Storyteller Lauren Bath | Australia’s First Professional Instagrammer

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Today’s Culture with Travel interview is with Lauren Bath, Australia’s first professional Instagrammer

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.

Lauren taking a photo (Credits: travelandleisure.com)
Lauren taking a photo (Credit: travelandleisure.com)

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.

Christmas decor (Credits: Valeria Vinnik - Pexels.com)
Christmas decor (Credits: Valeria Vinnik – Pexels.com)

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.

Check out Lauren Bath’s website, and follow her adventures on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

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