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, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism and international relations at the University of Georgia.

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, I still have a year to go.

Last summer I was fortunate enough to take a travel writing course in Prague, Czech Republic and I just returned from a semester-long adventure in Verona, Italy this past January. Yes, the travel bug is at it again.

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.

If you’re interested in learning more, please feel free to contact me; I’d love to talk to you.




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