Briarne has a fantastic following on Instagram – it’s no surprise! Her feed is full of stunning waterfalls, never ending forests, golden beaches and epic landscapes. As well as sharing photos of her travels she also posts insightful content on her blog, Her Wanderlust Guide. Check it out now!
After learning she’d been travelling for the best part of 5 years we had to chat with her and discover what inspired her to travel for so long.
1. When did you decide to turn your life to travel?
Traveling has been apart of my life from a very young age. My family and I went on backpacking trips regularly, my parents believed that showing us new cultures and giving us experiences we wouldn’t find in a classroom was essential in our upbringing.
Each year we’d go somewhere new and exciting. It started off as your regular trips to Bali, Thailand and South East Asia but then by the time I was 12 years old we were doing fifteen day treks in the Himalayas of Nepal, Snorkelling in the Red Sea in Egypt and exploring the Ancient ruins of Petra in Jordan.
It was a very adventurous childhood which gave me a strong appreciation for different cultures and all the wonders our world has to offer us. It left me craving more travel. At the ripe age of 18 I had worked two jobs for a year and saved up enough money to go on my first solo backpacking trip. It ended up being two and a half years through three different continents and I’ve never looked back.
2. What does travel give you that everyday life doesn’t?
Freedom, A daily sense of adventure, Constant mind stimulation, oh the list goes on. Waking up everyday on the road is like taking a breath of fresh air and feeling alive. Each day opens a door to endless opportunities that you just can’t experience while living in routine. To me, travel is a simple reminder that life is short and it should be spent doing what makes you happy.
3. What is your best tip for someone wanting to pack in their 9-5 and turn their life to travel?
Do it!!! haha once again, life is short. I know a lot of people who constantly tell me they want to live a life similar to mine but none of them actually do it. It’s a tough one but in my opinion the pro’s outweigh the con’s. You will end up distancing yourself from some friends, getting rid of most of your personal belongings and quitting your career BUT you will make hundreds of new friends exactly like you, who will last a lifetime, you’ll begin to realise experiences are more valuable than material possessions and there’s more important things in life than having a career.
4. What do you wish you knew at the start of your travels that you know now?
Learning everything that I know today was all part of the adventure and knowing it before wouldn’t have been as fun! Quick Tip: Confidence and Courage will go a long way, especially if you’re a solo female backpacker.
5. How do you build a social life outside of work when in a foreign country?
It’s so easy! If you have an outgoing personality and a good attitude towards life then like minded people will just flock towards you naturally. I backpack so generally a lot of my time is spent in hostels. What better way to build a social life?
I travel ‘alone’ but there has never really been a time in my travels where i’ve actually been by myself. Leave your door open to new relationships, some of my best friends today are people I’ve met in a hostel common room.
I document my travels online at my website, herwanderlustguide.com, in the hopes that it will encourage others to have the confidence and knowledge to be able to get out and do the same. So what are you waiting for? Let's go on an adventure around the world!