What I… Lauren from Wanderlust Movement

Today I’m featuring a new-to-me travel blogger that I recently stumbled across, Lauren from Wanderlust Movement. Her blog is about ethical travel for 20-something South Africans and she started writing it in order to inspire other South Africans to stretch their Rand further and travel to exotic destinations, despite the restrictions on our passport! Something I think we can all buy into 😉


“A weak currency and no visa free travel to America, Europe, Australia and more presents it’s own unique sets of challenges and opportunities. Unlike most travel bloggers I can’t simply hop on a plane with a one-way ticket to explore some of the world’s most popular destinations. As a result, my traveling style, and how I choose my next destination is quite different.”


Lauren loves attending fab music festivals in South Africa and beyond, partaking in adrenaline-pumping activities and visiting vegan-friendly destinations around the world.

Read on to find out more about her…


What I…


I know that life is fleeting. Anything could happen today and can alter your life’s path for better or worse. That’s why I know I have to seize opportunities and do my best to achieve my daily goals because I don’t know what lies in store for me tomorrow, but I want to proud of what I did today.


I love unicorns, penguins and cats. I love travelling to different countries, getting out of the city and exploring their natural beauty. I love watching sunrises and sunsets. I love learning new vegan recipes (especially the desserts). I love helping my freelance writing clients achieve their goals. But most of all, I love trying something new for the first time.


I read anything that sweeps me away to a fantasy world. I live for stories about vampires, zombies and far-flung lands where magic rules and powerful wizards battle it out in the name of good or evil.

Some of my all time favourites include Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant and of course, anything by the king of fantasy George R.R Martin.


I want more time in the day. There’s so much potential in this world for creating life-long memories every single day. It’s sometimes hard to prioritise them all.


I wear anything that is comfortable. I can either be found in leggings and a t-shirt or a maxi dress. Almost all my clothes are black, but I love breaking my own rules occasionally. When I go out, I usually put together an outfit with a bit more of a rock/grunge edge but instead of spikes and chains, I wear crystals and the om sign.


I need very little material possessions to be happy. I practice minimalism in all areas of my life, including travel. I do my best to go abroad with only a carry-on even if I’m staying for a couple of months. Living my life this way has freed me from the consumerism mindset of needing to possess high quantities of things. Instead, I’m focused on crafting life experiences.

Images: Lauren Kirsten Melnick

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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