Life on the road isn’t for everyone, but it certainly suits Australian resident Rich East and his rescue cat, Willow. Approximately two years ago, the duo embarked on a cross-country road trip in his simple van conversion. So far, they’ve seen the country’s six states and two territories and in total, traveled 50,000 kilometers — or over 31,000 miles.
MyModernMet reports that East gave up a conventional lifestyle in 2015 so he could follow his dreams and see what the world has to offer. He explained, “I sold my house, all of my possessions, and quit my job so I could take the trip of a lifetime. But one thing I couldn’t say goodbye [to] was this little cat so the obvious decision was to take her with me.”
As is evident by the photos, East and Willow’s bond is solid. Together, they’ve relaxed along the coastline and camped in the mountains, where dirt roads are the only sign of civilization.
Unlike most cats, Willow is suited for nomadic living. Said East, “Some people think it’s odd that I’m traveling with a cat, but Willow is so chilled out and absolutely loves our new lifestyle.” Of course, he takes precautions to ensure her safety. For instance, Willow always wears a special collar that tracks her location. “With the tracking collar, I have the peace of mind that if she decides to go for a hike I will be straight onto her,” said East.
Earlier this year, the pair’s giant road trip officially came to an end. However, they have since “adapted to live on the road” and don’t have any intention of stopping. Their trips are chronicled on Instagram, where East also shares some of his best travel photography shots. You can learn more about the East and Willow by visiting their website, Van Cat Meow.
In 2015, Rich East quit his job to travel Australia with his cat, Willow
Since then, the duo has explored the country’s six states and two territories
They’ve camped in the mountains and relaxed on the coast…
…and in total, have traveled over 31,000 miles!
Though their trip is officially over, the pair has no intention of stopping
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