Annette Gartland: Charting a way forward

//Annette Gartland: Charting a way forward

Annette Gartland: Charting a way forward

Annette is a freelance journalist from Ireland who lived in France for many years and has been living a nomadic lifestyle since January 2013. She spends most of her time in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia, staying in small hotels and homestays, with friends, or cat-sitting. She writes mainly about environmental and human rights issues, as well as health and well-being.

In This Episode

  • Challenges of a nomadic lifestyle
  • Keeping possessions pared down
  • Her experience as an older nomad
  • Traveling as a single woman
  • Spreading awareness on environmental and human and animal rights issues
  • Ways to get involved in local and global issues
  • Traveling as a vegetarian
  • And so much more


Get even more of my conversation with Annette!

As a journalist, Annette is used to having to strike up conversations with strangers to get information and build relationships. In this bonus mp3, she shares her tips for meeting people on the road.

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Bonus links:
Couchsurfing, Warm Showers

Most Memorable Location-Independent Experiences

Watching a friend who rescues koalas releasing a koala back into the wild after treatment in a hospital. I was also very excited to see orangutan nests and elephant footprints in the jungle in Sumatra. I have yet to see an actual orangutan or an elephant in the wild, but hopefully that day will come.

Biggest Surprise along the Way

One of the surprises is the comments friends in Europe make sometimes. Two friends literally asked me recently, “Do you not want to know where you will die?!” Well, no, I don’t really. And, unless they never go out of the house, no one does anyway. Another surprise is that I feel more “at home” now in Asia than in Europe.

Resources We Talked About

Additional resources

Organizations Annette would urge people to support:

Travel sites Annette recommends:

For vegetarians and vegans in Malaysia:

Annette’s Links

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2017-09-29T09:07:32+00:00November 4, 2015|Podcast|4 Comments


  1. Annette Gartland November 4, 2015 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    I was just thinking about my remarks about Medan in Sumatra and thought I would add a comment here about the place. Medan is certainly not the prettiest of cities, and the traffic is horrendous, but please don’t be put off going there as it is the gateway to some amazing places, like Lake Toba and Berastagi. There is even a branch of the vegan restaurant chain, Loving Hut, which did surprise me, I must say. So, don’t expect aesthetic beauty or peace and quiet; Medan is a hectic and dusty place (it’s Indonesia’s fourth largest city), but places are not just about what there is to see; they are about the people who live there. So, I may not go sightseeing much in Medan, but I have some very good friends there, who are working hard to save and protect orangutans, so I’m actually a pretty regular visitor.

  2. Thomas November 20, 2015 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Dear Annette,

    greetings from Germany.

    What an interesting life you’re living! I used to do quite a bit of traveling in SE Asia ‘back in the day’ (and I was in Medan once en route to Bukittinggi and Danau Maninjau) …

    I’d loooove to take up traveling again and become a digital nomad, but, having had to deal with serious illness, I’ll have to figure out how to completely take charge of my health while wandering about. I’m not 30 anymore …

    The interview has inspired me, showing that location independence is an option for people of all ages.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Amy Scott November 20, 2015 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Thank you for listening, Thomas!

  3. Annette Gartland November 20, 2015 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Am so thrilled that I have inspired you, Thomas. Do get in touch via my website if you ever need any further encouragement 🙂 Best, Annette

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