Hi, I’m Lauren.

I’ve been stumbling my way around the world for eight 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 suffered from an anxiety disorder, was concerned about everything, and had just had my heart broken.

Like a lot of people, I hoped travel would solve everything. I set off 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 eight years of travel, I’ve been scammed in China and robbed in Tanzania. I’ve face-planted into a sand dune in Namibia and fallen into a leech-infested rice paddy in Indonesia, accidentally eaten a cockroach in Laos, and in Vietnam, a ferry started to sink with me on board. I’ve been caught up in a tsunami in Thailand, was stranded in the Congo, and accidentally flashed my tour group in the Cook Islands. 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 as though you’re the unluckiest traveler in the world. I’m a different person to the one who stepped on that plane eight years ago. I’ve kicked my anxiety disorder to the curb, built up my confidence, 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: 86
Days on the Road: 3040

map of where I've been

Distance Travelled: 285,998 miles

Number of Flights: 198

Number of Trains: 99

Number of Buses: 123

Number of Boats: 60

Beds Slept in: 370