Globetrotters: destination meets Lauren Bullen + Jack Morris, AKA Gypsea Lust + Do You Travel
By Hannah Barnard on 30th January, 2018
Over the last few years influencers Lauren Bullen and Jack Morris, AKA Gypsea Lust and Do You Travel, have been inspiring the masses with beautiful photography of their travels. With the trailblazing duos following amounting to over four million combined, they have become Instagram’s hot couple to follow for vacation inspiration, bucket list ideas and jaw-dropping photography. We caught up with Lauren and Jack to chat about their journeys to fame, island life and travel stories.
U.S. Virgin Islands
Where does your passion for travel and adventure come from?
Lauren: “My passion for traveling began when I was a teenager – I went on my first big trip to Europe with my family, then during high school I always dreamt of traveling the rest world. Most kids had goals to go to university and learn a profession – for me my ambition was to see the world. I was never interested in a particular profession, which I always doubted myself for. However, now being in the position I am in, I realise it has all worked out for a reason and it couldn’t have planned out any better!”
How did your journeys start?
Lauren: “My instagram journey began due to my twin sister – she started an Instagram account dedicated to her passion for health and nutrition which she was studying and it shed a little light on the potential of Instagram. Around the same time I was off on a three month trip to USA and Canada with my best friend, so I got my first proper camera and loved taking pictures and learning how to edit them. I started following many travel repost accounts and my goal was to get reposted (didn’t happen) but as soon as I got back I went to Asia for another few months and I began to grow a small following of 2000. After this when I had no more money I went back to Australia, I didn’t want my adventures to end so moved to Cairns (North Queensland) where I spent every spare moment exploring the Great Barrier Reef and the surrounding waterfalls. I learnt so much about photography and it was the local tourism board there that first picked me up for a job, so I guess this was the real beginning for me, when I realised I could live my dream and be paid to travel!”
Where did you meet?
Lauren: “Jack and I met in Fiji on an Instagram job with the tourism board!”
South Pacific Ocean
How did you turn traveling into a full time job?
Lauren: “I turned Instagram into a full time job by having a small following and being able to create something unique that brands began to pick up on and pay me to visit locations or promote brands!”
Four Seasons Resort, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
What advice would you give someone who is thinking of going traveling?
Lauren: “My advice to someone thinking of going traveling is to go with an open mind and open heart. Go to a destination that desires you, give yourself a little extra time to be able to enjoy and relax. For your first trips I would go with a bit of a plan to prevent the stress that can come with being in a foreign place and things not working out! Go with your best friend and be open to any opportunities!”
What are your suitcase essentials?
Lauren: “Suitcase essentials; lots of bikinis! Travel adaptor – I have a worldwide one that can adapt to any country and has Power and USB ports. And good headphones for those long journeys! Two different bank cards/credit cards – I have my regular bank account from home and then have a second bank account that is my “travel” one, which I send over a safe amount of money and only access this account from overseas. It has no international currency exchange fees or ATM fees and it’s been the biggest money saver for me! And it’s great to have two accounts so you have backup if you ever lose a bank card!”
What’s your favorite Instagram picture?
Lauren: “My fav Instagram picture is the breakfast with giraffes in Kenya. Jack surprised me with the trip for my recent birthday in April 17.”
Where should everyone visit?
Lauren: “Everyone should visit Bali! I love Bali for many reasons, I think there’s something to appeal to everyone, it has beautiful delicious cafes, it’s inexpensive, culturally diverse, has amazing beaches, incredible waterfalls up near Ubud and the hustle bustle of Kuta/Legian/Seminyak is great!”
What’s the best experience you’ve ever had traveling?
Lauren: “Best experience would be my trip to Kenya, between the giraffe hotel to staying at safaris and seeing all my favorite animals, was like a childhood dream come true. I LOVED the iconic Lion King and it was like it was coming to life! Another amazing trip was India with the beautiful destinations team, the trip put on so many memorable moments, and of course French Polynesia, swimming with sting rays and sharks!”
You now call Bali home – what made you decide to settle there?
Lauren + Jack: “Bali is where we spend a lot of time, like a holiday home! We all round love it there, it’s easy going, we can eat really healthy, meet so many likeminded people, it’s also the second place we went to together, and it’s where our relationship really began!”
Mo’orea, French Polynesia
How do you spend your time in Bali?
Lauren + Jack: “Most days our day looks like the following; wake up and head to the gym, make dragonfruit smoothies for breakfast, catch up on some emails, head to the beach for a swim/walk, head to our fav cafe Peloton for lunch, maybe take a photo somewhere, lay by our villa pool, and usually finish the day by getting dinner either delivered from our fav cafe or cooking up something healthy and fresh from the local market!”
What camera and equipment do you use?
Lauren + Jack: “We use Canon cameras, 5D Mark IV and 1D X for video, a Maverick drone and our fav lenses are 24mm and 35mm.”
What are your top tips for taking stunning vacation photos?
Lauren + Jack: “Take them at either sunrise/sunset or close to when the light is a bit softer. Also try to go at quiet times, usually sunrise is less busy.”
Do you use filters or presets on your images?
Lauren + Jack: “We use our own Lightroom presets which we sell on our website doyoutravelxgypsealust.com”
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
How do you decide on what destination you want to visit next?
Lauren + Jack: “We pick our destinations depending on jobs, time of the year for when a destination is best, recommendations and images on Instagram.”
What are the top 3 destinations you would like to visit this year?
Lauren + Jack: “Mexico, Cuba and Brazil”
Santorini, Greek Islands
For more travel inspiration and beautiful photography check out Lauren Bullen and Jack Morris’ Instagram channels Gypsea Lust + Do You Travel.
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