I am as guilty as the next traveler when it comes to doing what I call ¨cliché touristic¨ things, because seeing Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu are magnificent experiences many people seek with good reason, and I am obviously guilty of the travel blog. However, this blog will explore my own personal and unique experiences as I set out to wander the world in search of truth and understanding. I believe we need to leave our comfort zones to expand our mental bubbles. This world is complex and diverse. It is vast and exploration is endless. Though I have accepted the reality that it is impossible to see it all in one lifetime, I have a heart filled with passion to see as much of this beautiful planet as I can. I would love to share my growth and memories with the world, documenting some of my thoughts and visions on this blog.
This blog will also expose new sources of music, art, and cuisine I come across in my travels that I believe are worthy of the global attention. If you like anything you see posted on my blog, feel free to share it with anyone and everyone–especially musicians and artists I post, as I have a high respect for the artistic visions of others that I feel deserve adequate appreciation, recognition, and encouragement.
My love for travel, exploring, and culture began at a very young age, as I have been blessed to have grown up in a family that did a fine amount of traveling and vacationing. My passion was fully ignited in 2012 when I left behind my cushy life in Connecticut and ventured across the world to a country I knew literally nothing about to study abroad during my junior year at university. Thailand opened my eyes to an entire new lifestyle I had no idea existed: backpacking. I had never been to Thailand before and could not even point it out on a map before I moved there (literally). But my ignorance made the move only more exciting and my spontaneous decision ended up being the best decision I had ever made. It was life changing, to say the least. All the sudden I was among other twenty-something’s sharing the same loves, passions, and dreams, who had also left their lives behind to travel foreign territories, meet new people, and learn new things. It was an entire culture of people that just understood me; an overwhelming feeling of completeness in a world of incomplete dreams and endless desires became my immediate reality as I began my experience in Southeast Asia. When the semester came to an end, I had learned so much and my obsession for traveling had only just begun. I left my travel buddy, the other students and travelers I had met, and said goodbye to the area of Bangkok I had come to call home to venture out on my own for the first time. I flew into Singapore and from there found my way around Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand before having to come home at the end of the summer to finish my final years at university. Coming home to Connecticut was exciting for about a week before all I could think about was my next big adventure following my graduation: backpacking South America. I began writing this blog four years ago on my second day in Buenos Aires, two degrees and two long painful years feeling stuck in the United States later. I am the kind of person when I have an idea in my head, I will do what is in my power to make it happen. For the first time since I was four years old, I had not had to return to complete an education in September and it gave me a true sense of freedom to go out and see the world for the first time.
I made my way around Argentina, Uruguay and Chile for 8 months where I made some of my first posts to this blog at the age of 23. I took a hiatus from the blog world as I limited my access to technology in South America and after. My travels continued, heading back to the US where I spent four months roadtripping my home country from east coast to west, down through Baja, Mexico and up back to the northwest. I lived in Arizona and worked as a research intern for a little while at the American Museum of Natural History’s Southwestern Research Station. Then I moved to California and worked various jobs before landing a summer job leading high school students on backpacking adventures through the Yellowstone and Grand Teton Wildernesses performing community service in the backcountry. I returned back to California where I worked as biologist and then took another four month long roadtrip exploring the American Southwest–seeing over 30 national parks, forests and monuments. A month long trip exploring south Florida was my last US adventure before heading to Vieques in Puerto Rico and then back to Asia. I spent 2017 wandering around India, Nepal, Borneo, Thailand, and the Maldives before heading to Europe where I spent the first half of 2018 exploring Switzerland, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. I am now back in the US figuring out my next move.
Four years later, I have decided to rekindle my blog, taking my lifelong passion for writing from my personal travel journals back onto the web.
Where I will go next only remains a big question mark in my mind as tomorrow holds no definite plans. However, an exclamation point in my mind may be a more fitting description as having no set plans and just going with the flow is how I love to live my life.
Lauren graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 2014 with Bachelors’ degrees in Anthropology/Sociology and Political Science (Environmental and Energy Policy) with minor focuses in Art and International Studies. Her passion for helping people, animals, and communities has allowed her to volunteer throughout the surrounding areas near her hometown and has taken her to many locations around the world, such as Nicaragua, India, South America, Malaysia and Thailand. Her passions for biology, herpetology, and mineralogy have inspired her to take on volunteer opportunities working with The Red Cross in Thailand and at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University. She hopes that she can continue on a path that fulfills her dreams and passions of traveling, helping others and working with animals, and photography, music, and art.