Tell us a bit about yourself! Why do you love travel? How do you think travel unites us or teaches us more about the world?
My name is Lauren Bath, and I am a full time professional travel photographer and Instagrammer based in Australia. I was a late bloomer to travel, only going overseas for the first time in my mid 20s. Despite this, I fell instantly in love and when I saw potential to change my career five years ago, it was definitely travel that was a focus for me.
My personal experience with travel has been life-changing. To immerse yourself in another culture and to regularly live outside of your comfort zone makes you a more rounded human, and a more understanding one, too. I’ve learned more about the world in the last five years of travel than I had in my lifetime up until that point, and my personality has changed completely.
What surprising aspect of culture do you love about where you’re from that travelers may not be aware of?
I live on the Gold Coast Australia, a destination filled with a wide variety of cultures. I think that most visitors to the Gold Coast wouldn’t know how many amazing cultures you can find here.
Which dish do you feel best represents where you’re specifically from? Share a picture and tell us why you love it!
We are such a melting pot of food traditions in Australia that I wouldn’t be able to choose one dish. At home, we can eat anything from pasta to a fresh salad to Zimbabwean ‘sadza’ for dinner and dining options are even broader.
Share about a custom/tradition you observe, and talk about the role of family in your life. What does family mean to you?
I’d say the longest running tradition that my family observes is a family Christmas, and my direct family is everything to me. I actually choose to live with my mum and stepdad, along with my partner, and have done so for all of my thirties. I believe in the family unit and hope that we will continue to live together throughout our lives.
Art and dance can tell a deeper story about local culture. Tell us the story of a specific artwork or dance that has a meaning for you. Share a photo, if you can.
My mother has been an avid lover of art and I can always remember seeing prints and pictures on the wall as a child. My own personal favourite art is ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Johannes Vermeer, I find it so mysterious. We don’t have a traditional dance but my partner has shared his love of dance with us, as it is a huge part of his Zimbabwean culture.
Languages not only give us the power to communicate but also can unite us across cultures. Share a favorite saying you have, or teach us something in your native language.
My native language is English and it’s hard to get me to shut up sometimes. I don’t have any specific favourite sayings that I can think of but I have a lot of favourite quotes that relate to my journey and my work. One of my favourites is –
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Have you ever met a stranger during your travels who made an impact on your life in a certain way, or maybe it was you who helped someone else? Share the story!
I meet a lot of strangers in my travels and they all leave their mark in some way. I believe that relationships and how you treat others is a true testament to who you are as a person and I give my time to others generously and without thought.