Let’s Start a Movement

Wanderlust Movement is a blog about budget travel for 20-something South Africans to help them see the world for less. I started this blog because I wanted to inspire other South Africans to stretch their Rand further and travel to exotic destinations despite the restrictions on our passport.

A weak currency and no visa-free travel to America, Europe, Australia etc presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Unlike most travel bloggers I can’t simply hop on a plane with a one-way ticket to explore some of the world’s most popular destinations. As a result, my travelling style and how I choose my next destination is quite different.

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Join me as I discover the best music festivals, adrenaline-pumping activities and vegan-friendly destinations around the world for frugal South Africans and everyone else!

Brand Collaborations

  • Canopy Tours SA
  • Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism
  • Elgin Africa
  • Escape Society
  • Vida Cafe
  • Hi-Tech


Lauren Melnick

Originally from Johannesburg, I fell in love with travel in late 2013 and have been trying to figure out how to stay on the road ever since.

But I quickly realised that the weakening South African Rand and the mountains of visa paperwork gave me a set of limitations that frustrated me to no end.

This set a plan in motion that saw me quitting a growing career in IT to take a job as a Social Media Manager in the travel industry. And after 2-years of writing witty Instagram captions, I quit that job to focus on becoming location independent.

In 2016, I moved to Thailand for six months as an English Teacher. Upon returning to South Africa, I decided to put all my energy into my freelance work and have officially joined the ranks of nomadic entrepreneurs.

I hope this blog will inspire just one person to ditch their desk and show that it is possible to travel well despite a “shitty” exchange rate.

Countries: 33
Bucket List: Bhutan; Iceland; Vietnam, New Zealand; Rwanda; Croatia; Kenya and the Galapagos Islands

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