We’re back with another instalment of our Brainiac Passions article series, where we take a special interest in our team members to find out more about who they are and what floats their proverbial boats during their spare time. This week, we carved out time to chat with our marketing collaborator, Laura, to discover more about her passion for travelling.
Seeing as nobody is able to travel much these days (thanks corona), we thought it would be fun to hop on an imaginary plane and vicariously explore all the places Laura has visited on her travels. Please make sure your seatbelt is securely fastened and your tray table is in its full upright position.
I grew up in Switzerland and travelled a lot with my parents as a kid. We always visited countries that could be explored relatively easily and comfortably as a family. So, traveling has always been a part of my life. When I turned 20, I wanted to try something a bit different to get out of my comfort zone, so I decided to embark on a sort of camping adventure trip from Kathmandu to New Delhi overland, by truck.
This was a truly rewarding experience that taught me a lot about myself: turns out I love the so-called “cultural shock” experience. I really enjoy seeing what life looks like outside of the sheltered comforts of Central Europe: the different colours, landscapes, clothes, food, languages, and that hint of chaos that I never got to experience growing up in Switzerland.
I have been fortunate enough to travel to 60 countries so far. I’m sure you can imagine how difficult it is to choose a favourite because I love different places for different reasons. But I’ll try to give it a shot:
When you’ve been on the road for a long time you quickly learn essential travel hacks to make life easier. A lot of these you discover by either doing yourself or by learning from other travellers. Here are my top travel hacks:
Too many to list them all! I would like to scuba dive in the Philippines, experience the rich culture of Iran, sample the food and see the wildlife of Sri Lanka, and visit anywhere I can potentially see the Northern Lights. And Australia because you simply have to go there at least once in your life.
I also want to return to many of the places that I have already visited to relive those experiences when I am a little wiser. It will be interesting to discover new elements of a familiar country with the added benefits of posterity and maturity.
Sorry, but I can’t choose just one! Here are a few of my top travel experiences:
Don’t fill your itineraries with museums and must-see landmarks: the true magic of a new town or city lies in the roads leading to and from those famous places. Take the time to go for a walk in the non-touristy areas and learn what life looks like in the country you are visiting. It’s better to come away with a really great story of a unique adventure you experienced first-hand rather than a photo album of landmarks.
Thanks for the chat and vicarious road trip through the long list of wonderful places you have visited, Laura! We are sure that your travels have inspired many of us to take the leap and start planning for our next adventure. We look forward to hearing more travel stories from you in the future!
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