About Me

About Me

G’day!

The name’s Chris. I’m a thirty-something full-time traveler, safari expert, daydreamer, and Aussie larrikin.

Larrikin (Noun): A boisturous, often badly behaved young man.

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Rocking my safari attire. Don’t mind the leopard.

It’s a tragic result of my upbringing that I have absolutely zero interest in ever holding down a dour 9 to 5 job, raising 2.5 rug rats, and having a mortgage.

Instead, I daydream about a life of scuba diving, beaches, drinking, video gaming, new adventures, and bedding buxom wenches.

Well, just the one buxom wench lately. She’s pretty amazing though.

I came to the travel game late. My first flight and my first trip off of Australian shores came in late 2007 at the ripe old age of 23.

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Hey kid, someday you’ll travel the world!

After graduating from university, I found myself stuck in a dead-end job back in my hometown with no real social life or prospects to speak of. Battling clinical depression, I didn’t see a whole lot of hope for a bright or sunny future.

So, when a friend invited me to come teach in South Korea with him, I’d like to say I leaped at the opportunity. In truth, my friends and family gave me a push. I haven’t looked back since.

In the decade since that wide-eyed and naive country boy stepped on the plane from Sydney to Seoul, I’ve been making up for lost time.

I am all that is man!

I’ve lived and taught English in two countries (China and South Korea), visited more than twenty countries, written a  pilot for a Chinese sitcom, become a safari expert with Shadows of Africa, fallen in love a few times, fallen out of love a few times, invented expiry dating, been aimed at by a sniper, broken my arm on a tropical island, gone trekking with gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans, and drank a lot of beer.

I’ve loved (almost) every minute of it.

male model
Trying my hand at male modeling in China.

About Aussie on the Road

From humble roots as a typical  ‘expat living and teaching in South Korea’ blog aimed at my friends and family, Aussie on the Road has grown into the animal it is today.

My aim with Aussie on the Road is to inspire people to pursue a life less ordinary. The 9 to 5 lifestyle provides a great deal of comfort and security for a lot of people, but I’m here for those who feel trapped in the rat race.

Whether you’re looking to take your first steps as an expat living abroad, aiming to explore off the beaten path Asia, or you’re dreaming of undertaking your own ambitious travel adventure – I’m here to help.

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Volunteering at an orphanage in Tanzania.

“Ambitious Travel for the Adventurous Soul”

I specialise in what I like to call ambitious travel.

What is ambitious travel?

Ambitious travel is about embarking on a long-term adventure that others could only dream of. Whether it’s making the overland trek along the Silk Road, teaching English in another country, traveling the length of the Trans-Siberian railway, roughing it in the icy Canadian wilderness, circumnavigating Australia, or undertaking the ultimate African safari.

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Taking in the view at the Grand Canyon on the Great US Road Trip.

My Ambitious Travels So Far

In 2016, I undertook the Great US Road Trip – in which my mate, a Mustang convertible, and I spent five weeks driving from San Francisco to New York.

Ambitious travel has seen me spend months exploring the national parks of Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Namibia in my role as a safari expert with one of Tanzania’s highest regarded safari outfits.

I’ve also spent five years of my life living and working as an expat in both South Korea and China.

If you like dreaming big, you’re in the right place.

If you’ve got a massive bucket list you’d love to someday tackle, I’ve got your back.

If you believe that life is about being reckless, wild, and happy, we’re going to get along just fine.

young adventurer
I got an early start, apparently.

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  • Anonymous

    Let me know if you’re ever in New York, my parents are in showbiz and I can hook you up with some free broadway tickets. Where are you now?

    • That would be amazing! I’ve always wanted to see something on Broadway. It’s on my bucket list.

      These days I’m in Sydney, but looking to get out on the road again soon. It’ll either be China, Turkey, or Japan at this point. Just in the process of looking into teaching leads at the moment.

      • How long will you be in Sydney for? We’re heading there early February!

        • Anonymous

          I daresay I’ll still be in Sydney come February. My next travel plans aren’t likely to take place until August.

          How long will you be in my fair city?

          • maybe about 4-5 days. We only have a month to head from Melbourne to Cairns

  • Anonymous

    Sounds good, I vote for Turkey. Love their hookah and apple tea.

  • milica

    I like your fun positive attitude. I am starting a blog soon called Trucking for fun and profit. As I work and travel in that way in the USA I hope to have some adventures outside the dificulties on the job stuff. I wish you all the success and good life 🙂

  • Egg Roll

    The photo is very funny!

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