About Galati

Who's Galati?

Hi everyone! My name's actually Laila. My story is boring. I didn't quit my job to travel. In fact, quite the opposite. I work internationally, and it is precisely my job that has allowed me to travel and live in a few different places around the world as an expat. 

I grew up in Pakistan, and have traveled a large part of my own country - but still not everywhere. Unlike most white folks, I didn't have the luxury to travel much owing to my passport, but when there is a will, there is a way. Luckily, that way was a career that made travel much easier for me! 

Along the way, I found myself a husband and travel buddy. After a few years of couple travel, we had an addition to the family! So whether you are solo, couple or family, there is likely a blog post that will resonate with you!

Other hats I wear include a love for history, an enthusiasm to read (and write) science fiction, and occasional random writing on Medium.

How it Began?

Galati Travels didn't start off as a blog! It began as an informal walking tour through the older parts of Lahore, my hometown. It expanded into unofficial trips and tours for friends and families, whenever they would visit me! Thus, I created this blog to share my adventures exploring the world, with friends and family! Soon enough, with more countries came more adventures and more stories.

What You Won’t Find Here

Instagram - obsession 
I haven't been to lucky with go-pros, cameras and photos - it's not the focus of the blog, partly because its hard to take great pictures all the time, when you're focused on other things. And honestly, I am just not an influencer.

Shopping or nightlife tips 
It’s not that I don’t care about these things, I care about other things more. I won't have the best clubs either though I'll never say never. My city life section will touch on these, but it's not going to be my niche.

What You Will Find Here 

Stories and Anecdotes
My blog is focused more on stories and less on tips. However, those that are interested in history, culture and traditional activities are likely to enjoy this blog. But I focus a lot on random knowledge that you might not find on Wikitravel. That's more my niche. I hope I can throw some really cool (maybe random) information around historical sights, get you excited about deeper travel, and maybe cross paths with you.

Deeper learning
As I work in international development, I have had the privilege to be "stationed" in different places, where I have engaged with locals, academics, and experts in different fields. This has allowed me to explore a place better and deeper. This deeper exploration of a place, via local resources and knowledge, has given me access to curious discoveries that might otherwise remain out of sight for most casual tourists.

Connections
I’ve had access to education and opportunity. I've also had access to travel and people who have given me home and given me company. There's no question what makes all my trips special are the people who are encyclopedias of knowledge themselves and add to each trip. Thus, much of what I learn and see is from others and then share it along.

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