Behind the Scenes: Interview with Our Columnist, Lauren Manuel

Posted May 15, 2013 by Elica Sue in Blog

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So good to have you join WildJunket team! Tell us a bit more about yourself.

I am a vibrant South African with persistent wanderlust six continents later.  I love being able to share the shades, scents and tastes of new lands through writing and photography.  My husband and I are teaching and trekking our way around the world hoping to find waves to surf and espresso while we’re at it.    Currently we’re loving island life on Koh Samui and dread having to leave. Find out more about my adventures in my Expat Column and my travel blog.

What has been your best travel experience?

Quitting my job, getting married and starting a journey of living around the world with my hubby starting in Thailand.

What are some of the places you want to go before you die?

To name the first few that came to mind: Machu Picchu, Bahia-Brasil, Argentina outside of Buenos Aires, Croatia, Morroco, Egypt and Kenya.

What’s the most daring thing you’ve done?

Probably jumping off the Gouritz bridge in South Africa with nothing but a rope attached to my waist and falling 50 m in about 1,2 seconds.

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What’s been the strangest meal of your travels so far?

Fried grasshoppers in Thailand.

Where are some of the most disappointing and surprising places you’ve been?

Disappointing: Perhaps living in South Korea (which is such an advanced country) to discover that their society still places men so highly above women in every facet of life.

Surprising in that even though they have thousands of foreigners visiting their country every year, they still stare awkwardly at non-Koreans for entire train journeys, bus rides or coffee shop visits.

Which of your photos is your absolute favorite? Share it with us!

At the moment, this one of my husband and I jumping off the boat in Ang Thong National Park, Thailand.

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Describe your dream trip!

A round the world trip all expenses paid for an entire year- Backpacking through South America, traveling through Europe by train, island hopping in the Mediterranean and camping in Africa’s bushveld.

What is one item you can never travel without?

My Nikon

Who is/are the best (or worst) person/people you’ve had to sit next to while traveling?

My husband is my best travel partner by far- shares his food and kisses with me and acts as the greatest travel pillow.

Worst- a smelly men on 12 hour flights.

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Would you rather live without the internet for a year or without travel?

Tough one as nowadays the two are so interlinked.  But probably without internet.

Do you prefer the mountain, beach, or city?


Thanks for the interview, you’ve been granted one wish. What will it be? 

The official job title of full-time travel writer earning my living from just writing, photography and travel.


About the Author

Elica Sue

Elica Sue is WildJunket's web editor and writer specializing in languages and student travel. Based in California, she grew up with an exposure to a menagerie of culture, language, and art, and is a student pursuing what she is most passionate about: writing, traveling, and learning languages. She blogs at Travelengua.

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