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Traveler Tuesday – Lauren of The Down Lo

Traveler Tuesday Travel Blogger Interview Series

I first met Lauren of The Down Lo while working on a project last year during our RV trip. Funnily enough, a few months later another blogging friend of mine suggested that we connect on Instagram where Lauren was (and still is) killing it!. I am a total fan of her captioning skills and love her enthusiasm for her current home state of Colorado and city of Denver. Her gorgeous photos of lakes and trails make me want to get out an explore.

She is so well liked that her good-natured and generous personality made her a shoe-in to win all the votes necessary for a free trip to Nepal!

Let’s meet travel blogger Lauren!

Traveler Tuesday Travel Blogger Interview with Lauren of The Down Lo Cliff

[1] When and how did you become a traveler?

I think it's always been in my blood and truly believe that some people are born with the wanderlust gene. Growing up, our family vacations were to different islands or cities, but it was never particularly inspiring. My first “real” trip was teaching English in Israel, which was the first place that felt really foreign yet overwhelmingly welcoming and patriotic.

[2] What kind of traveler do you define yourself as?

I describe my travel style as actively experiential, which means I seek out the weirdest and most offbeat adventures wherever I go. I've done everything from becoming a certified Viking in Iceland to ski biking in Colorado and blackwater rafting in New Zealand.

[3] What do you love most about traveling?

Realizing at the end of the day just how similar we all are and how small the world actually is. I just had one of those crazy small world experiences in Patagonia. I was literally at the edge of Earth in Chile and the Marketing Manager of our hotel ended up being the sister of our Austrian foreign exchange student from my high school in Chicago. We literally connected on three different continents. How does that even happen?

Traveler Tuesday Travel Blogger Interview with Lauren of The Down Lo Cliff

[4] What do you dislike about traveling?

It can be stressful (no one likes missed connections, transit delays or cancellations), but you can't dwell on hassles. It's all about the journey, not the destination, right?

[5] Why should people travel?

Your view of the world is infinitely smaller if you don't. It makes you a more open-minded and well-rounded person. There's just so much to see and experience that you can only learn by traveling.

[6] What famous person would you like to travel with?

Mila Kunis is my doppelganger and she just seems hilarious.

[7] Travel essentials – 3 things you always travel with.

Yoga pants, iPhone, and Abdominal Abe, this stuffed snowman my girlfriends and I mail back and forth Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants style.

Traveler Tuesday Travel Blogger Interview with Lauren of The Down Lo Cliff

[8] If you’re a foodie, what's your favorite food city? Do you have a restaurant recommendation?

I gotta give it up to my hometown of Chicago. Staples are Portillo's for hot dogs and Malnati's for deep dish, but I like everything from hole-in-the-wall Asian like Tank Noodle to bucket-list worthy Michelin starred restaurants like Alinea and Next.

[9] What's one location on your bucket list?

I haven't been to Africa at all yet so I'm dying to do a safari or volunteer with the big cats.

[10] Do you have a piece of advice for bloggers starting out?

Have a point of view. The market is so oversaturated, you really have to make it crystal clear why people should care. Pick a memorable name you use to brand all your channels (I wish I had locked down my handle on Instagram years ago before it was taken…).

Traveler Tuesday Travel Blogger Interview with Lauren of The Down Lo Cliff

Lauren's Lightning Round of Favorites

Airport: DIA
Mode of Transportation: Plane
City or Country: Thailand
Travel Gear: North Face
Travel snack: Goldfish
Book: Shantaram
Movie: Hunger Games or Divergent
Song: Anything T. Swift

Thanks Lauren!

You can keep up with Lauren on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and of course on her blog. Wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her travel adventures!

How about you? What would you like to know about Lauren?

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  1. Mindi Eden says:

    This would be my dream job, vocation, career, hobby, & life! Thanks for the info!

  2. I’ve been in Kenya 3 times and I loved it! Good and intelligent tip the one say that there’re tons of travel bloggers so you should make yourself unforgettable!

  3. Andddd this just made me want to travel EVEN MORE!!! <3 I am going to AFRICA in December and I cannot wait, not even a little bit!

  4. That is great, I love learning all about why others like to travel. I moved a lot as a kid so I never really enjoyed traveling as much as I do now. I was recently bitten by the travel bug and we have been exploring the country. I don’t think I will ever want to leave the US but there is so much to see here it will take me forever to do that!

  5. Nice to meet Lauren! What a great list of travels she has had. We are finding our traveling mojo now that the kids are getting older. Our list just keeps growing of places we want to see and take the kids. Travel bloggers like Lauren inspire me.

  6. This is such a fun series, I love finding new travel blogs to live vicariously through. Of course, I still love yours! Her pictures are so lovely too…

  7. I love how adventurous you are about traveling. I have never been out of the US. As a kid we never traveled much. Now that I have a family I wish we traveled more… there is so much I want to show my kids.

    Goldfish…. they totally are the best traveling snack, right?!?! lol

  8. I really love hearing about other people’s travels. I’ve been throughout North America and been to some places in Europe but that’s it. I can’t wait to make it to even more places like you have. I just love the adventure of it all.

  9. Always great to meet fellow travelers 😀 I’d love to visit her hometown in Chicago. Anyhow, it’s great to “e-meet” a personality like her. Cheers to more travels!

  10. Becoming a certified Viking is something my oldest son would enjoy being a part of. (Okay, probably my husband, too.)

  11. Neely Moldovan says:

    I would totally travel with Mila Kunis! She seems like she would have great stories too!

  12. Cool stuff, very unique tip, thanks!