Considering travelling to South-East Asia and needing a little inspiration? Do yourself a favour, stop what you’re doing and head on over to Wander with Laura’s Instagram.
We are currently living vicariously through her as she shares mouth-watering images from Vietnam and picture-perfect views over Halong Bay. We, for one, are glad to be teleported to SE Asia, just momentarily.
Laura was kind enough to give us a little bit of her time and share her struggles with leaving home initially, how she took a leap of faith and what its like running a travel blog.
Lets Wander with Laura!
Hi, I’m Laura, and last year, I set off on a backpacking trip to explore some of the world. I’m currently in South East Asia but Liverpool in the UK is where I call home, and it’s a truly beautiful city! After running a lifestyle blog for years, I made a couple of changes and Wander with Laura was born. Now you can find me chatting about my day to day travels with advice and some foodie bits are thrown in there too.
Where in the world are you now?
I’m currently in Cambodia where I’ll travel across the country towards the beaches of South Thailand!
Who inspires you?
On Instagram, I love to drool over travel snaps by Lauren from Gypsea Lust and Rosie from The Londoner. But in everyday life, my friends are the funniest, most supportive bunch of people that I couldn’t be without.
What are your travel essentials?
A mobile phone is pretty much my lifeline: I use it for everything from booking flights and accommodation to keeping track of my budget and taking pictures. A portable charger is a great investment for this reason! It’s hard to stay organised while carrying your life in a backpack but a couple of small packing cubes or clear plastic bags are fab for keeping your clothes in check. Oh and sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!
How do you grow your following authentically?
I still have a pretty small following considering that i’ve been blogging for a while now but getting involved in the community on social media is a great way to get noticed. Since I’ve become more active on Twitter and Instagram again recently, I’ve noticed a steady increase in my numbers.
Does your background in Digital Marketing help with your blog?
To an extent, definitely, although it was originally the other way around! I actually got my first Marketing job thanks to using social media and WordPress as part of my blog. Learning about SEO in work helped me develop this side of my blog a great deal however and it’s something that I’m still working on over time.
We see that you set off on an Australia, New Zealand and South Eat Asia trip – what has been your highlight?
I’m so lucky to have been able to take off to explore the world so it’s pretty difficult to pick a highlight! New Zealand was pretty special because of the amazing scenery and hiking around the Mount Cook National Park and the Tongariro Crossing were amazing experiences. But visiting the Whitsunday Islands in Australia was something that I wanted to do for so long that the whole day was a complete dream.
How long ago did you leave home and was it a hard decision to make?
I originally left for a solo trip in Australia in August 2016 but I was surprised at how difficult it was to leave. I don’t often suffer with homesickness and while I went out with the best intentions, I really struggled with travelling alone. It was a tough decision but in the end, I decided to take a break and flew home at the end of September. After two months, I felt refreshed and ready to get back out there, this time with my boyfriend. We’ve been travelling together for four months now and having company on the road is definitely my preferred way to travel.
Do you generate an income from your blog? Does your blog help keep you travelling for longer?
I’ve picked up occasional freelance work on Upwork.com which has supplemented my travels at times but aside from the odd sponsored post, I don’t earn from my blog. One day, I’d love to be able to fund my travels by doing something that I love so much but for now, it’s just a great way of documenting my lifestyle and hopefully helping others along the way too!
Social media links
Blog – http://wanderwithlaura.com
Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/wanderingwithlaura
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/wanderwithlaura