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Featured Smart Women Traveler Lauren McLeod

Lauren McLeod

Q: Why are you on the road and how often do you travel?

A: The journey started in June and the plan is to travel indefinitely.

Like so many, I’ve always worked long and hard to save up my annual leave and take it all at the same time so I can make the most of my travels. In particular because I live in Sydney, therefore a plane fare to another country is always expensive.

I’ll be on the road soon to live a cheaper lifestyle than the one I have currently. I have recently left my cushy, full-time employment to start a business with my partner, Todd Sullivan. The website, is a place where like-minded travellers come together to create trips, join trips and travel together.

Q: Where else do you like to visit and do you use any travel websites to help you?

A: I like to explore new territory, places I’ve never been before. And I like to experience new places with different activities, for example: trekking a mountain in Tanzania, snowmobiling in Whistler and donkey racing through Aswan.

I have to know a bit of background before travelling – some historical and cultural distinctions. For general info I visit Wikipedia, Wikitravel and Lonely Planet. For more detailed reading, I’ll subscribe to a number of personal and travel blogs to get more of an insight into how people live there today and things to see and do.

Q: What are some of your travel challenges you would like to reduce?

A: A travel challenge that I want to reduce is getting all flustered over nothing. I usually plan everything down to the teeniest details and get all flabbergasted when things don’t go as planned. I love to plan. It’s a huge part of the excitement when you’re planning what you want to do and where you want to go. But for my upcoming journey I tried to plan as little as possible. To fly by the seat of my pants, as they say, and that’s also why I have a one-way ticket. I will still give myself the pleasure of finding out some things I’d like to do beforehand, but not have an hourly or daily itinerary in place.

Another travel challenge is baggage, the carousel-twirling, non-emotional kind. Carry-on only is the key to get rid of back pain, useless items and lost luggage airport dilemmas.

Q: What are some Pearls of Travel Wisdom you would like to share with other women travelers?

A: Always challenge yourself. Anyone can save up money to travel the world, but give yourself a goal to accomplish or try to get out of your comfort zone, even by just a little bit each day. It is so rewarding not to have limits and have a go at experiencing things that others (as well as yourself) think you would never dare to try.

Another pearler is to travel with others, or at least plan to meet people along the way if you prefer solo travelling. Sharing a memory with someone is so much more special than giving a slideshow when you get home to a jealous and apathetic crowd.

– Lauren McLeod

Sydney, Australia

Skype: globetrooperlauren

Email: lauren(at)

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