Soil is precious to gardeners. As a gardener, I must tread lightly and not disturb the soil. Stepping on the soil compacts it, which reduces aeration and impacts root growth. So once the soil is ready for planting, I need to respect it and stay off. Before I reach that point, however, I must prepare the soil itself, turning it with shovels, mixing it with compost, forming rows for planting. These actions are invasive, but they actually help make the soil more conducive to growing good vegetables.
I see my travel as an author/speaker much like this gardening process. I am conscious of my carbon footprint and do my best to tread lightly. I reduce my driving, refrain from wasting resources, and, of course, grow my own food. But I also see benefit in traveling to be with others. Whether to educate myself, to teach and encourage others about just living, or simply to build supportive friendships