Episode 3: Laura Jean - The Art + Heart of Travel
“A dominant impulse on encountering beauty is to wish to hold on to it, to possess it and give it weight in one’s life. There is an urge to say, ‘I was here, I saw this and it mattered to me.”
-Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel
Laura Jean is my kind of traveling artist. Multi-passionate, adventurous, thoughtful, and out-side-of-the-box. She is writer, poet, photographer, podcaster and editor of Dame Traveler. Her blog, Roam + Go Lightly, was born in 2014 out of a simple travel diary to keep in touch with her family while she explored the greater half of Europe. After returning stateside, she decided to keep Roam + Go Lightly as a journal, the place to share her daily keepings while she adventures around home and abroad. It is now the creative space where she shares her heart’s truest loves: travel writing, exploring “the heart” of travel, creative exploration ideas, city guides, tips and tricks, and musings from life on the road and at home. Her dream is to write this world a love letter to be sent around the world to encapsulate its beauty and mystery in prose and short stories, which is exactly one of the main things we talk about in this fun, in-depth conversation.
In this episode, Laura and I dig into the original source of her wanderlust as well as how to define and practice mindful, meaningful travel, how art making and exploring the world are similar in that they push you outside of your comfort zone, and her process as a writer on the road. Laura is so full of life and general love for the world, I am positive that she’s going to inspire you to get yourself out on your own creative adventure.
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-Laura’s lovely website and instagram
-Passports & Pizza, Laura’s new podcast with Sara Cornelius
-”I Fall in Love with Places” by Laura
-Nicole Ziza Bauer - Travel Field Notes
-Read more about the Feast of St Pizza
-The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
-Anthony Bourdain - Parts Unknown, No Reservations
-My Favorite Murder podcast