In this interview series called What Inspires….. I aim to share with you what inspires other travellers to get out there and see the world in the hope that it inspires you to do the same.
This week’s What Inspires interview is with Laura Lynch, the writer and creator of travel blog Savored Journeys.
Laura caught the travel bug over 20 years ago and has been traveling the world ever since. Recently she visited her 50th country!
She has an insatiable appetite for culinary travel and she tells of the food and wine adventures she and her husband Nick have had around the world on her blog.
Read on to find out what inspires Laura from Savored Journeys.
What or who inspired you to travel and discover the world?
In high school, I was given an opportunity to go to Europe with a concert band and tour through seven countries for two weeks. I had never travelled before and had no idea what to expect from leaving the country. Once I was there — experiencing things I could never have imagined, seeing things like the Swiss Alps, the Matterhorn and the Cliffs of Dover — I realized that I wanted to make travel a priority in my life. It may be a little unorthodox, but traveling is what inspired me to travel.
Where was your first overseas trip and was it everything you expected it to be?
The European band trip was my first overseas journey. We visited England, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and the tiny country of Liechtenstein. It was so much more than I ever could have imagined. Not having been anywhere other than Oregon and a few surrounding states, I was mesmerized by what I saw. I was instantly convinced that I needed to see every country in the world and I’ve made it my mission from that point forward to travel as often as I could.
What’s one travel planning tip you can give to anyone about to head off on their first overseas adventure?
Don’t set expectations. I think a lot of first-time travellers over-romanticize their destination far beyond the point of reality and then when they get there, they’re disappointed. I try to approach each new destination with a completely open mind. Maybe it will be as amazing as it looks in pictures, but if it’s not I don’t want to feel cheated. I want to explore and experience a country from my own perspective, not that of a guide book or even a friend who’s already been.
Best travel experience so far?
My best travel experience so far was South Africa. It was the first trip my husband and I took together, when we were still dating, which has probably elevated it in my memory, but we had the most fantastic time. Cape Town was so charming and we absolutely loved the wine country in Stellenbosch. Then we went on our first safari in Kruger National Park and were like little kids whenever we saw a new animal. I really love those giraffes! We learned how to travel together on that trip and it was a perfect start to many more amazing adventures.
What’s your biggest source of travel inspiration between trips?
Being a travel blogger, I am inundated with travel inspiration every day. I spend a lot of time reading other travel blogs, clicking through other’s travel photos on Facebook and participating in travel chats on Twitter. There is no lack of inspiration around here! I also find that receiving travel bulletins from companies announcing sales and specials gets me very excited for all the possibilities for our next trip.
Do you have a favourite quote, travel related or otherwise?
My favorite travel quote is, “Whoever created the world went to a lot of trouble. It would be downright rude not to go out and see as much of it as possible.” ― Edward Readicker-Henderson, but I have a whole list of favorite quotes on my site. I love the way a quote can be so motivational.
Connect with Laura
Thanks Laura for sharing your inspiring travel story with us. For a further dose of inspiration, you can look back over all past interviews here.
Over to You!
Who or what, inspires you to travel and discover the world?
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