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Lauren Bath | Australia  Travel & Marketing | Australian πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί | Email : info@laurenbath.com | Currently: Home (Gold Coast) | πŸ“· Olympus E-M1 M II | My Conference πŸ˜±πŸ‘‡πŸ»

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My favorite thing about road trips is the unexpected moments and traveling like this is honestly my favorite way to travel. As I become a more confident and experienced traveller I'm also using hire cars a lot on international trips so that I can see more and not just hit the same landmarks that everyone else does. It's actually really funny because I'm getting a hire car on a family trip at the end of the year and the first car I was offered was a Skoda! So my top tip to anyone is to do more road trips! Especially if you don't do much international travel. Explore your own backyard and drive down all those dodgy looking roads to see what you can find. Sometimes it's a big fluffy cow. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ @SkodaAustralia #Skoda #Sponsored

I am off to bed! Yes I know it's 9:30, it's a little past my bedtime. πŸ™ŠπŸ™ŠπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I wanted to share another shot of Port Willunga, the first place I drove my little Skoda after picking it up. This shot was taken maybe 20 minutes before the other one I've posted. Goodnight all. Xxx @SkodaAustralia #Skoda #Sponsored

Morning all! I couldn't help but choose another shot from Lake Bumbunga to share. I already had an eight hour drive to Port Lincoln on this particular day and I still found time to get into the Adelaide Hills and stop at this incredible pink salt lake. At first I was hoping to drive the Skoda down to the shore but I read a bunch of websites that strongly recommended not taking cars onto the lake. πŸ™ŠπŸ™ŠπŸ’žπŸ’•πŸ’“ (I do have some common sense 😳.) Instead I took my self out there and grabbed some reluctant selfies. I tell everyone who asks that I will literally photograph ANYONE else that's around if I want someone in my photo and only use myself as a last resort. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ @SkodaAustralia #Skoda #Sponsored

Good morning! Has anyone ever seen a sunrise like this before?! πŸ”₯🌞πŸ’₯ This was Port Lincoln for my Skoda road trip. Yesterday afternoon I said a sad goodbye to my girl. She ended up on 1583 km in four days of driving. When I returned her to the dealership, looking a little worse for wear πŸ™ŠπŸ™Š, I said that was a heck of a test drive. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ If anyone has any questions on the car I'm happy to answer them. I actually didn't know this until my mum told me but my uncle has a Skoda and he spent thirty years in the car industry with a competitive brand. I would genuinely consider buying one myself, after all Dreamboat DID write off my car last year and I bought a temporary second hand car at the time. πŸš—πŸš— Enjoy your day everyone, I'm in bed editing and answering emails. πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ“·πŸ’»πŸ“±πŸ“§β€οΈ @SkodaAustralia #Skoda #Sponsored

One of these things is not like the other ... 🎢🎡🎢 Double tap when you spot it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ¦ˆπŸ¦ˆ! This is the reason I chose to take my Skoda on a South Australia road trip, to tick off this incredible bucket list activity. I am going to do a couple of additional posts on this experience with Calypso, once I'm finished my Skoda job. I know a lot of people have thoughts on shark cage diving and I'm more than happy to chat through my own opinions. But for now I just want to say that it's well regulated, safe and incredible. I have more respect for sharks than ever before, this girl was majestic. There's no other word for it. I have been on the road for four days and covered over 1400 kilometers and today I'll be heading back to Adelaide to say goodbye to my Monte Carlo. πŸ˜©πŸ˜©πŸ˜©πŸš—πŸš—πŸš— You know how watch companies give influencers watches to keep? Can't I just keep my Skoda? πŸ˜œπŸ˜œβ€οΈπŸš—πŸ™Š @SkodaAustralia #Skoda #Sponsored

What a day! I'm here in the Clare Valley safe and sound and I've done over 1400 kilometers in my little Skoda since I set out from Adelaide a few days ago, since I didn't drive at all yesterday that's a pretty good effort. πŸ™ŠπŸ™Š Today I spent my drive talking on the phone to my bestie for hours, listening to tunes and I even went full road trip style and got McDonalds drive through. (Quarter Pounder no meat πŸ˜‚πŸ”πŸŸ) I seriously love road trips so much! I'm loving the feedback on this trip, about to go and answer comments on my last post. For those that want to know what the car looks like I did do one sneaky 'portrait' in gorgeous Hahndorf. πŸ‚πŸπŸš—πŸπŸ‚ Goodnight everyone. Xx @SkodaAustralia #Skoda #Sponsored

