Welcome to Travel Blogger Thursday! A series where we interview fellow travel bloggers.
This week for Travel Blogger Thursday, we learn more about Lauren (great name, by the way!) of the travel blog, The Student Travels. Lauren is an English literature grad who has decided to take an endless “gap year” now that she’s graduated. She aims to make every day an adventure. Let’s learn more!
What inspires you to travel and what do you enjoy most about traveling?
For me, it’s all about the visuals of traveling. I’m inspired by the pictures and videos I see of far flung destinations and the thing I enjoy most is standing in these amazing locations after months of daydreaming and saving. You can’t beat it!
Where is your favourite destination and why?
Such a hard question! I absolutely adored the Philippines when I visited a couple of months ago. The beaches were spectacular, the people were lovely and the beer was SO cheap! I spent just under a month there and barely scratched the surface. It’s one of those destinations that I know I’ll be coming back to again and again.
When did you start to travel, and where did you first visit?
I’ve been traveling most of my life as I’ve been lucky enough to have very adventurous parents! I spent a lot of my childhood holidays around the UK and Europe with massive road trips around America and Canada thrown in as well. I think my first holiday abroad was to Greece, and it is still one of my favorite destinations to this day!
Why did you start your blog, and what do you enjoy most about blogging?
I started the blog as a portfolio for my writing. I have always wanted to be a travel writer and I thought that starting a blog would be a great boost to my CV. Since then it’s spiraled into a full blown passion. I love clicking ‘post’ and being proud of what I’ve produced. I’ve also grown very attached to photography and editing my snaps. It’s great to get people inspired to visit one of your favorite destinations.
What do you like to bring back from the places you’ve visited?
I’ve collected beer mats for a couple of years – weird I know! I pick them up from pubs and bars all over the globe and make a note on the back of where I found them and the date. They make great little momentos and can fit in my backpack without taking up too much room.
What advice do you have for those who are thinking of taking a gap year?
DO IT! There’s no better time. You have zero responsibilities, can save up lots of cash if you’re still living at home and you’re young! There’s probably never going to be a ‘perfect’ time to travel but you can’t get much better that this.
What advice do you have for those who have graduated university that are trying to travel more?
I went straight into full-time work after graduating and knew straight away it wasn’t for me. When I was working I took long weekend breaks to Switzerland and Ireland, returning on Monday morning feeling like a new person.
But the one thing I knew was that I couldn’t stay in the 9-5. It just wasn’t for me. You have to know when to break away and take a risk. Traveling has more than paid off!
Where do you plan on visiting next?
I am going to be sticking around in Australia for a year, travelling all over the country and working along the way. I want to visit New Zealand as my friend Lydia, from The Globe Trotting Graduate is going to be there for a while. South America and South Africa are also at the top of the bucket list so watch this space…
Thanks for the great interview, Lauren! To read more, please visit The Student Travels and follow along on social media:
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