Meet Lauren Juliff, a digital nomad, travel writer and the creative force behind Never Ending Footsteps – one of the most inspirational travel blogs to date. Lauren has been travelling and working her way around the world for over three years. During that time, she’s been to 50 countries across 5 continents and will soon be publishing her first book, documenting her life-changing adventures. Keep reading to get a glimpse into Lauren’s day!
What is your current location and how long are you planning on staying there?
I’m currently in Granada, Spain and I’ll be here for the next six weeks. I actually moved here as part of an experiment to see if I still wanted to travel. I’ve been going for four years and the longer I travel, the more I find myself craving a base. However, after two months here, I’ve realised I’m not ready for it yet. I have an extreme case of itchy feet!
What view did you wake up to this morning?
This is the view from my bedroom window in Granada. Yep, I can’t complain!
Please describe your typical morning. Do you try to stick to a routine or do you keep it flexible depending on where you are?
The first thing I do is check my emails. I know, lots of people say never check your emails as soon as you wake up, but I can’t concentrate on anything else until I’ve read them! Next, I check my Google Analytics and various affiliate accounts to see where I am in terms of traffic and income. I limit myself to checking these once a day.
I typically work best in the morning, so I’ll get started on work. This can either be writing blog posts, editing photos, or answering emails. More recently, though, it’s been writing my travel memoir. I head to the gym at around 11 or 12, and work out for an hour or so before grabbing lunch.
What is the most fun or exciting thing that you did today?
Tapas bar hopping my way around Granada! Sampling tapas in Granada is such a fun way to spend an afternoon: it’s one of the few places in Spain that gives you free tapas with every drink you order. I spent about four hours drinking white wine and clara (beer and lemonade), and sampling the delicious plates of food. My favourite: honey-roasted aubergines.
What drives you to travel, besides the obvious such as experiencing new cultures? What do you hope to, or have, experienced through travel?
Personal development. Before travel, I lived a sheltered life full of anxiety and fear. Travel gave me life experience, courage, and compassion. Each year I travel, I feel like I develop into a better version of myself. I love trying new things and forcing myself out of my comfort zone!
Solo female travel has been recently portrayed as dangerous in the mainstream media. Here at A Girl Who Travels, I’m all about combating stereotypes associated with female travel. What is your number one reason for women to travel solo?
It’s a cliché, but it helps you find yourself. For me, at least, before travel I would hop from relationship to relationship without really taking the time to find out who I am and what I want from life. Travel is so fantastic for giving you the confidence to realise you’re more than capable of functioning in the world alone. Plus, you get to meet lots of hot guys with sexy accents.
Tell us more about your travel plans for the rest of the year!
After I leave Spain in May, I’ll be spending two weeks exploring the Netherlands beyond Amsterdam. Then, I’m planning on Iceland, parts of Scandinavia, Slovenia, Italy, and then spending most of the rest of the year in Eastern Europe. At the end of the year, I’ll be flying to New Zealand for Christmas.