This week on the journal, we take a trip down under to South Australia with travelling couple duo We Live We Explore. If you don’t already follow them, you need to. Their imagery is gorgeous and they are serious couple goals.
When and how did you get into photography and blogging?
We have always been big lovers of photography, and a lot of our travel inspiration has come from photographs that we have seen on other travel bloggers websites or social media accounts.
In 2016, we packed up our life in Australia, quit our 9-5 jobs, said goodbye to all of our loved ones, and set off with only a backpack and our camera gear, for an around-the-world adventure. We had plans to initially travel for 12 months, and along the way we wanted to document our experiences, which is how our blog and website We Live We Explore
How long have you both been doing it?
It’s been almost two years now, and we are still blogging about our travels, and still regularly travelling ! We are currently based in South Australia, where we have established a bit of a home base.
What are the hardest and easiest parts of travelling?
Travelling around the world was wonderful as it truly gave us an appreciation for all the different ways of living, and people on this earth. We loved experiencing different cultures and ways of life – and learning other peoples’ stories. Each country that we visited around the world was so different to the last, so each day was always new and exciting.
When we travel, we try not to have any expectations, and in most cases, this left us utterly blown away with each new destination that we visited.
The easiest parts? Not having to set an alarm most mornings, new photography opportunities every day, and eating all of the delicious foods from around the world
The hardest? Packing our entire lives into one backpack, language barriers, and missing family and friends back home.
What do you both like to do when you’re not behind/ in front of a lens?
We love spending time with our loved ones, as we are either traveling or on the road quite frequently, the time that we are back home is great to spend with the people in our lives that always make us smile.
We also both love to cook! Often when in another country, we are limited to kitchen facilities, or alternatively want to eat out to experience the different cuisine – when we get back home, we always crave a healthy home cooked meal on the couch!
We are both also super active and like to keep fit, so yoga, swimming, and beach runs are always a favourite past time too.
Are you both native Australians?
Yes we sure are! Mish has an Italian background, but we were both born in Australia. Sydney for Kirk, and Adelaide for Mish.
Tell us more about South Australia...
Travelling all around the world has really made us appreciate all the wonderful things that we have here at home. When we finished our 12 month trip, we promised ourselves and each other that we would make so much more of an effort to explore our own country, and for the past few months, we have done just that here in South Australia.
What is your favourite place to stay?
Anywhere where we can wake up to the sound of the ocean! We are lucky enough to live quite close to the coast, with lots of beach towns spread over hundreds of km’s, the options in South Australia for a beach getaway are endless. Some of our favourites however to get away for the weekend are Deep Creek, Rapid Bay, and Second Valley – all coastal towns with a range of different accommodation / camping options.
The Adelaide Central Market! We love visiting here as it’s always such a vibrant atmosphere. With hundreds of stalls filled with fresh produce – vegetables, fruit, cheese, nuts, coffee – and cuisines from all around the world! Our favourite time to visit the central markets is on a Friday night where we bounce from stall to stall trying all the free samples, and eventually settling on a place that we haven’t eaten at before.
The Barossa Valley & McLaren Vale are two wine regions in South Australia that are a must for anybody who is visiting. Both regions have hundreds of wineries, many also with cellar doors and restaurant options. If we are looking for a relaxing weekend drink, we will head up to one of these area’s and visit a new winery, there are so many that we will never get to them all!
We try to stay away from the hustle and bustle of shopping malls, and instead will head to our local markets, vintage stores, or thrift shops!
Natural beauty to visit?
The ocean in South Australia is just divine. Much calmer than most other spots around Australia, the water is always crystal blue on a sunny day, and there’s just something so calming about watching the sunset over the horizon of the water..
We also love visiting one of the many pine forests that can be found in South Australia – Kuitpo forest being a popular one.
Favourite hidden place?
Innes National Park in South Australia is somewhere that we’ve only visited once, and cannot wait to get back to! With lots of hidden rock pools and picturesque waters, this place is truly an undiscovered gem!
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