As part of the next instalment in my international version of Guests’ Corner, I chatted to travel blogger, Laura Leber.
Laura Leber’s beautiful blog, Mary Poppins’ Adventures, showcases her travels around different countries.
Not only is Laura a travel blogger and a passionate adventurer but she was also previously nanny to two children, Eleanor and Theo, who, along with their parents, Melissa and Travis, were Laura’s travel companions for several months.
Laura journeyed with the family, writing as she went, on a grand adventure that saw them all pack their lives in Denver up to travel Asia and Australia.
After a few months, the family and Laura parted travel ways – and Laura bravely set off on her next journey: solo world travel… for as long as her pocket can afford it!
1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
It was an easy way to share my stories from the road with my family and friends.
2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or some of everything?
I’m definitely a thrill seeker – but nature lover is a close second. I always try to find something unique and adventurous in each place I visit – and I’ll chase sunsets and mountains every day.
3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
1. Celebrating my 29th birthday in Bohol, Philippines: There was a group of seven of us (five solo travellers and a pair of friends), who originally met at our hostel and we became a family for three days.
To have that many people all instantly connect with each other was amazing – and what’s even more impressive is that we have all stayed in touch in a massive group text six months later, even though we’re all spread out across the globe!
2. Oktoberfest in Munich: My brother, my friend, her husband, and I all travelled to Munich, Germany to experience the original Oktoberfest.
I didn’t know I could operate on so little sleep and so much alcohol during those days… The beers were massive and hands down the best tasting I’ve had so far!
3. Trekking through the Himalayas in Nepal: My friend and I had planned to spend three weeks on the Annapurna Circuit. Unfortunately, eight days in, she had to be medically evacuated via helicopter…
After she was nursed back to health in the Kathmandu hospital and sent back home on a plane, I hiked the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek solo and had the most amazing sunrise view of Annapurna Base Camp.
4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why?
My most humbling travel experience happened in the Kuala Lumpur airport. I lost my laptop (set it down, but forgot to grab it when I left the area).
Miraculously, someone turned it into Lost & Found and I was able to get it back!
5) Worst (local) travel experience?
I can’t think of one here… Sorry!
6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
1. Greek Islands
2. Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) in Peru
7) Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?
I’ve had my best luck using the search term ‘unique experiences (insert city/country name)’ in WordPress or Google.
8) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Rainbow Mountain in Peru because I want to experience it before tourism ruins its natural beauty. It’s been getting more exposure recently and, in turn, has already seen some downfalls of tourism – eroded dirt trail and a wetland, which attracted migrating ducks, is now a parking lot equivalent to of five soccer fields…
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
Denver, Colorado, USA: Take full advantage of the free bus routes through downtown.
Experience bottomless mimosas at brunch on a weekend… Smash a burrito at Illegal Pete’s… If doughnuts are your guilty pleasure, pop over to Voodoo Doughuts – just remember to bring your dollars as they are cash-only.
Check out 1Up, if you want to play arcade and video games from the ’80s.
Washington Park on a Saturday afternoon in the summer is the place to be – grass volleyball courts as far as the eye can see, lawn games galore and plenty of day drinking to be had!
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
The world is safer than you think.
To read about and see all of Laura’s travel stories and experiences, you can visit her awesome blog.
Thank you very much, Laura, for appearing in this guest travel
Author: Tamlyn Amber Ryan
Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. And, despite a national diploma in Journalism, in her free time, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.
Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.