@summerofseventyfive

Life & Travels in a Kombi🌻

Roadtrip with our family of four in an old VW Kombi ~ Exploring Australia☀️ @ozshot ambassador Join us at the Vagabond South Coast Gathering👇

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~ Escape and create ~ It’s what we live for... escaping, even if just for a weekend, and creating… moments together, memories, and stories that we share with you! ~ There’s been a lot of you asking about our adventures, photography and storytelling, so we’re so excited to share that we’ll be co-hosting the South Coast Gathering next month with the crew from @vagabondphotographic! Come hang out with us for the weekend, we’ll sit around the campfire, share stories and talk all things adventure! We’ll be there to offer advice, and answer your questions about travelling Oz, like how we go about minimal off-grid free camping, and doing it as a family. We’ll offer inspiration for your own adventures, and give tips on how to improve your travel photography and capture the moments, for you to then share your own stories. ~ But mostly it’s a weekend of inspiration, making connections with likeminded people sharing the same passions, and learning some photography skills from some down to earth and inspirational photographers! There’s also ocean photography, land and seascapes, and some drone and video sessions. The link is our bio, for more details and to see the co-hosts and creative guides, or reach out and chat to us, we’d love to meet you! 🔥📷🙌 ~

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~ 2019, we’re coming for you! Let’s get this year started, because we’ve got some big things planned and we’re diving head first into them, there’s no time like now to make them happen 🙌 ~ Happy New Year friends! We hope it’s a great one for you! Thank you always for your support, we can’t wait to share more with you this year! 🥳 ~

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~ From our family to yours ~ wishing your days are merry and bright! It’s that time of year when we reflect on our journey, to look at the road ahead, to gather our loved ones, and to do what makes us happy and live our best life! So here’s to a new year filled with big adventures! ✨

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~ A man and his van ~ For him, it’s so much more than four wheels... it’s symbolic of having the courage to change his life, and reaching a place where his eyes became open to the wonders out there. ~ The journey isn’t always fields of green, there’s cloudy days too... but damn it’s worth it! ~

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~ Chase sunset ~ chase it until the last rays of light cast their long shadows, and the road disappears, then go a little further... that’s where you’ll find the place you’re looking for ✨

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~ Reflecting ~ Not one to shy away from the camera, our kombi was in her element having a bunch of photographers snapping away in her direction on our recent weekend getaway with @vagabondphotographic! ~ Such an inspiring experience learning ocean photography from the masters themselves and all round legends @russellordphoto and @warrenkeelan. Thanks for sharing your wisdom guys! ~ We chatted with them recently about travelling Australia and how we fit 4 people in our tiny tin can, find the link to the interview in our bio 🧡🌴

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~ Spend time with the one you love, in a place you love, and do the things that make you happiest! It’s a simple recipe for living your best life! 🧡 ~ We dropped the girls off at Grandmas and had a getaway together!! That hasn’t happened in what seems like forever! Sure, we missed them like crazy, but it was so good to just be us again! ~

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~ A cruise up the coast, parked by the sea, these are the simple pleasures we live for! ~ We got away for a few days with the legendary crew from @vagabondphotographic, taking part in an ocean photography workshop! It was beyond epic! More to share with you over the next few days! ~

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~ It’s good to be alive 🧡 ~ You know that place that makes you feel happy... go there! For us it’s this little orange van. It’s hard to put into words, it’s more of a feeling, like home, and we couldn’t be happier to be back here! ~ For those who have been following our journey, our kombi has been garaged for months while we’ve been working on her getting ready for more adventures! And since we’ve returned from our trip in the Kimberley, it was time to get her dusted off! We made a little video of our first few days back with her, it’s in the highlights now. ~ So where to next?.... 🚌

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~ We soaked in the magic of those Darwin sunsets, and talked about all the adventures we had in the Kimberley and the top end, an experience we’ll talk about for a very long time! There’s always mixed emotions when an adventure comes to an end, but that’s just when the next one starts, and that can only mean one thing..... Kombi time!!! 🚌🧡 ~ We had a great time in Darwin, thanks to @oaks_hotels for an amazing stay, we absolutely love this vibrant city! ~

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~ Now this looks like our kind of concrete jungle! 🌴~ We’re not usually ones for city life, but when we arrived in Darwin to find this, we were happy to hang out for a while! Wandering the streets, we stumbled upon wall after wall of incredible street art as part of the @darwinstreetartfestival. It lead us down laneways and alleys, on a cross-city exploration to discover all the city’s art secrets! Such a fun way to explore the city! ~ More in stories soon!! ~ On a side note, it’s pretty rare that you’ll see me (Amber) in photos as I’m the one behind the camera, but my good friend @mumpacktravel has started a hashtag #mumsinphotos to inspire more mums to get in front of the camera, and I’m all for supporting that! ~ @oaks_hotels #explorewithoaks

