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.)