Welcome to Over Yonda Adventure Travels!
We are Todd and Chantelle, two Australian thirty-somethings with a thirst for adventure, knowledge and meaningful experiences.
But we didn’t always understand how to achieve these desires in our suburban lifestyle. On some level, we never felt like we fitted within the conventional mould. No matter what we tried, we couldn’t seem to scratch the itch under the surface and gain that sense of purpose and fulfillment.
Sound all too familiar?
Over Yonda Adventure Travels grew from our desire to share our experiences with other couples who feel the itch, the desire for more, but don’t know where or how to start to change their lifestyle. We want to show you that you CANT afford to NOT to make the change.
Overlanding together has not only bought us fulfillment and purpose as individuals, it has enriched our relationship through building emotional intimacy and making us better partners.
Life is too short to be unfulfilled, to be without purpose, to not give your best self to your partner and the world.
What’s the Over Yonda difference?
All our adventures, resources and articles are authentic. We don’t write what we don’t feel or what we don’t believe in. We don’t have an ‘Instagram’ lifestyle – life is not all about happiness and rainbows.
We tell it like it is. We have bad days on the road, we don’t enjoy every experience and sometimes we make bad decisions. But what is sunshine without the rain? Experiencing the full spectrum of emotions is what being human is all about, right!
We offer you two perspectives on all of our stories. As individuals, we experience things differently. There are two sides to every story.
Who are we and how did this all begin?
We met 1998. Yes, we were young! A year later, we moved cities and moved in together. One of us (Todd) worked, whilst the other (Chantelle) finished her psychology degree at university.
We bought our first house when we were only 21 and 22 and from there, we worked fulltime jobs, brought more houses, new cars and generally more stuff. This cycle continued as we earnt more money and bought bigger stuff. Surely more stuff would make us feel more fulfilled, right?
We moved houses a lot. It felt so good to change things up.
After 10 years together (2008), we took our first overseas holiday. We travelled to Las Vegas, got married in a small chapel complete with Elvis and then spent three weeks driving around Alberta and British Columbia in Canada. It was intoxicating. It satisfied the itch, well at least for a few weeks. This was when we realised that travel was going to be a big part of our future.
We dreamed more and more about travelling.
In 2010, we spent six weeks driving around Malawi, Zambia and South Africa.
In 2011, we spent five weeks riding motorcycles from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in Vietnam.
In 2012, we spent three weeks riding motorcycles around our home state, Western Australia.
In 2013, we spent six weeks backpacking Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and South Korea.
Each time we would return from a trip, depression would set in. When would we get to experience this aliveness again? Life got harder. We felt more and more unfulfilled, more and more trapped in a lifestyle we did not want to be in.
So we moved again.
After 16 years together, we decided to spend some time apart to see if it was ‘us’ that was causing our increasing unhappiness.
We discovered it wasn’t.
After a year, we decided that life could not wait anymore. We booked a one way flight, sold all of our possessions, kitted up some motorcycles and said goodbye to a conventional lifestyle.
We haven’t looked back.
Now we are happier and more fulfilled than we have EVER been.
We don’t own a house, we don’t own a TV and all of our stuff will still fit into a bag. Now we travel to countries far and wide whenever and however the fancy takes us.
We work only on our terms and only until we grow weary of it. Then we just head for the closest airport.
This is the life for us. Where we get to be authentically us. Adventuring. Together.
Does this sound like the life you want? Well you to can have it! Each and every one of you. We want to show you how it can be done.
Who is that handsome, bearded man? Why its me of course!
I’m a do-er. Chantelle tells me I can do anything I turn my hand to. I’m the technical part of the Over Yonda team – everything from website design and management to photography to mechanic to writer. I’ll admit that I am a little obsessed with researching and being prepared for border crossings and I am definitely the worrier who makes sure we don’t do anything too outrageous.
Three things I love:
Meeting new people
Being pushed outside of my comfort zone.
Three things I don’t love so much:
Being late… EVER.
Planning anything, except border crossings
The idea of a forever job!
Who’s that girl?
I’m an ideas woman. I love coming up with wild ideas and asking Todd to work out how we can do it. I enjoy writing and I’ll even admit to being the social butterfly of the Over Yonda team. With a degree in psychology and seven years experience coaching people on how to fulfil their personal goals, I am passionate about helping people to fulfill their potential.
Three things I love:
Eating… no, coffee… no eating… wait.. Its definitely coffee, or is it eating?
Challenging myself physically
Writing and reflecting on experiences, people and life in general
Three things I do not love so much:
Having to make a plan in advance (can you say commitophobe?)
Getting out of bed before I am ready.. Especially if there is no coffee