Trekking my way around Australia, scribbling down free activities and budget-conscious advice.

Oh hey. When did you sneak in?

Enough of the suspicion, let me introduce myself. I’m Josh West… from the travel blog Trekking West. See the connection there, eh? Yeah. Thought you might. You’re clever like that.

Let me start off by confirming no, Trekking West isn’t about travelling in any particular westerly direction, nor does it concentrate on ‘Western civilisation’ or anything of the like. It’s just linked to my last name. The alternative was changing my name to ‘Josh Everywhere’ but do you know how long it takes to get these things updated in your passport, plus the domain name would have been painfully long. Trust me. It’s easier this way.

My well-worn story is similar to many of the other travel bloggers you’ll find traipsing around the world.

1. Boy gets job. 2. Boy discovers travel. 3. Boy leaves job. 4. Boy travels.

But unlike most travel bloggers, step 3 took a seriously long time. Many budding bloggers just light up a dog-poop-filled bag, throw it on their bosses desk and go on their merry way. I battled on manfully through the 9 to 5 struggle for 6 and a half years, trying to figure out how best to fulfil my life’s ambitions. So I know what it’s like to stick it out on the company front line.

I kept myself busy saving for a house and working my way up the corporate ladder, but I was foolish to think these ambitions would quench my ongoing thirst for new experiences. In the end, it was travel, it had to be! Discovering new places, meeting new people, tasting new foods. It’s what makes me tick.

One of the most useful traits I acquired, during this time, was the ability to save money and lock down a bargain. Much to the dismay of several ex-girlfriends, I am a self-confessed tightass. Bad for them, but good for you, I’ll be sharing a plethora of budget-conscious tips, tricks and attractions with you that will keep your purse-strings tightened.

11 revelations from a nomadic year spent travelling Australia

The Blue Mountains, in Sydney’s north-west, was a great spot for revelations.

One year out of the rat race.

After finishing my full-time employment in Adelaide, I set myself the task of house-sitting in every Australian state within a year. These sitting stints led me on the very indirect route from Melbourne, to Brisbane, to Perth, to Adelaide, back to Melbourne, to Hobart and finally to Sydney. But I did it!

When I wasn’t fulfilling these domestic duties, I road-tripped through rural landscapes, visited sunny islands, hiked towering mountains, camped in picturesque National Parks and sucked the nectar from Australia’s flourishing tourism industry. While I learnt so much over the year, I, unfortunately, still haven’t mastered the art of time management, when it comes to blogging. Stay tuned for plenty more published stories over the coming months.

Hiking the Heysen Josh

These Heysen Trail markers will guide my way for 2 months.

Hiking the Heysen.

It occurred to me throughout that first year travelling the ‘rest’ of Australia that I’d left much of my home state off the list. South Australia is an incredibly diverse tourist destination, and there may be no better way to see its unique landscapes than via the 1,200km Heysen Trail. Over this 2-month hike, I will also be documenting my journey and raising money for the Black Dog Institute. Fun times ahead!