NEW: Check out my exclusive NFT travel photographs for sale.

Travel With Bender

Uncovering the best vacations

Living The Dream

Living The Dream: Turning Travel Into A Career

We've been circling around Laurence in blogging circles for awhile, when finally this year we got to meet the man behind Finding The Universe and boy, is he Living The Dream. Find out how this IT consultant now makes a living from travel. 


What was the first country you visited? Who with and why did you choose it?

I'm not sure it was exactly out of choice -  I flew from the UK to the Seychelles with my mum after I was born, and spent parts of my childhood living out there. In terms of choice, when I was 14 was probably the first holiday "choice" I was given. My parents rather wonderfully offered that for my birthday we could do on any trip I wanted. Dad steeled himself for a trip to Disneyland. He was pleasantly surprised when I asked for an African safari - we went to Kenya for a week, which was amazing, and helped kickstart my passion for photography.

Laurence headshot.jpg


When did you start a travel lifestyle? What inspired that change?

I've always been travelling, I never seem to stay in one place for very long, even when I was working in the UK I hopped between cities regularly. But the move to doing it full time happened in around 2009, when I got to the point in my career where I had to decide between committing my life to the corporate lifestyle, or walking a different road. You can probably guess which one I went for...


Do you have a base you travel from? Or is it continuous travel? And why do you choose that style?

At first I travelled without a base and did that for around three years, travelling Australia, New Zealand and parts of Europe. I then decided a base would make everything easier - particularly having somewhere to work and catch up with photo editing on a decent screen with a fast PC. So we moved to a fixed base in France, from where we travel, well, a lot!


How do you fund your travel lifestyle? Is it something you do when travelling or are you a saver?

To start with I funded my travel through savings - I had a good job and was able to squirrel away a good pile of money. After a year of pootling around Australia, I went to New Zealand, where I supplemented that with work. I managed a campsite and a hostel in New Zealand, which was a lot of fun.

In France I initially managed a campsite part time in the summer months, and supplemented my income from my photography and my writing. My travel blog and photography are now however at the point that I am able to earn my income through brand partnerships on the blog, photography projects, speaking opportunities, freelance writing, and various others bits and pieces.


If you could tell yourself one tip before you started your travel lifestyle, what would it be?

You should have started earlier. And taken less stuff. Seriously. Less stuff.


What does 'Living The Dream' mean to you?

Being happy with whatever I'm doing, wherever I am, and whomever I'm with.

You can find Laurence here -

Website: Finding the Universe

Twitter:  @lozula

Facebook: Finding The Universe 

Incredible photography as well as travel stories, tips and advice from Laurence & Vera, authors of popular travel blog Finding the Universe.

Here's what you have to say...

"I respond to every comment by private email. So please leave me comments, I love chatting to you" -
Posted by Saana on
What an inspiring post, reading about people living the dream gives so much hope for us dreamers! :) Thanks sharing it.
Posted by Heidi Wagoner on
Love the interview and the series! It is great to see so many people making it happen! We agree with the home base. Spain was ours for 2 years and then we went nomadic. Now in Chiang Mai a few months to play catch up and slow down, then off again.
Write a comment...

Please DO NOT include links/URLs or HTML in your comments - they will be automated deleted and you will waste your time.

(Your email will not be publicly displayed.)
Find more posts by tag:

Reader FAQs:

Question: How can I create my own travel blog?
Answer: Read my super simple step-by-step guide that will get you online in 5 minutes.


Get The Latest Blog Posts

There are a number of convenient ways to get the latest blog posts and news from Travel With Bender.

RECOMMENDED: Want to find out how the travel pros spend their money overseas without the big ATM fees? Wise (formerly TransferWise) is the answer. You can also use it for super low-cost international transfers (way cheaper than banks).