Travel Stories


I’m a storyteller at heart.

When I first launched Never Ending Footsteps, way back in 2010, all I wanted to do was share funny tales from my adventures. I wrote long-form narratives about my experiences; multi-thousand-word essays on what it’s like to travel forever. I documented my evolution into the world’s unluckiest traveller, shared how travel had changed my life, and revealed the realities of life as a full-time travel blogger.

Somewhere along the way, however, my priorities changed.

As I grew older, I began to share fewer personal narratives online, for many reasons. A desire for a greater level of privacy on an increasingly cruel internet. The realisation that this travel blog is my business and you can’t make (much) money from stories. And a dream of helping people to travel more: of providing helpful guides to my favourite cities; of sharing how to make the most of your vacation time; of revealing the exact travel costs of every country in the world.

But I’m still a storyteller at heart.

As my travel blog has begun to move away from sharing my personal life and more towards helping my fellow travellers, I’ve noticed Never Ending Footsteps has become increasingly difficult to navigate. In an effort to make everything a hell of a lot easier, I’ve created this page: my travel stories page.

Here, you’ll find a list of every single narrative, personal essay, and travelogue I’ve shared from my decade of travel around the world. There’ll be no helpful resources, no travel guides, and no budget breakdowns: just funny mishaps, tons of introspection, and a whole dose of honesty.

Here’s every story on Never Ending Footsteps, from 2011 onwards (in other words, the writing gets a lot better towards the end):

What It’s Like to Take a Tour of Chernobyl

Getting scammed in Shanghai

A Broken Key and a Grope in Hong Kong 

Tsunami 2021: The Scariest Moment of My Life

Riding down a mountain in Northern Thailand on a scooter when the brakes failed

Falling into a rice paddy in Bali

Getting attacked by monkeys in Monkey Forest, Bali

Having an elderly woman die on my slow boat in Laos – and then sitting next to her for six hours

The night from hell: my worst 48 hours of travel

Accidentally ending up on one of the world’s most dangerous roads in Morocco

Cursed in Cambodia

Vertigo in Turkey: One of the Scariest Moments of my Life

When You’re Asked for an Onward Ticket You Don’t Have

Scammed by a Tuk-Tuk Driver in Sri Lanka

Scammed by a Guesthouse Owner in the Maldives

I Lost My Passport Twice in Two Months

My Solo Travel Curse Continues in the Cook Islands

Hooked on the Cook Islands: My Giant Wedgie

Stranded and Afraid in Maupiti

The Worst Travel Day Ever

I Was Abandoned At the Burmese Border

In Which I Accidentally Cancel My Flight Out of Cape Town

How Not to Walk Hadrian’s Wall

Lying to Locals in Tongatapu

I Was Hospitalised in Tonga

Stranded in Vava’u While I Slowly Lost My Mind

My 13 Most Ridiculous Hostel Experiences

87 Comments

  1. September 1, 2012
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    Impressive and scary list! Where was that gruesome hostel?

    • September 1, 2012
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      In Luang Prabang. The titles are links so you can click and read the whole story ;)

      • Kelly
        June 10, 2014
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        Hi Lauren. I’m loving your adventures! What was the name of the terrible place in Luang Prabang? I’m headed there soon!

        • June 15, 2014
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          Sorry, I don’t remember! This happened over two years ago. It was in the middle of nowhere there so I doubt you’d ever find it or stay there. There’s hundreds of places to stay at — just don’t go with any touts :-)

  2. September 1, 2012
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    Wow! I have to admit that although I’ve experienced a couple of misadventures myself(or at least I though I did before reading your stories), there was nothing so spectacular. However, all these are part of life and as long as they don’t kill us, they certainly make as stronger:). I hope you’re fine now. Safe travels!

  3. September 2, 2012
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    Haha. This is hysterical. Respect to you for punching your scammer!

  4. John
    November 23, 2012
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    Hahahaha, this is HILARIOUS. You’re an accident magnet :D

  5. nomadic translator
    December 19, 2012
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    time to add the vertigo incident here! ;)

  6. December 25, 2012
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    oh man, Lauren… you and I must complete each other in the travel world! Love these incidents — I think my readers would really enjoy a selection of your stories, are you open to me featuring you on http://www.itsoneworldtravel.com?