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~ It’s the rough roads that lead to beautiful destinations ~ and this could never be more true than here! Heading in to what seems like a land before time, this place has been one of our all time highlights of travelling Australia! ✨ ~ The road in is rough, and definitely not a place for a kombi, but what awaits at the other end is an ancient landscape like nowhere else on earth! Walking among the 350 million years of geological history left us feeling so incredibly small and humble! ~ We shared more for you in stories so if you missed it, it’s in the highlights now. ~

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~ Exploring an underwater wonderland ~ with the water crystal blue, and warm like a bathtub, we had as much fun under the water as above, and soaked until our fingers were like prunes! There’s something so cleansing about these thermal springs, like ancient purified water! 💦 ~ The route from Broome to Darwin has an abundance of waterholes, each one different and beautiful in its own way. There’s gorges, springs, and more waterfalls than we’ve seen anywhere, and they’re such a welcome treat on a hot day! This one at Bitter Springs in @ausoutbacknt, is a favourite though! ~ Check our latest story to see how much fun it was! We’re back from our Kimberley trip and our Insta takeover last week at @thekimberleyaustralia, but still loads more to share with you! ~ @oaks_hotels

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~ When we bought our kombi 2 years ago we had never heard of ‘vanlife’. We were somewhat naive I guess, we just had a simple dream of slowing life down a bit, and taking our family on adventures. Little did we know we would actually find a great big community of likeminded people, from all walks of life, and all corners of the globe. ~ We’re so humbled and grateful to share that we’re in the @vanlifediaries book! This community inspires so many people and changes lives! Through it, we’ve met people who have had such a positive impact on us, and who have become our closest friends. It’s much more than a hashtag, it’s real and tangible! ~ Essentially it’s about people wanting to break out of the norm, who want to experience a different side of living, to slow things down a bit, who want adventure and a connection with the outside world, and who’s greatest commodity is time rather than things! ~ When we find ourselves like this, with moments together watching the sunset over a never-ending horizon, that’s what makes us feel like we’re living! We hope that by us sharing our journey with you that it can help inspire your dreams, whatever they may be! 🧡

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~ Tree huggers ~ it’s a humbling feeling being dwarfed by these majestic ancient Boab trees! We were left contemplating our place in this world, at the mere thought that this has been standing here among the Kimberley landscape for up to 2,000 years! We had ‘a moment’ with a few of these beauties... moments of reflection, moments of gratitude, and yes there were tree hugging moments (ok so one of us may have even shed a tear!) ~ Fun facts... known as The Tree of Life, the Boab tree is found in only 3 places on earth, the Kimberley being one of them, an iconic part of the landscape here. They’re one of the oldest living trees, some say up to 6,000 years! In the wet season they’re lush and green, bursting with flowers, but in the dry they’re deciduous like this. Their seed nuts are edible, and were a staple source of Vitamin C for the indigenous, we tasted it, like a creamy lemon flavour. What an amazing real life nature lesson this was for our girls! 🌳 ~

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~ Choose your own adventure!! ✨ ~ We love nothing more than inspiring you to go on your own adventures, and so we’re excited to be able to offer you a Giveaway, to win your own family escape with @oaks_hotels!! ~ Fancy seeing yourselves cruising Cable Beach in Broome on bike like we just did, taking in a Darwin sunset, or getting salty on the Sunshine Coast? As @oaks_hotels are big on families, we’ve teamed up with them and some inspiring Insta travel families to offer you a chance to win a $1000 Oaks escape, to use at your choice of over 50 family-friendly resorts across Australia and New Zealand! ~ To enter ~ follow all accounts @summerofseventyfive @oaks_hotels @alittleatlarge @theblondenomads ~ like and tag a friend on the competition post on @oaks_hotels, there’s no limits on entries so tag away, the more tags the more chance to win! ~ The competition closes on 8th October at 5pm, one winner will be drawn by @oaks_hotels and announced via their IG story. ~ We would love to see one of you win, and it would make us so happy that you take yourselves on an amazing adventure, to make some memories that will last a lifetime! 🧡 ~ #explorewithoaks

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~ We disappeared deep into the rugged Kimberley wilderness to take on the iconic Gibb River Road, and we’ve come out the other side, slightly rattled from the corrugated roads, but what an adventure it’s been! ~ This is as remote as we’ve experienced...getting off the tracks and making our own, where there’s no connection to the outside world, trekking into ancient gorges with not another soul in sight, and sleeping under the endless night sky. We’ve lived with the pure rawness of the land, it’s wildlife, bushfires, Boab trees, and 360 million year old landscapes! ~ These are the kind of experiences that change you, that strip away all that you know, and replace it with a new appreciation of living. ~ We’ve got lots to show you in our upcoming stories! ~

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~ Waiting for the afterglow ~ it’s the moments following the sunset, when you think you’ve seen the best of it, don’t turn away, wait and watch a little longer! ~ These are the moments we live for! ~ The coast of @thekimberleyaustralia putting out the most amazing sunset colours we’ve ever seen! ✨ ~

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