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Hey, I'm Sammy

Owner and Operator

Age: 32

Where's home?

You can never EVER forget where your from – In my case Manchester, UK. BUTtttttttt for now and for the foreseeable future my Home is Byron Bay Babbbbbbbbby.

Languages spoken:

English & je parle petit pe francis (only after a few Bevies – DEL BOi Style ahahah)

Time spent in Australia and NZ:

Since Nov 2011!

A little about me:

The standard end of Uni – I don’t know what to DO with my life story resulted in me shopping around for flights and hitting the Open Road with Big Ryan (my college buddy & absolute Banter Man)… what was a few month adventures has become a lifestyle that I didn’t think even existed.

I get just as much a Buzz Creating Epic adventures for travellers than I do going on them myself. I’m still partial to a good old roadie and cruise in the van from Byron on surf trips – in search of waves, sunsets and open beaches!

Why is Aussie / NZ so special...

To start with Aussie Land is MASSIVE – not many peeps have been around the full circuit (and I myself wasn’t at all planning on) but the Roadie can become addictive and it certainly did for me!

I hit the road and travelled 25,913 Km’s the diversity between the tropical beach towns on the East Coast to the West Coast which feels like the end of the world got me hooked straight away. The people I met along the way – live by the chilled & relaxed lifestyle that takes you a while to get used to – but now have become totally accustomed too.

Rambling on so much I almost forgot about the little sibling AKA NZ – I planned to go there for 2 months well I ended up staying 2 years. Everything is accessible and not too far away – get ya self out of Auckland and there is literally not a person in site! There are too many moments to mention but Free Camping for a week with my Bruv-Ski {AKA Jakey Boi} next to a snow capped mountain, clear blue ocean and dolphins has to be up there. NZ has it ALL.

Favourite spot in Australia/NZ:

BYRON BAY Babbbbbbbbby (to live and stay for an extended time) however – if it’s just a visit then Uluru is MAJESTICAL {had to use the spell checker on that one}. Not gona lie after the 6 full days it took me to drive to the centre of Oz and see the red centre – I almost shed a tear.

NZ – Raglan is the ONE… perfect & laid back vibes it’s just UNREAL alsooooo – Big up Tim & Suz – they’ve made ‘Raglan BackPackers’ their own. In 6 and a bit years of travelling you can imagine how many hostels I’ve stayed at. This one is in a league of its own. The town itself is amazing but the hostel makes it.

Backpacker tips:

Put down the phone – chat to the person next to you – don’t take every moment for granted and be as open as possible – you just don’t know what the next person will bring into your life – Special Mention to Mollie Bylett – The Blog on how we met is COMING!

Funny travel story/or best moment in Australia:

Location NZ: A rainy night in a camp kitchen kick started a game of Rock Paper Scissors – the winner got the last Biscuit. The game after that we ran out of choccy biccies so we proceeded to bet on who would cut one anothers hair with a dodgy pair of clippers >>> safe to say I lost!

Type of traveller:

Chilled out & cruising along. Happy go Lucky. More Happy than Lucky ; )

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1,600+ Google & Facebook reviews

Brooke Arnott
15 June 2024

Such an awesome experience booking our motor home for our upcoming Xmas holiday to Tasmania. Ben was super helpful, friendly and also managed to secure us a fantastic price. Highly recommend the team at Ratpack for your next holiday adventure.

Gregg assistance in finding me & my sister a campervan for our holiday in New Zealand was amazing. He responded quickly to my requests and ensured that I know my options. Can't wait for our holiday! Thank you Gregg and the rest of the RatPack Travel family!

Weronika W.
12 June 2024

The best price, fast and professional service. I'm not going to look for campervan on my own anymore. It is so much easier with you guys, grazie!

Laura Ryan
12 June 2024

These guys are amazing! Honestly, they had so much patience with me as I had to chop and change dates and places and they were absolutely fantastic to deal with. Thanks so much to Tammy and all the guys! Cheers.

Hayley Sense
11 June 2024

Ben was absolutely amazing to deal with, making it a very seamless process! Very excited for our holiday!

Ryan made my booking experience quick and easy. I’m very happy with the booking process and excited for my adventure!

Fritz Rottmann
11 June 2024

Ben helped us a lot and organized everything really quickly. Can recommend!

Lauren Curry
10 June 2024

10/10 would recommend for helping book your trip. Jules really took the stress out of organising our 25 day trip around the east coast of Australia. She really went above and beyond helping us secure the most amazing campervan which completely suited our needs and had all our ‘wishlist’ items included (and bonus was within budget 🤩). Plus she was kind enough to share a map of places to see to help with our itinerary planning. Thanks again 🙏🏻 can’t wait for our trip.

doris steiner
7 June 2024

We had a great experience with Ben! Thank you!

James was extremely helpful in helping us organise our trip around New Zealand. Helped us to find the best price for renting a campervan. Extremely helpful! Would definitely recommend:)

We decided to hire a van quite late and thanks to Ryan we managed to secure one. Ryan was super helpful and patient, thank you so much.

James was very helpful and sorted us out quickly for what we wanted, given how soon we wanted to head off. Very efficient and patient.

Di Daw
4 June 2024

Cannot thank George enough for all his help booking a motorhome for our trip to New Zealand in October. Got an amazing deal for us & sent us tips on where to visit & stay along the way.

Zoe Joines
4 June 2024

Unreal customer service! Took all the stress away from organising a van myself, made the process so easy. Highly recommend!

Marnie Burg
3 June 2024

Ryan was extremely helpful and attentive, in getting us as good a deal as possible. Having someone else doing the chasing up for all our needs to make our trip problem free saves so much stress. I will leave a review once we have taken our trip too.

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