After graduation in 2014 with a film and media production, like most millennials these days Taylor felt a little lost but knew, without even needing to take up a full-time job, that the standard career path wasn’t for her. Heading straight out to Europe for a two month, convinced she would create work she would enjoy and now determined she saved up and then took off to Canada before moving to Thailand to teach English. Her blog follows her adventures through the tough times and the ups and downs that travelling brings, helping point readers in the right direction and to learn from her mistakes. Needless to say, she is very well seasoned, we stopped in to have a chat with her to see what the future holds:
- What was the world like before Taylor Lorenz got into travelling the world?
It was crazy busy! I’ve always liked to be a busy person because I despise being bored. I’ve always had some type of hobby if not multiple from competitive dancing to horseback riding, sports like rugby and soccer, yearbook, committees, yoga, reading, meditation and more. I’ll try anything and have kept that up in my travels.
In college, I studied film and media production, worked part-time, sometimes full-time and sometimes three jobs at once. I even worked at Crocs at one point but it was completely worth it because it helped me save for my first big trip.
- Was there a big moment when you decided to leave it all behind and hit the road, what was it and why?
Absolutely! In summer 2014 I travelled around Europe after college and came back home to start questioning everything I thought I wanted to do with my life. I got offered my first ever full-time salary job with benefits only to break down terrified of being sucked into a 40-hour work week. So I declined the offer and decided travel was the only thing I wanted to do.
I researched ways that I could travel and make money at the same time and decided teaching English was the answer for me. I moved home to save up for my one-way ticket and took a TEFL course so I was qualified to teach English.
8 months later and I was backpacking across Canada with a friend from Australia and when I took off from Vancouver to visit Asia for the first time I was leaving it all behind to live in Thailand and experience a culture I knew so little about.
- When did you decide to start writing about your travels, what was that like?
I started writing about my travels by accident. I originally created my blog, Taylor’s Tracks, as a happiness blog to hold myself accountable for actions I was taking to make myself happier. I just so happened to write about my previous travels the most. So I did some research, realized travel blogging was a pretty big thing and I switched over my blog to strictly travel content where I could share the honest side of travel.
I saw a travel blog as a way to keep up my creativity that I so craved, to continue writing which I realized I actually really liked to do and to maybe one day help fund my travels or become my career.
- Is being a writer something you already are, or is it something you learn?
That’s a tough question, I think it’s a bit of both. I think a great writer is born with the talent and develops their skills through reading and practice. But I don’t think it’s impossible for others to learn, it will just take them longer.
It’s easier to think of it like a ballerina. Some people are born with the perfect body, the natural arches in their feet and they can pick up the techniques faster. But those who work hard, put in the long hours and push for perfection can also be just as good.
- What was the biggest hurdle to travelling full time?
To be honest I’m still figuring out this whole travelling full-time thing. There are constant obstacles but that’s part of the life and I’m okay with that.
The hardest thing for me is how exhausting it all is. I travel as I work so when the people I’ve met abroad are recovering from hangovers I have to wake up so I can get work done. My downtime has turned into work time and trying to fit in meeting new people, seeing the sights, finishing my assignments and planning my future travels is a difficult task.
Perhaps I’ve yet to find the balance but so far I feel overwhelmed so I’ve turned to slow travel where I can take more time in each place.
- What is it that you love about travelling so much?
Where do I start?! The thing I love the most is meeting people while on the road. It’s so different than finding friends at home. Travellers are so much more welcoming, you get closer faster and as a bonus, you have people to visit around the world once your trip is done.
As pretty as the sights are, it’s meeting new people in an exotic place that really makes a trip, place or experience. And I’m addicted to that feeling of being so comfortable with a stranger who quite often I can tell more things to than I can my friends at home.
- What are the three big lessons you’ve learnt from travelling the world to date?
- Stop worrying about money, there will always be a way to make more.
- Don’t try and plan everything because the unexpected always leads to the best experiences and your plans will always change.
- Be comfortable with yourself because you won’t go very far without loving yourself, thinking highly of your ideas or valuing yourself.
- Finally, what’s the next thing on your Bucket List?
My bucket list is forever growing (literally daily) but right now I’m pretty set on seeing Portugal. Next is Ireland because I’ve wanted to go forever, I’m a sucker for Irish accents and I have a little bit of Irish heritage. Lastly, my biggest bucket list goal is to travel to every continent. Currently, I’m at four!
Huge thanks to Taylor and for some awesome stories on her adventures around the globe head to her blog!