Category Archives: Green travel

Vegan Recipe: Chocolate Chai Cheesecake

Chocolate. Chai. Cheesecake. Three of of my favourite things merged into one seriously naughty dessert. Alliteration never sounded tastier!

Having spent the last couple of weeks wading through the boxes I stored whilst travelling, I came across a very special box the other day which filled me with instant happiness: the parcel I sent to myself from India. Due to a limited budget, I had selected only a few small items to purchase and send home.

Naturally the box contained things like incense, fabrics and artwork, but there was one special thing which I knew I could never quite replicate at home: traditional Masala Chai spices! Continue reading Vegan Recipe: Chocolate Chai Cheesecake

How MONA Art Gallery is Connecting Science, Nature and Sustainability

Art has the power to inspire both creativity and intellectual debate. It can help us to question or make sense of the world around us through its motives and messages, or generate a feeling of awe and intrigue simply through the ascetics of a piece.

On a recent trip to the quirky and somewhat morbid art gallery of MONA, in Hobart, I was lucky enough to encounter an exhibition which engaged all of my senses; whilst carrying a fascinating narrative of science, nature and sustainability.  Continue reading How MONA Art Gallery is Connecting Science, Nature and Sustainability

Explore and protect Australian Animals at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Over the past 9 months I have travelled through 6 countries, across the world, each blessed with diverse  wildlife and full of natural wonders around every corner. But being a conscious traveller, who likes to be a green and ethical tourist (whilst on too tight a budget to pay for specifically labelled eco tourism), there is one big thing I have felt I’ve missed out on: a true exploration and interaction with native animals.

For many years I have boycotted zoos, circus’ and animal rides; adamant that my money will not support industries which knowingly exploit animals or prevent them from living a life which is natural to them. My experience of the mistreated camels in Jaisalmer, India, stayed with me long after I encountered them wheezing and tired as their masters dragged them across the desert on continuous tourist rides, with little rest or water.

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Why a Yoga Trek in Nepal Should be on Your Bucket List

When I was 17, one of my best friends and I sat down and created a “things to do before I’m 30” bucket list. Consisting of life pressing issues such as kissing the boys we fancied, flying the parental nest and learning to drive, the list also featured life affirming tasks and beautiful places to visit around the world. Trekking in Nepal was one of the first things to do on my list.

As it happened, it took until I was exactly 30 years old to finally tick off a trek in Nepal from my list, but boy was it worth the wait! Just 7 months after the disastrous 2015 Earthquake which killed almost 9, 000 people and devastated huge areas of the Kathmandu Valley and beyond, me and two of my closest friends embarked on a journey of a lifetime.  Continue reading Why a Yoga Trek in Nepal Should be on Your Bucket List

Three of Sydneys Best Vegan Burgers

As they say in Cornwall “Well, Burger me!”. I love a burger. A vegan burger of course. But I have been a bit fed up in the past of the same three choices: Falafal burger, lentil burger or non descript “veggie burger” which usually consists of mashed potato with peas and sweetcorn in the shape of a patty. BORING!!

Luckily Sydney is the vegan fatties dream when it comes to cruelty free burgers, and I’ve been munching my way through quite a few.

I still have a little research left to do (followed by a lot of exercise I expect…) but here are my 3 favorite vegan burgers I’ve been chomping through in Sydney: Continue reading Three of Sydneys Best Vegan Burgers

Vegan Dining in the Hunter Valley: Bonta Vera

This weekend I treated myself to a sunny Autumnal weekend in New South Wales’ famous wine region, the Hunter Valley. Established in the early 1800s, this small region just two hours North of Sydney is home to over 100 Vineyards, some of the states top restaurants and stunning agricultural scenery. It’s the perfect destination for wine tasting, stocking up on cases of your favourite wine, or simply soaking up the sun in one of the most laid back and indulgent parts of the state.

However, with most tours offering cheese and wine matching, and almost every vineyard explaining what meat or fish your chosen wine would work well with, it’s not necessarily the most vegan friendly area to visit for culinary delights. In fact, aside from the wide range of delicious Olives you can sample in the many gift shops across the valley, the majority of restaurants and cafe’s who specialise in local produce near by are either lacking vegetarian options of any kind, or are heavily cheese and cream based. There’s certainly some work to be done in welcoming the increasing number of plant powered Australians and visitors!  Continue reading Vegan Dining in the Hunter Valley: Bonta Vera

Eco Driving: Why Green Cars Still Aren’t Commonplace

For the environmentally conscious – few things can feel as guilty as owning a petrol powered vehicle. Yet, for most of us, this is just the reality we live in. Petrol based cars are still the most common vehicle, even though hybrids and purely electric cars are actively available.

Why is this the case? If electric vehicles represent a greener way to drive – and are supposedly cheaper to run, too – why are we so slow in mass-adopting this new technology?

Here mechanic, and passionate green bean, Giles Kirkland shares his know how on the green car industry and why it hasn’t yet gone that extra mile:

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10 Things Travelling Teaches You About Green Living

oh how times flies! It’s been over a month since my last post, and in that time I have passed through 6 countries, climbed 4 mountains, and eaten more varieties of tofu and tempe than one vegan can dream of in a lifetime.

But what have I learnt on my travels so far? And more importantly, how has it helped me on my path to sustainable living?

To give you the quickest snapshot of my round the world trip so far, and ease myself back into writing (my typing skills are rusty after months lying on the beach…) here are the 10 top things travelling teaches you about green living: Continue reading 10 Things Travelling Teaches You About Green Living