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I’m Laura, a 30-something Canadian who is addicted to traveling, new adventures and experiences.

I believe that travel, particularly solo travel, leaving your comfort zone, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures are the best ways to learn.

I was bitten hard by the travel bug when I backpacked Europe in 2006, but once I finished university, I felt the pressure to get a “real” job and do all those boring things that adults are expected to do.  Meanwhile, I was unhappy and screaming inside to go traveling again, so a few years ago, I abruptly quit my job to go traveling.  Since then, I’ve decided to make travel my priority and I’ve become a serial traveler.  And more recently, I started blogging about my travels.

My favorite places to travel are typically off the beaten path and less touristy regions, which often means developing and “unsafe” countries.  I like to prove and also encourage that traveling to these places, particularly as a solo female, is absolutely possible.

I equally enjoy exploring cities and nature.  My favorite things about travel are exploring new places, exploring all the different and unique landscapes, learning new things, trying new food and meeting so many amazing and unforgettable people.

I am a backpacker and budget traveler in order to save money and therefore have more money to travel for a longer period of time and to travel more frequently.  While my blog caters to budget travel, someone who prefers a higher standard of travel will also benefit from my information and experiences.

I have traveled to over 65 countries and to every continent, except for Antarctica.  I will never stop traveling!

Aside from travel, I love food, being active, new experiences and adventures, being social and meeting new people.  And most of all, having fun and enjoying life while doing all this.

I enjoy sharing my adventures from around the world and I hope to inspire others, no matter your age, to travel our amazing world.

43 thoughts on “About

  • kbeezyisviral May 24, 2014 at 1:10 PM Reply

    Glad to hear you’ve been travelling a lot. I hope to do the same one day.

  • i.am.glad June 17, 2014 at 5:42 AM Reply

    I have only been to Asia, hopefully to Europe this August. I also want to travel the whole continent just like you.

  • Neva June 22, 2014 at 4:28 PM Reply

    I plan on traveling South America, this late summer & for as long as my budget will allow! Did you travel alone? What was your budget like?

    • atravelinggypsy June 22, 2014 at 10:41 PM Reply

      I did travel alone! I met a ton of awesome people along the way. Budget is always a very difficult question to answer… which countries are you planning on going to? Overall, my trip was more expensive than expected. Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia are all cheaper, while Brazil, Argentina and Chile are more expensive.

  • Head Out West July 13, 2014 at 3:39 AM Reply

    Lovely blog Laura! I look forward to reading more

  • Daniel September 27, 2014 at 9:19 AM Reply

    Looks like you are leading an awesome life of adventure! I’m on a similar journey trying to travel as I figure out what I want to do when I grow up 🙂 Keep it up the posts!

    • atravelinggypsy September 27, 2014 at 9:41 AM Reply

      Thank you! If growing up means traveling less, then I’m not interested 😉

      • Daniel September 27, 2014 at 9:50 AM Reply

        Absolutely! I split my time between Japan and Colorado, let me know if you’re ever in either place 😉

  • Rechito January 1, 2015 at 11:47 PM Reply

    I have the same issue, my job gets in the way of my travels. Sorry you had such a bad time in Rio and the Amazon, Brazil is one of my favorite places. Can’t wait to read about your future travels.

    • thetravelinggypsy January 1, 2015 at 11:58 PM Reply

      Thanks! Yeah I had a few rough patches in South America, but that’s the way it goes. I would give Brazil another chance. I have a five year tourist visa for Brazil and I definitely intend to use it!

  • Brahm's Tams January 17, 2015 at 10:25 PM Reply

    Hello Laura,

    This is Brahm’s Tams (Olszynko), the weekly Tuesday drum circle at 3rd Beach Stanley Park, Vancouver.
    I wanted to extend my thanks and appreciation for your article http://thetravelinggypsy.com/2014/09/11/vancouver-summer-drum-circle/
    We are now entering our 10th year and are so excited for this coming summer!

    Would you please consider making a note on the article that any one on facebook can join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/749163751822671/
    It is perfect for every one to share beautiful captured moments and comments of our gathering in a day-to-day forum.

    Thank you again for including us in what to do in Vancouver.

