One Guy Quit His Job And Sold All His Stuff Just To Travel…With His Cat

By lheidi - May 31, 2019

We all dream of just dropping everything and packing up in order to see the world. But how many people actually do it? Not very many, that’s how many. You have to keep the day to day grind going if you want to keep living your life. Unless you’re a trust fund kid. Then you can afford to spend your entire life exploring Europe just because you feel like it – or at least until the trust fund runs out and then you have to go back to the real world with the rest of us.

We applaud the brave people who actually give everything up and go for it. It has to take a lot of courage to actually do it. Believe it or not, you can see the world without having to give up your pets, just like this guy did. Click through to see the adventure he went on.

Living The Dream


This is Rich East. He actually just did what so many of us dream of doing in our lives.

Rich quit his job and sold all of his stuff so in order to be able to travel around the world.

But Rich did it differently than most people. Rich took his cat, Willow, along with him on his travels. Because what else is he going to do? Leave the cat at home? Who would he get to feed it?

Australian Adventure


Rich and Willow have lived the life of nomads for a while.  The two have been at their travels for two and a half years.

They have been touring Australia, and have seen so many beautiful sights the continent has to offer.

We are sure that the journey is much more enjoyable with the company of a cat. We’re also impressed that the cat seems to be such a good sport about it and not at all cranky.

A Happy Camper


We love how patient Willow seems when she’s out and about traveling Australia with Rich.

Most cats aren’t this well behaved. We can’t imagine even a house cat being okay with sitting inside a camper for such a long period of time.

But Willow doesn’t seem to mind it, and she’s been able to see quite a bit of Australia with her owner. Rich and Willow surely are quite a dynamic duo, and we’d love to join them.

Racking Up The Miles


After Rich quit his job, he sold all of his possessions. He then left his home in Hobart, Tasmania so they could travel.

Since then, Willow and Rich have explored all they can explore while traveling in a camper van.

They’ve already traveled 50,000 kilometers across the country. That number isn’t too surprising, though. They’ve been at it for a while. It would be more surprising if they had traveled only two kilometers. At that point, what are you doing?

Doing It All


Australia is a huge country, but Rich and Willow have seen a lot of it.

They’ve been to South Australia. Willow has visited six states and two territories of Australia. That is five more states than most cats usually visit.

They’ve also sailed the Great Barrier Reef. Plus, they have camped on mountains in Burketown, Queensland and the Northern Territory. If Australia was a bingo card, their cars would be completely full. They’d have a bingo for sure!

Risky Business


There certainly are a lot of risks in traveling with a cat. What if the cat runs away?

You would be so sad to lose your travel companion and best friend. Plus life on the road must get quite lonely, and who would you be able to talk to?

We can’t imagine that Willow would want to run away. Traveling around in a camper sounds like a pretty great life, no matter how many legs you have.

Wild Animal


But Rich doesn’t worry about losing Willow all that much, even though it is a very real possibility.

Willow has a tracker on her, so if she indeedoes get loose, Rich will be able to find her and get her back.

Willow is a rescue cat after all, and it would be absolutely wild if she was rescued by another family. What are the odds that that family would also take her across all of Australia?

Safe Travels


We’re so jealous that Rich and Willow get to see all of Australia like this!

Their travels look super fun, and that camper actually looks pretty cozy. We’d never be able to pack up and travel Australia like that.

For starters, we don’t live in Australia, so it would take a lot of work. Plus, we’d have to get a cat, and you know what? Maybe we should just go ahead and scrap the whole idea, actually?

Explore Australia


Do you want to explore Australia just like Rich and Willow, but you don’t have time to fly across the world?

Don’t worry! We got your back. We’ll take you on a tour of the place that Rich and Willow are exploring, and you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own house.

Australia is a big,beautiful country, and thanks to the magic of photography, everyone can explore the Outback. So click on through.

Australia Is Huge


Australia is much bigger than you think it is, so if you’re going to travel all of Australia, it’s going to take you awhile.

