Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Have you heard of Gogobot yet? Gogobot is a social travel site that lets you connect with other people to get their advice on where to visit, what to eat, where to stay, and what to do when you travel.

Uhm, basically my new best friend.

If you've followed my blog at all, you probably already know that I am a CTP. Yes, a Compulsive Trip Planner. It's a serious condition. Well, since finding out about Gogobot, I've planned about 30 trips. I have a problem.

I've always wanted to visit the Pacific Northwest, so I planned a trip to Portland using the Gogobot website.

You could start out by going to the Portland page on Gogobot. It looks like this:


Gogobot's design is awesome. Very simple and user-friendly. Really easy to get started planning your trips.

Using Gogobot, I found the perfect place for me to stay! It's this awesome elementary school-converted-hotel! Neat, huh? Called McMenamins Kennedy School.

above photos via kennedy school

I would list a bunch of swanky eateries and Portland-y restaurants, but you can't go more Portland than eating at all the famous food carts! I would follow anyone's advice on eating at these places, and the people on Gogobot talking about this have a lot to say!

photo via andrew burdick photography

You all know I am an outdoorsy weirdo. Why else would I want to visit Portland?! ;)  Of course, I couldn't miss out on seeing Multnomah Falls! Such beauty.

via sheldon branford

I'd also love to visit the famous Portland Farmer's Market, Horsetail Falls, and the Skidmore Bluffs.

Gogobot allows you to tap into the knowledge of your friends when planning a trip anywhere. You can find like-minded travelers and inspiration for your next vacation, creating easy-to-use wishlists you can return to again and again.

And when you are not in vacation mode or planning a trip, you can discover hidden gems in your own neighborhood for entertaining guests or a weekend staycation.

The best part? Every page on Gogobot is personalized. You can see reviews from your friends and people you are following at the top, which allows you to weed out the noise and fraudulent reviews that become a problem on other review sites. Check out Gogobot today!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gogobot. The opinions and text are all mine.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a Canadian expat now living in Taiwan with my husband.  I write about our travels, school, teaching English, modeling, and our quirky day-to-day life in Taiwan.  From the staring and pointing to the occasional language barrier, there's never a dull moment when you're a foreigner living in Asia.  Basically we like to get your travel juices flowing. We want to inspire you to take the leap and move abroad, and experience new places first hand through travel. 

Featured on my blog: At the beginning of the month I do an interview series called Diary of an ESL teacher where I interview English teachers from all over the world. Also, I have a giveaway coming up this month, so stay tuned for that!

What can you not go a day without? I can't live a day without music, my camera, or perhaps popcorn (I have a small addiction, I'll admit it).

Where is your favorite place to travel? Right now my favourite place to travel to would be Canada because it has been a few years since I've spent any decent length of time there with my family. Besides visiting home, I love Italy- how could you not? The language, the food, the scenery, the people... There's nowhere quite like it!

What is at the TOP of your bucket list? Talk about a hard question.  A Round the World trip has been haunting the top of my bucket list for years.  I'm secretly brainwashing my husband to take a year off with me after graduation to backpack around the world.  Besides that huge one, I'd like to get my scuba diving license.

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Uhm, hey Lauren? I'll be more than happy to accompany you on that year-long backpacking trip if your husband won't take off. Problem solved! :)

Don't you love Lauren?! A wife, model, teacher, and traveler! Talk about one neat chick. Check out her blog. I love when she posts her modeling shots. Such a beauty! 

Go check Miller Memoires! I love this girl. :)

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012


I feel so bad for not updating the blog as much as usual! I really shouldn't feel bad, though. It IS my blog, of course. Taking a break to have fun in my new home is totally okay, right?

Even so, I still feel bad. :)

Anyway. Right after we moved, I got done designing some great wedding invitations. I really love the color scheme of this wedding. It is much different than I've seen before.

Check it out! And if you're in need of some print design work, check out my design services page and give me a holler!!


Coming soon on the blog: more awesome sponsor highlights, save-the-dates that I designed, some photo shoots, and of course, more travel posts. Stay tuned!

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