road trip from Adelaide to Port Lincoln. This had been on our wish list for a while, so it was excited and exceeded all our expectations. A few nights in Port Lincoln National Park was just what we needed to reconnect with nature, with stops at Lipson Cove and Coffin Bay.
And the best bit, Winter Hill Lookout was where Sara proposed and we’re getting married in 2019!
With big decisions made, it was time to take a weekend break. We headed to Deep Creek National Park, south of Adelaide and had a lovely couple of days spent with the local kangaroos.
We spent the month focusing on selling more stuff and planning for the wedding! We also had our heads down and bums up working hard towards our holiday next month.
A few days in Sydney and we encountered our first Whale Watching experience. Oh wow, if you’ve never been on one, you need to add this to your bucket list! See our review here of our unique and unforgettable experience.
Vivid Festival was also on whilst we were in Sydney. We’ve been to this a couple of years ago, and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger each year. We had more time to look around this year and it is a great experience. (Review coming soon of the awful boat cruise that had us wanting to get off as soon as possible – for us water lovers, this must have been bad!)
10 days on a P&O cruise from Sydney to the South Pacific. It was a great experience, but a good learning curve that taking a cruise ship around Australia won’t be an option for us!
A spontaneous road trip from Adelaide to Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria. It was lots of driving but a great excuse to get out there and go exploring. A quick stay at Big 4 Port Fairy Holiday Park then glamping at the Big 4 Anglesea Holiday Park which is a park we highly recommend. It was great to drive the Great Ocean Road again, we’d just forgotten how many bends there where!