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.
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.
I’ve been trying to live an environmentally better life since I was a tiny tot (I thank Captain Planet for this), yet it wasn’t until 2015 that I really started to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle.
I had moved to Doha, Qatar for a work contract. It was the first place I’d lived overseas and the first instance where I was in a city where the tap water was undrinkable.
I was aghast at home many water bottles I and the general population were going through, day by day. I moved to London shortly after and kicked off a quest to eschew plastic.
I haven’t looked back since then
I blogged an awful lot about using less plastic in my travels and day to day life. I still travel, mostly around Australia these days. Backyard travel makes up a big aspect of this blog, as well as living a more sustainable life in general.
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
How to Have an Eco-Friendly Period While Travelling
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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