When Richard East from Tasmania quit his job and sold his house two years ago to travel all over Australia, he made sure to bring only the basic necessities – including, of course, his cat.
In 2014, East grew tired of corporate work after slaving away for ten years, so he resigned and started living in a campervan.
Since then, he and his feline travel buddy Willow have been to places like the Great Barrier Reef, the Big Banana, and the Whitsunday Islands.
According to East, he got Willow from his ex-girlfriend, who adopted the cat from the Hobart Cat Centre.
Nowadays, he and his beloved pet live the simple life on the road. Willow takes naps during long drives, and when they arrive at a new destination, they go on walks (with the kitty on a leash, of course). At times, they even meet other travelers and their cats!
“Every night there are hundreds of little cats tucked into bed in camper vans across Australia,” East toldBuzzFeed. “People are often surprised that a cat can be a travel companion but they are probably easier to travel with than dogs as they don’t require as much attention.”
Willow was two years old when she was adopted by Richard’s ex-girlfriend from a cat shelter in Hobart, Tasmania . Willow was always there for Richard during the toughest time of his life. His ex-girlfriend wasn’t able to keep her cat, so Richard offered to look after her for the rest of her life.
“Willow is very sweet and loving. She loves cuddles and is very affectionate,” Richard told Love Meow.
“Our bond is no greater than any other human/cat but we are in a situation where we are reminded of that bond everyday.”
“We have been very fortunate to have made it through the past year with no more troubles than two flat tyres, 3 stitches on my head, and a sore paw.”
Everywhere he went, Willow followed.
“You’d be surprised how many take their adventure cats on the road, there are literally dozens of us!
“Staying at Wunjunga for two nights I was joined by Samara and Glen with their meow meows Batman and Kitty,” Richard said.
Willow the forest cat recharging with a cat nap on her very own kitty tree post.
Amazing life and journey with his best friend for life.
“The little black adventure cat… really took a chance when she rescued me. The little cat who has made my van into a home and the whole of Australia her backyard.”
Watch their story in this video: