Exploring Australia in a van. Interview with Kendall Baggerly.

Exploring Australia in a van. Interview with Kendall Baggerly.

Today we are so pleased to interview Kendall Baggerly, one of our favourite travellers in Australia. She is a digital creator who works remotely while travelling around the country with her partner, Glenn and her new puppy, Leo. 



Kendall, tell us a little about yourself. When did you start the big trip around Australia?

Hi loves! I’m originally from America and fell in love with my partner Glenn when I studied abroad in Sydney back in 2015. I moved out to Australia shortly after that and now call this beautiful country my home. Glenn and I set off on our trip in January 2020 in our 1982 VW T3 van (named Vance) and have visited New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. Safe to say, we’ve had our fair share of breakdowns along the way but couldn’t love this lifestyle anymore!


What inspired you to start travelling?

When I moved to Australia, I jumped straight into a full-time job in the city. After about a year, I realised that I had barely seen my new home country and wanted to find a way to explore it beyond the occasional holiday break. I just knew there was more to life than my 9-5.

Glenn and I also wanted to expand our creativity with photography, so we thought a trip around Aus would be the perfect way to do so, and the rest is history! We originally only planned to be on the road for a year but fell in love with the lifestyle so much that we just can’t stop yet. Australia is such a beautiful country to see via slow travel and we become more and more inspired by its beauty every day.



What are some of your favourite places in Australia, and why?

We’ve fallen in love with so many places for so many different reasons! 

The Red Centre is magical – so full of history and spiritual meaning. We also fell in love with the beautiful coastline and crystal clear waters of Esperance. We also loved Exmouth so much last year that we came back again this year, purely for the beauty of the Ningaloo Coast and fun surfing. Australia is so diverse and stunning in so many ways, you could travel it forever and have a different experience every time!


How does travel influence your life?

Travelling full-time influences me in so many ways. I’ve realised that less is more when it comes to possessions, and that owning high-quality goods that last is so important. I’ve also found so much value in enjoying the small moments. There’s a lot of downtime with this lifestyle (mostly waiting out windy or rainy days) so finding joy in the little things has been such a beautiful transformation for me mentally. 



How is travel in a van with your dog?

It’s great actually! We’ve had to adjust to having a sandy bed on the reg, but other than that it’s been such a joy getting to show Leo so many beautiful places around Australia. We’re obviously a bit limited when it comes to National Parks, but we can always find someone to watch him. There’s definitely more planning involved in our travels now but we wouldn’t want it any other way.



What are your must-have items when travelling?

We like to stick to the coast, so our must-haves typically centre around beach items like a good beach umbrella, sunscreen, quality hats and sunnies. A must for us is also our surfboards – you never know when you’re going to find a good wave :)



Funniest or most embarrassing travel moment?

A few funny moments come to mind, but one of the main ones was when we broke down on a side road and tried to push Vance to the side of the road, only to end up blocking half of it with Vance positioned fully sideways. We had to wait overnight for a tow truck and in the morning, decided to make a coffee – still very much blocking the road. We got countless dirty looks and a few honks of encouragement but had to just laugh it off. The silly situations Vance gets us in have just become part of the journey now!  


Please share with us your best travel lesson so far.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned on our travels is that everything comes in waves (I actually have this tattooed on me as a reminder!). Life is full of so many ups and downs. You can’t have the good without the bad and vice versa. So whenever we’re having a bad day or we’re stuck in an unlucky situation, I always remind myself that it’s part of the journey and that good times are ahead. And then when we’re having a blast, I soak it up as much as possible and feel beyond grateful for those moments. 



What is your next trip?

We’re heading over to Tasmania for Christmas/New Years which we’re so excited about! It’s been high on our list for a while so we can’t wait to see it in person. After our trip in Australia finishes up we would love to pop over to New Zealand as well :)


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