Traveler Tuesday – Lauryn of LE Travels

Traveler Tuesday_Travel Blogger Interview Series

Lauryn of LE Travels (Lauryn + Eric – so cute!) is a corporate gal who loves to travel and packs as much adventure into those PTO days as possible – hmm, sound familiar?!? Scarcity makes things more precious and I love how she attacks her trips and her post-trip blog posts with gusto!

Let’s meet Lauryn!

Traveler Tuesday - Lauryn of Le Travels_Standing in front of Tegenungan waterfall in Ubud, Bali

[1] When and how did you become a traveler?
My parents used to love to go on cruises so I got bit by the travel bug pretty early. I loved seeing all the pretty islands in the Caribbean and experiencing the different cultures. My first big trip abroad was when I was 16 and went to Italy, Greece, and Turkey with a group of 6 girls and a teacher of mine from high school. It was like I felt at home wandering through these new European cities and I knew I needed more!

Traveler Tuesday - Lauryn of Le Travels_My travel jacket kept me warm even on the highest peaks in the Swiss Alps

[2] What kind of traveler do you define yourself as?
Fast-paced, curious, and adventure-seeking!

Traveler Tuesday - Lauryn of Le Travels_Paragliding in Murren, Switzerland

[3] Which country do you come from/call home?
The United States of America

[4] What do you crave from home when you are traveling?
My bed!

[5] Tell us about your blog
LE Travels started as a way to log all the interesting details and pictures from the trips me and my husband took. I have always loved to write but I felt stifled in school. Writing is very personal and everyone has their own style. When I finally realized that maybe the professors who were so critical of me just didn't enjoy my style of writing, it was like I was finally free. Writing has become a passion of mine and being able to freely write about a topic I love so much is truly a dream.

Traveler Tuesday - Lauryn of Le Travels_Me and my husband Eric in Chiang Mai, Thailand

[6] What do you love most about traveling?
There are so many things, but learning about different and new cultures is a big one.

Traveler Tuesday - Lauryn of Le Travels_ I had the most culture shock in Cambodia, but my time there was life changing

[7] What do you dislike about traveling?
How much it costs!

[8] How do you prepare for a trip?
I am very Type-A and plan like a mad woman. Every little thing is organized in a detailed spreadsheet. Being organized calms my nerves and anxiety. So if something goes wrong, it will never be because I wasn't prepared. No matter how much I travel I will always be a little anxious before every trip. I also start packing at least a week before any trip because it allows me time to remember things I forgot.

[9] You have won the lottery, now tell us where you want to live.
On a beautiful Greek island in a big villa with an incredible view and a pool… *sigh* if only!

Traveler Tuesday - Lauryn of Le Travels_the view from the villa where we stayed in Santorini

[10] Travel essentials – 3 things you always travel with.
My DSLR camera, my phone, and a good pair of walking shoes

[11] What is your favorite article of clothing?
I have a travel jacket from L.L. Bean that's packable (folds up in its own pocket), water resistant, and super warm. It's the most perfect jacket for traveling, but I wear it even when I'm at home!

Traveler Tuesday - Lauryn of Le Travels_My travel jacket kept me warm even on the highest peaks in the Swiss Alps

[12] Your single most treasured personal possession.
Probably my DSLR. I love being able to capture the incredible beauty around me on something other than my phone.

Traveler Tuesday - Lauryn of Le Travels_Photographing the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland

[13] Do you have a piece of advice for bloggers starting out?
Don't just start writing and think you're going to get readers overnight. I've been blogging now for two years and just now feel like I'm starting to get somewhere. I've learned so much over time and wish I had done more research on the technical and marketing aspects of blogging before I created my site.

[14] What are three other blogs that inspire you?
Kirsten from The Blonde Abroad
Andrea from Andrea's Travels
Helene from Helene in Between

[15] Your favorite travel resource on the web?
Rick Steves (for Europe travel)

Traveler Tuesday - Lauryn of Le Travels_Diving

Lauryn's Lightning Round of Favorites

Airport: Incheon (Seoul, South Korea)
Mode of Transportation: Plane
Window or aisle: Window!
City: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Country: Greece
Travel Gear: GoPro
Travel snack: RX Bars
Book: Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
Movie: Under the Tuscan Sun
Song: Sun Models by ODESZA
Quote: It's a long one, but my absolute favorite: “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

Thanks, Lauryn!

You can keep up with Lauryn on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and of course on her blog, Lauryn of Le Travels. Wherever you catch her (and her hubby!), I am sure you will enjoy her adventures!

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  1. I really enjoy reading these interviews with other travel bloggers! I don’t travel very much, but my sister and daughter do. I am finding a lot of good information to share with them.

  2. Jenn and Ed Coleman says:

    Love me some Anthony Bourdain. I can also totally get behind missing your bed on the road. We often travel with our pillows but hotel beds are pretty much hit or miss until you’re up in the 4 star range. A good pillow can make up for an iffy mattress. Lauryn sounds like a cool girl who loves traveling.

  3. I think this is great motivation to travel more with my kids. I want them to have the desire to explore and see what hte world has to offer.

  4. Those are beautiful and interesting places to see! I’d love to travel more too and be adventurous!

  5. I love being able to travel, even though I don’t get to do it to often. It’s so much fun when you can spend it with your loved ones too.

  6. I love this post so much! So fun, thanks for sharing the story. I really liked the advice part 🙂

  7. I always crave my bed when I’m travelling too.

  8. Oh she’s living my dream! But with three kids it’s hard to imagine lol. Thanks for sharing her beautiful adventures

  9. I really enjoyed this post. My husband and I love to travel and I can relate to a lot of Lauryn’s must-haves and favorites. I usually pack a few days ahead though. We have a fool-proof vacation checklist that has gotten us through all our travels over the last 30 years. I can’t remember ever forgetting to pack anything, but I’m sure we forgot a few things when we were honeymooners. Love the Anthony Bourdain quote! So true!

  10. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    I love this interview. I am happy that Lauryn is able to fulfill her passion for traveling. Her photos are lovely and I could only wish I could see those places myself. Thanks for letting us know more about her.

  11. I also hate how expensive traveling is! But, it’s just so worth it! Especially if you do your research!

  12. What a fun interview! I’m so inspired to get out and travel more!!

  13. Juliann Jones says:

    Great interview. The way Lauryn travels and the reasons she started blogging are so similar to me. A kindred spirit! And I love that Anthony Bourdain quote. So true!

  14. Janiel Green says:

    My bed is something I miss for sure, but I think my puppy (Zoey) is part of that pair. Love that quote and always well– btw she is gorgeous! Feel like we could be friends if I ever met her in real life.