A journey in nature nourishes the soul…
Nature is a great healer and teacher, and the more time we spend in it the greater the benefits for all.
After a decade of the corporate grind I decided to hike the length of New Zealand, a 3000km journey that completely altered the way I thought and fundamentally changed the course of my life. In the quiet days of hiking in the wilderness, far from the distractions of modern living, I found clarity, courage and the real me. I also discovered how much bliss can be found living simply with one bag of belongings on your back.
That hike is over but the journey continues as I seek further adventures in the wild and a bit more of nature’s wisdom. If this resonates with you share the journey with me.
I am Laura Waters, freelance travel writer, speaker, upcoming author, long distance hiker and nature nomad. I am a member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and have written for numerous publications including Jetstar magazine, Voyeur (Virgin), RAC, Australian Traveller, Geographical UK, Outdoor, Wild, Great Walks, Action Diver, Your Life Choices and Active Retirees (see Portfolio here). My writing tends to focus on experiential travel and the great outdoors.
Adventures: I have hiked 3000km along the entire length of New Zealand, walked 1,000km on the Bibbulmum Track in Western Australia, mountain biked coast to coast across England, sailed 700km up the Queensland coast, scuba dived all around the Pacific and travelled to around 45 countries.
Motivation: Inspiring others to re-connect with nature, leading to care about the preservation of our planet, is a key motivation for me. In 2009 I trained with former US Vice President Al Gore to become a Climate Presenter, giving presentations to hundreds of people on climate change. I’m also a huge advocate for the benefits of living simply, overcoming fears and following dreams!
A book about my life-changing hike in New Zealand is due for release in September 2019 (Affirm Press).