Conscious travel

The conscious traveller

I was floating on my back staring at the vast blue sky, tropical palm trees swaying gently in my peripheral along the shores, the water a perfect temperature rocking me as I casually drifted along, and mist dancing around the peaks of towering dramatic limestone mountains in the distance. It was a scene from a post card, so tranquil, calm, everything I’d wanted and needed after a busy year. Aaah Thailand.

That bubble quickly burst as something wrapped around my neck, and another brushed against my leg, and then hand and then stomach. I quickly jerked up out of the water to find myself suddenly floating in a sea of plastic chip packets, wrappers and cigarette butts. Tranquility crushed, paradise lost, and I’ve never been the same since.

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What the desert gave me

Nature is good for you, it’s science

There is a whole bunch of evidence now floating around which supports and suggests just how good nature really is for us all.

If you don’t believe me, click here, here, here and here. And then Google ‘Nature rules, get over it’. No don’t. But seriously, nature does rule.

Besides the blatantly obvious straight up fact that the natural world feeds, clothes and keeps us alive, there is a deeper connection to nature that nourishes and revitalises us in ways some of us are just not awake to, or some of us are, and simply cannot get enough of the green stuff. And cultures all around the world have been vibing on this for thousands of years.

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Sam Tourle mustering sheep from his bike.

Bridging the rural – urban divide

One thing I have noticed over time is that people from cities and urban areas are becoming increasingly disconnected from the environment, and they are also becoming disconnected from rural Australia. Opinions of how the land is managed and the people managing it, is very dependent on what is published in mainstream media, and far too often this is a very polarised snapshot of what is actually happening on the ground.

So I decided to do something about it. And head out west…

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