Laurel Robbins is an inspiring figure, and in her own right too. Having switched from her ‘normal’ job in Canada to running a travel website from Germany, she is addicted to the great outdoors, particularly hiking mountains, and in turn has explored an envious amount of sights!
She is also a successful BBC_Localite for BBC Travel’s Instagram page, where she shares snaps of life in Munich. I was fortunate enough to catch up with Laurel, and find out about what her experience of travel has been like.
What was the first ever mountain you climbed?
I have two very different ones. The very first country outside of Canada and the U.S. that I visited, I also lived in – South Korea. I was teaching at a very small school with only one other foreign teacher, and the other larger schools were on the other side of the city, so it was difficult to meet people. It was a very lonely time, but taught me to travel on my own instead of waiting to have someone to go with me.
The other challenge was a physical one – cycling 1350 km along the Iron Curtain Trail in Finland – solo for 18 days! It was my first big physical challenge that I had done alone. Although there were tears a couple of times along the way, and really sore hands due to a nerve injury, I enjoyed it immensely and never got lonely!
I seek out trips that involve that physical activity and that connect me with nature and/or wildlife. I loved hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc, a 175km trek around the highest peak in Western Europe that takes you through France, Italy and Switzerland.