04 Mar The Inspired Traveler # 2 – Laurence Norah
Today, we happily continue our series where we sit down to interview fellow Travel Bloggers and (hopefully) get them to give up some of their best travel tips for you, dear reader. Meet Laurence Norah who very ably runs the travel blog, Finding the Universe.
1) What is it about traveling that makes you smile?
The new experiences I get from it. The people I meet on the road. At risk of sounding like a twat: The fact that I wake up and think that my life is awesome, and I wouldn’t want it to be any different. The sense of fulfillment that new adventures give me. That I don’t regret any of it. I could go on. I am seriously in love with traveling.
Seriously, though, I have a bit of a problem with the idea of somewhere being a favourite. How can I compare one experience with another, and say one is better? I try to live to the belief that the place I am currently at is my favourite, with the knowledge that everywhere I’ve been thus far has led me to this point, thus making it all worth it.
3) What place would have to pay you to come back and even then you’d have to think about it?
I like the lyrics from the song “Beached” by Orbital. “just keep your mind open and suck in the experience.” Travel can throw all kinds of things at you, but if you treat it all positively and as part of the experience, then you are likely to get a lot out of it.
I have since learnt however that it is often the things that you least plan for that is the best, a philosophy that extends far beyond traveling. Life is no longer something I plan for because I just can’t foresee what’s going to come next. Just relax and take it as it comes is what traveling has taught me.
8 ) Since this is a budget travel blog, what is your best budget tip, bar none?
I’m spending the rest of the year in New Zealand. Travel being the expensive thing that it is, I’m on the working holiday visa scheme, moving between various jobs as I slowly work my way around this wonderfully scenic country. Plans beyond that will probably include Asia or South America, but that is a way away, so I’ve not put too much thought into them yet.
Rather predictably I’m afraid: My camera, my laptop, and my passport. The first lets me take the pictures, the second lets me tell the stories the pictures tell, and the third takes me to the places to enable the first two. I am thankful to have a passport (British) that lets me roam the globe almost at my whim without too much hassle.
Thank you, Laurence for agreeing to participate! It’s obvious that you believe in the old adage, love what you do and do what you love, which is what life is really all about, right?
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