Our driving route through Queensland with a stop in Sydney

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Our drive through the countryside of Australia was not nearly as scenic as our drive through New Zealand, but, for us, logistically it was the best way to see all the towns along the coast line. There is a train, but we are the type of travelers that like to go off and do random things when we tour and not having a car would feel restrictive.

Although the drive between town were long (4-8 hours stretches) and flat, the beach towns of Queensland are spectacular and the weather was perfect.

Our rankings

  • Our favorite beach town was Cairns.
    • We heard from a lot of locals that we should skip it but it was a nice town, not over crowded, and had a lively vibe.
  • Our most surprising good time was in Yeppoon
  • Our favorite small town beach was Mount Column (just north of the Sunshine Coast.)
  • Our favorites activities were the Wildlife preserve in Cooberry and the Great Barrier reef tour from Cairns.
  • Our favorite site was the Whitsunday White Sand Beaches.
    • It gets a lot of hype but it is an aaaaammmazing beachline.  (Funny, on the way up other towns claimed to have similar beaches on the cheap but they were wrong.)


Plans for World Tour 2015

aroundworld Jackie and I will be taking a trip around the world in 2015 and based on feedback from friends we’ll be tracking the trips here on this page! We’ll post maps, updates, pictures, and destinations; if you want to join us at a stop just check in!  You can also follow our updates by following me on Twitter.

Things We Will Do On This Trip

Explore: Our love for travel and adventure will be a major driver for this trip. We have many places we’ve always wanted to see and activities we are excited to try. If you have an activities or adventures that are a must we’d love to hear your ideas! One thing we are thinking of trying is hiking every mountain we visit, or snorkeling in every ocean 🙂

Work With Startups: There are many “startup hubs” around the world starting, growing and blowing up. While on this journey I’ll be looking for ways to get involved, help grow/create them, and contribute to the ecosystem in any way I can. I’m excited to see how different each city has developed their mix of cultures, perspective, and goals that are sure to be even more diverse than ours in the states.

Volunteer: We’ll be pursuing a mixture of the things we love (in addition to one another.) We plan to volunteer a few weeks between each trip offering help to local communities such as working with kids, farms, and/or employing Jackie’s nursing experience and my entrepreneurial experience where we can. If you have suggestions let us know 🙂

Find A Home Base: We are not only looking forward to traveling in all these amazing countries, but we are interested in making one of them our home for a while. At the very least an HQ to call home between each trip. That being said if we find an environment we can add long-term value to and a community we like – we may stay! I’ve always wanted to live overseas, and I hope we can find a place that fits us nicely! Our potential home base ideas so far are: Berlin, London, Dubai …

Extend The Trip: From now and throughout the trip I’ll be working on projects that can hopefully generate passive income to extend the trip as long as possible. I am further inspired by what this entrepreneur calls a “digital nomad”. I’m looking forward to getting back to basics and building small focused products, finding a niche, and supplying  a demand without “searching for the next big thing.”

Below are some interactive maps (click on the map to get an interactive version) of where we are planning to go. From what I’ve heard, “planning” a long trip like this can be self-delusional. The reality of what you really end up doing will occur along the way. How long will it last? Well, as long as we can make it last I suppose. Making the dollar stretch for two will be an adventure of its own. We get a lot of questions asking where we’ll be – below is our best guess so far.

UPDATE: As predicted our our trip route hasn’t gone as planned below. You can track our actual route as we create it here.

Part I: First Teaser Trip – Pacific Islands / Hong Kong / Japan  [COMPLETED!]

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Part II:  South America [CANCELED] 😦

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Part III: South Pacific/Asia Legs – (Old Route)

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Part IV: Middle East – Europe (Incomplete plans)

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Part V: Africa  (Incomplete plans)

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