This week my questions have been answered by Laura from Anywhere She Roams. Laura is not only a traveller but has an amazing voice (check out her YouTube channel) they took time out to answer my questions.
So over to Laura from Anywhere She Roams to answer my Travel Questions:
Q1 – When did you become a traveller?
Laura: I have travelled for many years here and there when annual leave from work would allow. However, after a series of unfortunate events (which included losing my job), I booked a one-way ticket to Morocco and I haven’t looked back since!
Q2 – What kind of traveller are you? Full-time? Part-time? Anytime?
Laura: Full-time constant travel is exhausting – I much prefer travelling slow and immersing myself in the culture of a destination.
Q3 – Which country do you originally come from and where do you call home?
Laura: I was born in the UK and grew up in the beautiful Lake District which is filled with nature and beauty – I am blessed to still be able to come back here when I need some respite from the world, but I have to say that as a traveller you quickly get used to home being wherever you are.
Q4 – Is there anything you miss from home when you are travelling?
Laura: I miss home comforts now and again, and privacy (sleeping in hostels and shared accommodation can get challenging at times) but then I love it too – meeting new people and sharing experiences with others – I guess it is about finding the right balance.
Q5 – What do you love most about travelling?
Laura: practically everything, it’s just in my blood. From the anticipation of an upcoming trip to the transportation getting there. And then there is that feeling you get, you know the one when you step off the plane and feel the immediate difference from the place you left behind. I love taking a deep breath at that point and soaking up the surrounding environment. Pure bliss. Then, of course, there is sight-seeing, meeting people, learning from the local culture, exploring, and challenging yourself, I could go on forever…
Q6 – And what is your pet hate?
Laura: humm.. the queues at border control haha.
Q7 – Tell us about your favourite trip or place to visit.
Laura: all of my trips have been unique in different ways, that’s the magic of travel – each experience is personal to you and they all teach you something completely different. The ones that really stand out for me it backpacking around Morocco for a month as a solo female as that really challenged me and tested my limits. I also really loved exploring Thailand and spending time in an elephant sanctuary, getting lost in India, and traversing through Europe and staying with different Couchsurfing hosts.
Q8 – How do you prepare for a trip, are you a last-minute packer or days in advance?
Laura: Yeah I am definitely a last-minute packer, I usually just throw some stuff in my bag and hope for the best. But I am beginning to get more organised the more frequently we travel, I even have some packing cubes now to keep my things organised. When it comes to planning the trip that is when I need to know what is going on, lists are very good for this especially for the first night or two in a destination. After that, we usually find our own travel beat.
Q9 – What 5 things do you always take on your travels?
Laura: Passport, phone (with a good book on), laptop, clothes, and toiletries – they are non-compromisable. Rain gear and base layers are always handy to pack too.
Q10 – If money was no object, where would you live?
Laura: I haven’t been to Iceland yet, so I could be swayed to that idea, but quite honestly, I really do love the Lake District and I have always wanted a little place somewhere like Grasmere or Ambleside.
Q11 – Tell us more about your blog/YouTube channel?
Laura: I am really going to try and push my YouTube channel this year and get singing a lot more so I am factoring that into my plans. But I still want to continue working on my blog, which focuses on sustainable travel and well-being, with the aim of inspiring other women to travel. It took me till I was nearly 30 to take the plunge to travel on my own, and it is one of the things that now I wish I had done sooner as it brought so much reward. That feeling is one that I want to encourage other women out there to embrace, there really is nothing like it.
Q12 – Which three blogs inspire you?
Laura: There are so many truly amazing bloggers out there who are absolutely killing it, and I have a lot of them to thank, from either meeting them in person and them giving me the courage to embark on my blogging journey or providing advice through their words online. If I really do have to pick just three then I would have to say NomadicMatt for sure, meeting him in London earlier this year left me a bit starstruck haha. Lilistravelplans.com is another great one – I feel she represents travel in a very honest way and Lauren Juliff from NeverEndingFootsteps.com – again, very real and very honest about travel mistakes and overcoming anxiety.
Q13 – And your go-to travel resource?
Laura: If I am at a destination then I would have to say a local or a guide – we often take the guided walking tours as soon as we get to a destination which is a great way to see and learn about a place. I love a good travel guide book too, there are some awesome ones out there, and learning from my blogger friends out there too! I know how much effort you all put into creating content, thank you!
Q14 – What advice would you give first-time bloggers?
Laura: oh gosh, okay. Breathe, breathing would be a good one to start with. At first, and still, now, it can feel like there is so much to do and take in that the world of blogging can get overwhelming. I would also say having the courage to publish a post – it doesn’t have to be perfect – looking back I spent far too long being indecisive about what to write and how to write it, now I have learned that it is better just to take action because that delivers results. Youtube and other blogs are great researching sources that you will continue to use throughout your blogging lifetime – it is a supportive community and I believe that bloggers are passionate about educating and teaching others.
Q15 – Where are you off to next?
Laura: We actually have a trip booked next week to Bordeaux, France. After that, it will be exploring Spain, Andorra, more of France, Italy, San Marino and then into the Balkans.
Quick lowdown of Laura’s favourite:
Laura: It would have to be Changi airport in Singapore, after being held there for 24 hours due to a passport glitch I got to know it very well! I also really liked the airport in Koh Samui, Thailand, which was a world apart but so quaint and pretty.
Favourite Mode of Transportation?
Laura: Ooh there are too many to choose from! I love walking to really get to know a place, especially when you arrive at the destination and you need to become familiar with it. Taking a scenic train journey is always nice too, we just did one on our recent trip to Europe in winter and it was magical.
Window seat or aisle?
Laura: I love the window, but I usually end up in the middle seat haha. My favourite would have to be the whole row to myself – that was an option, right?
Laura: I don’t think I have found one yet being more of a country bumpkin I don’t bode well with big city life, but Edinburgh is up there on my list as is York, England – there are still so many cities that I have to see!
Laura: Yeah I really love Scotland, being part Scottish and spending a lot of my childhood visiting there on road trips with my family I just grew to love it. The scenery is outstanding and the people are really friendly! Whenever we visit it feels like a home away from home.
Backpack or Case?
Backpack! Sometimes a two-pack, one on the back and then one on the front. But I really do try to pack as light as possible otherwise, it can get pretty tiring pretty quick. When I first started travelling I would take a case – but now it just wouldn’t work with how much we tend to go off-the-beaten-path and explore.
I can’t pick just one haha there are so many that have influenced me over the years! Here are a handful of my absolute favourites: Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Vagabonding by Rolf Potts, Travel as Transformation by Gregory V. Diehl, Lion: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly and The Beach by Alex Garland.
“If in doubt, just walk until your day becomes interesting” Rolf Potts – It hasn’t failed me yet.
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Larch lives a semi-nomadic life. Her life changed 20 years ago when a silly accident left her with restricted use of her right arm and neck and was told she would never work again. She turned her life around, retrained herself and set up as a self-employed website designer. This allowed her to work wherever she was in the world. Her passion for travel led her to start up her travel blog The Silver Nomad, to inspire over 40s to explore new destinations and expand their horizons. In 2019 Larch qualified as a CAA Drone Pilot which she combines with her travels.