nature

Noobs do the Overland

It’s 5 pm on a Tuesday afternoon and I am getting picked up at 5.30. Rewind weeks earlier. In my mind, I have everything laid out on the couch, in order of size, frequency of use, ease of access and then packed neatly into water-proof bags. I have all the food and snacks I need to keep me happy and sustained with energy, and I have researched and reduced my luggage list down to a neatly packed backpack filled with all the items of clothing I could possibly need to keep me warm and dry. I have been training for weeks at the gym, my fitness is amazing.

Fast forward to now, I’m still frantically typing work emails before I head off to Tasmania, and my entire packing list I made up in my head is still strewn across the entire lounge room. Incomplete. Camping vomit. I went to the gym twice.

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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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