  7. Chris
    January 4, 2013
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    i’m so glad you’ve put this together a stand alone page :P

  8. Joshua
    January 31, 2013
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    This made me day! It’s good you can look back and laugh at these things.

  9. john oguin
    May 3, 2013
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    Hey I’m in ubud getting ready to go to fight the monkeys!! ;-) maybe the kayaking through the lake to tmrw, and oh yeah got shook down from polisi this morning for not having international drivers liscence!! $25 dollar roadside payoff!! Tourist Tax

    • May 3, 2013
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      It is illegal to drive in Bali without an international drivers license so it’s not so much a tourist tax as breaking the law ;-)

      I had a friend get pulled over by the cops in Bali and had to pay a $400 fine, so $25 is pretty amazing. Count yourself lucky :-)

  10. lalo
    May 16, 2013
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    Wow! I still havent experienced any of that, enjoy your adventures girl. Hopefully one day no too far i will experience as many crazy things as you have. :)

  11. July 10, 2013
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    You poor thing! Seems like a lot of these went down in Southeast Asia which scares me ‘cuz that’s where I’m headed next. Certainly tops my “Strangest Experiences in LA” list, but if you feel like laughing:

    http://matadornetwork.com/life/the-12-strangest-experiences-since-i-moved-to-la/

  12. The Harebeat
    July 25, 2013
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    Impressive list. And yet you sound positive after all! That’s nice! Good luck on your trips! :)

  13. Taipei guy
    August 23, 2013
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    I don’t want to see any monkeys that are not behind think glass and/or metal bars.

    • November 14, 2015
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      Well, that’s a horrible thing to say.

  14. Steven Olson
    September 4, 2013
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    Ahh! And here I thought I’d simply made a couple nice friends in Shanghai during a layover last year. I was a victim of the tea scam :)

    Just found your blog today and am loving it. I’ve just finished a commercial fishing season in Alaska and have the next year or two to travel. So hard to decide where to go when you can go anywhere!

    Keep it up

    • November 14, 2015
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      Ah, sorry about that, Steven! If you had a good time, though, who cares that it was a scam?! :-)

      Alaska is so high on my list.

  15. November 22, 2013
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    Hi, happy that you are OK, reading your posts I was worrying sick thinking of my own daughter which I thought was the clumsiest person on heart but you actually equal her LOL… good read… we are leaving soon for our family RTW and I bet we will have a lot of misadventures to tell… My daughter takes her clumsiness from me. Take care. :)

    • November 24, 2013
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      The misadventures give you an interesting story to tell :-)

  16. Priscilla Patrick
    December 23, 2013
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    Stay curious and keep scratching that itch that forms of your feet. After 16yrs of traveling and having death spit me out on a few occasions… I am still curious about everything. Hope to bump into you in this lifetime..along the way. :) Happy Trails! PS: You have mail. :))

    • December 29, 2013
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      Thanks, Priscilla! I have a lot of people surprised that I’m still traveling after having all of these incidents, but it doesn’t deter me in the slightest!

  17. Marysia @ My Travel Affairs
    January 2, 2014
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    I hope you will never stop traveling, even though it may sounds weird. I love your adventures! I know they are often super crazy and super dangerous for you physical help but you have some great stories to tell!

    • January 3, 2014
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      I have no plans to stop travelling any time soon :-)

  18. Drew | The Hungry Partier
    February 13, 2014
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    This list is amazing! I am obsessed with reading about your adventures. We have similar stories :D

    Drew

  19. Louisa
    April 16, 2014
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    These are just brilliant Lauren! Perfect for blogging though unfortunate at the time. I got locked in a toilet in Delhi on the top floor of a restaurant where there were no customers. When my friend finally realised, the staff tried to slowly break holes in the door before they cut to the chase and kicked it in. It was a long time to be in a tiny toilet! So I learned how to relax and just roll with it. The first time I got scammed, I took it hard, my pride was wounded. But scamming is a career for some, it’s their livelihood and they’re really good at it. Just another learning experience and probably good for it to happen to you early on!

    • November 26, 2015
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      Hahahaha! That’s amazing. Ahhh, I love that story so much.

