Hello and welcome to Birdgehls (pronounced girls but with a silent ‘r’).
My name is LC and I started blogging in this corner of the Internet in 2014. Birdgehls has seen many iterations in its time – it started as an expat blog, morphed into a generic travel blog, whilst also becoming a place where I could write about my war on plastic, which kicked off in London in 2016.
Birdgehls now operates out of Melbourne, Australia and is slowly becoming a mini-hub for content on Australia travel, with an emphasis on things to do in Melbourne. I occasionally do write about other destinations, but as I believe backyard explorations to be a solution for sustainable travellers, Australian content is first and foremost on this blog. Good thing it’s a continent and there’s a lot to explore.
What you can expect to find on Birdgehls
Travel with a conscience and a sense of humour.
I’m not a big fan of “niches” (you can read a rant about this here), but I do try to stand by this blog’s tagline.
This blog consists of four year’s worth of content on the things I have been primarily interested in, often at the time before moving on to other things.
I’m an avid reader, so I write about books I’ve been reading every now and then (particularly if they’re Australian). There are posts to help you live more sustainably, both whilst travelling and at home. I love small towns and quirky accommodation and I’ve recently developed an interest in urban gardening, so there’ll be content about that on the site in the future. Plus, plenty of posts about High/Afternoon Tea, from all over the world.
The main emphasis on this blog is living a full and well-rounded life, that is rich in new discoveries – without being too influenced by FOMO. My main quest in life is to savour every moment and not succumb to society’s expectations to be “busy” – although this is a (constant) work in progress.
A Brief History
Birdgehls started in a living room out in Zone 5 of West London in 2014. I’d just moved to the UK’s capital and needed a side project to stop me going loopy in between applying for job, after job, after job…
I started up the site with one of my best friends, who was living in New York at the time. We blogged together, until other commitments ate up her time. Now it’s just me here, on my lonesome. The blog name remains pluralised, in honour of my pal and the wonderful friendship we have together.
Why the name? The original inspiration came from this haunting song, written by Antony & The Johnsons. Also, because birds are rad and Australians can’t curl the ‘r’ in girls – we pronounce it “gehls”. It’s a bugger to spell, which is something I wish I’d thought of four years ago, but there you go.
Some of my favourite posts are:
Why We Do It
Would You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse?
A Two Week Road Trip For Exploring Ireland
Goodbye to Number 53, the House That Was a Home
What Not to Do When Visiting Australia
Why Summer is the Worst Time to Visit Australia
Highlights and Oddities From a Road Trip Around Tasmania
Please note that I DO NOT accept guest posts on this blog, so you’ll save time for both of us if you don’t bother emailing to ask about this.
Thanks for stopping by!
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