Luxury Travel Consultant
Growing up in the Chicagoland area Lauren yearned to explore the lowerÃ¢â‚¬Å“warmer latitudes of the US for college. After completing her Bachelors in both History and Education at the University of Miami, Lauren has spent most of her career in the education field as a teacher and as a Media Specialist, but her passion has always been traveling. Reading has been a key player in not only fueling her own internal fire to visit far off places, such as Australia and Fiji, but it also aids in her knowledge of a variety of locations across the globe. Now as a mother of 2 boys, trips have become a chance to Ã¢â‚¬Å“educate" her children as global citizens. The transition to travel consultant has been an exciting opportunity to connect people with the trips of their dreams! From family vacations, romantic getaways, girls' trips, or even wellness retreats (both in the United States and abroad) Lauren draws from her own travel experiences and her diligent research skills to make peoples vacations come to life! As Mark Twain said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Favorite Travel Memory
My favorite travel memory was when I took my first solo trip, at the age of 17 to the British Virgin Islands. Living far from the ocean in Illinois, I still can recall the exhilaration of my first twin prop airplane ride into tiny Tortola. I then took a short ride to the hotel for an evening with yachties before I embarked on my first experience with sailing. I lived aboard a 42 foot Hunter sailboat for a week learning the "ropes" or should I say Ã¢â‚¬Å“lines" of sailing. I soaked up every gorgeous sunset and sunrise from the deck of the boat and dove into some of the most sparkling turquoise waters I have ever seen. Meeting Islanders and falling asleep on the deck, under the stars, to the lull of the ship at anchor is an experience that is forever etched in my brain.
Of all of the places I have visited, islands are where my soul shines the brightest. From the Ã¢â‚¬Å“grey lady" of Nantucket to the islands that dot the Caribbean Sea, I am happiest in the places where the smell of the sea permeates everything you do. One island in particular tugs me to its unique surroundings at least 2 times a year... Key West. From Hemingway's house, to Mallory Square and its gorgeous sunsets, the character and the Ã¢â‚¬Å“characters" lure me in. Whether we spend our time sailing out to the Reef to snorkel , listening to live music,or exploring Old Town and all of its hidden treasures, it truly has grabbed my heart and won't let go.
Why I Like to Travel
Traveling is in my blood. My mother told me that I have gypsy in my blood, and as hard as I may try to fight the urge to wander and travel, I won't be able to quiet that part of me. So why try? She alsoÃ¢â‚¬Å“education" doesn't just take place in the classroom. There are so many places to wander and explore in the world, why stay in just one place? She may have left this Earth far too young, when I was only 17 (right before my first ever solo trip) but her lessons didn't leave me. As a mom of 2 boys, I have always offered them the choice of a birthday party or a trip to commemorate their birthdays. I guess they must have some of my gypsy blood, because 9 times out of 10 they choose to travel. I like collecting memories and moments, not things with my family. Traveling is a gift that inspires, teaches, and molds who people are. That is why I am so passionate about sharing travel with as many people as I can.