Ever wondered what it would be like to pack your life into a van and head down the freeway, stopping at uncrowded surf breaks and setting up camp in the bushland? For Madison Jeffery solo “van life” is a necessary adventure. It’s a literally a breath of fresh air. For Madison, van life is freedom.
Words by Madison Jeffery.
The thought of travelling alone for me does not bring fear but only excitement. Excitement for the unknown. I started this trip with only one mission in mind. To get completely lost in this beautiful creation we live upon. Finding my old self along the way. The minute I started I was completely speechless at how free I felt. There was this overwhelming feeling of joy as I set off on my trip going 110km/h down the free way, my arm out the window, the wind hitting my fingertips and favourite music turned up loud. I loved not knowing where I was going. I was free.
That night ending up in a national park in the middle of nowhere. Not one soul in sight, not one sound of humanity. Stars shining and nature portraying the most amazing sounds. It was a perfect time to become master chef of the bush getting my little stove top out and cooking up a storm. I had endless time I had nowhere to be and no one to see.
One morning I woke at about 5 am to the most stunning display of colours in the sky. I decided to pack a little bag and head into the bush surrounding my van to see what could be found. I walked about 4km off track before I heard water running in the direction I was heading in, thinking it could be a creek or something.
I came to an opening and looked to my right see this amazing little waterfall. To my left was the this incredible view over a valley where the water flowed into from this moment on the adventures did not stop. I found the most incredible hidden scenery, whether it was when I climbed to the top of a mountain, by the sea, or in the middle of the bush there was just so many breathtaking moments on my journey. Stopping in at nearly every point break along the way. Every single time I pulled up to a car park I just saw the most perfect lines coming through.
But also coming to a point of realisation that there are just so many people out there doing exactly what I was doing but being so complacent in what was right in front of them. The beautiful mystery and goodness of mother nature. I was privileged and completely honoured to have met the most incredible people from all over the world and spend some of the most incredible moments with the people I already knew…
Get lost in the wilderness that you call home.
x Madison Jeffery.