  20. Vicky
    April 19, 2014
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    I LOVE these stories! I can imagine how absolutely horrendous they must have been at the time but it’s so difficult not to have a little laugh about them!
    I’m heading out to Thailand this summer, my first trip and much of it solo…. These just make me even more excited to go – hopefully without me experiencing the same things!

    Love the website x

    • November 26, 2015
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      Thanks, Vicky! I’ve yet to meet anyone as unfortunate as me when they travel, so you should be okay! Hope you have a great trip :-)

  21. May 10, 2014
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    Lauren, I’ve just discovered your blog through your post on Otres and have now discovered this page — so so so funny. The finger poke massage is my fave story, as it’s something I have a genuine fear of! It’s the reason I’ve never had a full blown Thai massage…..keep it clean, and stick to a simple foot massage in the open. Safer! L x

  22. sophie
    May 25, 2014
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    LOve your website, saw your video about packing on youtube, that’s how i found you. I’m English too and me and my bf are heading off round Asia-then Aus for hopefully atleast a year. Very nervous but excited. Just like you described. Reading this list made me think of all the things that went wrong on our 3 month Europe trip. Not fun at the time, and seems like it’s the end of the world, but they make a great story/learning lesson after the event. Something to tell the grandchildren as they say ha ha.

    So funny i know someone who had similar story to yours of being unexpectedly touched up in a Thai massage too ha ha.Would be good if they were clear about what you were getting into eh ha ha.

    I know this is a little of topic, but i saw on another post that you didnt take antimalarials in the end, just wondering if you thought it important to stay indoors in the evening or if you just covered up and slathered yourself in repellent?

    • May 26, 2014
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      I use lots of insect repellent at night and try and cover up (although usually don’t if I’m somewhere that’s crazy-hot).

  23. Mary
    July 16, 2014
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    Oh wow I just stumbled across your blog a couple of weeks ago and it is the (1st) blog I have ever really been interested in reading, sure I read cooking blogs mostly for the recipies, but your adventures are amazing. If only I could turn back the clock 25 years and be doing what you are doing.

    How do you handle not seeing your family on a somewhat regular basis?

    Mary

    (travel safe)

    • July 17, 2014
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      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for your kind words! I video chat through Skype with my family 2-4 times a week, and Facebook chat with my mum everyday. It’s not too hard when we get to speak regularly — it almost feels like I’m there with them!

    • Sandyjeans
      August 21, 2015
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      Mary, you are never too old! Don’t use that as an excuse to stay at home!

      I’m 62 & in the midst of selling off almost everything I own to take off for 10+ years ASAP. Home will be where I am. Most of the time traveling solo, but I have friends that travel regularly (66, 72, 84, 86) who will be accompanying me now & then when our destinations cross. Except for one, we don’t do hiking, but there is a lot more to do.

      Get out there, girl!

      • November 13, 2015
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        I love this comment! I hope to be doing the same when I’m your age :-)

  24. Tiana
    September 9, 2014
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    Have you ever been to Dominican Republic?

    • September 9, 2014
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      I haven’t. Not yet, anyway! :-)

  25. June 14, 2015
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    I love reading these! I thought I was a bit of a magnet for a misadventure, but it all seems a bit tame after reading some of your stories!

    • November 26, 2015
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      Thanks, Courtney! That’s probably a good thing :-)

  26. September 12, 2015
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    OMG! And I thought I was an unlucky person. Poor you!

    Those are seriously bad and scary things that happened to you.

    It’s amazing that you still dare and want to travel and that you still trust people. Kudos to you, girl!

    • November 13, 2015
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      For the most part, travel has been great for me! The pros far outweigh the cons :-)

  27. augustine
    September 28, 2015
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    Though you had misadventures you managed to overcome them -you keep traveling -brave you are !!!

    • October 27, 2015
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      Thanks so much, Augustine! :-)

  28. jehangir usmani
    November 23, 2015
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    been to Pakistan?

  29. Tyler
    November 27, 2015
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    So, do you just show up at these places without doing any sort of research on them whatsoever? Most, if not all, of the “incidents” you describe are not caused by bad luck or bad natives, but because you have no inkling of understanding of the culture you’ve decided to drop into. The Thai “sexual assault” story is a great indicator… you walked into a brothel, ordered a prostitute, and were offended when the prostitute did prostitutey things. 2 minutes of research would have steered you straight, but instead you choose to yell “rape”. Brilliant.

