Let’s Get Lost
By Siani Evans
“Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs” – Susan Sontang
I first met Siani when we were studying together. She is a really beautiful person, so kind and thoughtful, and we’ve kept in touch via social media since that time.
She recently got engaged to Xavier and I was so taken with their beautiful engagement photos, I asked her if I could share them… and from there, she has generously shared many of her beautiful pics with the LLLT family.
Siani has the passion for travel, as we do, and it’s a pleasure to share a little bit more about her. We’ll be sharing more of Siani’s pics in the future, but if you’d like to give her a follow on Insta, you can find her at @letsgetlost_se.
1. Where in this big, beautiful world have you traveled?
I have been fortunate enough to travel to over 30 countries so far, including the west coast of America, Bali and backpacking in South East Asia (Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand).
I also spent 6 months studying at the University of Miami and travelling the east coast of America and Canada (from the Bahamas up to Niagara Falls), and another amazing 6 months backpacking in Europe (highlights were Italy, Spain, France and sailing in Croatia).
Most recently, we hired a campervan and tripped along the west coast of Australia!
2. Is there somewhere that you’ve traveled that captured your heart?
One of my all-time favourite destinations is the French Riveria (or as the French call it, Côte d’Azur). I have fond memories from Nice in particular.
I visited there on a TopDeck tour a few years ago (not long after the attacks) and the locals were so welcoming and happy to see us, despite what had happened just a few weeks earlier. It was truly amazing and a reminder that love does still exist around the world.
Nice is the perfect combination of sleepy seaside town crossed with tropical paradise. By day you will find little markets, gelato carts and patisseries to buy fresh bread; by night there is an amazing little bar called Wayne’s where people go to dance the night away on tables!
3. Is there anywhere that you desperately want to visit and why?3. Where would you say is your favourite place (if possible) and why?
I would love to turn my phone off for a few weeks and lie on a beach in the Maldives. I often scroll across those stunning pictures of the traditional Maldives huts on Instagram and it just looks like the ultimate slice of paradise!
4. When you travel, what are three things that you can’t leave at home?
1. Some form of camera. For something different, my fiancé & I took a polaroid with us to Western Australia and captured some great shots which now live on the fridge.
2. Notepad. I love to jot down all my best memories from a place. That way, I can go back to reminisce a few years later and have a giggle about the various adventures. It’s surprising how many of the little things you forget!
3. A good book, because amongst the chaos of travelling I think it’s important to find a quiet spot for a drink and a read; whether it’s on the plane or on a beach somewhere.
5. You take some amazing photos when you travel, have you got any tips for capturing the perfect pic?
With the smartphone cameras and editing apps available today, taking beautiful photos is much easier for travellers! Most of my photos are taken on an iPhone and edited using Instagram.
I love to take photos with a high contrast of vivid colours (e.g. the sand against the sea or a group of brightly coloured beach umbrellas). When it comes to taking photos though, the most important thing to remember is to live in the moment. Take your photo, then put the camera away and breathe it all in!
6. What are your travel aspirations for the next couple of years?
My fiancé and I are planning to go to the Maldives for our honeymoon; after that I’d love to go back to France (with him this time, he is French!).
Life is short and the world is wide – keep travelling.