Hi! I’m Fiona & welcome to Vagabond Wanderlust. Here you’ll find slow travel information, tips and hacks for your next culture adventure around the globe.
This site is dedicated to all those wanderlust beings interested in authentic experiences of local life. We want you to take the road less traveled and discover what the locals are doing.
What I love about traveling is the fact that I get to experience a different culture then my own. It is so refreshing and uplifting to get out of my comfort zone and my day to day habitual life when at home.
Some of the best experiences of my life have been while traveling but the most life changing was the opportunity to live in Paris for three months with my partner and daughter (she was 7 at the time).
We had a tiny (40sqm) studio apartment in the heart of the 4th Arrondissement (Le Marais). The apartment was basic to say the least, 2 single sofas, kitchen table with a couple of chairs and the tiniest kitchen (more like a cupboard) with a bar fridge, electric cooktop, kettle and a small sink. We all slept in single beds pushed together.
Although our accommodation was tiny and basic, it was comfortable. That situation made me realise that you do not need a lot of material things to live a good life and be happy. I absolutely loved it there!
I was working on a creative Masters at the time, so I would work (yes, in the apartment) most of the day. I also got to spend a few hours a day exploring the city sights and its culture.
It is true that Paris is the cultural hub of the world. The vibe of Paris is unique, its history, architecture and way of life is unlike anywhere else in the world. Yes, it has some downsides, like the dog poo 🙁 the arrogance and the busyness at times was overwhelming but I don’t think I would have it any other way. To truly experience Paris you have to get to know her and love her for all that she is, ’cause she is magnifique!
Anyway… more on Paris later. During that secondment, we also traveled outside of Paris to other regions of France and Europe. Using Paris, as the base to explore we found that we could travel to a range of destinations within a few hours on the extensive transport system. It had planted the seed, to slow down, enjoy the ride and live the experience rather than rush to each destination.
This was my second experience of slow travel, the first was to South America. As we live in Australia, an island so far away from the rest of the world (except for NZ), traveling is a large expense; cost and time wise, so, for Aussies, it make better sense to travel less but for longer periods, rather then many short quick trips. Unfortunately when going to overseas destinations we try to fit so much into the trip, you come home exhausted and needing a holiday, after the holiday.
Spending 3 months in France and over 2 months in South America were a completely different dynamic. These were refreshing, and uplifting, we spent time in local communities, made friends and had authentic experiences. Lets get me some more of that.
This blog and website, is an ode to the wanderlust feeling of that time and the experience of real authentic local culture that we discovered.
I hope you enjoy the posts, and explore the regions, cities, towns we did at the same slow pace. The aim to show that you don’t need to explore everything, just treasure simple living, enjoy life and value what you have.