    • November 27, 2015
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      What the hell? Did you even read the post?

      1) That was 100% not a brothel. I highly doubt a brothel would consist of one tiny room and two elderly ladies. If it was a brothel, why did nothing happen to my friend? If it was a brothel, why was there someone outside holding a sign advertising massages, just like everywhere else in the KSR area? If it was a brothel, would they charge $3 for an hour?
      2) She was 100% not a prostitute. If she was a prostitute, why would her services include one poke that lasted for all of half a second?
      3) I have never said I was raped. If you look at the comments on the post, I spend most of them arguing with the people who freaked out about the post, saying that I believe it was an accident. The only time I say anything different is when people tell me I should have relaxed and enjoyed it, because, um, no.

  30. Mark
    February 19, 2016
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    That’s one impressive list. The worst thing I’ve experienced so far was a hotel bed with broken springs what would dig into my back.

    • February 25, 2016
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      You’re doing much better than I am, then! :-)

  31. Gem
    April 6, 2016
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    Lauren reading your stories I can’t help but feel like I’m reading about myself! I too am cursed with misfortune and seem to have a knack at getting myself in bizarre situations. Unlucky enough to catch Dengue Fever in India, fall into a canal in Amsterdam and after cutting myself swimming in Turkey developed osteomylitis and almost lost my foot!
    My Dad used to say, “Some people live life safely within what is normal…you are not one of those people”
    If anything your experiences have given you some great stories to tell! Best of luck for future travels :)

  32. Lizzie
    April 20, 2016
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    This is an amazing list, I can’t wait to read about all your adventures! I’m so glad that you’re continuing to travel despite these incidents. Lots of travel blogs only show the good stuff and it’s really refreshing to read about ‘real’ experience. Thanks and keep going..and stay safe! x :)

    • June 22, 2016
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      Thanks so much, Lizzie! That means a lot :-)

  33. August 10, 2016
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    Hi Lauren,

    I found you via your fabulous guest post on Darren’s Pro Blogger.

    I’ve moved toward a blogging tips blog now but in the past wrote a slew of posts similar to yours. Brilliant. LOVE your writing style and the stories you tell because I’ve had so many wacky, crazy, bizarre and even a few death-defying situations on the road, and I’ve shared ’em too, that I resonate so much with your blog.

    Safe travels…..well, I guess, not too safe? LOL just joking.

    Keep on inspiring and thanks for sharing the other side of travel only a few of us dare to explore.

    Ryan

  34. Amy
    September 5, 2016
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    I can compete….. 5 weeks in SE Asia.

    I had to stop someone I was travelling with from punching a local on the beach in Vietnam that had filmed them skinny dipping.
    Translate and get the morning after pill for the weirdest girl in the world I met travelling in Vietnam (I then found her sitting in my bed staring at me whilst I slept a few days later…)
    Go for a massage in Laos with a male friend and hear him being offered a ‘happy ending’ numerous times through the thinnest curtain in the world. (luckily he said no)
    Stand on a sea urchin in Thailand and bring 4 spines home with me and now require surgery.
    Drunkingly decide to prove my strength by squatting a 100kg plus Mexican army major on my shoulders, later dancing on and subsequently falling off a bar and having to be helped out of bed the next morning by 2 near strangers as I couldn’t move. (Funny that)

    I’m sure there is probably more…..

    Great book. I am inspired to save and make the bold move now (knowing if you can survive, thrive and have a brilliant time I might be able to as well)

    Amy

  35. H-A-B
    October 22, 2016
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    Great tips Lauren! Safety and worries are of course an important consideration of the female solo traveler.

    As a female solo traveler of many years myself, and a womens self defense instructor I’d like to share a safety tip of my own which I hope you and your female readers will read, remember, and share with many other women and girls far and wide.

    I have been teaching Krav Maga to women and girls for over five years and we teach a very effective technique which I feel should should be in every woman and girls arsenal. We are a women only event, run by women, for women, and there is an extremely effective technique what we teach to women of all ages, which I feel we should all share as far and wide with as many others as possible.

