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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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Marjolein Spaans
22 February 2024

Very happy with the great service by Gregg! He got us a good deal on short notice👍🏻

Niki Nuisance
21 February 2024

George from RatPack travel has been an absolute delight to deal with. My husband and I are going on our first adventure in a motorhome to Queenstown Nz in April. George made the booking process stress free, he also got us a very decent discount and he answered all the questions that I had. I'm beyond happy with the experience and would highly recommend this agency the next time you want to book a motorhome for your next adventure.

Larissa Paez
21 February 2024

Super good costumer service, Joe helped me find a Van with a very short time for my trip, he was super attentive and assertive, showing me different options, so now we have a good Van with a good price.

john christophers
20 February 2024

super easy booking process and great guy to chat to! thanks Ryan F!

Ele Hudson
20 February 2024

Reuben was incredibly helpful with sorting out a camper van for our trip - literally did all the work for us! He was super fast, efficient and knowledgeable with regards to everything and overall a super friendly guy! Would definitely recommend ratpack travel to a friend, it was EASY

Coralie considere
19 February 2024

Gregg was very helpful in the booking of our van for our road trip 😁

Mark Grundy
19 February 2024

Ratpack worked round the clock to sort us a motorhome at very short notice. Originally working with Chris to sort something and getting it over the line with Mikey, everyone we spoke to was very friendly and helpful for sorting it out and we look forward to our trip with comfort knowing that it's all sorted. Big shout-out to Mikey who got us a real deal!

Harry Smyth
17 February 2024

Really helpful team and so responsive. When we had a booking query they were quick to resolve and rectify. Thank you for making the process so easy!

Madalynn Francis
16 February 2024

Thank you Thijs for all your help! You made the process of booking and picking the right campervan so much easier.

Rick Riker
16 February 2024

Very friendly and went through everything in great detail, made everything super easy I will be using them again in the future!!

Emily Curteis
15 February 2024

Insanely efficient. Seems like it’s too good to be true. But it’s genuinely that easy. Joe was so fast at replying and provided me with all the information I needed to choose the camper van for my road trip. He also got me a great discount (a lot more than planned) which was something I was not going to be able to get if I went directly to the camper van company. Over all a great experience- recommend to anyone looking for campervan in NZ.

Lynn Kanuka
14 February 2024

Joe at RatPack Travel was super awesome to work with! We had some challenges with our dates and drop offs and Joe really worked overtime finding us a campervan that worked for us. It was fun to chat and truly an easy efficient economical experience-Thanks Joe😊

Amy Barrie
14 February 2024

RatPack travel have been extremely helpful. I dealt with Thijs who was great, he found me the best deal to suit our trip from carins to Sydney, at a very competitive price. Great level of customer service, I was definitely recommend.

Siobhan O'Hora
14 February 2024

Jenna made booking with RatPack so easy! She was so efficient and listened to what I wanted to book, giving different recommendations and options and found me a great deal! Would highly recommend!!

dylan judge
14 February 2024

Ruben was excellent! Super nice and easy going. Made the whole process extremely smooth. Thanks for your help mate! Top guy

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