About Thirty Summers

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did. MARK TWAIN

The idea.

In July, 2013 two forty-something best friends sat at a beach bar in Cancun, Mexico and contemplated life, as one does. A couple of hours and a ‘respectful’ amount of Coronas later an idea was born. That idea is now this blog – Thirty Summers. An online retreat from the every day, a community of encouragement and a place to come and  escape ordinary.

The name – Why Thirty Summers?

“Thirty summers” was actually a phrase I heard a few years ago. I was 39 when I first heard it and it immediately had a powerful impact on me. The phrase, to me, means that life is precious and finite and the sands-of-time wait for no one. It highlights how important it is to make good use of the time that we are all given. Summer is also, generally-speaking, associated with happiness, good mood, growth, fulfilling projects and making plans. All of these are concepts that we love and hopefully this tone of optimism and possibility permeates across the content that our team creates. So Thirty Summers in essence means Carpe Diem! 

A “30 Summers moment”

Starry night. A restful 30 Summers retreat in rural South Australia, 2013

Starry night. A restful 30 Summers retreat in rural South Australia, 2013

Thirty Summers soon morphed into the more informal “30 Summers” and quickly became the private in-term that my friend and I started using to describe anything we did where we side-stepped hum drum, escaped the norm or broke from routine.

  • A 30 Summers Getaway
  • A 30 Summers afternoon
  • A 30 Summers decision
  • A 30 Summers moment…

The common denominator in the list above is having intent. That’s to say determining in advance to do something that you don’t usually do. For example both the below would be 30 Summers decisions…

  1. A momentous and bold move to quit your job and travel the world. WOW!
  2. Choosing – not to reply – to that work email you just got on a Sunday afternoon because you are enjoying time with your family at the park.

Both show the intent to escape ordinary and epitomises what thirtysummers dot com is all about!

The one minute video below captures the essence of a previous 30 Summers Getaway in the Byron Bay region of New South Wales.

The journey. Taking our idea from ‘what if’ to a website.

I am a risk averse person by nature so to get something like this off the ground was going to take something significant occurring in my life – and so it was.

Without going into a lot of detail an event occurred in my life, well a confluence of events really, that gave me cause to look at things differently. Something significant that made me re-frame my priorities and challenge status quo. I became aware that status quo doesn’t feel awful (because it’s not) but it does dull the senses to the huge scope of opportunity that lies just around the corner. The benefit of hindsight also taught me that too often the benchmarks of ‘success’ for me had been classified, and validated, by job titles and the number of zeros on my pay checks. There truly is so much more to life lurking outside the walls of an office!

So with a new attitude and outlook I dived in to getting Thirty Summers built. And now, here we are… live on the Inter Webs.

Thanks for visiting.

So now you know a little more about Thirty Summers. We hope you’ll be back soon! Or if it’s easier, and more convenient, we can come to you!

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Thanks for dropping by and here’s to Escaping Ordinary!

Saxon & Robert

The Thirty Summers Co-Founders

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There are 25 comments

  1. Rogan Carroll

    Saxon, nice to see a Travel website that is genuinely informational based and not trying to sell product on the back of it. Your stories are great as too your images. You all look like you love what you do, it reflects in your website. Keep it up.

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  2. Jolene

    It is a pleasant surprise to chance upon your travel/lifestyle blog. Thanks for taking the initiative to show us the extraordinary amongst mediocrity. I, too, like to see what everyone else has seen, but discover what is yet to be discovered. In particular, I love the heightened emotions engendered by the simple act of travelling; it is as if I have suddenly become more aware / conscious / alive… I would be grateful if you can please visit my blog (www.somuchtotellu.wordpress.com) and provide any feedback on whether I’m on the right track to “escaping the ordinary”? Thanks heaps in advance! ^_^

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  3. Miriam

    Hi Saxon, I’m so happy to have stumbled across your blog. Can’t wait to explore more but already I can tell it resonates deeply with me. The photography is gorgeous. Cheers from a like minded traveler in Oz. Cheers!

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    1. Saxon

      Thanks so much Kim. I’ve dropped by yours and it’s great. I’m in awe at how regular you are with your posts! Thanks for your kind words. Thirty Summers is just another way of phrasing Carpe Diem really. So I’m glad it came through. I’ll tell my marketing department they’ve done a good job (Which may be odd as that’d be me too haha) Have a great NY and I look forward to following along…

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      1. Kim

        Thanks Saxon. I’d like to me more consistent with my posts. At times life takes over and they suffer. Love the whole idea of blogs though – seeing the world and learning through fellow bloggers. If you can’t physically travel, this is the next best thing. Cheers!

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