Lauren is a travel writer and photographer from South Africa. On her first trip to Buenos Aires she fell in love with traveling. After this first experience she traveled over 6 continents. Her current mission is to live and work all around the world. One day Lauren hopes to make a business out of her passions. Want2discover asked this passionate and adventurous traveler 10 questions.
I’m Lauren Manuel Mcshane born in the world’s most fabulous city- Cape Town, South Africa. I’m currently traveling through Taiwan with the hopes of living and teaching here for awhile.
I first left SA’s shores in 2005 when my parents sent me to Brazil and Argentina for my 21st birthday. I had always been obsessed with the dancing, musical aspect of Brazil and felt that it resonated so well with my own culture. To a certain extent, Rio de Janeiro was quite similar to Cape Town.
I doubt anyone can travel and remain unchanged. It is the best education, greatest eye-opener and leaves you enriched in many ways. Everything you were convinced you knew is thrown upside down when you experience a different way of life for others. I was bitten after my first trip and have not wanted to stop since. It convinced me that I don’t need to go the 9-5 office route to make a living. I’ve also made some of my closest friendships whilst living abroad.
Wandering around Jerusalem’s old city and seeing landmarks and places spoken about in the bible, snorkeling in the magical underwater world of Koh Nangyuan island and forming a community and family whilst living in Seoul.
It’s entirely different. Everything is fuller, as I would want to share all these experiences with him anyways. He is the best travel buddy and navigates our way around before we even reach a city. Regardless of the location, I feel safer.
Living outside of SA, I’ve only managed to do the photography and writing side. I earn money from it, but not enough to survive off it alone. Not yet at least!
We got married last year and quit our jobs so we could spend the next few years working and traveling around the world. We have no idea what’s in store, but we’re keen on becoming full location-independent and yes, travel loads!
I started blogging randomly a few years ago, but only got serious about it a year or so ago. It took me awhile for me to realise just how much hard work it takes and I’ve gained invaluable lessons from an expert in the industry. I would love to earn a living from it, truly influence the way people travel and view places and also become a blogging authority in South Africa (where travel blogging is still very new) and worldwide. I have a love of radio broadcasting, so opportunities to find synergy with travel radio and TV would be awesome.
You have to visit Cape Town, hands-down one of the best cities in the world. One thing I realise even more when I leave, is just how beautiful it really is. I grew up holidaying along the exquisite Garden Route, so I would suggest backpacking along the coast all the way until Coffee Bay if possible. You’ll find beaches, forests, mountains, bungee jumps, game parks and such diversity in each town along the way. One of my favourite places is the more rustic West Coast. Go camping at the Beach Camp in Paternoster; it’s one of those places where it’ll just be you, the stars, a fire and the ocean.
Whilst short-term travel is great, I would suggest taking the plunge into long-term travel for a season. The experience you’ll gain as an expat far exceeds that of a two week visit and you’ll truly get to see and become a part of another way of life.