Hello and welcome to Birdgehls
Birdgehls (the ‘g’ is pronounced “gah”) is a sustainable travel and photography blog, focusing primarily on plastic-free living, conservation and travel around Australia. I’m LC Hunter and here’s what you can expect to find on this blog:
- Sustainable Travel: Particularly tips on travelling plastic free.
- Green Living Tips: How to live an eco-friendly existence at home.
- Backyard Travel: Another tier of sustainability – Travel around Australia and particularly in Melbourne.
- Off the Path Travel: I do occasionally go abroad and like to venture to oft’ neglected destinations.
- Expat Life: Both musings on living abroad and how to make your time overseas a success.
- Culture, Art and History: As they tie in quite neatly with sustainability!
After much head scratching, I came up with a tagline that sums up Birdgehls pretty well.
>>> Travel with a conscience and a sense of humour.
Sustainability can often seem quite dry/confusing/expensive, but it really isn’t any of these things!
When people start to think outside the box, that’s when real creativity happens. And that’s all sustainability is – taking a good, hard look at how you’re doing things and making changes where necessary. It’s better for you and better for the planet.
I’ve been trying to live a more environmentally friendly and generally compassionate life, well… all my life. This interest was sparked by the 90’s classic TV show Captain Planet and the Planeteers (Wheeler was my first crush and yes, I know he’s a fictional, animated character) and has grown exponentially since 2015.
I gave up plastic in 2016 and developed an interest in conservation after a trip to Costa Rica that same year, particularly where birdlife is concerned. Picking up rubbish is an actual hobby – I try to combine it with walks on beaches or around my neighbourhood.
Sustainability has improved my life, in the best way possible. I’ve learned new skills and met really interesting, like-minded people (community is another fabulous side effect of environmentalism). It’s sparked my creativity, challenged my way of thinking and opened up my mind.
It will do the same for you.
Focus on Australia
I’ve travelled a fair bit overseas and lived in three different countries (Australia, the UK and Qatar), but in 2019 I made a pledge to keep my feet firmly in Australia, at least for the duration of that year.
This was done partly out of concern of the impact of my own carbon footprint when flying, but also so I could devote more time to exploring Oz and working on this blog.
I’ve been to every state and territory in Australia at least twice and have lived in both New South Wales and Victoria. My favourite states to explore are Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. I find them to be the most interesting, but it’s really hard to choose between all eight!
A Brief History of Birdgehls
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…
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 five years ago, but there you go.
Great to meet you!
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.
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I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and original caretakers of the land where I live and work, the Wurundjeri People and pass on my respect to Ancestors past, Elders past and present and the cultural knowledge holders for our future.