Ken and Julie-Anne Fox will start cycling around Central and South America in January 2015. Photo Michelle Gately / Morning Bulletin
Ken and Julie-Anne Fox will start cycling around Central and South America in January 2015. Photo Michelle Gately / Morning Bulletin Michelle Gately

Rocky couple travel the world on two wheels

FOR most people, the thought of reducing your life to everything that can fit on a bicycle would be too daunting to ever consider.   

But for Ken and Julie-Anne Fox, it's been a liberating and exciting adventure.   

The pair grew up in Rockhampton and had been living and working in the city while travelling across the globe and around Australia.   

In 2003 they took a massive leap, packing up and moving to America with just a few thousand dollars.   

They continued travelling while in the States and last year rode coast to coast, with a few detours along the way.   

Having fallen in love with travelling on two wheels, Ken and Julie-Anne have set their sights on an even bigger challenge.   

They plan to cycle around the world, starting with Central and South America in January next year.   

Between trips Ken, a Registered Nurse, finds short-term contracts in Australia and America to save for their future adventures.   

Ken and Julie-Anne said a small budget and good planning was key to enjoying their nomadic lifestyle.   

"Our average budget is $600 a month, that's $300 each which is $10 a day," Ken said.   

"We can do it quite well.   

"Every now and then you spend a little bit more here and there; other days you'll spend a bit less.   

"We very rarely pay for accommodation.  

"We camp on the side of the road in corn fields, hay fields, paddocks, and people's sheds.    "We knock on doors and see if we can camp on properties."  

The pair also use websites which facilitate home stay-style accommodation with a focus on travelling cyclists.   

Ken said they always tried to give something back to their hosts, like helping paint a deck or cutting down trees, and always had "the most amazing experiences".   

Julie-Anne said even people who had invited them to stay after meeting them on the street "(opened) their doors like you're family".   

"Hence why we're still enjoying that mode of travel and want to keep going," she said.   

Ken said their budget didn't stop them from living comfortably while on the road.   

The pair have solar panels and devices allowing them to charge small electronics, including their tablet, as they ride.   

They also make the most of stunning natural wonders and cheap local entertainment, like bullfights in Mexico.   



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