About Lauren

Hi, I’m Lauren! I’m a 24 year old with a degree in music and a mind filled with ideas and destinations.  I had my life planned out.  I was just finishing my bachelors in Vocal Performance where I fell in love with opera, and I would go to grad school for a higher degree in opera studies.  Unfortunately, my finances wouldn’t allow this to happen.  After having a pre mid life crisis, I decided to do something absolutely insane.  In the Fall of 2015, I stepped out of my comfort zone and into a whole new world.

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I began my solo travels in Australia on a work and holiday visa.  After working for six months in Tasmania, I spent the next six holiday in Melbourne and in various places up the east coast.  Currently, I reside in New Zealand on a work and holiday visa. My solo travels are incredibly eye opening and give me a renewed sense of purpose. I am on a journey of self discovery, and with all the ups and downs, I wouldn’t change it for the world.  Between the people I meet and the adventures I experience, my life has become a whirlwind of exploration and discovery.

I run this website partially as a personal blog about what I go through as a traveler. My blog posts are there to inspire, question, and help to process life as a longterm traveler.  I will be constantly updating with how to’s, guides, and life lessons that I’ve been fortunate enough to learn while traveling.  I’m always up for discussion on anything I’ve written, don’t be shy!

This website is also dedicated for finding items that WORK for travelers.  This ranges from luggage, to beauty products, to the best hiking gear and clothes.  Through trial and error, I have found the products that will work for you, whether you are a backpacker or a luxury traveler.  Let me help you find the best gear at the best prices for your budget.  I know what it’s like to live minimally and on a budget, and it’s always best to have top notch gear that you can guarantee will not fail you.

The products I’ve listed have either been tested by me or other travelers I know.  My reviews are all researched to give you the most detailed information.  I know how frustrating it can be to have so many options and have no clue where to begin!  My goal is to give you just the best options which will in turn reduce the amount of time you have to spend searching for the perfect products.

The more places I travel to, the more knowledge I will have about destinations.  I think it’s important to witness a country firsthand before you can give accurate information about it.  My destinations section will be constantly updated, but forgive my slow progress around the world!  The best travels are never rushed.

Feel free to comment here or on my posts for advice or just to chat! I’m happy to help out with any questions or comments. If you need to get in contact with me or have PR requests, please use my business email at traveleressentials@yahoo.com. See you soon.

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