Lauren Marinigh

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Lauren loves to write about the places she has been, people she has met, and offer advice that will help others travel and see the world, even if they are stuck with limited vacation days and a career that is tying them down to one place.

Seven Tips for Solo Travellers

Solo travel isn’t for everyone. In fact, I’m one of those people who isn’t especially fond of it. However, I also am one of those people who wouldn’t stop myself from going somewhere just because I couldn’t find a partner in crime to go with. It’s hard to find people who have the ability, flexibility and want to travel to the same places at the same time as you, so sometimes, solo travel is a must. However, solo travelling doesn’t need to be intimidating. Naturally, we like to be with people that we know, especially when we’re doing something brave like going to a new country, but travelling solo can bring all sorts of its own benefits. Here are some tips to ensure you have the best time while on your solo adventure. Stay in hostels One of the biggest fears of solo travellers is how they are going…

5 Tips for Part-Time Travellers

Not everyone can quit their jobs and travel full-time—it’s just not a lifestyle that suits the majority of people. But having a career and a life at home doesn’t mean you have to wait until you retire to travel. Despite what people may think, it’s possible to see the world and maintain a career and home base. Here are five tips that will help you succeed with part-time travel. 1. Use your vacation days In 2015, more than half of Americans left vacation days unused. In most of North America, employees get two to three weeks of vacation, but so many people don’t take advantage of these days and instead let them go to waste. Those with full-time jobs are in the best position to travel because they have a steady income. So stop feeling guilty about asking for time off from your job, you’ve earned it! 2.…

I Want to Travel, but Where Do I Start?

Travelling can be intimidating to those that weren’t born with the travel bug. Where do you start? Where do you go? And how do you prevent yourself from having one of those awful travelling experiences that scar you for life? Growing up, my family always took family trips, and in high school I went on student exchanges and school trips to several different countries, so for me, travel has just been a part of my life since day one. But I understand that not everyone grew up in a travelling family like me. So if you didn’t start travelling young, is it too late? Absolutely not. For people that haven’t travelled much before, I always recommend easing into it. Jumping in headfirst is often what causes people to have a negative experience. For example, if you’ve never travelled outside of your own country before, hopping onto a plane to a…