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

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Rory Sheav­ils

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.