A life of travel leads Kar­men Har­ley back to the coun­try

Com­bin­ing her love of travel and pho­tog­ra­phy, this snap­per is liv­ing a full life

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Kar­men Har­ley had al­ready set up a thriv­ing wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness, s, bought a house and was on the road to sub­ur­ban bliss when her brother threw those plans into chaos.

“My brother sent me a CD with pho­tos he had taken in Thai­land, In­done­sia and the UK. I was hooked,” she says.

The im­ages in­spired her to close her busi­ness, sell ev­ery­thing she owned bar her cam­era, and in­vest in a sturdy back­pack in­stead. That was 15 years ago, and Kar­men has not taken a back­ward step since.

She now lives out of a suit­case for most of the year as she trav­els to ex­otic, far-flung places. Her most re­cent trip was to Myan­mar, but her most mem­o­rable hap­pened en route to Antarc­tica.

“When I went they were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the worst weather there in 20 years,” she says. “I didn’t want to turn around and come home, so I went to Patag­o­nia in­stead. It was the most amaz­ing place. No cars, no rub­bish, no peo­ple, just un­touched wilder­ness.”

Kar­men now lives in a small acreage block at Mo­ray­field (north of Bris­bane) with her er hus­band, Matt, two dogs and a few sheep. . “When I’m not trav­el­ling, I love re­turn­ing g home to en­joy the quiet ru­ral side of our life.”

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