Hi, I’m Lauren.

I’ve been stumbling my way around the world for six years and counting.

 

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It was back in 2011 when I quit my job, sold everything I owned, and left home with a one-way ticket in hand. Everyone told me I was making a huge mistake.

At the time, I had never traveled alone before, and never for more than two weeks at a time. I had no life experience, little 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 solve everything. I was convinced my trip would be all about incredible, life-changing moments; ones full of sunsets and rainbows and meaningful experiences. Instead, I stumbled headfirst into disaster.

Over the past five years of travel, I’ve 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 accidentally showed my tour group my vagina. 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 you feel like you’re the unluckiest traveler in the world. I’m a different person to the one who stepped on that plane six years ago. I’ve kicked my anxiety to the curb, overcome my eating disorder, gained a whole lot of life experience, and learned a ton about how to travel safely, wisely, and adventurously in the process.

Travel transformed my life. Let me show you how it can change yours, too. Learn from my mistakes, find the courage to follow your dreams, and laugh 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: 73
Days on the Road: 2224

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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