FRIDAY FEATURE #11 – ROAMING WITH ROB

Every Friday we will feature fellow binge-explorers/adventure seekers who are living the ultimate Australian dream of exploring the amazing country in a camper. Our aim is to get an insight on the lifestyle of this idolised community. Salty Summits takes no responsibility of severely increased FOMO!

ROAM WITH ROB AND EXPLORE WITH LAURA!

THESE ENTREPRENEUR’S HAVE NOT LET OWNING A BUSINESS STOP THEM FROM LIVING THE #VANLIFE AROUND AUSTRALIA!

WHY WOULD THEY WHEN THEIR OFFICE VIEWS ARE LIKE THIS!!!!…..

There is nothing like a game of Cards Against Humanity to break the ice 😉 So fill in the blanks with the first words that come to mind:

Hold my BAG and watch me PACK

The best way to LIVE is OUTSIDE

Why did you choose to live the idolised #vanlife and how long have you been on the road for now? 

 We set off in May 2016. Much like a lot of people who get stuck in a routine, we wanted a change and a sense of adventure. We had been living and working in Perth for a number of years we both missed the daily sense of adventure that had seemed to have taken a back seat. I was working as an Environmental Scientist, and Laura as a Teacher. We both enjoyed these rewarding roles and the contributions they made to the wider community, but felt our sense of adventure and creativity was restricted on a day to day basis. Taking off in the van was a chance to reset, explore and rediscover what’s most important to us.

We have had some pretty amazing (and not so) encounters with the Australian WILDlife. From swimming with seals, seeing turtles hatch and having possums break into the van. Enlighten us with what has been your most bizarre encounter and of course what has been the most memorable?  

We’ve had kangaroos raiding our kitchen, wombats waking us up shaking the van by scratching their backs on the axels, kookaburras stealing food off the plate while we sit eat. The Australian locals can be pretty cheeky! These are all amazing encounters that become amazingly normal when your sharing your home with the local wildlife! One encounter I could have done without was a huge red bellied black snake launching off a log at me. It literally flew through the air! We were hiking through Dorrigo rainforest and I interrupted it’s sunbathing session. My fault, it was there first! Luckily it didn’t land a bite and went on it’s way down the hill. Definitely got the heart pumping!

You and your partner Laura launched ‘Bumbu Lifestyle’ last year. Tell us a bit about the reason for launching an adventure underwear range. 

When we set off on our adventure we were looking for some excitement and a change of lifestyle, but didn’t want to lose a sense of purpose or building something. We hoped that we would maybe find a way to grow our adventure into something bigger, and something that could make a difference along the way. The result has been Bumbu Lifestyle, which is ethical underwear built for adventure. We aim to incorporate what we have learnt from our own experiences, and encourage people to explore and look after the natural world in the way we have done and found so rewarding. People wear underwear every day, so the encouragement and support will always be there as constant motivation! Anyone interested can check out www.bumbu.com.au for more info.

How did you guys decide on the name ‘Bumbu Lifestyle’? 

 We most of all wanted it to be light hearted, playful and fun. It’s bamboo for your bum. Simple as that really! We didn’t realise at the time but it translates to ‘spices’ in Indonesian…could be interesting when enter the market over there!

Any hot tips for entrepreneurs who want to make the move to start living and working on the road?

Just go for it. Don’t see the difficulties – see the opportunities. You’re going to be filled with inspiration on a daily basis, and this will fuel your ideas just like it does for bumbu with us. Sure, things will work slightly differently to sitting in an office. But thats why you’re doing it isn’t it?!

The biggest debate for us lately has been whether to keep the kitchen out the back or relocate to the side! What are some pros and cons of your kitchen setup?

The biggest pro is being able to cook outside in all weather, making the most of all the views and fresh air. Our kitchen slides out the side door, under an awning if necessary – be it for shade or rain. Cooking outside is not only good for the soul, it’s great for keeping those smells out the van too! We can access from the inside too but we never have. Once you get the taste for ‘al fresco’, it’s hard to head back inside!

Where has been your most favourite campsite and why?

So hard to answer! We are big fans of free camping. We much prefer the peace and tranquility it provides. And we are so fortunate in Australia that this is easy to find. We keep many of the spots to ourselves, as the beauty of it is that we are there it’s ‘ ur’ spot. Well, ours and the wildlife we mentioned earlier! The more you explore the more you discover and thats what we like to encourage. In terms of areas, our favourite region by far is Northern New South Wales. Wherever we are up there just feels like home. Much of the area is well on the map, but there are still so many hidden gems. National parks can be a really nice place to stay, and if you are paying for a site, your money is doing some good. Gillards beach in southern New South Wales is a great example of this. Beachfront camping, in pristine wilderness. Surf in the front yard and forest out the back. Perfect.

Seeing as you love to jam out, what song title best describes your lifestyle?

Good question. Hard to answer though! I think it changes daily depending on where we are at the time! We both love anything acoustic. It really depends on where we are and what the weather is doing, but The Tallest Man On Earth has something for most occasions!

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GET A LITTLE BAMBOO FOR YOUR BUM AND BECOME A PART OF THE @BUMBULIFESTYLE

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