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Lateral Movements

Hi. I’m Lauren.

There is one question that has always made me cringe:

“So, what do you do? Back home, I mean.”

Officially…I usually work in communications. But that’s what I do, not who I am. I graduated from Indiana University in 2003, and I’ve been a working, writing traveler ever since.

But you can’t tell people that. It confuses them.

So I usually say, “Well, at the moment I’m [insert current job here], but I’ve got a master’s in travel writing.”

After that, people usually assume I want to write for Lonely Planet (I don’t) and tell me how lucky I am to travel so much. Also they look at me suspiciously, like they don’t believe travel writing can be a real course of study (it is).

Here’s the thing, though: while I am lucky in many respects, that doesn’t tell the whole story. What they don’t know is that my post-university life has been a series of lateral movements, both professionally and geographically.

Step right up, it’s totally not rigged. Totally.

I’ve had more than 30 jobs in 6 countries, including:

After I finished my master’s in 2008, I had a mini-panic attack. I had stood at the bottom of countless career ladders without ever getting past the first rung. Jack of all trades, master of none. That was me. I started doing frantic internet research, trying to decide where I wanted to live and what I wanted to be.

Then I thought, wait a minute.

I kept doing what I was doing – applying for working holiday visas and spending a few months (years, whatever) in different locations around the world. A series of events brought me to Newcastle, Australia, where I’m using my experience in the communications industry to create a life that is mine.

That’s what Lateral Movements is about: having a life that’s defined by the way you live, not just your job title. That might mean working a 9-5, being a digital nomad, traveling a lot, traveling a little, or anything in between, as long as it works for you.

The Evolution of Lateral Movements

Blogabout EuropeLateral Movements originally started in 2008 as Blogabout Europe. While studying travel writing at London’s Kingston University, I got a summer internship with Busabout Europe. Many of the posts from the Traveling UK & Europe category are from that experience.

Blogabout Europe also included a trip to Scotland with Haggis Adventures and a Busabout-sponsored trip to Oktoberfest (It was such a difficult job).

As a result of Blogabout, I met Jared, an irresistible Australian, in Bruges (as you do) and eventually moved to Australia. In 2010, we moved to South Korea to work for EPIK (English Program In Korea) as English teachers. At this point, the title ‘Blogabout Europe’ became redundant and was changed to ‘EPIK Journey’.

That name didn’t seem right, either – the scope was too narrow, and was outdated as of August 2012. Also, it was cheesy. So I bought the domain name ‘Lateral Movements’ and started my own self-hosted WordPress blog.

And here it is.

After 3 years in Newcastle, Australia, my husband and I rented out the house and bought a camper trailer. We’ve been road tripping around Australia since June 2016 with no fixed end date.

For more on where we are and what’s happening:

Twitter: @LateralMovement


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