Episode 42: Love, Understanding, & Eco Travels

Featuring Noami Grevemberg

This episode sponsored by Benchmark MapsOutdoor Voices, and Yakima

Noami is originally from Trinidad, lived in New Orleans for a time with her husband, Dustin, and now the two travel in a VW van as well as abroad, focusing on experimenting with different eco travel practices along the way. As you’ll hear on this episode, Noami is passionate about sustainable living and has been dedicating her life to helping to make eco-friendly habits and choices more accessible to everyone, whether you’re on the road or living a more stationary lifestyle.

While it would be easy to focus solely on the environmentally-conscious aspect of Noami does, there’s a lot more to her work than that. And she might not say it this way herself, but in interviewing her for this episode, it’s clear that starting conversations that aren’t being had, and truly listening to everyone involved is a large part of what Noami does to better this earth. Sometimes it’s related to sustainability practices-- and you’ll hear in this episode that sometimes it’s not. There are so many ways to model positive change in this world, and while cutting down on single use plastic or turning off the faucet to brush your teeth are certainly important, the way we relate to one another is something else Noami sees room for positive change in.

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In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • The benefits of slow travel

  • How Noami stays warm in the van when the weather turns cold

  • Her favorite rainy day activities when she’s staying somewhere for a while

  • What inspired Noami to pursue environmentalism as her life’s work

  • How Noami and her husband Dustin have dramatically reduced their waste

  • Noami’s favorite waste-reducing items and behaviors

  • How to reduce your waste using the items you have on hand now

  • Noami’s biggest challenges to working remotely

  • Tips for cultivating a healthy relationship while working and traveling together

  • Noami’s thoughts on women of color on the road and in the outdoors

  • A compelling anecdote from Noami’s moto trip through Southeast Asia

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Living simply has made Noami happier on the road

Living simply has made Noami happier on the road

Noami and her husband Dustin in front of their VW Vanagon at blue hour

Noami and her husband Dustin in front of their VW Vanagon at blue hour

The mobile office setup where Noami co-runs her business, Cacti and Coconuts

The mobile office setup where Noami co-runs her business, Cacti and Coconuts

Kicking back on a long motorcycle trip through Southeast Asia

Kicking back on a long motorcycle trip through Southeast Asia

Photos courtesy of Dusin Grevemberg


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