Our Story

Hello! I see you’ve stumbled upon our little slice of the internet! Welcome to Officer Travels.

I’m Leah and together with my partner Declan, I created this blog as my creative outlet while we travelled around Australia – and beyond – in our tiny home. That wasn’t the original plan though. Well, we didn’t really have a plan!

A little over 3 years ago we were living in England working ’nice’ jobs to run our nice home and enjoy all the nice things you grow up thinking you want – like the mahooosive TV that was way too big for the living room.

To the outside world, it looked like we were living the dream but we felt we didn’t quite fit into the idyllic jigsaw that we call “adulthood”.

We knew there was something missing in our life – and it wasn’t kids. Add to that a sky full of gloomy clouds and dullness, it was a big recipe for change.

Only crazy people would sell their home and belongings, then move to the other side of the world, right?! Choosing to leave it all behind, taking nothing but a backpack each and an open mind – That’s impossible?!

Well.. That’s exactly what we did and not long after, Officer Travels was born.

Okay, Okay I know it sounds a little bit cliché but hear me out. I’m not about to tell you it’s been rainbows and unicorns ever since we quit our jobs… it hasn’t… What I am going to tell you though is you know that big dream you have? Well… it’s achievable.

You see, travel didn’t just fall into our laps. We’re not from a rich family and we didn’t win the lottery. We worked hard to be able to achieve our dreams.

We put all of our energy into selling our items, what we couldn’t sell we gave away! If we were going to travel full time we wouldn’t be needing our dining table… or even our sofa. Eventually, over the space of 6 months, our home went from a cosy escape to an empty shell, but you know what? We didn’t care, because we were one step closer to achieving our dream!

If it’s worth having, it won’t come easy!

When we were ready to leave, all we had left was a box of sentimental items stored at our parents and a 36 Ltr backpack each! Our family and friends thought we were crazy and maybe we are… At least we’re happy crazies now though!

3 years later we’ve travelled around Australia and New Zealand. We don’t know what’s next but we no longer feel like something’s missing. We live a very minimalist lifestyle now – although we carry a little more camera gear around these days!

So if you’re sat there dreaming about a life of travel, ask yourself this; what can you change in your life, to make it doable?

We changed our mindset and now we live on the other side of the world. We move to a new place every few months and live in a Campervan, stopping wherever we choose to. If that isn’t freedom I don’t know what is!

Sure, we still pick up jobs along the way but at least we’re not tied down. Knowing we can leave them at any time and move to a new area whenever we want. Spending nights in our home on wheels wherever the road leads to. Maybe the beach? Sure! In the mountains? Why not. If itchy feet set in it’s no problem to pack up and start exploring somewhere new!

So if this sounds like something you want to get down with, you’re in the right place! We want to show you it’s ALL POSSIBLE. Those dreams in your head? Make them a reality.

The freedom we experience… you can have that too!

With our travel guides, planning tips and road trip itineraries, we want to help you realise you can travel as much, or as little, as you want.

There should be no restrictions on life. So get settled in, indulge in your daydreams and let us inspire you to change your mindset.

Welcome to Officer Travels!

Leah

A nature nerd with a big chocolate addiction!

Comfiest in my hiking shoes and happiest when surrounded by nature.

I’m the road trip DJ, snack provider and leader of random conversations.

Declan

A photography fanatic and chaser of epic sunsets.

If you lose him, it’s usually because he’s wandered off to photograph a ‘gnarly tree’.

The sole driver of all road trips and provider of sarcastic comments.

Why Officer Travels?

We get asked this alot. So here’s a little explanation to why we named our baby Officer Travels.

No, we’re not police officers or a military family. While Dec did serve in the military for a few years before he met me, our last name genuinely is Officer. It’s a quirky last name that isn’t all that common so it’s no wonder it causes a bunch of confusion… ‘Officer, as in police Officer‘ is something we hear a lot of. Or ‘Ok, so what’s your surname, Officer‘.

So why did we call it Officer Travels? I bet that’s obvious now, isn’t it?