Hi there, in case you haven’t yet spotted, I’m Laura and I’m a hopeless wanderer.
When writing this piece, I could not help but intermittently hum to myself the chorus from ‘Hopeless Wanderer’ by Mumford and sons. If blogs had theme tunes, this one would be mine. Hold me fast cos I’m a Hopeless Wanderer!
Thanks for dropping by, it’s great to have you here!
A bit about me – I’m a modern languages grad and culture fiend with a love of adventure travel, the beautiful outdoors, good music and good people.
One of my biggest ambitions in life is to see as much of this remarkable world we live in as possible.
What is your favourite travel destination?
Each year, the answer to this question becomes more difficult. Southeast Asia holds a dear place in my heart as the first continent I ventured to outside of Europe, back in 2013.
The Indonesian island of Sumatra is my favourite off the beaten track destination with its volcanic lakes, rich jungle and secret gems including Bukit Lawang village ❤
Other top picks would be the Temples of Bagan in Myanmar, the Hang Son Doong caves in Vietnam and the beautiful Vietnamese coastline.
In recent years, I have also fallen in love with Africa. My top picks here include the Namibian desert, Lake Malawi and Zimbabwe’s Chimanimani mountains.
Talking European, my favourite country has to be Spain. I am very obsessed. The music, the language, the food – I’m there.
I’ve also wanted to do a stint in Paris for many years, a city I have visited almost a dozen times for its elegant buildings, museums, coffee and pastries.
What is your travel style?
The best way to get to know a new place is by foot– all day long. I get a real buzz when I stumble upon a new place and get to share it with you all.
Travel for me is where I can release my inner wild child, wandering the back streets, eating with locals and being surrounded by nature. I also like to test my limits and say yes to adventure.
When did you start travelling?
My first ever trip outside of the UK was a family holiday with my dad, brother and sister to the Spanish island of Fuerteventura at the age of 13.
I had just turned down the opportunity to compete in the international dance championships in America since I was too nervous to fly for too long.
But my travel bug really kicked in in 2012 at the end of my Erasmus or study year abroad in Spain where I discovered 14 of the country’s towns and cities and flew to Morocco twice!
Since then, I have stepped on many a plane solo and am not afraid to go it alone.
How many countries have you visited?
As of January 2020, I have visited three continents and 33 countries and four continents.
South America is a big one yet to visit. Since studying Spanish at university, it has been a dream of mine to travel from Brazil down to Patagonia and back up to Columbia ❤
Big dreams, 2020.
Which are your top countries yet to visit?
Sri Lanka, Nepal and South America as a whole are top of the list of places yet to visit! My top picks in South America would be Peru, Argentina and Chile for the food, history, and mountain hikes.
Welcome to my Wanderland
Feel free to take a look around. While there is not much here at the moment, rest assured it will be filling up with all the good stuff from my adventures over the last six years so it may be worth dropping by again some time.
I’d also love to hear about your adventure stories so please share and let me know how you roll on the road.