Nomad No More: To Become A Travel Blogger

I first met Laurence in 2014 on a trip to Sri Lanka for the world’s 50 best travel bloggers. He’s unforgettable with his trademark dreads and a camera always at his eye. I learned more about photography from Laurence on that trip than from anyone else ever before. And while travel is still a big part of his lifestyle, Laurence fell in love, married and decided to be a travel blogger he needed to be a Nomad No More.

Nomad No More: Laurence Finding The Universe Sri Lanka safari

About this series

See more in our first interview, but in the briefest terms: This series is focused on people who travelled the world, without a base, for minimum 6 months or more, and eventually found a home. Back where they were or in a different location, but a base that gives them bills, and a wardrobe with more clothes than fit in a suitcase.

Make sure you tune in each Friday to read about your favourite nomads who returned home.

 

1. When did you first start your nomadic journey?

I started my travels in 2009 having spent the majority of my twenties working in IT in the UK.

2. How long did you go for?

My first planned trip was a year-long trip around Australia, which I explored in a four-wheel drive whilst living out of a tent!  I didn’t actually stop travelling properly until 2016 when my wife Jessica and I planted ourselves in the UK as a base.

3. How many countries did you do?

Actually not that many as I travelled very slowly, spending a lot of time in countries to get to know them better. These included France, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Ecuador, and Thailand.

Nomad No More: Laurence Finding The Universe Sri Lanka safari

4. What did you do for money/work while nomadic?

Originally I started off with savings from my career in IT, then I did various work on the go such as managing a hostel and running a campsite. I also helped my parents run their campsite in France over the summer for a few years, which helped, in between travels. But, over time, as my travel blog grew and grew, that became my primary source of income.

5. Give us a brief description of your travel style?

Very much longer stays, usually at least three months in a country. I spent a year in both Australia and New Zealand.

6. Do you have kids? How old were they at the time?

I don’t!

7. When did you decide to stop nomadic life?

We moved to the UK in 2016 and now have a base here, although we haven’t exactly stopped the lifestyle. It’s just easier to get laundry done now 😉

8. Was there a defining moment that caused you to stop?

After meeting Jess, my wife, we decided that running our two blogs would be easier if we had a base where we could do trips from, and return to. It means we can spend time working on content, marketing and so on in between travels, which has made a big difference in the success of the sites.

9. How long have you been stationary now?

We’ve been based here for two and a half years, but we still travel for around six months a year, both in the UK and further afield. Our favourite trips are usually self-planned road trips, such as this Route 66 road trip we did.

Nomad No More: Laurence Finding The Universe Sri Lanka safari

10. Are you doing the same job when you were on the road or did you return to work?

I haven’t returned to IT, we’re both still full-time travel bloggers! For those interested in making that lifestyle work, I wrote a guide to becoming a travel blogger that folks might find useful.

11. What do you miss most about the road?

Not having to pay all the bills that come with living in a house!

12. What do you love most about having a home?

That we can personalise it and make it ours, and that we have somewhere to look forward to relaxing in together between trips.

13. Will you ever go nomadic again?

I think this is unlikely, but I never say never!

14. Do you recommend nomadic travel to everyone?

Sure, it can be a very freeing experience and I don’t think there’s an age limit for it. It can be a bit of a leap, but I would recommend it to anyone.

15. Where can we find you?

Blog: Finding the Universe & Independent Travel Cats

Instagram: @lozula@independant_travel_cats

Nomad No More: Laurence Finding The Universe Sri Lanka safari

Bio: Laurence and Jessica Norah are the British-American travel blogging couple behind photography & adventure travel blog Finding the Universe and luxury/couples travel blog Independent Travel Cats. Their goal is to inform and inspire their reader with well-written content accompanied by beautiful imagery. Between them, they have a following of over a million people across their platforms, with the majority in the US and UK.  They are currently based in beautiful Scotland.

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