Hi, I’m Lauren Juliff.
I’ve been traveling and writing my way around the world for six years and counting.
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 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 you feel like you’re the unluckiest traveler in the world. I’m a different person to the one who stepped on that plane five 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. I even met the love of my life while traveling in Thailand and gained a book deal through this blog!
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 laugh at my misfortune. Let me show you how not to travel the world.