If you don’t know me, my name is Jeff Landfield. I was raised in New Mexico and moved to Alaska in 2004 with a friend when I was 19. In the 12 years I lived in Alaska, I managed to sell cars, work as an underground poker dealer, learn to speak Russian, graduate the University of Alaska Anchorage, travel the world, develop a career in IT and telecom sales, buy a condo, run for the Alaska state senate, twice, and make some of the greatest friendships anyone could hope for. There is much more, but it would take a book to write it all! Maybe one day.
I learned many things living in Alaska, the most important was learning to be self-sufficient. Leaving home and starting over in a new place is hard for anyone, especially a 19-year-old. When I came to Alaska it was just my friend Brandon and I. We knew no one and had never been there. But I always had an adventurous spirit and that spirit lead me to a place that I knew would be full of adventure. That same spirit led me to travel to almost 30 countries across four continents. My goal is to visit every country in the world. I have found that the thing that makes me happiest in the world is travel. The people you meet and the experiences you have while traveling are like nothing you could imagine. The only way to understand it is to do it. Since my first trip to Europe and Russia in 2006, I have wanted to travel to as many new and exciting places as possible.
I moved to Australia in December of 2016 for a new adventure. There is a visa called the holiday work and travel visa that allows people from certain countries under age 31 to come to Australia for a year and work. New Zealand has the same program. I applied for visas to both countries in December of 2015, right before my 31st birthday. I figured why not and I am glad I did. Once the visa is granted, you have one year to show up or else you lose it. I had thought seriously about pulling the trigger but had a house and good job in Alaska. That was until I got laid off in November of 2016. That made the decision a lot easier. I decided to go for it. I spent the next month getting all my affairs in order. It sounds a lot easier than it was! On December 11th, 2016 I left Alaska for New Zealand. I spent two days there and then headed to Australia, 2 days before my entry expired! I think I might be the oldest person in Australia on this visa.
I have spent the last 4 months trying to get a job that would sponsor me on a long term work visa. However, the Australian government just scrapped that visa and changed the rules regarding skilled worker visas as well as residency and citizenship requirements. So I have decided to forego pursuing a long term work visa in Australia and just do the traditional work and travel thing for a while. As of this writing I am in Brisbane and heading to Darwin tomorrow night. Not sure what the future holds but I am excited for some more great adventures.
I have wanted to start a travel blog for a while and I figured this was the perfect time to do it. I have a lot of catching up to do. Please enjoy all my adventures and make sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram!