Reality Blog: How Taking the Difficult Path Can Lead You to Unexpected Places

More is Possible written on desert road

Who’d be crazy enough to trade a solid business and a healthy income for a life of wandering the back roads of Australia? And why?

Having declared my goal for 2019 here and asking for your help along the way, I thought you should know a bit more about me.

After all, I’m now accountable to you.

Twelve months ago, my wife Peta and I traded our comfortable middle-class lifestyle for a life on the road. The roots of this nomadic lifestyle go way back before January 2018 though…

The Best Teacher

My three siblings and I were raised on an isolated sheep and cattle property (farm or ranch) in south-eastern Australia. We were destined to have a different perspective on life.

Normal schooling wasn’t an option, since we lived too far from town. Our mother taught us primary (or junior) school at home. If we finished our lessons early, we could spend the rest of the day with our father, working on the property. Or we might disappear into the bush (or woods), exploring our world. So we quickly learnt that self-discipline and persistence has rewards.

This was my home as a child. Stunningly beautiful land. Part of me will always remain here.

Of course, nature was all around us. And nature is such an amazing teacher. It’s so gentle and kind. But nature can also be harsh and unforgiving. We were surrounded by the natural cycles of life and death. Mother Nature taught us to be pragmatic.

This promoted a sense of responsibility, self-confidence, the ability to make difficult decisions, to deal with loss… resilience.

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Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray

Andrew has traded the daily grind for a life on the road. He loves the lure of Australia’s wide-open spaces, solitude and isolation. Andrew and his wife Peta are experienced remote travelers, living the simple life on the road. They travel, work and live in their 4x4 truck camper. Andrew plans to build his Money-Making Website Top Wire Traveller to the point where it provides a regular income... enough to sustain their lifestyle on the road.


  • Hello, Andrew,
    I’m really looking forward to traveling through this year with you as I have also just begun something. I was a full-time teacher and part-time writer when disability struck in 2005. After years of struggle to overcome illness, a fight to keep my right leg (I won!), catastrophic pain and a lengthy recovery, I am finally able to stand up on my own two feet – metaphorically and literally. So, now I begin to rebuild my life. Will it be the same? No. It can’t be. Will it be as good? You’d better believe it.
    So, I will be watching you, and traveling the road alongside you, even though I’m in the US. You build. I build. You write. I read. Perhaps I’ll walk in your steps sometimes. Perhaps I’ll lend you my guidebook. It will be everything we want it to be because we will make it so. Thanks for your post. I’ve written some of my own on LinkedIn. (I’m under my own name, if you’d care to look. Or I’ll send you a link if you’d like.) So, I’ve got to go now. Things to do. Cheers, Toña

    • Hi Tona. Wow, you have an inspiring story. You’re obviously mentally tough and have the right attitude to life. I’m glad you’re joining us on our journey.
      I’ll have a look at your articles on LinkedIn. Thanks for sharing.

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