Hi, I’m Lauren aka Chica Sol.
I am one half of an intrepid couple from Wales in the UK who love nothing more than exploring the world, seeking unforgettable experiences and sharing our adventures.
Here you can enjoy reading about our favourite destinations, best (and worst) experiences, eccentric tales, useful travel tips and see plenty of photography.
In February 2009, after enduring 14 months in the box room of my family home in Cardiff, working two jobs and squirrelling away every last penny, I embarked on my first adventure. Over the next year I solo travelled to Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Chile, Argentina, Peru and Brazil. My mind was blown and my heart was hooked.
Several escapades later, I have learnt that you don’t have to be rich to travel and that the value of a trip is not directly correlated to the money that you spend on it.
From travelling on a shoe-string sharing a fan only dorm room with 6 others in the height of a Central American summer, to indulging in the luxury of South African hotels, I can give honest opinions on how best to travel for your budget.
My partner and I thrive off living a constant adventure, rejecting the norm. It is our plan to travel the world indefinitely. As we take each step towards making that a plan a reality, I hope that I can impart some useful knowledge on to you.
As a couple, solo and with friends I have travelled across 6 continents and my list of places to visit continues to grow rather than shrink. My appetite for travel is insatiable!
I’ve zip-lined in Costa Rica, trekked to Machu Picchu, spent time in the Amazon Jungle, been on Safari in Botswana, bobsled in Canada, climbed the Eiffel Tower, scuba-dived in Australia, crossed check-point Charlie in Berlin, got lost in Panama, climbed a glacier in New Zealand, held up the leaning tower of Pisa, learnt Spanish in Nicaragua, hit up sand-boarding in Peru and so much more.
If you ever have a question just ask! I love to talk travel.