5. I have a tattoo that represents my wanderlust strong> h2>
If I continue my 25 facts like this, it will end up being a book. I’ll keep it shorter. I have a tattoo on my back, a large compass within a mandala. It represents my wanderlust and it means so much to me.
6. Travel and love
I’m a bit impulsive. If I see a cheap ticket I book it, if I can step on a flight within an hour I will. And my boyfriend is just like me. I knew my boyfriend for three weeks when we left to Asia together for five weeks. We both love to travel, I had six weeks in between jobs and we just decided to go. No better way to get to know each other, right? It was one hell of an amazing trip and now, 2,5 years later, we are still very happy together. Traveling together is the most beautiful thing there is. We were so different on this photo, we have changed in those 2,5 years.
7. My first encounter with Asia
My first encounter with Asia was in 2012, the above mentioned trip. We just booked a ticket and made our own beautiful journey through Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Sumatra, Bali and the Gili Islands. I was sold, and besides the other travels we plan a long trip through Asia each year since then. Last year we went to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia and this year we traveled through the Philippines. And next year? I would very much like to go back to Indonesia and I look very forward to another long, relaxed journey. All those press trips are fantastic, really. I discover the places like I always do – but it’s still work and the trips are often short and full of planned activities.
8. I get sick sometimes
Asia is the place where I’ve become very sick as well. Twice. In Thailand and the Philippines. Well, I do not mean to scare you, but that was no fun. Nevertheless, I still travel off to Asia with all my heart. I love Asia.
9. Happiness is a journey
I am the happiest girl in the world when I travel, and that is why I pinch myself every day – it’s like I’m dreaming. During a trip I feel free, happy, human. I worked so hard to change my passion into a job and now I am traveling around the world for my work. I even have to cancel a lot of trips because I have too little time. I am so grateful that I can explore new places each month. Makes me happy.
10. I am a junior ranger
One of the things I did when I lived in South Africa was studying Wildlife Management. That was a dream come true. For months I have learned all about flora & fauna, I lived in the middle of a wildlife park with no amenities, every day I was surrounded by beautiful nature and I was working with the most extraordinary animals every single day. Yes, I am officially a junior ranger and I would love to go back there to work with wildlife and nature.
11. Travel like Laura
I climbed the Table Mountain on Birkenstocks. Actually I should make columns about these kinds of typical ‘Laura’ moments.
12. I love adventure travel
I love adventure and I’m always seeking beautiful, special and extreme moments. From sleeping on the ground in the jungle of Sumatra to swimming with whale sharks, from the highest bungee jump in the world to helping in an orphanage.
13. I’ve been travel blogging for 8 years
While traveling my head always overflows. Beautiful words, images, smells and colors are dazzling in my mind and I always have liked to write in a travel guide during trips. I’ve started travel blogging eight (!) years ago when I moved to a foreign country for the second time. And I never have stopped.
14. My most beautiful trip
I hate it when people ask me what my most beautiful journey has been so far. Sure, it might seem a logical question, but I have no answer. Each trip has its own discoveries, moments, smells and colors and it is impossible for me to choose. I travel for travel’s sake.
15. I’m in the scrapbook of Asians
I might be in 87248734 pictures of Asians already. For some reason (okay, I’m blonde and 1.76m) they always want me in the picture or get pictures together. Remains hilarious.
16. I love to talk
I find conversations with people one of the nicest things about traveling. Whether it’s a hassle-free conversation with a fellow traveler, an in-depth talk with Bedouins in the desert, a chat with the owner of a restaurant or a conversation with a toothless old man in Laos – I can intensely enjoy those moments.
17. I travel with an open mind
My boyfriend and I are not the kind of couple that blocks anyone around them while traveling. We love being together, but also enjoy (above mentioned) conversations with other people. We like to get to know new people and sometimes travel along with them for a while.
18. I don’t eat fish
I really dare to eat everything (from rare insects to brains) but I do not like fish. Or shellfish. Or whatever comes from the sea. It’s not that I don’t want to, I would love to eat fish. However, it comes out immediately. I struggle with this during many travels as I always have to skip all kinds of traditional dishes. Very unfortunate.
19. I get restless at home
I love to have a home, but I am very, very restless when no trip is planned. Could be just something like a weekend in Bruges, but I just need to. I make sure that this is not really happening at all times.
20. Seeking moments
During all trips, private and press, I always take a little moment for myself. At those moments I take everything in, smell, look, feel, I let my thoughts just be taken by the wind. At such times I really realize that I’m very lucky that I can experience this. Sometimes I even shed a tear. Those moments are where my stories come from.
21. I once went to New York by accident
I once ‘won’ a trip to New York by mistake on an auction site. I sat on the couch with my boyfriend, felt like doing something fun that weekend and decided to take a look at that site for a nice deal (just so you know, I was looking for something like a day to the zoo). Suddenly I saw a fully covered trip to New York with a relatively low final bid and three minutes duration left. I decided to place a low bid ‘for fun’, thinking that there would be so many bidders. There weren’t. We went to New York. See here again, our impulsivity.
22. I get lost on purpose
If I get lost I don’t get worried. I even get lost on purpose sometimes. I’m just curious where the road will take me, who I’ll meet and what I’ll see.
23. I observe and I eat/strong>
I love observing. Watching people in their daily lives. The first thing I do when I’m somewhere is find something special to eat and drink (an important part of our travels), sit down and watch. Simply, watch. Enjoy.
24. I like long drives
The longest bus ride I’ve ever made was from Koh Chang (Thailand) to Siem Reap (Cambodia). This took about 18 hours. The longest train journey (15 hours) went from Bangkok (Thailand) to Vientiane (Laos), and the longest flight I do not exactly remember, but it must have been to Asia. Long in any case, but do I hate it? No, I think it’s really great to be on the move.
25. I love to travel along with other bloggers
My wishlish is infinite. There are so many countries and places I want to explore. That is why I am so pleased to read stories from other travel bloggers as well. I love to read all travel blogs and I read almost all articles on every blog (you are all so nice!) but I never let anyone know how amazing they are. Thank you fellow travelers and bloggers, you are beautiful people!