About Lauren

I’ve had a number of career paths in my life, from social services to magazine publishing. For 15 years, I enjoyed a career as a professional bellydancer and owned a studio where I taught belly dance and yoga. When I decided to become a nomad, I needed a portable career, so I began to build a portfolio as a freelance writer.

In May of 2013, I sold everything I owned and became a nomad. For less money than it costs me to live in the U.S. (my budget is often as low as $1500 per month) I am able to live and work all over the world.

My nomadic life is not luxurious. I don’t have a car and often walk many miles a day. I typically live without air conditioning and have spent months without hot water or a refrigerator at times. I prefer to take the bus rather than a taxi and rarely stay in hotels.

But I love to explore, and I love my life. I’ve lived in a treehouse in Turkey, a cave house in Spain, a village house in Indonesia, an apartment in Paris. I love the variety of moving between city and country, trying new cuisines, and learning about different cultures and their approach to life.

Friends sometimes visit me around the world, and I love to show them around my favorite locations. So I’ve begun a new project, inviting women to come share a house with me in the locations I know best. These aren’t big group tours — it’s just a small group of up to eight interesting women who come together to share a house and experience culture together.

I make sure we cover the major sightseeing stops and see a museum or two, but my focus is on experiencing the local culture. Instead of looking at people from a bus window, we walk among them. We take local transportation, meet local folks, and experience their arts, food, and traditions with them.

If you’d like to know about upcoming tours, join the Facebook group or visit the Women’s Adventures page to see what’s coming up!