Slow Adventures with Caroline Clements and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon
There’s something that you don’t yet know about me. In 2015 I’d met a British man who I was incredibly fond of and just a few months after we met, we discovered that he had to leave the country. Rather than bare the thought of being apart, we concocted a rather hair-brained scheme. We would travel the world together, just us two, and accrue the paperwork that we needed to apply for a partnership visa.
It sounds ridiculous, I know. We’d known each other just three months. But I knew, deep in my heart, that we had something special. It felt like life had presented us with a challenge - we could either be weighed down by it, or turn it into something beautiful. “When life hands you lemons, turn them into lemonade,” the old saying goes - and boy did we make lemonade.
We travelled from Nepal to Mongolia, taking overnight buses and trains and hitch-hiking to get there. We lived in India where I studied yoga. We found ourselves working in Malawi and then Iraq, where we met people who were hurting and people who were working incredibly hard to help them. We hiked mountains and we tried yaks milk and we saw elephants in the wild, just us two.
And from seeing the world together to building a world together, we came home and applied for that partnership visa. Today, Max and I are engaged and that decision - to dive into the world without knowing what would happen but trusting my gut and my heart - is one of the proudest decisions of my life.
The reason I share this story is because today’s guests have done something very similar, but it’s something that we can all adopt in our own way.
Caroline Clements and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon are creatives who were based in Melbourne, before embarking on a slow adventure to soak up this great country. They sold their possessions, moved out of their home, and left Victoria in an old four wheel drive with a single goal: to discover Australia’s best swimming spot.
What happened next is nothing short of inspired.
With the holiday season upon us, it’s not always possible to take a year off to travel the world - or necessary. This conversation is an invitation for anybody hankering for an adventure, where you need nothing more than a cossie (if that) and willingness to embrace nature and the unknown.
Without wanting to spoil the surprise, I’ve shared a few snaps below from their book that documented the trip - Places We Swim - along with a few of their favourite locations to encourage you out into the great outdoors.
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