Forget all the stress, bring on the sunshine
In our new series, we bring you stories from those who call the Whitsundays home for a little while: backpackers
EVER wished you could leave the mortgage behind and head off adventuring?
That’s exactly what English backpacker Chris Hobson did.
Having landed a job as a network engineer with British Telecom, Chris found himself tied to home.
“I ended up buying a house and settled down a bit,” he said.
“And then I just had a really bad day at work one day and said ‘forget it, I’m out of here, I’m going to move to Australia’.”
“I just had a really bad day at work on day and said ‘forget it...’”
Arriving in January last year, Chris spent three months travelling the east coast until his bank account began thinning.
Finding work in Sydney, the traveller soon realised he wanted to stay for another year.
His regional work requirements found him moving to Airlie Beach.
“I’m not really fond of big cities back home,” he said.
“I found it hard living in Sydney because it’s constant- ly busy and noisy; crossing the road takes you five minutes.”
Airlie Beach has proven just the ticket however.
“Airlie’s a good mix,” Chris said.
“It’s just got that perfect mix of the night life if you want it, but then also the relaxed side of it.”
FREE AS A BIRD: Chris Hobson gave up a high paying job in the UK to backpack around Australia.