For those who know me, it’s no surprise:  I’m a travel bug. It’s both a blessing and a curse– but mostly a blessing.

_MG_9290I’m not exactly sure when my intense love for travel truly began.
A part of me wants to believe I was born with this unquenchable thirst for adventure. I mean hey, exploring is not only a part of my nature but it’s also a part of my name. Well, sort of (see my travel blog, ExpLauren, for more details). But if I’m being realistic, I’d have to say it all started in the summer of 2012 when I studied photojournalism and international relations at Cambridge University. My experience in England helped guide me to where I am today, a graduate of the University of Georgia with a dual degree in magazine journalism and international relations.

As a Southern California native, the University of Georgia attracted me just like any other adventure would: a new city, fresh faces and an opportunity to learn. And boy, have I learned. University, along with my globetrotting, has helped me grow independent, innovative and adaptive; I’ve gained invaluable networking, research and organizational skills, and hey, it even afforded me the opportunity to study abroad–twice!  I know, I’m one lucky gal. I was fortunate enough to spend the summer of 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic, and then continued my adventures in Verona, Italy during the spring of 2016.

But a travel bug is only one way to describe me. I’m also a passionate writer and photographer, an ambitious student, an enthusiastic research assistant, a helpful mentor and a cake decorator in-training.





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