An instagram influencer and fellow nomad.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am Lara, 27, freelance travel photographer, currently producing stunning content for brands on Instagram together with my bf Uroš @your_passage, but I used to be a journalist and a flight attendant before what now seems a lifetime ago compared to where I am right now.
Who is your traveling companion?
@your_passage is my travel companion. He’s amazing! There’s never a dull moment with him and I am a firm believer that he is the reason I actually never disliked any of the destinations we have traveled to so far. Travel companion is always the most important!
What inspired you to set off on this big adventure?
Love for travel photography, wanting to celebrate and show off our world to others and trying to make people feel inspired when they look at our work.
How long have you been traveling for?
In total? More than 5 years. Instagram travel? A year and a half, hehe.
How much longer do you have before you return home?
Hehe, we never know the answer to that, but a lil bit of home between trips always feels good!
What will you do after you get back?
Never thought about that. Its in faraway plans as we will continue traveling. Not traveling is not an option. 🙂
Would you consider yourself a digital nomad?
Definitely. I am moving constantly and am location independent, plus working in the digital media, so my style is pretty much digital nomadic.
How have you liked life on the road?
It’s been nothing but pure blessing. Every day we have been able to learn about different cultures, people, majesty of nature, photography, what really matters and life in general. But most importantly, we have been able to do what we love the most.
What is your favorite and least favorite destination so far?
My favorite is Sri Lanka for its purity and Greece for its photogenicity and hospitality. Cappadocia was 100 % outta fairytale and Amsterdam will always be one of my favs cuz me and Uroš had our first date there. The least favourite is a though one… only because we never disliked any place that much, but if I give it a try, I’d say I like the least people in Philippines (on the contrary to so many other people’s opinions) – just because we got harassed multiple times a day, always had to argue for the price even tho we had bargained it already beforehand, it was never enough money for them and they were always just so ungrateful and rude and at the end you were getting yelled at and thrown suitcases in for paying the agreed price. We actually really don’t understand why tourists say that Philippinos are the best people. Their survival depends on the tourism and that’s usually never a good thing. It is sad to see how badly it affects their culture and how aggressive they can get because of it. Than again, maybe we were just unlucky, but we did spent a whole month there and it was kind of repetitive thing happening to us every day.
What are your top 5 travel essentials?
Camera, computer (cant do any work without it), good travel companion, toothbrush, h2o.
How many bags did you travel with?
In total 4 for us both – 2 suitcases (one for each) and 2 backpacks (one for each; mostly just our camera gear and heavy equipment).
What are some of the things you wish you didn’t bring? And what are some things you wish you did?
Definitely more warm clothes for the cold nights and mornings when catching those sunrises or sunsets and sneakers for long walks and hikes. I wish I didn’t bring that many heels and open shoes haha.
What is the biggest travel mistake you guys made along the way?
Could be that time when we opened a fire exit in the airport in Rome by mistake (having couple of drinks beforehand might as well not have been such a good idea), so not only we missed the flight, had to beg not to pay 2500 EUR fine, but we also had to pay 4 times for the flight ticket getting us out only after 2 days, haha.
What was your greatest memory thus far on the trip?
Sharing a romantic moment with Uroš (@your_passage) in Capadoccia – impossible to forget.
What got you into Instagram?
We have started our pages as a hobby, quickly fallen in love with travel photography and as traveling was something we would both want to make a living off, we were eager to learn about the opportunities. Very soon we had realised the potential of gramming and as we have saved up in our previous jobs, we were able to afford taking a year off to just learn, travel and practice every day. We were watching youtube tutorials and as the months were passing by we kept progressing and every time we looked back we could see the improvements. We are still learning every day.
What tips would you give for someone about to embark on a similar adventure?
Save up, be persistent, create great content, stand out from the crowds and keep learning every day.
Any last tips?
Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.