    The technique is the “groin grab” self defense technique which is to be used against a male attacker, which is now taught in many womens self defense classes, and there is actually a little trick to it…

    To execute this technique, you’re going to take your hand and quickly grasp between the attackers thighs underhand. Its going to feel like you’re “cradling” the testicles. Quickly grab hold of, or snatch the testicles and dig your fingertips into the fragile skin BEHIND the scrotum. Then, once you have a good grip, you turn your hand into a vice, with your fingers digging inwards, around the back and over the top of the testicles. If you do it right, you should feel the testes INSIDE your hand which is holding the scrotum. You want, whenever possible, to hook your fingers over and around at least one testicle. One of them is enough.

    Then, with your hands in a claw and your fingertips latched around the testes, you turn your hand sharply, as though you were turning a doorknob. Simultaneously, squeeze hard and pull the testicles away from his body as fast and as hard as you can. DO NOT LET GO OF THEM. This is very important. What happens then, is that your assailant usually screams out in pain and then tries to grab the wrist of your hand holding him in a futile attempt to try to get you to release him. DON’T. He then quickly loses one of the natural advantages he usually has over us (his strength) within a matter of seconds. Vomiting, curling over, collapsing and convulsing is common. Shock and unconsciousness can set in within 8 seconds. If he initially starts to fight back then you tuck your head in and keep squeezing his testicles until he faints. This only takes a matter of seconds. When he collapses, which he will, you get away to safety as quickly as possible and call for help. I’ve heard of two older women who dragged their attackers to a place of safety while holding them by the testicles. It may sound odd but testicles are so vulnerable and sensitive that this technique also works very well for women. I also like to share the story of the woman who was threatened with the words “do as I say or else…” by the younger man who attacked her, but she turned the situation around and he eventually ended up collapsing and begging her to phone the police while she maintained a tight grip on his testicles.

    It’s never too late to perform this technique at any stage of an attack, and that even includes the option of reaching down if he’s on top of you, but it is easiest to do when the testicles are exposed and closest to you where you can grab hold of them. I’ve actually met several women in my life who have fought off their attackers in this way and one did it when her attacker was on top of her and raping her at the point he lost control. Don’t ever hold back. Some women scream while they are doing this, and some women think of a loved one being harmed to help overcome any bad feelings of hurting someone else even if they are being hurt themselves. Do whatever you have to do if you feel it helps.

    If done properly, and done with enough force, this technique can even lead to the testicles rupturing. It’s actually easier to do than most women believe, and just about all of us have the capability to injure an attackers testicles in this way – whether we are young girls still of school age, or whether we are great grandmothers. We, as women have no part of our bodies as vulnerable as a mans testicles. After all, if you think about it testicles are just small objects of extreme vulnerability to pain squishiness wrapped in a delicate layer of skin which offers them no protection at all from this kind of counterattack by a woman. Most importantly, this fact holds true no matter what size your attacker is, nor how strong he is. And no matter how angry he is, and how much he’s threatened what he’s going to do to you, he’s going to drop. Don’t let anyone (usually men who are very uncomfortable with thoughts of women beating them in combat) try to convince you otherwise.

    I once worked with a group of Somali women who informed me that grandmothers, mothers, and daughters between generations shared this powerful method of fighting off men. They even have a name for it in Somalia and they call the move “Qworegoys”. They were surprised that women in the West didn’t seem to share this information as much as they expected them to, and even more surprised that most women didn’t even seem aware of this technique.

    I know that this advice would have been a difficult read for many women, but our lives are worth far more than a rapists testicles and we should be prepared to do whatever it takes to get away to safety. Please help to share this advice with as many other women and girls as far and wide as possible in any way you can help. It could one day be a life saver.

  36. November 28, 2016
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    Crikey, I may just have found someone to rival my miasadventures! I’d be interested to ask lots of questions, but I’m not, I’m just going to say – A massive well done on coping with all of these incidents when you suffer from an anxiety disorder! And Hats off to you for continuing to travel and not let it and your horrendous experiences/incidents get the better of you and stop you from doing the one thing you love: Travel! I know how hard that can be!

