Laura’s travel learnings.
The learnings we get from travel are unmeasurable. I really believe that the love to travel is one of the best things you can offer to your children. I have my parents to thank that for, as they always inspired me. Not only to travel, but also to love nature, which later defined the way that I travel.
From a young age I constantly found myself on the road to somewhere new. As a kid I grew up until the age of 7 in 3 different cities in Romania. I was always curious, loved exploring the outdoors of the new places my family would move into. Apart from this, the fondest travel memory that I have were my train trips to visit my granparents, in Orsova and Satu Mare. I spent most of my summer holidays with them.
My travel learnings.
The pure joy and excitement those early travels gave me had a monumental impact. It opened an apetite for discovery that was hard to satisfy till recent times. It shaped me as an individual and in the way that I perceive the world itself.
For me, there is no greater feeling than the excitement of going on a new travel adventure. Traveling made me discover my limits. Built up my self-confidence. Offered me the courage to always want to try out new things. Ultimately it made me realize how much is there to learn about the world. Overall I can confidently say that travelling was my biggest lesson of gratefulness and humbleness.
Travel taught me that memories you make while on the road have a more profound value than any other material thing. This undoubtedly changed the way I invest my resources while planning my travels.
Cabin crew life. Travel upgrade.
The travel game changer for me was getting my current flight attendant job. It’s a challenging and energy consuming job, contrary to the idea that I had about it before actually doing it. Notheless this oportunity gave me the chance to go to places I’ve only dreamed of. I learned so much about different cultures and beliefs from all around the world. And food. Oh, I love food. I am an ultimate foodie.
Funny story. Before I moved to the U.A.E. I didn’t know that in the world there is a huge variety of rice. Don’t judge me, in my native Romania rice is not a staple food, we are more fond of potatoes and bread. So in my mind rice was just rice, the one I was used to at home. Imagine the astonishment when I found myself in a supermarket here. Basmati, jasmine, risotto, sticky. I felt like I discovered a whole new world.
How I travel?
In the beginning I used to be kind of a strict planner with my itineraries. But now I developed a more holistic “go with the flow’‘ approach. Course I like to keep a detailed itinerary when I’m planning a holiday. But this doesn’t stop me from doing some on the spot exploring of my own if the opportunity arises.
Over the past 7 years I developed a personal way of traveling, I guess everybody has one. Spoiler alert: Prepare to be active! It involves a lot of moving around. When I choose a destination, outdoors adventure, nature and hiking always takes over the hustle and bustle of the big cities. Also being a foodie I love challenging myself with regional food from around the world.
In the past years I made it my goal to reach places that are far away from crowd radar, really secluded places. Truly hidden gems in the middle of the oceans. Far, far away from the modern day to day life. Where life goes by in a really different pace than the one we are used to.
Getting to these places takes a bit of a effort, but once you are there I can guarantee it’s worth it. The beauty and the vibe of these places really can’t be described in words, not even in a photo. These places are meant to be discovered in person. If you are a true nature lover and explorer, these places will definitely blow your mind with their stunning landscapes and unreal charm.
Destination? Wanderlust islands, please.
With all this being said, I would like to share with you some of my absolute favorite places I’ve traveled so far.
I will start off with Rodrigues. A small volcanic island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, belonging to Mauritius. Getting there requires you to take a flight of around 90 minutes from Mauritius into Port Mathurin, the city capital.
The whole island is only 18 kilometers in length and 8 kilometers at its widest point, surrounded entirely by coral reefs. Making it a true heaven for diving and snorkeling. The island’s simplicity and slowness makes it the perfect spot for true tranquility. The island is home to the Francois Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve, where you can interact with giant tortoises and fruit bats.
Another one of my favorites is Koh Rong. Two sister islands located near the coast of Sihanoukville in Cambodia. The islands delight it’s visitors with pristine sandy beaches, coral reefs and their crystal clear ocean waters. But the thing that makes this place top of my favorite destinations is the fact that the islands have no roads whatsoever. Getting around the island involves only walking around a few tracks.
Finally the last place that i will share with you are the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. They are located in the Bay of Bengal and are a union teritory of India. Out of the 572 islands only 37 are inhabited and just a few are opened to travelers, which makes it my perfect place to go to. With it’s mangroves, tropical rainforest, pearly white beaches and the best preserved coral reef that I’ve ever seen in my life, this remote place is just heaven on Earth.
Honest travel tips.
- Don’t be afraid to lose yourselves along the way. The best places I discovered were the ones I got lost in.
- Be brave. Try new food. I can’t stress this enough! You never know what you are missing out on until you try it.
- Always research weather before planning to travel to a destination. This will help you pack accordingly.