64: Lauren Juliff: From Horrible English Vacations To A Holiday That Never Stops

Welcome to the Steve Jobs based Join Up Dots Podcast Interview with Lauren Juliff. 

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Today’s guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots Podcast interview has from the first family vacations wanted to be free.

Lauren Juliff was always the child kicking up a fuss when her parents told her it was time to go home.

She was always the child literally counting off the days until holidays came round again.

So its with little surprise that upon reaching adulthood, that freedom of spirit has overtaken her and she has undertaken a series of footsteps in the unknown.

Never Ending Footsteps in fact, which is the name of Laurens blog, and the perfect description of her life in distant shores.

Starting the dream in 2006, it took her five years of extreme effort, working three jobs, overcoming a series of anxiety disorders, and saving everything she could, to ensure that her dream of travel could be fulfilled.

And on the 17th July 2011, she departed whilst crying like a baby, and now nearly three years later as her footsteps are able to be traced across 45 countries, and five continents,  it seems she has no real desire to return to England and settle back into a life of normal domesticity.

And why should she, since she has now found a way of funding her adventures, by blogging, writing, and other online activities too.

Lauren Juliff, has become a digital nomad, and is loving every second of her life away from the rain and the cold.

If this seems the perfect life, then think again, as with all things that seem an instant success, there are a collection of stumbles, falls, financial mistakes and hardships that would make many people return to the safety of their home.

But today’s guest is made of sterner stuff than that, and is a perfect guest for a show like Join Up Dots.

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Lauren Juliff

Show Highlights

During the show we discussed such weighty topics such as:

How the friends she had as a teenager were so unsupportive to her dreams that she had to make the decision to cut them off from her life…and what a great decision this was!

How she couldn’t get on a bus due to the fear that her mind had built up to root her to the spot and stop her dreams!

How she gets emails from across the globe from complete strangers, supporting her, caring for her, or just telling her how they love her work….very different from her teenage friends would have done!

How she would wrap herself in jumpers and duvets when the temperature was as low as -2 to save money

And lastly…..

How her boyfriend broke up with her just before they were about to set out on her travels, and although heart broken she now sees this as the making of her and a great thing!

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