Having turned down opportunities at university, Lauren found herself carving a career in a field that she found rather uninspiring. Upon having a light-bulb moment of ‘there has to be more to life than this’, she decided to up sticks and go travelling! The African continent was first, followed by Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and the USA – a trip that would take 10 months… apparently.
Having fallen head over heels for Africa, Lauren made it as far as Thailand before cancelling the rest of her ticket and booking a one way back to South Africa. For the next three-and-a-half years, Lauren worked as a guide for an over landing coming running adventure camping trips, travelling through South Africa all the way up to Uganda and back again. When living out of a dome tent became too much, she returned to South Africa, where she worked in Operations. Lauren returned to the UK to work as an African Specialist for Abercrombie & Kent, but it wasn’t long before Africa came calling again.
Lauren and her partner have spent the last three years living in Tanzania, where she worked for leading tour operator Legendary Expeditions, who own the likes of the sensational Mwiba Lodge. Lauren’s final year on the continent has seen her living on beach island paradise Zanzibar, where she assisted in the start-up of a small tour operator and worked as a PADI scuba diving instructor.