Hello! I am Lauren and I like to go places, eat things, drive motorbikes, drink cheap beer, and people watch.
I sobbed at the airport when my parents decided I would spend the summer after my senior year of high school volunteering at a summer camp in Mexico. I didn’t want to be forced to speak Spanish and be away from my friends. Little did I know, I needed that kick to make traveling, expating, teaching, volunteering, and studying abroad my norm. During college I studied abroad in Europe and knew that although I was racking up student debt, I would make it a point to travel extensively as soon as I graduated. That led to teaching ESL in South Korea and saving enough to backpack around SE Asia for four months. A few years later I was back in Seattle, working in the nonprofit sector, and scraping away while paying the remainder of my debt. Life was great and I absolutely love the Pacific Northwest, but I was craving going abroad more than once or twice a year.
So my boyfriend Taylor and I planned and saved up for over a year, quit our jobs, and now are currently nomad-ing around Thailand. Our goal is to volunteer where needed, learn about the world, learn new languages, and gain a new understanding of life. He’s an architect-teacher-artist and I work online as a freelance writer, ESL teacher, and director for a jewelry company that employs women in Uganda.
“It’s better to travel well than to arrive.”