Explore a Corner
When John asked me if I would be interested in writing a guest post for his New to Blogging series, I was honoured. I only launched Explore a Corner in mid May so it’s still quite new. It made getting recognised as part of the community all that more gratifying. So now that I am here, I better introduce myself. Who am I? What do I do? Why do I do it? Man, this is like, all of life’s big questions. But before we get into all that, lets start with the basics. I am Lauren. I’m a 22 year old, British born, Drama and Theatre Art graduate turned Backpacker and Blogger. Soon to be TEFL teacher.
It’s tempting to start by talking about my blog. For promotional purposes that would be the way to go, but it wouldn’t be right. I was a backpacker before I was a blogger. In fact, I wouldn’t be a blogger, if I weren’t a backpacker. Travelling is my main priority and at the core of most of what I do. So it only seems right to start by introducing that (very large) part of me.
I don’t think I could identify when exactly I became ill with the travelling bug. It was sneaky and happened slowly. Growing up I always loved the idea of travel but I never really thought of it as a lifestyle. I don’t think I even knew it COULD be a lifestyle.
Camp America was my first real taste of travel outside of family holidays. I went in 2014 and had the most amazing and memorable 3 months. I felt like I was free, it was independence at it’s best. I was embracing every day and thriving in my new life. (Wow cheese alert). But I had another year left of university. Now don’t get me wrong I loved university, the course and the people so I did finish my course but I knew it was travel I would choose after graduating.
Whilst everyone else started thinking about post gradation employment opportunities, I was booking a one way flight to New Zealand. Everyone else was heavy with the headache of adulthood and I was giddy with excitement of a working holiday abroad. I’m amazed none of my uni friends didn’t punch me during those months. My year in New Zealand was confirmation that travelling was my passion. I feel more relaxed in a crowded, noisy hostel common room than I do when I’m at home in my own bedroom. I am reluctant to spend my money on anything that isn’t related to a new adventure. I get bored and irritable if I feel stuck somewhere and I relish new experiences.
I first started blogging in 2014 when I went to America. It was so I could document my travels and keep family and friends updated without having the same conversation 50 times. (I totally don’t have that many friends but my point’s more effective if I exaggerate). It was a diary format with an array of spelling and grammar errors. As not only am I poor at those things anyway but I was writing my posts on a Kindle in a van with poor wifi.
So why have I decided to give blogging another go? I want to inspire people and I want to encourage people. My blog is still very new and therefore I feel it is still evolving. Who knows what it may become but right now it is somewhere I share my experiences. I share my experiences so you may see how accessible the world really is. You don’t need to be rich, you don’t need to have a successful career, you don’t even need to have a plan. You just need to decide that travel is for you.
Explore a Corner
My blog is called Explore a Corner. Honestly I don’t really remember how or why I thought of this name but I really like it. I feel encapsulates what my blog is about.
- Travel through (an unfamiliar area) in order to learn about it.
- Inquire into or discuss (a subject) in detail.
- Examine or evaluate (an option or possibility)
- Location or area, especially one regarded as secluded or remote.
Obviously the earth doesn’t have any physical corners. However, there are most definitely secluded and remote spots. I like the verb explore because it’s more than just travelling it’s about discovering. That’s what Explore a Corner is about. Discovering locations and areas which are not known to you.
It’s not just about places though. It is about exploring subjects too. You can discover new ways of travelling and different ways of living. I love the quote “It’s not just about the destination. It’s about the journey”. So why would you keep repeating the same journey if your aim is new experiences. That is why I don’t want to keep doing the same thing in each new county. I want to try travel in different ways and try new things.
“Explore a Corner isn’t just about exploring the world. It’s about exploring new ways to experience the world.”
Where next, What next?
At the start of this year I qualified as a TEFL teacher. I am now in the (torturous) process of applying for a work visa to China. I will then move to Xi’an to teach English for a year. I have no teaching experience and have never been to China. It is a scary new experience but I am so excited for it.
As for Explore a Corner, I will be documenting both new and old adventures. I will share advice based on my personal travel experiences including guides and recommendations for budget travel. Plus my thoughts on why you should travel as well as ideas on how to travel.
Website – www.exploreacorner.com
Twitter – www.twitter.com/exploreacorner
Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/exploreacorner
Disclaimer: All pictures are owned by Lauren and all content was written by her solely for John’s Road to Volunteering.