Australia is actually the 6th largest country in the world. Australia stretches over an area of 7,692,024 square kilometers. To put that in perspective, that’s more than the size of every European country put together.

Even though Australia is so huge, it’s actually not that populated. So in your travels, you’re not going to run into too many people.

Most People Live On the Coasts


Australia has a population density of  3.1 people per kilometer, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to be lonely if you visit.

Most of the population of Australia lives on the coasts. So if you’re sticking to the sides of Australia, you should be good to go.

But if you’re planning on crossing the country, you might travel for days on end without seeing people. We’re guessing that is why Rich has Willow with him for company.

Australian Slang Can Be Confusing


Australians speak English, but if you’re from a different country, some of the slang might sound so funny, they might as well be speaking a foreign language.

We all know what “throw a shrimp on the barbie” means and that Fosters is Australian for beer.

But in Australia, a thong is going to refer to your flip flops, and a bum bag is actually a fanny pack. So watch what you say, because you might not mean it.

It Might Be Hard To See Wildlife


If you’re going to Australia to see koalas and kangaroos, it might be harder than you think. 

It shouldn’t be a surprise, but you’re not going to see wild kangaroos roaming the streets when you’re in an urban area. 

You might need to travel to a reserve or a zoo in order to see them hopping around. The further inland you go, the more likely you are to spot one. So you might want to get away from Sydney. 

Bring Sunscreen


The Australian sun is super bright, so you’re going to want to bring a lot of sunscreen with you when you visit. 

You’re probably going to get a sunburn faster in Australia than you would back home, even if you’re used to the sun. 

Even spending 30 minutes in the Australian sun can turn you into a lobster. So if you’re planning on hitting up the beaches, make sure you prepare for the intense rays of the sun. 

The Weather Changes A Lot


But Australia isn’t all sunshine and days at the beach. The weather can actually be pretty fickle.

For starters, the summer is during our winter months, and the winter is when we would expect it to be summer.

It also rains a lot in Australia, especially on the East Coast, so you might want to pack an umbrella along with your sunscreen. There’s a lot less rain in October and November as well as April and May. So if you want to stay dry, you might want to visit it then.

Australia Has A Lot Of Beer


We’ve all seen the Fosters commercials, but Australia has a lot more local beer besides Fosters.

If sipping on a brew is your thing, you might want to go for a local beer or something from a micro brewery. Please don’t ask for a Fosters, because that’s kind of tacky!

By choosing a local or eco-friendly beer, you’re supporting the local economy of Australia, as well as a local business. Plus, your tastebuds might like it better than Fosters.

You're Going To Go Off The Grid


If you’re going to Australia, know that your vacation might be more of a vacation than you expected.

The internet in Australia isn’t that great, so you might wind up out of communication with the people back home more than you think.

But if you’re traveling to a different country to get away from it all, that might not be a bad thing, right? Who wants to deal with work emails when you’re supposed to be exploring the Outback?

Every Time Is A Good Time To Go


Anytime of year is a good time of year for you to go and visit Australia.

But when you visit should depend on what you want to do. Different times of year are better for doing different activities.

The summer (which is December through February) is obviously better for going to the beach. But the Autumn (which is March through May) is going to be less crowded because all of the tourists have gone home.

Australia Is Safe


If you’re going to visit Australia, you don’t need to be scared because the country is very safe.

The crime rate in Australia is actually very low, so you can breathe easy knowing that you’re probably not going to get stolen during your travels.

However, the most common hazard in Australia are its dangerous animals. So be careful that you don’t get eaten by a Tasmanian devil when you’re exploring the otherwise risk free country.

Down Under


You don’t need to give up everything like Rich in order to travel Australia. And you also don’t need to take your cat with you.

But if you want to get your hands on a camper, and also get your hands on a cat, exploring Australia might be a fun idea.

The country is huge, and there’s such a diversity in the landscape. If you go to Australia, you’re not going to regret it. You might even run into Rich.