Hi. My name is Lauren Juliff. I’ve been traveling the world for five years and counting.

Welcome to Never Ending Footsteps.

 

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In 2011, I quit my job, sold everything I owned, and left the U.K. for what was supposed to be a year-long trip around the world. Everyone told me I was making a big mistake.

At the time, I had never travelled alone before, and never for more than two weeks at a time. I had no life experience, zero common sense, and had never eaten rice or been on a bus. I suffered from debilitating anxiety, was battling an eating disorder, and had just had my heart broken.

Like a lot of people, I hoped that travel would fix me. I was convinced my trip would be all about incredible, life-changing moments; ones full of sunsets and rainbows and meaningful experiences. Instead, I came to discover I was the unluckiest traveller in the world.

Over the past five years, I have been scammed and robbed, assaulted by a backpacker, and fallen into a leech-infested rice paddy. I’ve accidentally eaten a cockroach, had the brakes of my motorbike fail while riding down a mountain, and a boat started to sink with me on board. I’ve been caught up in a tsunami, punched a scammer in the face, and experienced a very unhappy ending during a massage in Thailand. It’s hard to believe, but my bad luck was the best thing to ever happen to me.

On Never Ending Footsteps, I show that transformation through travel is possible, even when terrible things happen to you. I’m a different person to the one who stepped on that plane five years ago. I can’t remember when I last had a panic attack, I’ve overcome my eating issues, and even found love along the way.

Travel changed my life. Let me show you how it can change yours, too. Learn from my mistakes, find the courage to follow your dreams, and chuckle at my misfortune. Let me show you how not to travel the world.


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WHERE I'VE BEENTravel Statistics

Number of Continents: 5
Number of Countries: 69
Days on the Road: 1968

Distance Travelled: 172,796 miles

Number of Flights: 104

Number of Trains: 44

Number of Buses: 98

Number of Ferries: 34

Beds Slept in: 293


I Have a Book Deal!How Not to Travel the World: Out Now!

It was hitting rock bottom that convinced me to quit my job, sell everything I own, and travel the world alone. After a devastating breakup, I packed my life into a backpack and left for what I hoped would be an enriching journey of self-discovery. I’d spent years spent battling with debilitating anxiety, an eating disorder and a lack of common sense, and was determined to find and heal myself.

Instead, my travels were full of bad luck and near-death experiences. I was scammed, assaulted and robbed, lost teeth and swallowed a cockroach. Instead of finding myself, I lost a laptop, a camera, $1000 and a backpack. I fell into leech-infested rice paddies, had the brakes of my motorbike fail while riding down a mountain and a boat started to sink with me on board. I was caught up in a tsunami, sat beside a corpse and experienced a very unhappy ending during a massage in Thailand.

Though I didn’t realise it at the time, I was experiencing a transformation despite the terrible things that were happening to me. My frequent panic attacks faded away as I repeatedly forced myself to leave my narrow comfort zone. I overcame my eating issues, evolving from a person who had never eaten Asian food to one who wouldn’t think twice about trying fried crickets. I even found love along the way, meeting Dave, a handsome New Zealander who taught me not to be afraid of living.

How Not to Travel The World is about following your dreams, no matter how many curveballs life throws at you. It’s about learning to get out of your comfort zone, finding the humour in messed up situations and falling in love with life on the road.

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