Hi. I’m Lauren Juliff: Traveller, Writer, and Walking Disaster.

Welcome to Never Ending Footsteps.

 

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In 2011, I quit my job, sold everything I owned and left England for what was supposed to be a one year trip around the world. Everyone told me I was making a huge mistake.

I’d never travelled alone, 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 determined to have incredible, life-changing experiences, full of sunsets and rainbows and meaningful experiences. Instead, I discovered I was the unluckiest traveller in the world.

During the four years I’ve been travelling, I’ve been scammed, assaulted and robbed, forgotten my passport and swallowed a cockroach. I’ve fallen 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’ve been caught up in a tsunami, punched a scammer in the face, and experienced a very unhappy ending during a massage in Thailand.

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 four years ago. I can’t remember when I last had a panic attack, I’ve overcome my eating issues, and I 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 find humour in my misfortune. Let me show you how not to travel the world.

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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.

You can buy a copy here:

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WHERE I'VE BEENTravel Statistics

Number of Continents: 5
Number of Countries: 58
Days on the Road: 1503

Distance Travelled: 210,707km

Number of Flights: 82

Number of Trains: 28

Number of Buses: 90

Number of Boats: 25

Beds Slept in: 230