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About Us2019-05-25T12:26:58+00:00



We are Emma and Laura – Brits, best friends, travel experts and world travellers! We’ve been lucky enough to work our way around Australia and New Zealand and to call both amazing countries home.

As well as a love for travelling we share a passion for the environment and sought a way to see the World whilst also protecting it.

Subsequently, one night in Queenstown, over a bottle of wine and a brainstorming session, The Mindful Travel Co. was born!


Our mission is to offer personalised, eco-conscious trips around Australia, and New Zealand, helping you to offset your carbon footprint on the adventure of a lifetime.

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Our aim is to make this experience as straight forward and enjoyable as possible. Now that you’ve decided to explore the World, what’s next?

Emma Penfold

Meet our co-owner Emma who is a PR graduate from England. Emma headed straight from University to Australia in 2013, desperately seeking some sun.

Fast forward 5 years and she is still here, living on the Gold Coast. She loves to explore and meet the local wildlife! Since then she has spent time in Australia, New Zealand and USA.

Favourite Location in Australia: Newcastle – 2 hours North of Sydney and in my opinion, one of Australia’s best kept secrets! This city boasts sandy beaches with world-class waves, trendy bars & restaurants and heaps of history. I like to think of it as a combo of the best of Sydney and Byron Bay, without the herds of tourists!

Favourite Location in New Zealand: Wanaka! – I visited last year for a friends wedding and fell in love with this small but buzzing little town! There are some beautiful camping spots right on the waters of Lake Wanaka – I’ll never forget waking up to a stunning view of the mountains at sunrise.

Laura Hughes

Meet our co-owner Laura who is a Psychology graduate from Wales. She first started travelling back in 2011 after an impromptu trip to New York wet her appetite for seeing the World.

Since then, Laura has visited nearly 20 countries and has lived in India, Australia and New Zealand. She now lives part time in England and still has a bucket list as long as her arm!

Favourite Location in Australia: The Whitsunday Islands – The colour of the water, the sunsets and the laid back beach vibes at local town Airlie Beach are epic! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I finally got to see Hill Inlet Lookout! You simply haven’t seen Australia without a visit to these stunning islands.

Favourite Location in New Zealand: Queenstown – I was lucky enough to live in this town for a year and it really does have everything to offer! The views, the activities, the mountains and the ski town vibes are like nowhere else! This town literally never sleeps and the bars and restaurants are as awesome as the skiing and mountain biking culture.

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