Travel Confessions: Student Flights blogger Lauren Burvill
After countless blogs, numerous gifs and lots of ‘food research,’ our resident travel blogger Lauren Burvill is sadly leaving Student Flights (and the country) to do what every 20-something Aussie does – move to London. For her very last blog we got her to run through the highlights of her time with us.
Since working as the Student Flights blogger I have travelled to France, Great Britain, Belgium, the USA, Mexico and Vanuatu. Of all of them I think my favourite would have to be the USA and more specifically New York. There’s just something about that city. After my whole entire childhood being shaped by shows like Seinfeld, the Nanny and later on Sex & the City, 30 Rock and Girls, to be there and to look down the long, canyon-like streets while sinking my teeth into a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery – it just felt surreal.
Of all the destinations I’ve been to, Las Vegas was definitely the most fun. In my eyes it totally lives up to the hype. Going there on a Contiki tour definitely made things so much easier in terms of where to party, and it’s also the kind of place where the more friends you’ve got to hang out with and run amok the better. Dancing to Lil John play Usher while people were popping bottles of champagne around me is one of my favourite moments –the rest of the night on the other hand is kinda blurry.
My favourite blog I ever wrote was 10 ways to avoid being a bogan abroad. I seemed to hit a nerve in what everyone was thinking. Plus it was the first time I used animated gifs! YEAH GIFS! Another one I'm proud of was getting the band The Beards to give us their tips for travelling with facial hair. They had a lot of fun things to say.
The best travel tip I’ve learnt since working here was about bland meals as told to me by our flight insider! Will definitely be ordering a fruit plate on my next long-haul flight. I just can’t believe it’s taken me this long to find out about them!
Speaking of meals, the best meal I ever ate on my travels was actually a monster choose-your-own salad from Wholefoods in LA. In hindsight it probably doesn’t look that appealing, I’ve definitely consumed some prettier dishes while travelling, but this salad was quite magical, made even more so in that it was consumed at Disneyland. It really is a first-world travesty that we don’t have Wholefoods in Australia.
My favourite travel memory so far would have to be swimming in the Chichen Itza cenote in Cancun, Mexico. I’d google-image searched that spot so many times, so to actually be there and dive in and look up to see vines and water cascading down – it was just a perfect moment. Like my bio says, I’m a mermaid at heart so swimming here was a bit of a dream come true. Another highlight that happened this year was seeing the Grand Canyon too. It's something you've just got to see!
The best part about working for Student Flights is the travel – duh! But more specifically, the Black Market Flights. So many people don’t realise that one of the biggest benefits of booking with Student Flights is that we have access to exclusive (and super cheap) airfares just for people under 26. My biggest travel tip would be to take advantage of them while you can!
Before I head to London my next trip is going to be a week in Shanghai to visit a friend. With a population of over 23 million and zero knowledge of the local language, I am a little terrified. But, that’s one of the best things about travel – getting out of your comfort zone, overcoming your fears and having locals laugh at you as you fumble over the language.
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