My First Post: About Me, My Plans, and My Blog


Lauren Juliff

Never Ending Footsteps emerged from the ether about a week ago, and since then I’ve been itching to start trying my hand at travel blogging, even though I don’t actually leave for another eight months! It’s time to get the ball rolling, though, and like all good self-absorbed bloggers, I’m going to make my first blog post about me. Why should you give a damn about this blog?

Lauren Juliff

10 Facts About Me:

  1. My name is Lauren, I’m 22 years old, and I’m currently living just outside London, England.
  2. I’m a full-time student, studying physics, and in my final year of my degree. I absolutely love the subject, 100% made the right degree choice, and I would love to go into areas of particle physics research in a few years, including obtaining a phd in this area.
  3. I have a part-time job working in a supermarket. I don’t particularly enjoy it, but the money’s good, the work is easy, and I have a lot of friends that make my time there fun.
  4. I recently broke up with my long-term boyfriend, who I was originally planning on travelling with. Once we broke up, I thought I would have to sacrifice my dreams, but I’ve decided to go it alone — the best decision I could have ever made (hopefully!).
  5. After moving out of my parents’ house four years ago, I am now back living with them, due to my breakup, but I am saving money by not having any bills or rent to pay. I feel like a bit of a failure going back to live with them, but I secretly kind of enjoy it! :-)
  6. My dream is to never settle down and live in one place, but to find a way to travel for the rest of my life, exploring this world, and meeting people from all walks of life.
  7. I absolutely adore classic rock. My favourite bands are Pink Floyd, Led Zepellin, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and The Who.
  8. I have terrible taste in TV shows. I like those awful, mindless girly shows.
  9. I rarely watch films.
  10. Random hobbies of mine include running, singing, playing guitar, going to the gym, and photography.

10 Reasons Why I Want To Travel:

  1. To experience different cultures and see how people live in all different areas of the world.
  2. To meet new people, to make friends, and to talk to people from all walks of life.
  3. To live outside my comfort zone for once and have to deal with unfavourable situations. To learn to cope with things by myself rather than relying on others all the time.
  4. After graduation, I could go straight into a job and work 9-5 for the rest of my life like everyone else, but I wanted to do something different! I want to experience the world through long-term travel rather than two weeks of vacation every year.
  5. To try new and crazy foods! I was brought up eating very plain, “English” foods and now I’m trying to experience all the different tastes and flavours there are out there. To illustrate just how little experience I have with foods, I only just had my first Chinese meal a few weeks ago. (I loved it!)
  6. To prove to myself that I can do it! I never in a million years thought that I would ever travel around the world (especially on my own!). Even now, the thought of it absolutely terrifies me! But, I’m going to do it, I’ve set my heart on it, and I’m going to have the time of my life!
  7. To be able to do whatever I want, whenever I want, with nobody to have to please except myself.
  8. To improve my photography by capturing new and unfamiliar surroundings. Photography has always been a hobby of mine, but I don’t have many opportunities around here to photograph exciting landscapes and people.
  9. I am shy and introverted. I have been my whole life and it’s something that I really want to change. I want to gain confidence in social situations and be able to talk to anyone.
  10. I don’t want to be lying on my death bed with regrets. I know if I don’t do this now, I’ll probably never do it, and it’ll end up being one of my biggest regrets. This world is so incredible and whilst I know I will only be able to scratch the surface in my lifetime, it’s better than seeing none at all.

Where I’m Planning to Visit

As I mentioned above, I was originally planning on travelling the world with my boyfriend. We were going to do the stereotypical travelling route of Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, India, and a few others. Since deciding to do this trip alone, my plans have changed so I can feel comfortable with travel before going to these unfamiliar places.

I’ll be starting my trip in Europe, visiting Belgium, and I’ll be travelling without set plans for the most part. I’ll book the first few days of accommodation and then get a feel for a place and see where I feel like going to next. I plan to roughly travel in a clockwise motion, spending most of my time in Eastern Europe, and going to more obscure locations, as opposed to France/Spain/Germany that I have visited countless times before.

I’ll probably spend three or four months in Europe before moving on. I’ll then be venturing on to Hawaii to spend three months volunteering. I found a great little program, which is right by the beach and in a fantastic location, close to a volcano. I spent an amazing 3 weeks in Hawaii a couple of years ago and ever since, I’ve been itching to go back to explore some more and this provides the perfect opportunity, while remaining cost-effective too.

After this, so far, my journey is relatively unplanned. I’m considering applying for working holiday visas for both Australia and New Zealand, and going off for a long time to explore and work my way around both places. Definitely with a stop in Fiji and the Cook Islands.

And after this, possibly Southeast Asia and India, we will have to see. A lot of this is dependent on how those first few months in Europe goes and how I manage to cope. I’m fortunate enough to have a lot of money put aside to fund this trip, and I want to travel for as long as is possible until my money runs out! This could possibly even be a few years — it all depends on how I feel. I have a feeling I’m going to get the travel bug very soon though and can’t wait to get out there exploring!

