Few of us probably set off on an adventure expecting to meet our soul mate. But when Intrepid’s Nic Everett travelled to Peru, it became obvious that his best buddy was suddenly on a journey of the heart…
“Before the fun of having kids took over my life and put a temporary halt to my travel addiction, I jumped at the chance head off to South America with my good friend Luke ‘Pedro’ Bakey. What better opportunity to use up some frequent flyer points than explore Peru for a couple of weeks I thought. A quick word to the lovely wife and my leave (pass) was approved. Woo hoo, Peru in Depth here I come – Lima, Lake Titicaca, Cuzco, the amazing Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle.
A few drinks on night one in Lima and it quickly became apparent our little group of 8 had just the two singles, my good mate Pedro and the lovely Louise from the UK.
Luke confided in me early in the trip that he was quite keen on Louise. Some friendly banter at ‘Mama’s house’ (our host family) on Lake Titicaca, some flirting over a Pisco Sour in Cuzco, but it wasn’t until day 7 of the trip on the Inca Trail that sparks began to fly. Things went well for the happy couple for the remainder of our Intrepid trip and they decided they weren’t ready to say ‘adios’ just yet.
A few short days in Sydney together as Louise passed through Australia on her way back to the UK and it was enough to convince our young lovers this wasn’t a holiday fling. Louise returned to the UK and within months was back on our shores having arranged a sponsorship from her company to move to Sydney.
Here we are two years on and I’m pleased to report that Luke’s proposal on Sydney’s Palm Beach was accepted and we’ve got a couple of very happy Intrepid travellers now planning their honeymoon trip!”