Ty – aka Lost Aussie
In case you haven’t figured it out already I am responsible for this very mediocre website. I am just an ordinary Aussie from a small farming town of around 300 people in the rural countryside of NSW, Australia. I don’t have any real skill set other then an amazing ability of ‘real life’ procrastination and when successfully provoked an above average ability to ramble on about things most would consider incoherent.
I have been living a drifters lifestyle ever since I graduated university in 2009, moving around Australia doing mostly whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. I have a natural curiosity of all things foreign to me and as a result I haven’t had a real fixed address of my own since I lived in Melbourne for University. With the beginning of this “No Air To Everywhere” journey in 2014, I took that drifters lifestyle abroad and now the closest thing I have to an address is an email account.
I guess that means you can say I’m kind of an experienced drifter but I’m certainly not claiming to be a ‘travel expert’, I find it pretty funny that everyone who decides to make a travel website suddenly is an ‘expert’ at travel. How does anyone ever become an expert at travelling anyway? Sure you can get good at various aspects of ‘travel’ over time but to call ones self an expert of such a broad term is kind of presumptuous, no? its like someone saying they are an expert at life haha.
I am quite proudly the opposite of an expert, I am enjoying finding out what works and what doesn’t. After all, the misadventures that come from not being an expert are usually the stories worth retelling. I’ve learnt to be reasonably OK on a budget and equally important, how to be more then happy eating really ordinary food. These days I wild camp where ever I can and hitchhike most places when I can be bothered. I haven’t crossed into the full supertramp ‘travelling/living with no money’ territory yet. Although I am walking a fine line and curious about trying it. Until then I’ll continue this drifter lifestyle which has served me well for the last 6 or so years.
Although ‘travel expert’ doesn’t make it onto my list of credentials, with the development of this website I have immediately become self appointed chief editor, writer, photographer, filmmaker and web designer. All impressive titles I have absolutely no formal education in, little skills at and consequently don’t really deserve. But it does sound nice so it is staying on here and I might even slip it onto my resume, just for a laugh, when the gloomy day eventually comes that I have to seek actual employment again.
NOTE: If I have not managed to fill you with much confidence in myself and this website then please now refer to the photo. I feel a serious pose in Black and White skilfully creates the illusion of professionalism. Agree? I will endeavour to try and hold that same illusion for the rest of this website… to a degree.
Luke is the other founding member of Lost Aussies.
He is a drifter at heart, trained nurse and hospitality guru.
Luke travelled Australia in his beloved van ‘Bessy’ back in 2010-11, working in various pubs, bars and cafes along the way. Starting from his home town Geelong (south of Melbourne), heading across the Nullarbor and up the West Coast of Western Australia. Later onto Darwin and then down the red centre to home.
Originally he was going to travel to London on the “No Air To Everywhere” overland journey but as fate would have it he ended up taken a different path [Read the dramatic story why here]. Instead he embarked on his own backpacking adventure through Central America, met a lovely Dutch girl and got married in Vegas.
Now with his new wife he is preparing and saving for another Aussie tour, this time hoping to deck out a small school bus and travel up the East Coast together. Working from their motor home selling food and coffees along the way. Hopefully future stories of his adventures to come…
Hannah has a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing.
She is a passionate travel and animal lover. Feminist and human rights advocate.
After completing High school, Hannah lived in Darwin and Broome enjoying the tropical climate and relaxed lifestyle of the Top End of Australia for over 3 years. It’s here she met Ty and together they travelled and explored the West Coast. After she returned home to Adelaide in South Australia to finally begin University.
Not ignoring her love for travel she still managed amongst uni studies and work, two separate 6 week trips to South East Asia. One solo adventure and one time to join Ty on his “No Air To Everywhere” trip. More recently in 2015, on university exchange, Hannah moved to study in Denmark for 6 months. Then deferring her degree for a further 6 months and again joining Ty, hitchhiked over 4000km in Eastern Europe, from Estonia all the way to Turkey. Including hitchhiking across the Arctic circle in Finland in the middle of winter.
As well as being a valuable contributor to this website she also runs her own travel blog, works of hers have been printed in the NT news in Australia and Verse Magazine. Now a fully qualified Journalist that list is sure to grow.
Read more of her work here: hannahroseeee
Ben is a talented musician, exceptional beard grower, average fisherman and all round classic Aussie character who loves a beer.
With two good friends from his home town of Geralton in Western Australia, they bought their old run down school bus nick named the slug and turned it into a bachelor pad of a motor home. Together they drove it at 80kpm on a very slow lap of Australia. Living in Broome, Darwin, Port Douglas, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay along the way, working and playing footy, the epic trip dragged out across two awesome years. [COMING SOON – Slug Diaries]
In 2015 Ben travelled Vietnam for several weeks and then joined Ty, together they travelled through China, Mongolia and Russia finishing up in Estonia. After he flew ahead and took advantage of the European summer and festivals, giving everything a decent crack. He survived running with bulls, partied in Ibiza, got blind on Sail Croatia and drank more steins then anyone else at Oktoberfest.
Now back in Australia, he is working and saving for the next adventure.