Name: Justin Lorrimer – ‘TRIP IN A VAN’
City and State you live: NO FIXED ADDRESS
Favorite Quote: “Growing old is inevitable – Growing up is optional”
I’m 34 years old, i have a beautiful wife Bec, & three gorgeous kids. Jack, Billy & Charli. I’m a qualified heavy duty mechanic by trade and before we left on our travels, i worked in open cut coal mines in the Hunter Valley NSW.
I’ve always wanted to travel Australia and i’m so glad i waited to do it with my family. We have grown such a great bond and it’s made me realise just how lucky i am! As a family we run the Brand and Travel Blog “Trip In A Van”. We are currently filming our travels and will have a DVD out next year. Happy travels!!
What’s the longest trip that you’ve been away from home?
Still going – It’s currently been 23 months on the road, 2 Laps of OZ and no end in sight! Trip In A Van is getting bigger and better! We will be on the road forever!!
What has been your most favourite destination and why?
Cape Range national Park. To be able to park your caravan just metres from the turquoise waters and the reef is so close to shore. For $20 a night that is bloody outstanding value! The fishing here was epic, with big spangled emperor and Golden Trevally everyday off the beach. The water is cool, clear and blue, unlike anywhere else in OZ.
What’s your favourite travel childhood memory?
Moreton Island for school holidays with my cousins!! 4wding in old land rovers, digging pup-pies and surf fishing for dart, whiting and tailor. Swimming in the blue lagoon and day tripping to the dunes to go sand boarding. These are my favourite and fondest memories.
What have you found (sights or activities) a bit off the beaten track? Beyond the tourist traps that made you go wow?
Uluru By Sunrise Free camp really made us go WOW!! There was something really magical about that camp site. Over looking Uluru at sunrise and sunset really was majestic! Apparently it’s closed now which is sad, i’d love it if everyone could experience what we did.
What’s your biggest first world problem that you have while travelling?
Bloody Telstra service so we can access internet for work. Because we run a travel blog, we are constantly uploading new content to different platforms and writing articles for different publications. It’s frustrating when you can only get a crappy 3g signal and you need to upload Video to a client. But like you say – 1st world problem, haha. So i’ll stop whinging.
What’s been the weirdest thing you’ve seen?
We’ve had a few crazy things happen on our travels. First one was in Jervis Bay about 8 months into our trip. We had a Kanga- roo jump into the van while Bec was dressing the kids after a bath and i was cooking dinner. It was a beautiful friendly roo and we eventually managed to squeeze her back out the door. It made for a great video though as i captured it on my iPhone. The video went viral and we sold it all over the world. It had millions of views and was on just about every news network. For us, that was pretty weird.
The second one was: A Crocodile dragging a cow down the Ord River in Kununurra. Amazing!! I was out with Matty Cox from Northbound Charters to do a Promo Video and while we were fishing, we captured a massive croc dragging a cow off the bank and swimming downstream with it. This video went viral as well, it was great. There was newspaper stories, radio and tv interviews and the best part was, it created so much business for Northbound Charters that Matty could have run 3 boats for the following 6 weeks he was that busy!
Where do you dream of visiting (anywhere in the world)?
We would love to take the kids to Canada and do a big road trip. Bec and I lived over there for a year before we had kids, and we loved it!! It’s our dream to get there again and road trip in a big fancy motorhome all across Canada. “TripInAVanada” -LOL.
What do you get from travelling?
This might sound a bit gooey, but honestly for me it’s “Pure and ultimate contentment with life itself”.
I get to spend every day with my family that i absolutely adore. I am a very lucky man and am very grateful for the opportunities that have opened up for us while on the road.
Second to that, it’s a great feeling to know that I have covered the whole country & left no stone unturned and when we finally settle, I know i will never have any regrets because it will be in the best place in Australia!
What’s been your weirdest moment while travelling?
We have seen some strange things while driving. The wildlife that manages to cross the road in front of us astounds me. There has been emu’s, kangaroos, buffalo’s, cows, goannas, wombats, snakes, possums, pigs, dogs, cats, echidnas, camels, turtles, and even a crocodile in Kakadu, all crossing the road in front of us!
What has been the most useful item you’ve brought?
For me it’s probably my MacBook Pro for video editing!!! Creating vids from our travels is a huge part of what we do, and the Mac and it’s software has been amazing at creating short vids that can share our travel experiences with others. By no means am I a professional, but i strive to get better and better with every video we put out.
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