Good morning!! I'm still in Port Lincoln but today I'm taking my little Skoda out for a long drive to Clare Valley, 6 hours on the road. Someone asked me on my last post how I differentiate between a sponsored post and a #sponsored trip and I thought you might be interested in my answer. A sponsored post is when a brand gives you something to photograph and you basically take a photo and post it. I personally only do sponsored posts for brands and services that I use anyway and I don't do many at all, maybe a handful a year. A sponsored trip, for me, is much more natural. I wanted a chance to actually drive one of these cars and I asked if I could choose my own road trip in a destination of my choosing. I chose Port Lincoln in South Australia because it's a decent drive away, giving me a chance to actually test the performance of the car, and I really wanted to do the Shark Cage Diving. (Yep, swam with Great White Sharks yesterday. 😱😱) I want to be able to fund my travels and still share brands and experiences that I think others will be interested in. I hope that makes sense? This here is the old abandoned jetty at Port Willunga! I drove the Skoda here directly after picking it up, I think I've done a thousand kilometers already. πŸ™ŠπŸ™Š @SkodaAustralia #Skoda

I've finally got a minute to post something from my trip! I am so proud to be working with Skoda Australia this week in South Australia. When Skoda first approached me I knew very little about them and I was not prepared to do sponsored posts. Instead I proposed a road trip of my choosing so I could actually get to know the car and do my favorite thing, travel! Luckily they said yes and I've been driving a brand new Fabia Monte Carlo all over South Australia to tick something else off my bucket list, but that's getting ahead of myself... THIS was one of my first stops of the trip, Lake Bumbunga. I was tempted to drive the car onto it but thought better of it. πŸ™ŠπŸ™Š I don't work for many brands, as you know, so please feel free to ask me any questions about the job, the car or SA! Whoo hoo! This is a #sponsored trip but all logistics, images and words are my own as always. @skodaaustralia #skoda πŸš—πŸš—

Good morning! I'm just packing for my next trip and thought I would tell you that MY NEXT TRAVEL BOOTCAMP IS LIVE! We are going to be in Sydney on the 12th August this time around and I'm excited to announce that Intrepid Travel have joined Olympus as a sponsor and there are huge opportunities to be gained by coming, one delegate from our last conference is winning a mentoring trip to India! 😱😱 The link is back up in my profile and we have limited early bird tickets on sale for the next few weeks. We've also added more testimonials and information to the website and made it easier to navigate so let me know what you think. Oh, and our venue is the Intercontinental and it's fancy!! 😍😍😍 @thetravelbootcamp #thetravelbootcamp

This is my last post from Zimbabwe for now. I've been home for the week working on my online photography course and it's been a real pleasure to share this passion project with you. There's been a lot of changes in my business lately and I know I'm moving in the right direction. I want to leave a legacy, both as a traveller and educator, and hopefully all of my hard work now will make that dream a reality for me. I'll have big announcements for the Travel Bootcamp this weekend and my first online course finalized before Christmas as well as some great trips and photography. Amongst it all I hold on to these precious memories of Zimbabwe and my long term plans to help tourism there. This image is my niece Kupa leading me to the funeral of my mother in law during a full day ceremony in December. It was a heartfelt moment that I grabbed this one image of. For those that have responded to the many challenges facing wildlife in Zimbabwe, I've put a link to the Bumi Hills Foundation page in my profile and the option is there to donate. Have a wonderful weekend all. Xx @bumihillsfoundation

Good morning! I know these posts from Zimbabwe have been pretty heavy. Between poaching, poverty, human-wildlife conflict and corruption there's definitely a lot going on and it can feel overwhelming. The good news is that for the most part people in Zimbabwe are very happy. I photographed this scene when we were out for a drive in the rural with Dreamboat's uncle. We were kind of lost and a massive storm was rolling in and I felt alive! I'm starting to write a rough itinerary for tours to Zimbabwe and they are like two years away from being a reality but I am so determined to show people the beauty of this country and to provide employment for my family there. Who would come? πŸ™ˆ

Bumi Hills sits on the edge of Lake Kariba and it might surprise you to learn that this lake is the world's largest man made lake by volume. Completed in the early 60's by the Rhodesian government (under British rule) the lake is over 230 km long and covers an area of over 5,500 square kilometers. Although an incredible feat of engineering, the 'building' of Lake Kariba displaced over 57,000 native Zimbabweans, who were relocated to the hot and harsh rocky plateaus away from the lakes shore and the building of the lake, and other factors, have contributed to a third and fourth reason why this area is losing so many animals. We've already discussed poaching and commercial hunting but consider now that Zimbabwe is also losing animals due to trapping animals for bush meat and due to human wildlife conflict. The locals here live traditionally in the village way and their existence is basic and poor. If a lion, for example, strays into the village to hunt goats there is no hesitation in killing the animal. Survival out here is ruthless. As for the bush meat trade, locals run snare lines in the forested areas and snares are indiscriminate. No matter what they catch they will likely kill the animal, maybe not immediately but often later from infection. If an elephant steps on a snare the wound will likely fester and kill the animal, unless the team from the Bumi Hills Foundation are able to step in in time. This story still has a few chapters to go. @bumihillsfoundation

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