This Blog

Never Ending Footsteps is going to contain details of all my adventures. I hope to eventually work up to including advice and tips for travellers, as well as reviews, too. I’d like to include a section for interviews with other travellers doing the same as me. I’m excited to think of all the possible directions I can take with this blog and can’t wait to see it develop and hopefully become successful!

Lauren :-)

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40 Comments

  1. Cathy Sweeney
    December 1, 2010
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    How exciting to have this journey ahead of you! Good for you for deciding to travel solo after the breakup with your boyfriend. I’ll look forward to following your blog.

    • NeverEndingFootsteps
      December 2, 2010
      Reply

      Thanks! I really can’t wait now, I’m counting down the days already!

  2. christy
    December 1, 2010
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    Wow. Best of luck to you! Even though this is also a dream of mine to travel around the world, I would never have the courage to do it all on my own! I too am a total introvert and coming out of my shell and talking to people is sooo hard. And that is totally a key to travel, having to talk to people. Maybe some day…… haha

    • NeverEndingFootsteps
      December 2, 2010
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      Thank you so much! I’m sure this will be one of the hardest things I’ll ever do, but hopefully it’ll be one of the best. The way I see it is that you only have one life, and better to force yourself to do things you’re scared of, than end up regretting it further down the line! I hope one day you’ll get to travel too! :)

  3. Chris - The Aussie Nomad
    December 1, 2010
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    Mate I could almost be reading my story right there. Travel has been and will continue to be the greatest achievement I have been able to undertake all on my own.

    Good luck in your travels and I can’t wait for those 8 months to pass so I can follow along with you. I can see why you want to escape England but in saying that I can now say that London was the first place I got to experience snow. Everything’s a joy when your on the road.

    • NeverEndingFootsteps
      December 2, 2010
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      Hey Chris!
      That’s great to hear and makes me all the more excited to get out there and start doing it!

      I can’t wait either! 229 days to go, hahaha :)

      It’s snowing in London now and predictably everything has ground to a halt and everything is closed! I can’t wait to experience new things in new countries :)

      • Chris - The Aussie Nomad
        December 2, 2010
        Reply

        Tell me about it, I’m working from home again today as the trains aren’t running down to Kent where I work.

  4. Kieron
    December 1, 2010
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    Well done on your first post, it’s a very good one! About fact #5 – Amy and I are going back to her parents house before our RTW and it’s amazing how much difference it makes (even though it does feel like we’re going backwards!)… we’ve already doubled our monthly savings for travel and should now reach our goal.

    Wishing you all the best on your journey and with your blog! Looking forward to seeing more. :)

    • NeverEndingFootsteps
      December 2, 2010
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      Thanks Kieron!

      It really does make a huge difference, I’m saving an extra £600 a month whilst living at home – Definitely worth it!

  5. Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World
    December 1, 2010
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    That’s awesome that you’re following your dream. Who needs men anyway? Believe, my husband Jack is the whiny one when we’re on the road, he’s so lucky I kinda like him :p

    • NeverEndingFootsteps
      December 2, 2010
      Reply

      My ex and I did have lots of arguments before when we were starting to plan the trip, as we both wanted to go to different places. Now I’m going on my own I get to go wherever I want without having to worry about someone elses needs! :)

  6. Doreen Pendgracs
    December 2, 2010
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    Welcome to the land of blogging, Lauren! I enjoyed reading your introductory post.

    The interesting thing about travel is that people seem to either love it (i.e. get the travel bug and are constantly planing their next trip) or are reluctant travellers who would rather stay home/can’t wait to get home.

    Sounds like you and I are both from the first lot. It’s a great place to be. I absolutely love experiencing new cultures, meeting new friends and enriching my life thru travel. Please visit my travel blog for a look at some of my travel musings. And I also invite you to visit my original blog (where there is also some travel content.) If you’re looking for thoughts on Belgium, try this post there: .

    Good luck on your travels, and thanks for the follow on Twitter. I’m now following you as well.

    • Lauren
      December 2, 2010
      Reply

      Thanks Doreen! :)

      I definitely agree with you, and it’s funny: my family all fall into the second category! I remember all of my family holidays with them, after a week they would be saying “Ooooh! I’m ready to go home now”, whereas I’d be thinking “Wow, I wish I could stay an extra month here!”

      I will definitely have a look at your blog, I’m looking forward to my visit to Belgium at the end of the month so I’m starting to collect lots of travel tips! :)

  7. Alex
    December 2, 2010
    Reply

    Sounds like you’re going to have a wonderful time and a great adventure. Look forwarding to reading more!

    • Lauren
      December 2, 2010
      Reply

      I hope so, I really can’t wait! I’m already planning my next blog post! :)

  8. Heather
    December 2, 2010
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    Good luck with the prep Lauren — looking forward to reading about your journey :-)

    Very curious to hear more about the volunteer program in Hawaii – what is it?!

    And I’ll readily confess to being another OTH and GG watcher. I wasn’t watching them from Oz, but a fellow American just told me how she’s watching them online, so I’ve caught up when I’m not at work. O:-)

    • Lauren
      December 2, 2010
      Reply

      Thank you so much! :)

      I don’t know how I’ll cope without my TV shows when I’m on the road! I don’t want to spend my time sat inside watching TV :) I’ll have to download them and save them for when I have a long boring train journey!

