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Richard East and Willow, Van Cat Meow Travelling Australia

Richard East, also known as Van Cat Meow, is a nomad from Tasmania, which he describes as one of the last untouched wildernesses in the world.  He says he and his cat Willow are no longer travellers, but ‘nomads.’  They travel around Australia in a van.  Rich goes on to say,

If you’d asked me when I was ten what I’d be doing in twenty years’ time, I suspect my answer would have been exactly this. Exploration and adventure — the kinds of things we lose sight of as we’re thrown into adulthood. But now, I feel like I have those things back, even though, two years ago, they seemed like an absurd and impossible dream.

I didn’t know where I fit in the world.  There was so much to be grateful for but I wasn’t grateful so I was on a quest to change my life.

He envies the mind of a cat — unable to experience existential dread.  Rich made a decision to leave it all—the Australian dream.

A promise was made to look after Willow.  “I realized how much this little cat meant to me.  She has a beautiful personality and she’s adapted to the lifestyle quite easily.”  (The nomad lifestyle of travelling in a van while taking in the Australian beauty.)




An interesting read

During Willow’s and my travels I lost a cousin to Motor Neurone Disease.  We weren’t close and a reason for that is because we go through life saying, ‘oh ya, let’s get together soon’ and it never happens.  I realized that life is too short and I need to do what I say.

Motor neurone disease (MND) is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells – neurones – controlling the muscles that enable us to move, speak, breathe and swallow; undergo degeneration and die.  It is a form of ALS.

Rich just released a book about his struggles before traveling and he shares anecdotes.  He also shares some of his adventures with Willow on their journey around Australia.  The book,

“Van Cat Meow: A Lost Man. A Rescue Cat. A Road Trip like No Other.”

His travels with Willow are entertaining and his love for his pet comes through loudly and clearly.  Rich’s positive imprints are reaching around the globe.

Take a listen to the podcast and learn more about his positive imprints.  What’s your P.I.?

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  1. Karen Ellis on 04/12/2019 at 6:57 AM

    “Volunteer work is done along his journey and he helps where he can, interacting with people that he wouldn’t otherwise. Spreading a positive imprint.”

    We are definitely relating to Van Cat Meow’s journey at Mend It, Australia. Thank you for sharing Richard’s and Willow’s adventures.

  2. Thato amelia on 01/09/2022 at 1:54 PM

    My first symptoms of ALS occurred in 2014, but was diagnosed in 2016. I had severe symptoms ranging from shortness of breath, balance problems, couldn’t walk without a walker or a power chair, i had difficulty swallowing and fatigue. I was given medications which helped but only for a short burst of time, then I decided to try alternative measures and began on ALS Formula treatment from Tree of Life Health clinic. It has made a tremendous difference for me (Visit w w w. treeoflifeherbalclinic .com ). I had improved walking balance, increased appetite, muscle strength, improved eyesight and others. ]

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