When Richard East decided to quit his job so he could travel around Australia, he thought he would be doing it alone. But he didn’t think that a cat named Willow would be his travel companion. East documented his travels with the cat, and soon his posts became viral. According to East, he had a mid-life crisis and he wanted to go on a road trip that would change his life. It has been three years, and he has no pans of stopping.
“I had spent 10 years with one company and though my career ahead looked promising, I felt lost,” said East, “I had the thought of taking off traveling for six months, but the idea of returning to the same problems lead me to think up something longer term.”
“Then the idea of van life came up. I could sell my house – everything I own – and travel cheaply while I figured out what I wanted to do with my life. To be honest, Willow wasn’t in the original plan,” East explains. “But as it happens, I soon realized that I just couldn’t leave her behind. She had always been there for me, so I made a promise to never leave her – and it was one of the greatest decisions of my life.”
According to East, Willow’s favorite part of traveling is finding the optimum place to nap. He says she is always looking for a perfect spot with just enough breeze and soft ground. East also adds that this has showed him how to “slow down and appreciate life more.”