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Moving to Bali

I am always asked "Why did you leave Australia to move to Bali"

We just thought why not!

We have never aspired to living the normal suburban life and have always travelled and did things outside the square.

My husband Shayne worked all over the world as an offshore saturation oilfield diver and paramedic and did lots of travel.

We have always believed that life is for living and not looking. We are both at the pointy end of life, I am 62 and my husband is 68 and we won't run out of money but we will surely run out of time.

So, the journey started 4 years ago when I met a lady at a fashion event and she told me that she lived in Indonesia for 9 months of the year and then travelled to Europe for the rest.

I was basically sold at that moment and thought "why can't we do that"

I told my husband on the way home and we decided in 10 minutes "let's do it"

We also decided we were going to sell everything and be nomadic and see where life takes us.

I had a fashion business with over 4000 pieces of stock as well.

This was late August and we decided to do it in November which gave us a few months to get ourselves organised.

In early September a friend suggested at a dinner party that we should look at house sitting.

Please make a mental note to yourself never go online at 2am after lots of cocktails!

I went online and saw a housesit in Bali for a couple of months, the next day when we woke up we had got the housesit and had to be there in 3 weeks!

Not people to panic easily again we thought "why not and accepted"

Next came the most intense 3 weeks of our lives.

In that 3 weeks we managed to sell all our possessions and walk out of Australia with a 30kg suitcase each.

We were totally exhausted at the end of it.

Once your mind is made up the task of giving away and selling possessions is quite easy but you had to be ruthless.

I gave all my fashion stock to a friend as she was raising money for scouts and the journey was about to begin.

We decided on Bali being our base for a few months and then headed to Thailand for a month, then to Europe.

We only ever buy one way tickets to anywhere and that way you can be spontaneous with plans. All I can tell you when you travel you meet the most amazing people from all walks of life.

We have made some lifelong friends and we make a point of catching up when we are in Europe or they come to Bali.

We were at a restaurant in the South of Italy and just chatting to a group next to us. They were travelling the next day to Greece to pick up a luxury yacht and said come and join us for a few days! That was pretty cool.