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Today we are wandering with Lala from Finding Lala. Hi Lala, please tell me a little about yourself.
Hi! I am Lala and I write a blog at www.findinglala.com. I am an Australian and work full time. I travel as much as possible and when I am not travelling I am planning the next adventure. I have visited 79 countries and all 7 continents and I hope to one day visit every country.
Where are you currently?
I am currently at home in Australia planning the next adventure.
Where do you want to go next? What are your future travel plans?
Next up is a visit to Samoa. Samoa is a beautiful country and not too far from home. It is a country that is beginning to see more and more tourism so I am keen to visit before it becomes too touristy.
I am also very keen to visit Timor-Leste and hoping to visit this year. This country sees very little tourists but looks stunningly beautiful.
Where is home? Name one thing that you always recommend to people that visit?
I am based in Newcastle, a coastal city around 2.5 hours north of Sydney. Newcastle is known for its beautiful beaches and there are many in the area. The Bogey Hole is a well-known sight in Newcastle.
Where has been your favourite place to visit? Why?
Antarctica was a beautiful and serene place to visit and one that I would return to in a heartbeat. I am a nature and wildlife lover so I was certainly in my element.
Albania also stole a piece of my heart. It is hard to believe that a country with so much to offer and part of Europe receives such little tourists. The capital city of Tirana was so interesting and quirky. Further south there are beaches that rival those of Italy and France. The people were extremely friendly and helpful and overall the country was very very cheap to visit.
Where didn’t you like/where were you disappointed with? Why?
Sadly Morocco was a country that I was left wanting more. Having seen it rise in popularity especially thanks to Instagram I had high hopes of loving Morocco. My visit was short – only around a week but I was more than happy to leave. I wouldn’t say that I would never return, but it will certainly be a while before I visit again.
What is your favourite picture you have ever taken? Where was it taken?
Probably one of my favourite photos is an iceberg jumping shot. I take jumping shots everywhere I go and one on an iceberg was certainly a different experience.
What has been the craziest thing you have done/place you have been on your travels?
I am not known for doing crazy things. Last year I went paragliding in Switzerland. As someone scared of heights it was completely terrifying. Friends and family consider some of the countries I travel to as crazy but this is largely influenced by perceptions formed from the media.
Three things on your wander list
Visit West Africa, travel the Pacific Island Hopper flight with United (through some of the worlds least visited countries), explore Greenland.
Weirdest/most interesting form of transportation you have taken?
I haven’t taken any weird or unusual forms of transport. My favourite method of transport is train travel. I love how peaceful it is and such a great opportunity to meet locals.
What is your best travel hack?
I spend a considerable amount of time ‘collecting’ credit cards. The way this works is I sign up for credit cards that offer a high sign up point bonuses. Once I receive the points I cancel the credit card. This has saved me tens of thousands of dollars and allowed me to travel around the world in business and first class only for the price of taxes.
What items do you never leave behind when you travel?
My electronics – my Macbook Pro, Sony A7, GoPro, iphone 7
How much does your luggage weigh?
A tonne. I am a terrible overpacker. Even when I take so much luggage, I usually end up having to purchase additional items as I have forgotten something.
How do you track your expenses whilst you are away?
I don’t. I find that I spend a lot less travelling than I do at home as I mostly travel to less touristy destinations that are quite cheap to visit.
What is one weird thing you miss when you travel?
No weird things – but I miss my Golden Retriever Bella terribly whenever I travel.
What are your top tips for staying fit and healthy on the road?
Choose healthier food options where possible but allow yourself to indulge. I find that without even trying I am usually a lot more active than I am at home.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Counting Countries podcast. As someone who wants to visit all 193 countries – it is fascinating listening to those on the same path.
If you could go back in time and be the first person to explore/find a place in the world, where would you want it to be?
Thank you so much, Lala. I’m so jealous of your travels to Antarctica!
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