This past week, the Eastern Daily Press was kind enough to dedicate an entire double page spread in their weekend edition to sharing my story about how travel and connecting with nature in Saint Lucia helped me to manage mental health issues during pregnancy — and how sharing my story has won me the trip of a lifetime thanks to Terra Incognita Travel.
The below extract is taken from the Eastern Daily Press online, from a feature by Emma Lee:
Kate on Conservation features on Eastern Daily Press online
Kate Stephenson’s pregnancy hadn’t been easy. She ached. It was playing havoc with her immune system. She hadn’t had a good night’s sleep in months. She could feel herself sliding into depression.
Then when she was six months along, she went on a work trip to Saint Lucia.
“Every pregnancy is different, but mine was tough, and I felt like I was losing myself in it all,” says Norwich based Kate, creator of the travel, wildlife and environmental conservation blog Kate on Convservation. “Stepping outside in a new place, discovering news things for myself again, and using wildlife spotting as a way to swap anxiety for fresh air, sunshine and exercise gave me a little bit of myself back.”
She decided to blog about the trip and her account of what it was like travelling while pregnant won the Judge’s First Runner-Up award in eco tourism company Terra Incognita’s Travel Blogger of the Year 2020 competition, with a prize including a trip of a lifetime to Peru and Costa Rica.
Read the full article here: Norfolk blogger wins the prize of a lifetime
If you would like to read my prize-winning entry, which looks at the power of nature in helping to heal mental health issues, and how my quest for the Saint Lucian Parrot helped to calm some of the struggles of pregnancy — you can find it here.