    • February 19, 2017
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      Ha, thank you so much, Tilly! :-)

  37. graham
    January 13, 2017
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    Oh Lauren! you know those ads that end with: “Don’t leave home without it!”??? I think, in your case, just don’t leave home. ;)
    I’ve met people like you in my traveling days and always run screaming as soon as I spot you.
    funny blog, though.

  38. Debbie
    March 2, 2017
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    Wow…it’s not just me, then! Seriously, though, I’ve loved reading your blog and your misadventures! Good luck with your travels…

  39. Kartik
    March 28, 2017
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    Amazing and inspiring !! I am reading your book and am almost half way . Loving every bit of it.

    Why have you not travelled to india or south america I was wondering .

    • March 31, 2017
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      Ah, thanks so much, Kartik! No reason why I haven’t been to either — I’m just one person with a limited amount of time. I can’t visit every single place on the planet, so there are some places I haven’t been to.

  40. Kartik Mathur
    April 4, 2017
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    haha I totally get it , I know you must be tired of the question but I asked because the book ends with we are going to india. After finishing the book I am itching to travel somewhere will refer your blog while planning or will try to send you an email if I have questions.

  41. January 12, 2018
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    Think it was Col John Blashford-Snel who said “adventure is the result of bad planning”. To this I would like to add my own rider: “boredom is the result of good planning”. Forget the planning and carry on diving right in where angels fear to dip a toe.

    • January 17, 2018
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      Thank you so much, Mike! :-)

  42. Lesedi Mokgara
    January 30, 2018
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    Hi Lauren

    You just scared me . I am hoping to start a solo traveling thing and mozambique is one of the that i want to explore. Please keep me out of the fright . hahahaha:)

    Your stories are amazing woman.

    Cheers

    • March 21, 2018
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      Don’t worry! It can seem intimidating at first, but it’s reasonably safe for solo females.

  43. March 27, 2018
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    This is quite the list! I’ve definitely had my fair share of travel mistakes and misfortunes, but you have me beat :) Thanks for being so honest about them all, though. Travel isn’t always glamorous, but it is still so worth it. I hate that so many of your experiences were brought on by humans being awful humans, but I’m glad you didn’t let any of those keep you from doing what you love.

  44. Wanda
    September 22, 2018
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    You’re a very brave girl!! Here’s wishing you happy and safe travels!!

  45. Bob
    February 12, 2019
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    Have an abiding dislike of monkeys as they are too much like people. Driving in Alsace when I saw a sign for La Montagne des Singes, Did not visit as I know enough French to know what to avoid for the most part.

    • February 13, 2019
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      Ha!

      • March 20, 2019
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        I stumbled across your wild and wonderful blog this morning while googling information about Belize, (where we will be heading in a few weeks) and must say, I’ve never come across a more honest travel blog and I’ve read hundreds!

        You have completely ruined my plans to cross off a few items off my To Do list for today, because I can’t stop reading about your adventures and misadventures!

        I’ve had hundreds of massages in Thailand and have NEVER experienced being slightly poked. I would’ve contacted the Thai tourist police and reported the incident and definitely would not have paid for being sexually assaulted.

        You are extremely courageous to share your more than average “incidents”! Thankfully, you survived everything and can warn others to avoid following in a few of your missteps.

        Safe future travels!

  46. Bruno Cavalcanti
    October 22, 2019
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    One think I always regretted on my travels was that I tended to choose the safe path. i would go to great places and see great things and have occasional great experiences, but I would never challenge my comfort zone in any meaningful way. I did the slow boat to Luang Prabang without casualties, I’ve been to some bad hostels but nothing horrific… My bad experiences involved food poisoning here or there (and an allergic reaction to the medicine once that left me red all over), being squeezed by a mob while trying to enter Beijing’s Forbidden City, once in a while a scam artist or pickpocket, twice I lost my debit card, but most frequently it was something inane like a roommate who snored like a bear. You take more chances than I ever did, and while it doesn’t always turns up roses, in the end it makes for much more rewarding travel. You should be proud of the bad moments, they are badges of honor of a lived well lived.

  47. November 16, 2019
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    Hey Lauren, I just finished your book and I absolutely loved it!

    I have backpacked a bit – always with friends/boyfriend – and never longer then 2 months. But crazy stuff happened to me too, I think especially in SE Asia it just happens!

