Travel Planner

Travel Planner

Rowen Laybourne

Travel Planner

I first discovered my passion for travel when I set off for a three-month trip around Thailand and Australia. I didn’t return for three years! During that adventure-filled time, I ticked off so many incredible places, but more importantly I really got to know the destinations I explored.

From spending time with local families on Indian trains, learning a whole new language in Italy, to experimenting with food in Asia, my travels have always given me the opportunity to learn about other cultures and customs. There’s a whole world out there – I’m going to keep on discovering it!

Rowen’s special places

It’s hard for me to name my favourite countries, as I think everywhere has something unique to offer. However, some destinations have had a lasting effect on me and for this reason, they become my special places….

  • Nepal

    Nepal was a country I had never thought about visiting until a friend suggested I go - and I’m so thankful I did. It’s quite possibly one of the most special places I have ever visited. I did a trek to Everest Base camp over 12 days and it was incredible.

    The locals and the Sherpa people are so friendly and very humbling. They live very tough lives yet they walk around with the biggest smiles on their faces. Nepal ticked every box: nature, views, wildlife, its people and the food. I would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Vietnam

    I spent a month in Vietnam and travelled from the very North right down to the South. What I absolutely love about Vietnam, is that every village, town and city offers something completely different to the one before.

    I went from visiting the war tunnels in Ho Chi Minh, to discovering underground mud caves in Phong Nha, to dune sledging in Mui Ne. The country has so much to offer and that’s what makes it one of my favourites.

  • India

    I travelled through India over three weeks. The country is filled with so much beauty, not to mention their delicious food. My top spots in India would have to be Jodhpur, Ajanta, Varanasi and Calcutta.

    I loved travelling on the trains and getting the chance to speak to the locals. Many families asked if they could host me for the evening and cook me dinner. They have so little, yet are willing to give everything.

  • Italy

    I’m very passionate about Italy. I don’t think there is another country that can offer so much beautiful architecture in every location. I lived, worked and travelled around Italy for over a year, and learnt Italian as a second language.

    It’s hard to say where my favourite place in Italy would be because there are so many; Verona, Florence, Rome, the Dolomites, Capri. From a romantic mini-break, foodie jaunt or cultural exploration, Italy has it all.

Stand Out Experiences

Throughout my travels there have been a few standout moments, where I’ve almost had to pinch myself that it’s real. In Australia, watching the sunrise over the vast rust-red rock Uluru was truly spiritual. In the Philippines I was amazed at the pristine marine life and rainbow-coloured coral gardens filled with neon-hued fish and the odd turtle. The evening ceremony performed by holy men at the Ganges river was very memorable and kayaking between the mist-swirled karsts of Ha Long Bay was such an atmospheric experience. If you want to find out more, call me to chat travel.

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