    One Love,
    Brahm
    Brahmstams@yahoo.com

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  • Ailene Rhea January 22, 2015 at 12:42 AM Reply

    Hey Laura – I’ve nominated you for the Premio Dardos Award. I think your blog is amazing and you have a great perspective on everything. Thanks again for supporting/following my blog. Anyway, the details are on http://rheacollections.com/2015/01/22/premio-dardos-award-nominee/

    • thetravelinggypsy January 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM Reply

      Aww thanks! I literally just arrived in Africa, so I’ll do what I can when I get access to computer 🙂

      • Ailene Rhea January 22, 2015 at 2:13 PM Reply

        Oh no, you enjoy your African adventure. DOn’t even think about getting on a computer hhehe Major travel envy right now! Looking forward to reading about your African tales.

  • Rachel April 7, 2015 at 7:05 PM Reply

    Yay Laura!!! Love ya. Your amazing…..following your dreams…that’s really what it’s all about! Xoxoxox I

  • AnnaJ July 30, 2015 at 8:13 PM Reply

    Great! Glad to know there are so many of us who think alike! 🙂

  • Brittany Maria September 19, 2015 at 4:13 PM Reply

    I just discovered your blog and am really enjoying reading it! Did you save up money before you quit your job or do you work online or during your travels? I am considering quitting my 9-5 office life next year and am looking for some practical advice. 🙂 Your blog is very inspiring!

    • thetravelinggypsy September 19, 2015 at 9:16 PM Reply

      Thank you so much! Yes, I did have money saved before I quit and when I come back home in between travels, I work as a waitress, which makes really good cash tips in Canada. I will always support someone to quit to go traveling! You’ll never regret it. Start saving now 🙂 when traveling is all you want to do, you make it a priority to save.

      • Brittany Maria September 19, 2015 at 9:20 PM Reply

        Thanks so much for your tips 🙂 That is helpful to know. I live in Canada also! I have started seriously saving now and am definitely going to make travel a priority.

        • thetravelinggypsy September 19, 2015 at 9:23 PM Reply

          Oh awesome! You can also work abroad, which is something I have yet to do. But working in the industry is great because you make cash and you can come and go as you please. I just arrived in Israel last night!

          • Brittany Maria September 19, 2015 at 9:31 PM

            That is another option I am also considering. Is the place where you work as a waitress good about allowing you to travel whenever and then come back to work in between? That sounds like a great industry! And wow, that is amazing. Looking forward to reading about your experiences.

          • thetravelinggypsy September 19, 2015 at 9:36 PM

            It is! I think I lucked out with an extra awesome work place but the industry seems to be pretty easy going about that in general. And it’s good to know when to travel, like in the slow times. I often take off about 3 months in Jan-March when it’s slow at work and also cold and gross at home, so it’s a win-win!

          • Brittany Maria September 19, 2015 at 9:58 PM

            That’s so awesome! I’m definitely going to consider this 🙂 thanks so much for your advice.

          • thetravelinggypsy September 19, 2015 at 11:45 PM

            No problem! Always happy to help. Let me know if you have any more questions 🙂

  • oswald de villiers June 3, 2016 at 12:59 PM Reply

    You have only but one life live it to the fullest and what better way than to travel and to experience

  • Rachel April 1, 2017 at 2:18 PM Reply

    Good for you for following your dreams. It would be great if more people did that!

  • Anuj Agarwal June 22, 2017 at 12:34 AM Reply

    Hi Laura,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your THE TRAVELING GYPSY has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Solo Travel Blogs on the web.

    http://blog.feedspot.com/solo_travel_blogs/

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Solo Travel Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.

    Best,
    Anuj

    • thetravelinggypsy June 29, 2017 at 10:20 PM Reply

      Thank you so much!

  • Lukas October 8, 2017 at 3:03 PM Reply

    Hey, where was the picture at the top of the this about page (you in front of the red railing with the blue lake/sea and the islands in the background) taken?

    • thetravelinggypsy October 8, 2017 at 9:58 PM Reply

      Hey! It was taken in Guatape, a small town near Medellin in Colombia.

      • Lukas October 9, 2017 at 5:11 AM Reply

        Awesome, thanks!

  • ruud December 8, 2017 at 2:34 PM Reply

    hi Laura,
    great respect for your way of life, its very inspiring. I have always dreamt of doing the same but i wander: How do you finance it??
    Ruud

    • thetravelinggypsy December 8, 2017 at 10:42 PM Reply

      Thank you! I work a lot and I make travel a priority, so I’m always saving my money for travel. And I’m a backpacker/budget traveler.

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