Lauren was born in Cape Town, South Africa, grew up in Australia, has lived in New York City for the past 5 years and most recently relocated to London, UK. Lauren’s travel guidebook, Princess With A Backpack, (Morgan James publishing) provides stylish tips for young women looking for adventure while traveling abroad solo. The book has evolved into a travel website, princesswithabackpack.com, a travel guide for discerning, savvy and stylish women. “The idea for Princess With A Backpack came to me while I was waiting for my flight for 12 hours at a tiny airport in Paris. It was my last stop before heading home to Australia and in-between my second and third Diet Coke, the thought struck me that perhaps other girls could benefit from my travel experience, mistakes, and chutzpa. I do admit that I’m a princess, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It just means we “princesses” demand a little more, and we see obstacles not as problems, rather challenges we must overcome to basically get what we want out of life.” Lauren is a qualified Architect, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from UNSW, Sydney, and held several jobs in architecture and design in both Sydney and New York. She also been a contributor for huffingtonpost.com, the Sydney Morning Herald, msnbc.com and ninemsn.com.