Both my parents did a ton of traveling before they met. Mom spent a year in Japan as an exchange student, and my father hitched all over the eastern seaboard and went to college in Maine. They both wound up in Puerto Rico working as electrical engineers for the Navy. That’s where my parents met and married—they had me 12 months later. We moved to the Florida Keys when I was 3 or 4, and then to Connecticut by the time I was ready to start preschool.
It seems that all my life decisions have been based on my travel desires, from buying my first car at 17 years old to choosing the college I attended. My love for travel helped me move out West, and played a role in all my adult vocational choices, too.
I spent 4 months in Europe walking over 1,800 miles with The Walk in Europe program at Franklin Pierce College, where I graduated with an International Business degree in 2000.
In 2005 I left everything I knew to “find my smile.” I spent 22 days driving 8,300 miles through the U.S. My route took me through CT, NY, NJ, PA, MD, VI, TN, AL, MI, LA, TX, NM, AZ, CA, and finally to Portland, Oregon, where I have lived for the past ten years.
Over the years I have attended more than 40 scooter rallies across the country with my vintage Vespa. I worked as the Northwest Tour Manager for the Sobe Luv Bus tour in 2006 and 2007. That job required travel 100% of the time for nine months each year. I drove across at least 34 states and recorded more than 300,000 miles in two years, Not to mention exploring dozens of national parks and natural areas on my days off.
My travel blog is not only my creative outlet, but is another way I express my passion for marketing and promoting small businesses in my community and around the world. In many of my blog posts you will read about my personal experiences and get a glimpse at some of the restaurants, hotels, and other businesses I run into along the way. I hope you will help me in supporting the businesses in your local area and that you will enjoy reading my posts. After all, the reason I write is to make my travels available to everyone.
Laura Anne Burke