  9. George
    December 2, 2010
    Reply

    Awesome! I look forward to reading your stories.

    Hey, if you’re interested, you can be a guest on my blog and talk about your up coming trip. My audience could use a crash course in preparing for some world travel :-)

    Let me know.

    • Lauren
      December 2, 2010
      Reply

      Wow, definitely, I’d love to do that! :D

  10. Kerry-ann
    December 3, 2010
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    Hi Lauren, what an awesome adventure ahead of you. It does all sound so exciting and good on you for getting your degree before allowing the travel bug to control you! Lived in UK and now in New Zealand with the aim of using this beautiful country as a base to travel from. When my husband and I left home (in South Africa) we thought we were going on a two year RTW trip. That was many moons ago and still travelling. Keep us updated on the adventures you get upto in the UK while preparing for this trip abroad.

    And if you get to NZ and we not off on holiday somewhere then we must definitely meet up for a tea/coffee and celebrate your travel successes!

    • Lauren
      December 3, 2010
      Reply

      Hey! :)

      I’m getting really excited, I wish I could leave now!

      That would be lovely to meet up one day once I make my way over there :)

  11. Ian [EagerExistence]
    March 14, 2011
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    Are you taking a decent DSLR on your trip? I have a Nikon D80, but have decided to leave it home and just take a point-and-click camera. The pics won’t be quite as nice, but its less valuable and lighter in my backpack.

    I’ll add you on Twitter, and see if you make it to Belgium etc. as planned around the time I’m in the neighbourhood.

    PS. Definitely get the working visa for Australia. You can see most of NZ in a month, but Australia, you should take a year ;-)

    • Lauren
      March 14, 2011
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      Yes, I’m taking a Canon EOS 550D, with a couple of lenses too. I plan on taking a point and shoot with me as well, if I don’t feel comfortable flashing my new expensive camera around!

      You can see a link to my itinerary at the top of the page – It has changed pretty much completely since my first post here where I set out my plans!

      Still planning on the Working Holiday Visa in Oz though!!

  12. Gina
    March 30, 2011
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    Darling Lauren,

    I’m so happy you’ve decided to do this and to take us all along for the ride via this wonderful web page!!

    Your web page has so many interesting articles and I look forward to learning along with you!

    Thanks so much (in advance) and best wishes on your travels ahead!!

    • Lauren
      April 5, 2011
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      Thanks Gina!! And I’ll see you on the last leg of my journey! :D

  13. Bluegreen Kirk
    April 1, 2011
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    Just found your site and wanted to wish you the best on your travels. Look forward to reading about your travels and experiences.

    • Lauren
      April 1, 2011
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      Thanks Kirk :D

  14. arjun ray
    April 5, 2011
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    Best wishes on ur travel plans. Be safe and healthy throughout your trip. U would be living my dream! Would sure be following you.

    • Lauren
      April 5, 2011
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      Thanks Arjun! Glad to have you following along :D

  15. jade
    April 10, 2011
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    So happy you decided to travel on your own- you’ll meet so many great people and who knows, maybe a new lover!!

    • Lauren
      April 10, 2011
      Reply

      Thanks Jade!! A hot backpacker… Would be nice! :D

  16. Madhu Nair
    May 6, 2011
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    Reached here via Twitter.
    Good to see that you are taking off before settling into a career. I wish I had the means and guts to do that when I was in my 20s. Anyways … Good Luck and Safe Travels!!!
    Cheers,
    Madhu

  17. Alex B
    August 19, 2015
    Reply

    So did you ever make it to Hawaii? ;)

    • Lauren
      August 19, 2015
      Reply

      Hahaha, nope!

  18. Ocean Scuba Dive
    February 13, 2018
    Reply

    What an exciting first blog post! Well done Lauren and can only wish you every success in your travels! Look forward to seeing your adventures.

    • Lauren
      February 18, 2018
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      Haha, thanks! I’ve been going for six years now!

  19. Natalie
    April 22, 2018
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    Lauren, I broke my blog this week and since I used your “how to blog post” to pick my plugins, I went looking for it. I stumbled across your first post and decided to read it.

    I think you’ve accomplished the goals you set for yourself and then some!

    • Lauren
      April 23, 2018
      Reply

      Ha! I always cringe when I read this post! But yes — I definitely didn’t expect to be where I am now when I first wrote this :-)

  20. shoaib
    March 8, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Lauren..!
    Suddenly I came across your first post and i am really happy to read it that a young lady is doing such an amazing adventure and beside her studies. i am also a student and i always wanted to do something like you, that is why your 1st post inspired me so much to start my journey. your interests are amazing which help you to move ahead.
    i will definitely follow you for your future journey for my inspiration and i am expecting amazing content. Good Luck for your studies and future life..

    • Lauren
      March 15, 2020
      Reply

      Ah, thanks so much, Shoaib! This is from almost 10 years ago now, though, so a lot’s happened since I wrote this post :-)

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