Lauren is a freelance writer from California who lives in Northern Spain. She prefers slow travel- spending time in a city or region, meeting locals, tasting the cuisine, and understanding a place instead of visiting lots of destinations in a short amount of time. She prefers trains and buses to airplanes and exploring off-the-beaten track places. When she's not on the road, she loves cooking, gardening and browsing book shops. Visit her website, www.laurendavid.net
How did you get involved in travel?
"I studied abroad in London for a semester, my second year at university and I caught the travel bug. After London, I was inspired to backpack in Alaska for a month solo and later in Africa- from Tanzania to South Africa by public transport with a 60-liter pack, guidebook and one night accomodation.
I've been traveling in various capacities and living abroad for many years-finally I found a way to combine my love of travel with work. "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"Traveling solo with a one-way ticket, a 60-liter backpack and local transport in Eastern Africa to Southern Africa. I thought I might be gone for 3 months or 3 years, 9 months later I returned home. "