What is the attraction of ghost towns?

Do you find yourself fascinated by the idea of walking through a deserted town once inhabited by an ancient civilisation? For many people there is the allure of solitude and isolation of being alone in a place that once thrived. A chance to reflect and learn from the past so that they can move forward into the future. Ghost towns have the ability to offer people a chance to be be mindful away from the noise of the outside world.

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Why International Tea Day?

Tea is the most consumed drink after water which supports the data collected by the Australian marketing company Roy Morgan Research. In 2016, 9.8 million Australians preferred tea over other hot beverages with that figure increasing in 2019 to over 15.2 million.

While the benefits of tea drinking are widely known like boosting immunity and aiding in weight loss, what you may not realise is that your favourite tea may have been produced by workers forced to work in unsatisfactory working conditions.

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Famous Bones of the Catacombs

Did you know that the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris attracted visitors even before modern day tourism. Even before the last bones were moved there in 1814. They have been a major attraction for centuries, with the larger underground crypt areas said to be used as joining concert halls in the 1800s. The ambience and acoustics were great for reverberating sound.

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When Life (almost) Imitates Fiction

This week we travel into the future, but it is may not be a future you want to live in. Imagine a world without technology. No mobile phones. No computers, laptops, tablets. No electricity. No petrol to run your vehicles. No money or credit cards. I’m scaring you now, right?

This is exactly what you will discover when you read Station Eleven, a best selling novel by Emily St John Mandel. But, as you read, you will start to notice a resemblance to the events of 2020.  Fortunately, life didn’t get to the extremes written in the book, but it does give food for thought about where we could have ended up.

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Why travel is good for your mental health

As parts of the world emerge from a year (and a bit) of lockdown, we are seeing an increase in requests for mental health assistance. These reports are not surprising considering that humans need real social interaction to thrive. As a traveller, you would have spent the past year wondering when you will be able to get out and meet other people and communicate in real time again. Social meetups were key to you maintaining your optimal health and wellbeing.

During the past year you have had to make do with FaceTime, Zoom and other video chats to stay connected to family, friends and work colleagues. While these mediums are adequate in the short term, they cannot replace your need for face tot face, in person, human contact to thrive.

While some countries are starting to open up the opportunity to travel and social connection, others are still a long way off from welcoming travellers. The longer they remain closed off to the world means the more socially isolated they are at risk of becoming.

it is the social isolation that causes the build up of stress which ironically is a huge contributor to mental and emotional health concerns. The longer the isolation period also means limited availability of information you receive, mainly in the form of mainstream media and internet news which may not always be accurate or helpful to providing you what you need to know.

The constant stream of bad news can also be detrimental to your wellbeing leads you further down the path of distress, increasing your stress levels and mental health concerns putting your whole wellbeing at risk.

So, how can you maintain your wellbeing as the world slowly makes its recovery?

As limited as they are, video calls still provide you contact with your loved ones, so it is important to keep in regular contact and share how you are feeling. You should also seek support from your doctor or psychologist about ways to maintain your mental health.

If you can get outside as much as possible, fresh air and nature have been proven to have a calming and relaxing affect on the mind and body.

While meditation is not for everyone, there are many mindful techniques which allow you to focus on improving your mental and emotional health.

As a qualified holistic health coach, I have put together a free masterclass on how to maintain your mental health and happiness post lockdown. If you have always been curious about meditation and other mindfulness techniques but not known where to start, this one hour session will introduce you to the basics.

As the world slowly begins to emerge from the darkness which was 2020, let’s hope that face to face social interactions are one step closer to reality.

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Photo Essay: Burchardt Gardens

Canada has many beautiful gardens, but none are more gorgeous than those at the Burchardt Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. The moment you walk through the front gates is like stepping into a garden oasis. A place to stop, reflect, relax and appreciate the beauty around us.

Anzac Day 2021

Although Australia is recovering well from the events of 2020 (COVID-19) this year’s Anzac Day commemorative services will once again be scaled back. Only a handful of people will be able to attend the popular Dawn Services around the country. Those who are not able to secure a special ticket are encouraged to participate at home by standing on their driveways with candles.

Despite the scaled back services, Australians and their New Zealand colleagues will come together in spirit to remember those who fought at Anzac Cove.

Travel Bubble Opens Between Australia and New Zealand

It’s been a year and a bit since international travel was ripped away from us as we were all sent into lockdown. But today it was officially announced that a trans Tasman travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand will open. Just in time for Anzac Day.

Of course there will be strict rules in place, including if there is the hint of an outbreak then the doors will be slammed shut again. On a positive note, no quarantine will be required on either side of the Tasman. So travellers can walk straight out the airport and once again enjoy freedom.

It’s been a year and a bit since international travel was a thing. The events of 2020 has shown us that putting people close together in small spaces is a haven for spreading disease quickly. Will we see history repeat itself, or has society learned the valuable lesson 2020 brought to us.

Let’s pray that this is the beginning of travel being accessible again so that we can enjoy the beauty and culture our planet has to offer – in a sustainable and mindful way.