This week’s guest post comes from Lauren from The Enjoyable Rut. She explains ‘I’m a 26 year old, rum drinking and adventure seeking journo grad who’s quit the corporate job, jacked in the standard career and head out into the big bad world to discover a life of wonder. I’m a freelance journalist, a copywriter and self confessed tea and cake addict. The blog, it’s name and TER ethos are all inspired by the wonderful people who saturate this life with an amazing enthusiasm for living and unrelenting ability to see everything this wondrous world has to offer. Although mostly written by one author, Lauren, the Royal We referred to around the site and on social accounts refers to these people. The ones who nurture, build and support The Rut for all that it is. The ones who come along for the ride, inspire journeys and jump on planes, trains and questionable boats all in the name of adventure.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
I’m Lauren Williams, a Cornish born and bred girl who still resides in the sunny southwest of England. Although I’ve now migrated over the river to Devon!
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
Oh that’s a toughie! Definitely part time, although trips vary from 6-week stints to three day camping trips to the continent. I’ve almost always got a backpack with me, but have been known to step out of the hostels and into the luxury sector on more than one occasion recently!
3. How do you fund your travelling?
A mixture of things really – right now, the blog and my freelance work funds all of my trips away, but back at the beginning it was seasons in the mountains both winter and summer that kept me on the move! My first trip when I was 18 was funded by dropping out of college and working my ass off at a cafe to get the money I needed to book those flights – needs, must and all!
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
Back in December I spent a week in Patagonia – as far from the tourist trail as I could have imagined. It was wild, free, overgrown and so wonderfully remote I couldn’t for the life of me wonder why anyone joins the hoards in Torres del Paine. It was a true lesson in finding your own wild, and not following the guide books.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Chennai, India. It’s like hell’s armpit in the middle of a marathon. I’m sure, under other circumstances to why I was there it’s a perfectly amicable city, but staying in a room with no windows or bed sheets & towels covered in questionable stains whilst our roommates being mosquitoes the size of pterodactyls, wasn’t the best of welcomes to our stay. It was a forbidding omen to the rest of the press trip, which you can read more about here. Lesson learned: this job ain’t as glamorous as it seems!
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
This is a question I get asked a lot, and I still don’t know the answer. As a kid, the only places I ever wanted to go were Machu Picchu & Patagonia. November and December last year saw both of those childhood pipedreams come true. Now, I’m longing to get myself to New Zealand – I’ve got it in my head that I need to walk the length of it.
Other than that, Greenland is exceptionally high on my list, as is Croatia. But in all honesty, I just want to go everywhere!
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
A camera is always a necessity – whether that’s the hefty SLR, the GoPro or phone jammed into my pocket.
A big scarf – these keep you warm if the temperature drops, can be used as a towel on the beach or a blanket to sleep under on the plane, as well as a handy cover up for temples.
Sandwich bags – it’s surprising how useful they are!
8. What makes you happy and why?
Mountains! Always mountains! Time in the mountains always resets me – I think it’s how big they are and the perspective they give me on what a small space on this planet I take up.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started my first blog when I was doing my journalism degree about 7 years ago – I gave myself a mission of £400 for four weekends away. I went to Oslo, Marrakech, Dublin and Beziers in the south of France and came in under budget! That blog no longer exists, but the Enjoyable Rut has been going strong for about 3 years now.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
The Rut isn’t just about travel, but about making the most out of every day – whether that’s spending time with friends around a campfire or heading to a part of your hometown you’ve never been to before. Far-flung journeys are wonderful, but not always doable – I’m here to show you that an adventure is as close as your back garden if you look hard enough.
From ESLT – thank you Lauren for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