Mary-Helen Lockton is a life coach, financial coach and travel mentor with over 20 years of backpacking experience, having left her home country of Australia for the first time all the way back in 1999. She has done working holiday visas in the UK, France, Ireland and Canada, and in between these trips she pursued careers in finance and marketing in Sydney.
Ronnie is a Body & Lifestyle Transformation Expert, qualified fitness trainer, ex Queensland firefighter and holds a bachelor of applied biology. Originally from Kenya, Ronnie moved to Australia with his partner at the time to create a new life for himself. He found himself in a new country and a culture where he felt he had to start his entire life again. So he did just that.
Kenan is a traveler who has 'been on and off the road a lot in the past 8 years. When he is “home” he spends a lot of that time on road trips in the western United States. Kenan previously worked in film as a camera man and dedicated his life to working when in the right job, he purchased a house and escaped the usual 9-5 work life now returning to souther California during summers to occasionally work. Kenan has been to around 42 countries and is now on a journey to uncovering the next chapter in his life. He believes that all humans are equal, no one better than another and that we are just one part of this great planet.
Laura sold her house and left her corporate job to get the most out of living her life. She now lives on a school bus and runs her own business as a life coach, continually being an example for her clients to show them how getting outside their comfort zone leads to a truly rewarding life.
Laura is an internationally certified coach and Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner for humans who are ready to let go of their limitations and live into their potential.
Her unique approach to creating powerful and lasting transformation can be summed up as mindset, magic and mechanics.
Mindset focuses on subconscious transformation, helping release the deep-seated beliefs, habits, thoughts and emotions that are holding you back, then re-wiring your brain with new programs.
Magic is about learning how to connect with and trust your truth - your intuition.
And mechanics is about taking the inner and outer action to create a life and business on your terms, one that feels good AND gets results.
After a car accident Laura went on a journey to become the sort of person she wanted to be and live a life she wanted to live – not the life she thought she ‘had’ to live. Now, she loves challenging herself to get out of her comfort zone, which has seen her compete in a half-ironman triathlon, get a mystery haircut and convert a bus into a tiny home with her husband.
In the episode...
Laura’s first experience of travel was when she went to Japan on a school exchange.
She was originally going to travel to Japan but ended up meeting a ‘Kiwi’ and moved to New Zealand instead.
Laura has had many variations of stepping out of her comfort zone whilst travelling and the first was moving to New Zealand where she only knew her partner Matt.
Laura uses travel as a way to look at her values and they way she lives her life at home.
Laura and her partner Matt sold their house, brought a bus which they renovated and moved into to live in.
Minimalism was not originally part of something they had intended however it happened naturally when they moved into the school bus.
They get out and about every week in the bus to explore Tasmania.
Laura does have to think about all the challenges such as where to park the bus, emptying the composting toilet and managing transport to work.
Traditionally in her family they followed the ‘normal’ way of life and so living this style of life was outside her comfort zone however she always likes to ‘get outside her comfort zone.’
Laura was concerned that she would let her parents down when she would tell them they had sold their house and brought a bus to live in.
When they share their lifestyle with others, Laura recognises that their lives challenges others to think about the way they live their life.
Laura shares that the big changes were really just a collection of small steps towards something that she wanted.
Why Laura continue to seek out travel and live abroad? Because of the potential and possibilities that travel can bring in you and your life.
Dani is a Spain aficionado who first discovered the country she now calls home, during a study abroad semester in Alicante, Spain. While studying a double major in Sociology and Hispanic Studies at a small, liberal arts school (Illinois Wesleyan University), Dani was incredibly encouraged to study abroad and she hasn’t looked back since. Danis life since her graduation has been primarily lived abroad.
Bianca is a freelance journalist & sustainable tourism blogger from Sydney, Australia specialising in stories that ignite thoughts surrounding compassion, ethics and the happiness of all beings. She travels the world as a digital nomad with the aim to promote ethical values and give a voice to those who are making the world a better place.