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Traveler Tuesday – Lance and Laura of Travel Addicts

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Travel Blogger Lance and Laura of Travel Addicts
I am always fond of couples who can run a travel blog together. My hubby and I travel together but my blog is a my effort alone – although Mr. Misadventures does provide magnificent photos, I’d love to assign him a few tasks to do! That’s what Lance and Laura of Travel Addicts have! They travel together and work hard to produce an amazing blog.

Let’s meet Lance and Laura!

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

We both always wanted to travel and had some adventures when we were younger. Despite our wanderlust, we did what a lot of people do – we got caught up in buying a house, having nice things, and growing our professional careers. Our time and money weren’t focused on travel, and we didn’t know how to change that, especially with only 10 days of vacation each year.

But all that changed in 2007 when Lance had an opportunity to study abroad in Italy as part of his MBA program. Suddenly, travel was something that was required. And there was no way Laura was staying home! That trip to Italy changed the way we thought about travel. We realized that if we put the date on the calendar and committed ourselves to making it happen, exploring the world was possible. The more we traveled, the more we realized how critical seeing new places and learning about new cultures was to our lives.

[2] What is travel to you in 10 words or less?

Exploration and trying new things (hopefully with some relaxation, too)

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[3] What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?

We like driving when we travel because we can be on our own schedule and take frequent detours to places that we might miss if we were on a train or a bus. Driving lends itself to a slower pace and an opportunity to become more intimately familiar with a destination. We’ve done road trips in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

[4] What do you typically do while traveling by plane?

Plane time is down time. It’s usually some combination of sleeping, watching in-flight entertainment, and catching up on blog work. Lance is usually the sleeper and Laura typically enjoys in-flight entertainment. And we both do blog work…when we’re motivated.

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[5] What is your favorite travel memory involving food?

We seek out amazing food on our trips from beignets in New Orleans’ French Quarter to food and wine pairings in the winelands of South Africa. But our favorite memory involving food is our visit to Parma, Italy back in 2007 (before the blog!). We donned our masks, gowns, and hats for a chance to see how Parmigiano-Reggiano and ricotta are made. From the early morning arrival of the local milk to cracking a wheel of aged cheese, we loved every moment and became loyal ambassadors of the good stuff.

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[6] What is one blogging tip or lesson that you have learned along the way that you can share with my readers?

While we’d both like to say something like ‘focus on the most important, strategic activities’ that’s not realistic for us. And we’re not sure we’ve been completely successful in following that advice. For us, the key is having a strong partnership and a division of labor. We absolutely don’t understand how single/solo bloggers do it.

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There is so much to do that’s overwhelming for just one person. For the first four years of our blog, it was a solo enterprise run by Lance. But as we decided to make it a professional travel blog, Laura joined and has made it 1000% better. We try to divide the responsibilities as much as possible. If you can write your blog with someone else, it does make it easier.

[7] Where to next?

We have some exciting adventures planned in 2015! This spring, we’re heading to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands for a few weeks. We’ve always loved nature and this will be a chance to explore a cloud forest, hike a volcano and snorkel with the majestic creatures on Darwin’s islands. Then, Laura is doing a solo trip to Provence for a few weeks in search of the perfect wine. We’ll meet up in Spain for some together time. And that’s just the first half of the year!

Thanks Lance and Laura!

You can keep up with Lance and Laura on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest and of course on their blog. Wherever you catch them, I am sure you will enjoy their adventures!

How about you? What would you like to know about Lance and Laura?

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