I had a great childhood in Canada. I’m from a small town in Ontario with a really tiny population. There were a lot of lakes, really long winters and a real focus on outdoor living. But as much as I love my hometown, it felt a little closed off from the world.
As soon as I graduated high school I decided to go volunteer in Central America. We hadn’t traveled much while I was growing up, so my family were terrified. I spent months in Costa Rica just being young and free, it felt amazing.
When I came home I didn’t feel ready to go to college. I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, so I moved back home and worked as a waitress in a diner. I planned to save as much money as I could.
The next year I decided to go to college, where I studied massage therapy for three years. But once I’d left university I felt the itch to travel again and started working in hospitality to save up.
Katie Hillier, 30, and her fiancé Harry Bunton, 38, with their one-year-old twins Oscar and Brooks.
After making enough money I traveled through Asia alone, living very modestly on my savings, before coming home, saving cash and setting off again. I spent years repeating this process.
I met my partner Harry in 2019. I was living in Toronto working as a personal trainer. He had moved temporarily from his home country Australia after being given a 12-month work contract in Canada. We clicked right away. I think he had only been in the city for a month before we were in an exclusive relationship.
In our first year together Harry and I traveled a lot. We had amazing vacations in Europe and getaways around the U.S. and Canada. It was a different style of traveling to my previous trips, I think you tend to do more relaxed things while traveling with an established partner.
Once his contract had finished, Harry had the choice of staying in Canada or going back to Australia. Never one to say no to an adventure, I decided to take the leap and move with him to Sydney. He proposed in August of 2020.
When COVID happened, like everyone else in the world, we had to slow down very quickly. We felt it was a better time than any to start trying for a baby. It was kind of a crazy decision, but we knew we wanted to be parents.
We got pregnant and our twins, …….