Interview with Lauren Fitzpatick of Lateral Movements

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1. What is your name, where are you from and where have you been in this world?

I’m Lauren Fitzpatrick from Indianapolis, Indiana. After traveling and working abroad for ten years, I’m setting up shop in Newcastle, Australia.

I’ve been to 41 countries, and I know that because I recently had to list everywhere I’ve visited, dates included, for an Australia partner visa application. That was real fun.

 

2. What is your blog address? How long have you been blogging and what is the main focus of it?

http://www.lateralmovements.com

I started blogging in 2008 as a traveling intern for Busabout Europe. At the time, the blog was called Blogabout Europe, but once the internship ended I changed the blog to Lateral Movements, a reflection of the way my career and travel path seem to swing from side to side. The blog focuses on travel, working abroad, and being defined by who you are, not what you do.

 

3. Besides the basic essentials, what is something you simply could not live without on the road?

Nail clippers. It drives me crazy when I’ve got a jaggedy nail. So far I’ve managed to slip them past security in my carry on, so fingers crossed that keeps happening. Also, chapstick. I hate not having chapstick and always have a tube stashed in crucial places like my backpack, purse, and bedside table.

 

4. How has travel enriched your life?

It has completely shifted my perspective on what’s important. I do get sucked into first world problems, but then I step back and think about what really matters. Travel has shown me that I don’t need All The Things to make my life complete. I know that no matter what happens, I could start from scratch tomorrow and I’d be okay. Also, I met my fiancé while traveling, so that was a pretty big bonus.

 

5. Of all the cities you have ever visited, which one left the largest impression on you and why?

Paris. It was my first overseas trip with my 7th grade French class, and once I saw Paris from the third deck of the Eiffel Tower, my world was torn open and I realized how much more there was to see.

 

6. If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?

I’m not sure. What if I picked someone like Beyoncé and it happened to be a day where she had a bunch of boring meetings or the flu? I think I’ll just take my chances and stick with being myself. I have a lot of things I want to do in this life and kind of want to hold onto all the days I’m given.

 

7. In a perfect world, where do you see yourself and your blog in 5 years?

There was a point where I wanted to make my blog a business, but as that started happening I realized it wasn’t what I wanted. The point of my blog is to share experiences and have complete freedom to write what I want without worrying about being judged. So I hope that in 5 years I’m still writing my blog for me, without pressure from any outside sources. As for where I’ll be? Married, writing, traveling, possibly still living in Australia, but who knows where the world will take us?

 

8. If you had 1 travel tip to share with the world, what would it be?

Chill out. It’s never as bad as you think it is, and even if it was, panicking or rude behaviour wouldn’t help.

 

9. What stands out as your best and worst travel memory?

Best – My first solo trip abroad on a working holiday visa to Ireland in 2003. I was flashed by a creep on the sidewalk but managed to pull myself together, realizing that I had to look after myself and make things happen. Those three months gave me confidence and set the stage for the next ten years of travel.

Worst – Spending the entire night puking on a sleeper class train in India from Agra to Varanasi. Thanks again to the mysterious stranger who showed me how to drain the clogged sink. That wasn’t a high point of the night for either of us.

 

10. Please list 2 of your most popular blog posts:

Travel Blogging: A Love Story

The Hardest Part of Travel

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