Scott and Somone - Have Swag Will Travel

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Scott & Somone

Since we were kids, we’ve been footloose and full of wanderlust, both of us dreaming of living overseas one day. During our 26 years together, we’ve lived in or visited most parts of Australia and holidayed abroad, but we wanted more experiences.

As much as we love Australia, we always felt a bit nomadic. Maybe the country’s size or diversity made us want to keep moving. Deep down, we knew it was just a matter of time before we reconnected with our ancestral lands on the other side of the world. 

In 2016, we sold 99% of our possessions and relocated to Scotland with our two youngest children. It was one of our peak life experiences, up there with falling in love and having children.

We sold everything and moved to a new country to start over again with just the essentials. It was like being reborn. All of our senses were rebooted and enhanced.

The nomadic lifestyle force remains strong, and we’re again on the move. Right now, we’re back in Australia driving The Big Lap, an epic 12-month road trip around Australia.

Fun Facts About Us

We’d rather be

on a road trip & exploring

Listening to

movie soundtracks & storms

curious about

van life, tiny homes & bladesmithing

Favourite placeS

mountains & open vistas

we love reading

science fiction, self-help & DIY


big lap of Australia & route 66

A favourite road trip

Scotland’s North Coast 500

Good advice

Live your life like a movie

Current adventure

Uluru Australia
Big Lap of Australia
Gold Coast Australia

Where this all began

It was the 1st of January 2016. We were living on the Gold Coast in Australia and reflecting on our life. As was customary, we were devising our New Year’s resolutions. We asked ourselves, “If we could do anything, what would it be?” We both agreed, “Move overseas!”

We jumped online to find out what countries we could move to. As Scott’s grandfather was born in the UK, we narrowed it down to the UK Ancestry Visa. This visa allowed us to live and work in the UK for at least five years and eventually apply for permanent residency and British citizenship. The only catch was that all our dependent children needed to arrive in the UK before their 18th birthday. Our oldest son was about to turn 17, so we realised we had less than a year to do it.

By lunchtime that same day, we had decided to relocate our family to the UK within nine months.

Fast forward six years. We have achieved our goals of living overseas, having permanent residency, and can apply for dual citizenship.

We’ve recently become Empty Nesters, with all our children adulting 101 in their homes. Now, it’s time for new goals and new adventures.