Life of Lauren: Recap of February 2018

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Welcome to the new monthly series, Life of Lauren! For regular followers of Justin Plus Lauren, you’ll know that this blog is written by a Canadian gal named Lauren. I write about my travels with my partner, Justin…and sometimes I go places without him, too. While I adore writing all about my various travels, sometimes it takes a little while … Read More

New Year Travel Resolutions 2018

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An annual reflection on what I’d do differently and my travel goals. While creating the annual travel year in review list is pretty fun, I enjoy looking back on my annual travel resolutions posts even more. I can review my achievements and my blunders. There are the items on the list that I could easily check off, and the ones … Read More

New Years Resolutions for Travel and Life in 2017

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It’s that time of the year again! For the past two years and running, I’ve written personal, self-reflective lists about what I’d like to accomplish and change for the new year. (You can read my past entries for 2015 and 2016). While I think it’s best to make positive changes all year long, a new year signifies new beginnings. I … Read More

Why I Fell in Love with Bermuda

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I always figured you were like all of the other tropical islands. The idea of Bermuda conjures up those stereotypical glossy photos in magazines. Palm trees, powdery sand beaches, turquoise waters. Promises of a relaxing vacation in the sunshine where you can leave all of your troubles behind. Bermuda is a favorite across Pinterest boards, boasting its pink sand beaches … Read More

Why I’m Vegan: Reasons for a Plant-Based Lifestyle

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As a vegan blogger and traveler, I often get asked by my readers why I’m vegan. I’m happy to share my personal story with you. Here are my reasons for a plant-based lifestyle. I always love reading about why people go vegan. For some, it’s all about animal welfare. For others, it’s about a healthy diet or dealing with health … Read More

My Near Death Experience in Kenya

An experience of a lifetime that nearly cost me my life. I was living and volunteering in the Great Rift Valley, the cradle of humankind. Though our species originated and evolved here, I was reminded that life is savage. Life is fragile. Life is wild. One of our duties at Soysambu Conservancy was to fix one of the hides. A … Read More

How Traveling in a Rock Band Helped Me Heal

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It was the summer of 2003. Back then, travel really was the last thing on my mind. Soon after I began my studies at university, my father was diagnosed with cancer. The doctors only gave him two years to live. My family made the most of those two years. Even through his sickness, we had moments where we celebrated, where … Read More

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