    * Somebody died as well during my flight (not on a boat, but on my flight home)
    * Bitten by bedbugs (not my friend in the bed very close to me, JUST ME)
    * wounds, that i got – because my delicate feet cant handle flipflops – got infected and turned green and my foot got twice as big (behhh it was nasty!)

    * gotten in a tuc tuc with a drunk and aggressive driver, who didn’t break while making turns
    * gotten in a tuc tuc, with a crazy guy with Tourette, who drove on the wrong side of the very busy and broad road in downtown Bangkok
    * me and my boyfriend were followed by an aggressive group of ladyboys
    * gotten in a boat in the south of Thailand, from an island to the mainland. the ride was so horrific and bumpy that 50% was throwing up, and the staff had to provide plastic bags and pick up the used ones (sorry for the visual!)
    * every damn time I’ve been in Asia or South America …. food poisoning! not cool, not cool at all!
    * I was eating a plate of rice in Cambodia quite fast (when Im hungry I can be a bit unlady-like), until suddenly I noticed there were worms in there

 :O

    This is what I came up with, in a few minutes time. Im sure if I think about it a little longer the list will grow and grow. Still, I LOVE Asia, and I can’t wait for a cool new adventure there :D

    I will be checking out your website more often! Greetings from Amsterdam

  48. Mark
    February 26, 2020
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    Considering the number of places you have visited, I don’t think your incident list is out of line. I have lost my passport, credit card, tablet; sprained my ankle, driven into a ditch from a remote gravel road in South America, been hold hostage on a boat house in Kashmir India while seeing far fewer sites than you. The stress and fatigue of travel can cause us to do things with negative consequences, and negative things occur in the world.

    • February 26, 2020
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      Oh yes, I definitely need to update the page, too, as I’ve had a couple of dozen more incidents since! :-)

  49. Raymond Buckland
    March 4, 2020
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    Just a word up if you should ever reach Argentina-B Aries is a wonderful city an relatively cheap compared to Europe.We visited November 2019 and intended to travel to Chile but escalating political violence in Santiago curtailed our plans.We had 6 weeks holiday planned but cut short to 3 in Argentina.Flying from place to place within Argentina is really the best option for most part-we did the budget stuff years ago and being both mid and early 60’s it is more bearable to fly-its a huge country.
    Robbery is a continual problem-countrywide-I was a victim of low level crime-chain snatched from my neck in broad daylight on a busy avenue in BA.On reflection,my own fault for displaying but it had been on my neck for forty years so you just forget its there-insured of course, but not for the sentimental value which is priceless.One trip that we did- a weekend to San Antonio-de Areco Gaucho festival.It was truly magnificent and a true highlight.It only occurs once a year-we met only two English speaking people so it really tells you its a totally authentic festival and not ”one for the tourists”,so to speak.I hope you get there one day.
    Myanmar was 2 years ago on full visa so we crossed from Phunamron,Thailand to HT Kee in Burma-a pretty rough 4 hour ride on unmade road into Dawei-not sure you made it that far south to YE and Myeik-the best beaches and scenery by far.A boat trip from Bagan to Mandalay was-12 hours with 15 tourists-was a treat.As opposed to the slow boat to Luang Prabang -full of ”independent travellers” and one indigenous passenger.Awful.We had 3 months in total in Myanmar,Laos and Cambodia-My gut feeling is it will all end up like Thailand where economic growth has become totally reliant on tourism-it is not a place we wish to see again.Happy travels.

  50. mya
    January 13, 2021
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    Hi Lauren!!!

  51. Svetlana
    June 18, 2021
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    Hello Lauren!
    I loved reading your stories! It’s absolutely amazing what you’ve experienced and still traveling. Anything interesting during pandemic happened? Are you traveling now?

    • June 18, 2021
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      Thank you! Yeah, I publish monthly summaries to share what I’ve been up to, so you can catch up with those here: https://www.neverendingfootsteps.com/monthly-summaries/ — I’ve been road tripping around New Zealand for six months, after being granted permanent residency there (tons of epic hikes!) and now currently hanging out in Melbourne for the next six months, and planning for some Australia road trips, too!

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