It was officially Earth Day last Monday. Though I’m not usually a big fan of one-off name days, it was an important reminder to respect and appreciate our beautiful planet. Every day.

Camping earlier this year at Lake Albert in South Australia

To me camping is one of the best ways to do this. It’s a minimalist lifestyle, a fantastic way to travel and one of the best ways I know to slow down, enjoy our beautiful world and the simple things in life.

This Easter we stayed with our daughter, in the Victorian High Country. We relaxed, walked, I cycled (she rode her horse) and amid the backdrop of Mount Buffalo, life slowed down for a couple of days.

Cycling and horse riding in my daughter’s virtual backyard!

When we camp we’re mindful of what we take in and out. As the saying goes “take only memories, (and photos) leave only footprints”

Ways we can help the earth while travelling:

  • Pack light. We don’t need to take a mountain of stuff when we travel.
  • Support farmers that work the land for a living. Whenever we can we like to support local businesses by eating and drinking locally.
  • Go green and pack a reusable water bottle and reduce your plastic consumption. Conserve water, recycle and reuse, use a fire pit and always make sure it’s extinguished. Simple things make a difference.
  • Keep your travel time down. We don’t need to fly or drive thousands of kilometres for a getaway. With research and planning we can find many top places close to home.
  • Walk as much as you can. Nothing beats feeling immersed in and exploring an area by foot.

Another way to feel immersed is to leave the car at home! Australia’s largest fully supported cycling event (and most unique camping/cycling holiday) is the Great Victorian Bike Ride.

Cycling the Great Ocean Road. Photo by Ian Muirhead

This November the ride starts in Robe, South Australia and travels along the Limestone Coast and the spectacular Great Ocean Road. Fellow blogger Glenys Gelzinis recently wrote about her caravanning road trip along the Great Ocean Road but imagine doing it on a bike.

Think of the exhilaration.Riding the Great Vic in cartoon fashion

What a way to experience this spectacular coastline, with all the sights and sounds gloriously in your face. The ride in 2019 will encompass the beautiful coastal and forest landscapes along the Limestone Coast, the Great Ocean Road and through the Otway National Park.

Ten days. More than 600kms of cycling. Sound daunting? There are five day options as well for those who prefer a shorter ride.

With all the logistics of camping taken care for you by the team at Bicycle Network, you don’t have to cook or carry your gear. What you need is the will, the fitness and, oh yes, the stamina.

‘Footprints in the sand’. Cyclists taking a rest near the Twelve Apostles. Photo by Ian Muirhead

The Great Victorian Bike Ride is a huge event and the logistics of moving the equivalent of an entire town every day is a phenomenal effort by the organisers Bicycle Network. They do it and leave a minimal imprint on the environment.

But life is about more than simply travelling minimally. The imprint we leave behind, both in a physical and emotional way, is a legacy to the life we’ve lead.

The way we travel, live and interact with others, the way our thoughts and beliefs impact our actions, all leaves an impression. Do you leave a positive or negative vibe in your wake?

We live in cycles and everything has a way of coming back to us. All our actions, behaviours and ‘footprints’ effect others, even if we don’t realise it. We each have an enormous impact on the planet, and each other, in all we do and the way we live.

Here’s to making our own bit of positive difference to the world we live in.

Wishing you light and love as we continue the journey.

Individually we are one drop. Together we are an ocean.  Ryunosuke Satoro

Snoopy Be Kind quote

A huge thank you to all of you who voted for OutanAbout in the Bloggers Bash Awards held in London in June. I’m so grateful for all of the support and feel honoured to be nominated amongst some of my favourite bloggers.

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