The Bend Of The Road: Following Your Travel Instinct Wherever It Leads.

There are many ways to travel around the world; some of them might suit our more social purposes, but true travelling requires being open to the possibilities ahead of you, to the promise that each new day on the open road can bring.

I’m a believer in also being in the right place at the right time. Sometimes, a small thing can happen, some miraculous little twist that might set you moving in a completely different and otherwise unthought-of direction. When I was in Perth recently, such a thing happened to me.

I’d been travelling through Western Australia for about two months now, trying to soak up all the incredible scenic beauty and natural wonders. But after seeing all the tourist hot-spots and Lonely Planet recommendations, I found myself at a loss to figure out what to do. Time was not a factor in my plans, but I figured it would be best to head back to Perth and plot my next move from there.

Tomas, a friend from my school days in Switzerland, happened to be living in Perth, or just south of the main city. He had a good job and was pretty set-up there. So, when I arrived at three thirty in the afternoon, it was obvious he wasn’t home. After contacting me, he told me to hang tight, and that he’d be back home by five. There was a café around the corner and a few shops to keep me occupied, he said, so hopefully it wouldn’t feel too long. I dropped my pack in his backyard and headed back out to the street.

Forty minutes later, coffee in hand, I found myself wandering down a street and looking through shop windows in an altogether disinterested way. That was until I came upon the Coastal Chart and Map Shop, a fun looking store that reminded me of a similar place I’d loved as a child in Zurich.

Flipping through the maps and charts, it was easy to become engrossed. It was during this hazy walk-through that I somehow came upon a map for The Cape to Cape Track, a 135km coastal walking trail from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin all set within the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park. Looking at the picture on the cover, I was instantly swept away to the white sands of the summer beach. It looked idyllic. I decided, without really committing myself, to buy it and look through it. Without doubt, that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Just two weeks later, I found myself out on the magnificent coast, soaking in a series of remote and pristine beaches. It was a challenge and a real feat to finish it all on my own. Every day was seasonable and memorable, and camping in the wilderness at night was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I relished in the opportunity to get in touch with the real, unseen Australia. And to think, it all began with a lazy stroll through a map shop and a fortunate purchase!

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