My aim is to travel from the UK to Brisbane for one of my best friends' wedding. Plane travel is so environmentally damaging so I am looking for another way. I also think that by travelling over land and sea I will be able to understand our world better as I will connect with the people and landscapes and not just look at the departure board in the airport. Any tips gratefully received!! Departure date 1st September.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The End



I have been home for two months and can now start to reflect back on the trip. I know one thing for sure, it has changed my life in many ways. Not just in terms of the amazing things I have seen or the people I have met but more about what I have discovered about the generosity and kindness of my friends and family as well as complete strangers. Also in terms of seeing so much of the world. It is humbling and overwhelming and I feel stronger than ever we need to make radical changes, which can be positive for our lives, if we are to stop climate change or slow it down at least. Look at this radical proposal for an alternative energy strategy for the UK www.zerocarbonbritain.com

Having so many strangers comment or discuss me and my beliefs and my trip was incredibly wierd and I still can't get my head around it all. The whole experience is one I am grateful for and I am so glad I had. I just hope that people have been interested in the debate and will think about the issues more. Anyone who has read the blog and knows me will know there were many ups and downs and there were times when I thought I was going completely insane. There were also other times of complete joy and real happiness too. I would recommend this trip to others, especially the outbound journey and hope that people will not completely write it out of the question thinking that they 'can't' do it as often people seem to do. I have been fascinated with the blogging process and have found it frustrating, bizarre, heart-warming and fun. I have really enjoyed writing and interacting with people through it but now I don't know what to do with it. I hope it will remain a resource for people wanting to follow this trip or something similar.

I am loving getting back in touch with my life at home, away from the modern world. I have made a compost toilet, got out into the garden and done lots of work to stop the leaks in the roof of my caravan and fitted back into my life in some ways where I left off. I have been working on a great project with some friends of mine building a Recycled Venue, the Junk Boat, which will be floating around festivals this summer promoting simple, happy, beautiful and sustainable lifestyles. www.recycledvenues.org.uk I have been playing the accordion in my gypsy music band and trying to write about my adventures as much as I can.

I am also working out some more accurate figures on how many miles I travelled, how much it cost and what the CO2 emissions are using the real and detailled information I gathered when travelling. It is hard to put an exact figure on the CO2 emissions and although the terminology is becoming more understood and used, it is still inexact. We do know for sure that travelling over land and sea is producing far less in terms of carbon emissions than flying, whether the vehicles are full or not and whether they are old diesel trains or modern electric ones. I believe even more strongly now that our planet Earth is beautiful and is full of beautiful people and it is possible to save it. Whatever the scientists say, or indeed the naysayers, we should care for ourselves and the planet, we should slow down a bit and just, well give a bit more love. Even if no one else stops or changes there is no reason why we can't make a stand for what we believe in. One person can make a difference...(just think about all the stuff George Bush has achieved??!!)

If you want any more information about this trip please take the time to read through the blog first. I know it is not all easily accessible, especially as you have to start at the end! But go back to the beginning and the information is all there I promise! If you do need help or want more information then do contact me through the blog, your contact details can be kept secret, and I will endeavour to help you out. Thanks for all your support and for taking the time to read this.

Babs xxxx

6 Comments:

At 2:10 pm, August 16, 2007, Blogger Ian Jeffery said...

Just loved reading your blog Babs, so inspirational, i love what you have done and love the life you live, if only everyone was as thoughtful about caring for the environment as yourself.

Please please please please keep the blog going, i would love to know about life in your little work with your garden and your house, its very inspirational stuff :)

Peace and love Ian

 
At 4:32 pm, September 21, 2007, Blogger Cath said...

hi babs,

i love your blog too. It inspired me to travel from south africa to wales overland.

now i'm going through it again and thinking about the trip home to wollongong - amazing that it only took you 45 days to get there!

love and earth rotations,
Cath

 
At 7:42 am, December 04, 2007, Blogger Abi and Chris said...

Inspiring!
Would be interested to know the cost and carbon emissions,
Chris

 
At 1:35 pm, February 07, 2008, Blogger David said...

Babs,
I left a comment once before, when you had your dilemma about how to leave Australia, but, as you have now signed off, just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed following your progress.
I have told many people about your blog and hope that they too will come to think about the issues you have highlighted. As you say, one person can make a difference, and you have.
Best wishes
David

 
At 3:14 pm, April 23, 2008, Blogger Babs said...

Hi Everyone
Especially Nicky and Larry
Please leave your email address so I can contact you to answer your queries!
With regards this question about visas I had a 3 month tourist visa and didn't have to show an onward ticket. I didn't have one either. So that is all I know. Sorry! I don't think they are as tight as they used to be.
With regards the ship, the food was very meat and fish based but if you have told them that is all you can do. The crew and officers change so you won't necessarily have the same people anyway. I tried to help out in the kitchen but they thought I was mad and weren't having it! Maybe take a few supplies just in case but there was so much food that even if you just removed the meat/fish bit there would still be loads. It is not the most ethical fare either.....
Since the Theodor Storm I have been on another ship where there was a lot more to do. But on this ship apart from a dvd player you have to self entertain. My advice would be to talk to the crew and officer's more. When I was on board there were some friendly souls and some less than friendly. I felt a bit anxious as a girl alone about befriending the men but in some ways wish I had spoken to them more. As you are two people it may be easier for you.
Good Luck.

 
At 3:15 pm, April 23, 2008, Blogger Babs said...

Sorry I haven't posted cost and co2 information yet......Especially Abi and Chris who asked, but again, give an email address and I can respond direct!
Babs x

 

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