Travelling the World, the Conscious Way

Travelling can be Bittersweet Sometimes, but it’s totally worth it!

That may sound strange to some of you sat at home wishing you could stop everything, pack a bag and set off on an adventure around the world. If that’s what you are thinking then you 100% should do it. I know I may sound cliche saying this but it really will open your eyes. It will make you see life and our beautiful planet in a completely different light.

If you are a traveller or have done a lot of travelling before, then you will know exactly what I mean when I say it can be bittersweet. You explore the world seeing some of the most beautiful sights and meeting the most beautiful people, but along the way, there are certain sights you see that keep popping up in the back of your head.

For me, those sights are sights that will define the future me and how I live my life. They are sights that will pop up into my mind out of nowhere and remind me to keep trying to be the best I can for not only myself but for others and for our insanely precious planet.

Camiguin Island, Philippines – Please Read

 The one that shocked me the most – TINFOIL WILL NOT DISCOMPOSE

Neither will Polyester or Vinyl which is what most of our clothes are made out of!

For me, these sights were:

Scuba diving on a tiny island in the Philippines and also the Great Barrier Reef and realising that all the coral was dead or dying.

Staying on a remote island off the coast of both Thailand and Cambodia and watching the innocent children play amongst a disgusting amount of plastic in their local waters.

Working in a cafe in Melbourne, Australia and seeing the number of takeaway coffee cups people go through (whilst sitting in). I’m pretty sure I almost went insane witnessing this. Go get yourself a beautiful Sol Cup. They’re so much nicer to drink out of & you’re helping the planet. It’s a win-win situation.

Scootering along the Hai Van Pass in Vietnam and seeing hundreds of trucks of pigs in boiling hot weather screaming whilst they suffered. They get so hot that the trucks have to stop and hose them down just to make sure they don’t overheat and die before they get to the slaughterhouse.

Don’t let this scare you off. These were eye-opening sights for me.

You will experience so many incredible things along the way that make you grow as a person too! 

Coral Bleaching Great Barrier Reef, Australia – photography by @rocketandhoney

Two Years Later

After almost two years of travelling, these are just a few of many more sights that I have seen that keep popping up in my mind and will forever change the way I live.

Two years ago at the mere age of 22, I set off travelling. My eyes were well a truly opened to a lot of issues we are facing that I was totally unaware of before. As you can probably imagine, because of these I am highly aware of my day to day life when it comes to my consumption.

Positivity

Whilst currently on a road trip with the parents down the East Coast of Australia I’ve realised that it can be really hard to stay sustainable whilst on the move. Which is why I devised a list for you of my top tips for easy ways to be eco-friendly whilst on the move. You can thank me later 🙂

1 – Carry a Metal Straw in Your Bag

I’ve been caught out so many times whilst on the move. I bought a drink the other day which came in a flimsy paper cup and I had to get a lid as I was driving down the coast. Of course, I then needed a straw which is my worst nightmare.

Americans alone use 500million straws daily!

You can so easily make the change to carrying a reusable straw in your bag wherever you go. They are so lightweight you won’t even notice it’s there. Until you use it instead of a plastic one and feel 100% better about yourself.

2 – Take a Tote Bag with You

Plastic bags are destroying our oceans and the sea life in them. About 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the worlds ocean every year. This plastic breaks down into tiny microbeads of plastic and even some bigger bits. It is then consumed by the fish which is then consumed by us. It has been proven that the toxins attached to these plastics then pass into the human bloodstream. This is bound to start causing medical issues.

For some reason either we don’t seem to put two and two together, or maybe we just simply don’t care. Whatever it is. We need to make changes.

 

3 – Make Sure You have Your Essential Sol Water Bottle on You!

With is currently being the peak of summer here in Aus, it really can get steaming hot. Which means we are going through more water than ever. This is great for our health, but not when it comes to looking at the number of plastic bottles we go through.

Each Single Plastic Bottles takes 450 YEARS to decompose.

One good thing about a lot of countries these days is that you can drink the tap water. In Australia, they even have water refill spots all over the streets. So do your part and take your water bottle. This is a #1 Roadtrip essential! Sol water bottles are absolutely beautiful so you’ll be proud to show it off and encourage your friends to be more planet-conscious too.

Koh Rong Island, Cambodia
This may look like a beautiful picture but look at the beach. The more you look the more rubbish you will see.
Trust me, it was so much worse in real life than it looks in this image!

We can’t all be superheroes, but we can try out best to save the planet one step at a time.


Want to hear more about how I keep fit, healthy & live an eco-friendly life whilst travelling the world? Why not subscribe to my #planetlove newsletter now? I wouldn’t want you to miss out

 

Love Annie | Rocket & Honey

Social Media | @rocketandhoney

xxx

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