I’M LAUREN, AND I’M REALLY EXCITED THAT YOU FOUND ME HERE. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING ON AMAZING ADVENTURES TOGETHER
Let’s be friends if you are one or more of the following:
inspired by getting out of your comfort zone.
value experiences over material things.
aren’t afraid to be vulnerable and honest with me.
don’t limit yourself, or you want to break down those walls.
believe mental health and self-care are important.
are on a journey to live out your truth.
want to make the earth a better place
believe in being kind to others
if you have eosinophilic esophagitis, or asthma.
MY MISSION AND PURPOSE
I am a firm believer that to travel is to open up your spirit. My travel experiences have led me to become more patient, as well as bring me back to my true self.
With this blog, I want to share with you my experiences in travel, health and wellness, and life in general in the hopes that I can inspire you to create your own adventures, big or small — or even join me on one of these adventures.
Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul. – Jamie Lyn Beatty
I’m from small town in Connecticut, USA and lived there pretty much all my life with my parents and cats. I went to Iona College, graduated and returned home, and landed a job in the corporate world as a digital marketer. During those years I owned a music blog and clothing line (Hot Band Boys/HBB Clothing). I was working full time and pursuing my music blog full time for a few years when I hit a difficult wall with my health in 2014. It took some time before my health questions were answered and I was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE).
The diagnosis changed things for me in my life, and I decided it was best to take things easy to improve my health, since stress was a trigger for reactions. One of the ways I slowed down was to take my first trip to Europe in 2014 and visited Amsterdam, London, Edinburgh and Dublin.
That’s where the travel bug really bit me.
After this, I was hooked on finding travel deals and couldn’t wait to board the next plane. I’d often draw up sample itineraries when I had downtime at work. I wouldn’t rest easy until I knew I had a trip or two booked. Eventually I was going on 3 great trips per year.
One thing I noticed when I traveled was that my stress completely melted away. My nails would grow, my acne would disappear, and I would even lose weight. Travel became a type of therapy for me, and the refreshment and excitement of a new place helped clear my mind and free my soul. I craved to have that feeling 100% of the time.
Pretty soon I had visited over 25 countries, started attending travel conferences, looking for travel agent jobs, and researching how to start my own travel blog.
In September 2018 I started seeing a therapist because I was gaining a lot of weight, started having panic attacks, and was more stressed than ever at work. My goal in seeking help through therapy was to lower my stress levels, find healthy ways to deal with stress when it did arise, and develop a plan for what my next move in life should be. I did NOT want to trigger my EOE any more than necessary.
Remember how I said that travelling was where I felt the least stressed? Yeah. Just talking out loud with my therapist really solidified that I needed to make a career change. It was TERRIFYING to consider making the change and giving up a comfortable and secure position. I even had a promotion coming down the pipeline.
In January 2019, I rung in the New Year in Barcelona, and it was there I realized I needed to make a change – and fast. Barcelona and Spain in general is known for their laid-back way of life and to me, that sounded like a dream. I dreaded the thought of returning home to my comfortable (but passionless) corporate job, and it was undeniable to me that I needed share my life and adventures with others. A week later, after some quick budget calculations, I booked a flight to Europe and would stay travelling around for 2 months starting in April. I shared my news with one of my best friends Kelly, who also was on the Barcelona trip, and she revealed how she, too, wanted a change in her life, and it was one of her dreams to move to Spain.
In that instant, we decided that we needed to make Spain happen.
On March 29, 2019, I said goodbye to the corporate life after 6 years. I became that person who actually quit her full-time job to travel.
As of September 2019, I am living in Valencia, Spain, teaching as an Auxiliares de Conversación (assistant English teacher) and building my businesses as a digital nomad.
WHAT IS ALWAYS FIND ADVENTURE?
A few years ago, I got words “toujours trouver l’aventure”, which in French means “always find adventure” tattooed on my back because it is a phrase that carries deep meaning for me.
For me, French is the most beautiful language, and I’ve been studying it on and off since high school. My grandmother was fluent, and my ancestors can be traced back hundreds of years ago to Paris. It’s one of my bucket list items to become fluent in French.
The phrase “always find adventure” is applicable to many situations in life. I’ve struggled with mental health for many years including body image issues, depression, anxiety, and stress. The words “always find adventure” remind me that in good times and in bad, I’m on a journey and this journey is an adventure. If I come across a tough time, just saying to myself “this is an adventure” helps to alleviate the stress of it a little bit. At the same time, the tattoo reminds me to always challenge myself and always step out of my comfort zone by embarking on a new adventure.
This whole blog, and my daring to fulfill my dreams, is the ultimate adventure! I want to share my experiences with you in the hopes that you may also feel comfortable enough to do the same in your life – in whatever way that means for you.
MY TYPE OF TRAVEL
Most bloggers have a niche, right? Well, my niche is mixed.
With who? Solo, with friends, with my mom, with random acquaintances
What’s the budget? Save on flight and accommodations but splurge on experiences
Type of trip? Adventure, bucket list and dream trips
Planned or unplanned? A bit of both
Safety? Main priority as a female!
Most of my trips are based off flight and accommodation deals to my bucket list destinations. Once I start planning, I tend to splurge on unique experiences, tourist attractions, and local cuisine. Just take a look at my bucket list!
I travel both solo and with friends and find that my trips with others always end in deeper friendships due to our common yearning to experience the destination we are visiting. I literally invite whoever wants to come with me on my trips (like my trip to Dubai with my very fun chiropractor) because I believe if you are willing to actually book the trip and generally agree the way I plan, then we will travel together just fine.
My dream trips would include visiting every little town in France and Spain I can find, and tango-ing my way through Argentina while drowning in Malbec. Do you want to do this? Please email me because I’m DYING to do this haha. Currently trying to find a good flight and accommodation deal…..
Anyway, if you’ve read this whole bio all the way down to here, then I think it’s safe to say we are friends at this point.
I look forward to having you along for the journey…now let’s get to crossing items off the bucket list! What’s first on yours?
Cheers, Salut, Salud,