The SOUTH EAST ASIA BACKPACKER magazine is a bi-monthly (every 2 months), around 20,000 copies are distributed all around southeast Asia in hostels, restaurants etc.  This week I was lucky enough to catch up with Laura from SEABackpacker and she was kinda enough to answer my usual set of questions (thanks Laura), and here’s what she had to say …

HI, AND WHO MIGHT YOU BE?

  1. Name: Laura Davies   
  2. Age: 21
  3. Twitter Handle: @SEA_Backpacker   
  4. URL: www.southeastasiabackpacker.com
  5. Home Town: London
  6. Current Location: Sheffield
  7. … Business or pleasure?

A bit of both at the moment. I’m currently battling through my second year at University, but my motto will forever be ‘work hard, play harder!’

8.  Tell us a little bit about what you’re up to at the moment.  Best bits, worst bits etc.

The worst bits… probably the rain in Sheffield, where I’m currently at Uni. The best bits? It makes me love my part-time job at South East Asia Backpacker Magazine even more! Who wouldn’t want read about paradise islands, blue skies, white sandy beaches, diving, rock climbing and all kinds of adventurous backpacker tales! Dreaming of future travel keeps me sane. 

elephant ride

LETS TALK TRAVEL

9.  First travel experience?

The first I can remember… probably France with my family, playing rock paper scissors to decide who had to do the early morning Boulanger (French bakery) trip!

10.  Future travel plans?

I’m counting the days until I return to Thailand in June to rejoin the S.E.A Backpacker Team on location. With exciting trips to the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia in the pipeline, my friends are extremely jealous of my job! This summer we’ll be working on continuing to expand our destination guides and there are plenty of places which still need investigating (it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it!).

Check out our brand new guide to the Philippines to see what we do:

11.  If you could go anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?

I’ve been dreaming about exploring the islands of Indonesia for what feels like my entire life! My first stop would be a hearty trek to watch sunrise over the volcanic landscape of the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. Then I’d move on to the island of Flores to check out Indonesia’s world famous Komodo Dragons. Next I would go and find some more friendly inhabitants, and spend some time hanging out with the friendly Sumatran orangutans. And finally, where better to chill out than on the exotic Gili Islands. As a bit of a scuba diving addict, the translucent waters and postcard-perfect white sandy beaches are my idea of heaven.

Read our guide to Indonesia to plan your own tropical adventure:

12.  If you could avoid going anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?

To my university exam. In fact, I should probably be revising right now…

13.  What 5 items would you not go travelling without?

  • My diary, I have a terrible memory (especially when drunk) and when traveling I write down all key pieces of info that I might need later, timetables, good hotels, daily budget etc. That way if I go back to the same country I know I won’t make the same mistake twice and I can also help other backpackers by sharing the info in the magazine or on the website.
  • My iPod for those overnight buses and trains – to fill the silence or to drown out the noise of horrendous Asian karaoke!
  • My camera, to capture once in a lifetime memories that I can look through again and again and relive my travels.
  • Let’s be honest, there is nothing worse than getting caught out after a hearty meal of delicious street food. That’s why a handful of Imodium makes this list!
  • A copy of S.E.A Backpacker Magazine of course! If you’re traveling in South East Asia you can pick one up for free in hostels and travel agents along the way and pick up some handy tips. Or order online and be prepared before you go. (shamless promotion, love it – Neil)

14.  Best bit of advice you’ve received?

“A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving” (Lao Tzu).

So true, I began travelling with a friend from home, but ended up working in a bar on Koh Phi Phi, alone. And you know what, going it solo was probably the best decision I ever made!

15.  Worst?

“Book yourself a return flight, it’s cheaper.”

Not when you push it back over and over and over again…then end up cancelling altogether!

16.  Best bit of advice you can give readers of this piece?

Don’t waste a single second. You may worry that while you’re chilling on the white sandy beaches of Thailand, floating down a river in Laos or eating fresh fish in the Philippines everyone at home will be moving on, but trust me. It’ll all be there when (or if!) you go back.

phi phi

RANDOM

17.  Favourite ice cream flavour?

Homemade passion fruit sorbet, from the Italian Gelateria in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. You can find it just off Nimmanhemin if you’re ever visiting…

18.  Apple or Android?

Both the stuff of dreams for the humble student. If I won the lottery, Apple.

19.  Blogger or WordPress?

WordPress is what I know.

20.  Hostel or hotel?

Hostel, it’s the best way to meet like minded people. Remember that wherever you go, it’s always the people that you’re with that will truly make your experience of that place.

21.  Guilty pleasure?

Wine gums. I’m slightly ashamed to say it, but they’re the thing I miss most when I’m in southeast Asia! Here comes the exclaimer; apart from my family of course…

22.  Your chosen super-power?

I would love a Bernard’s Watch, if that counts. Being able to freeze time would be incredible, but I’d need a multiplayer option!

23.  Airplane seat – isle, centre or window?

Centre, I’m one of those really annoying friendly types who’ll know your entire life story by the time we land.

24.  What song/album are you listening to right now?

Right now I’m listening to Foster The People’s album, called Torches. It’s about the only thing getting me through these hideous long days of revision!

SHAMELESS PLUG

25.  Thank you for answering my questions, as a gesture of thanks I allow you one whole paragraph to shameless plug of your website …

I first picked up a free copy of S.E.A Backpacker Magazine on my gap year before University and instantly fell in love with the fun-loving style of writing, inspirational travel stories and excellent tips. When I was granted an internship there for the summer by Director and Editor, Nikki Scott, I was overjoyed! The magazine is distributed all over the backpacker trail in Asia and is written by backpackers who love to share their spontaneous stories from the road. I’m working to expand the website at the moment with even more quirky blogs, destination guides and travel videos. I’m also helping to promote our forum www.forum.southeastasiabackpacker.com so that backpackers can ask each other for advice and even find travel buddies for their trip!

first lagoon


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