Discover where to stay, what to eat, and how best to immerse yourself in the local culture for a travel experience that lives on long after you're home!

 

The Short Story

 

That's me in Italy - always with a camera in my hand 

That's me in Italy - always with a camera in my hand 

Lori Sorrentino is the traveler, photographer, writer, and storyteller behind Travlinmad. She caught the travel bug as a child and today travels the world in search of authentic food and local cultural experiences, always rooted in sustainable and eco-friendly travel.

 

She knows the transformative power of travel firsthand. Follow her adventures through her blog and photo tours at Travlinmad.com and @Travlinmad on social media, and discover off-the-beaten-path experiences, where to stay, what to eat, and how best to immerse yourself in the local culture for a travel experience that lives on long after you're home.

 

 

 

 

In My Own Words: "don't collect...Connect

 

That's also me in Italy, 3 years ago, in Domicella, a small town in Campania - the home of my grandfather. 

That's also me in Italy, 3 years ago, in Domicella, a small town in Campania - the home of my grandfather. 

Welcome to Travlinmad! I'm Lori - the photographer, writer, and founder here. I started a travel blog back in 2008BT (before technology) as a way for family to be able to reach us when we traveled, and today it has grown to include travel guides, itineraries, a searchable blog, and enough eye candy I hope to ignite the spark for your own travel. 

 

Having experienced travel on various budgets (though my backpacking days are over), I know the power that travel has to move us in the best possible way. Some of the most impactful experiences of my life were random and cost little to nothing - like rescuing and reuniting monkeys in captivity in Costa Rica to conversations with my host family in Peru (when we didn't even speak the same language). I don't travel to "collect" countries. I travel to connect with people - to see where they live, how they live, what they eat, and what's important to them - and also to set an example of good stewardship and responsible tourism. Having spent the past decade in destination marketing, I'm very mindful of tourism's double-edged sword. At the risk of sounding cliche, I value authenticity, and shy away from experiences manufactured specifically for tourism. Instead, I seek out the unique adventures that not only promote and protect the natural resources of a place, but also ensure a fair economic gain to the local community (the most valuable of those resources). 

 

Experiential travel really is the new luxury!

 

I write about local food and cultural travel experiences, and help you find more meaningful adventures that immerse you for a little while but change you forever, so you'll want to do it again and again. Get lost in a new culture for a few days or weeks, understand how people live, eat local foods, share in local customs and celebrations, and give yourself a chance to be a part of a different way of life. You don't need to travel off the grid or spend a lot of money to find those one-of-a-kind experiences - you just need to open your heart, break down your self-imposed barriers to travel, and jump in! 

 

Want to get really personal?


LET'S WORK TOGETHER

I’d love to speak with you about your brand and how we might partner together on Travlinmad and social media. I'll develop unique and original content that tells your brand story, the kind that stay with your guests forever. 

Let's Work Together

 

 

I travel to discover and share the most local experiences I can find around the world and in my own backyard. I believe in telling the story of a place by highlighting it's most unique experiences - the kind you can find only there - in a way that resonates so deeply with travelers, their experience will live on long after they're home.  

 

My combined 25-year career in marketing, sales, advertising, and promoting destinations, hotels, and hospitality businesses - most recently as Director of Tourism and Economic Development for an historic county in northern Virginia, USA - prepared me for the travel writing work I'm doing today. My CVB background in destination marketing gives me a unique perspective working with brands, and a strong appreciation for what they're looking for when partnering with writers and influencers. Working with me through Travlinmad means gaining a consummate professional and creative champion on your team, with the added benefit of my own compelling imagery and immediate social media engagement.

 

How we can work together: 

  • Brand Ambassadorships - long-term partnerships that build quality content and social media campaigns for your brand
  • Native advertising through embedded links and image links
  • Press trips that reflect Travlinmad's values of local cultural experiences, food/culinary tours, and sustainable eco tourism
  • Sponsored Posts and Guest Blog Posts by trusted writers, bloggers, and brands 
  • Reviews - detailed reviews of your product, hotel, restaurant or service that I would use myself and recommend to readers - with an eye toward unique, authentic, and heritage-type brands, experiences, foods, or services that you offer your customers and guests.
  • Editorial and stock photography for your image library
  • Speaking engagements on tourism, destination marketing, and my own travel experiences

 

 

Recent Brand Collaborations

 
Bologna Welcome (CVB), Italy
"Lori is one of the most prolific online writers that I've met. She's precise, and perfectly understands the dynamics of travel writing and is curious to find out more about the destination - always ready to explore and go off the beaten path! The pictures she takes are unique and give a different - and fun - perspective on activities and attractions. It's definitely a pleasure working with her."
 
Visit Citrus County, Florida  
"Put Lori Sorrentino of Travlinmad.com on your 'A List'.  She is a talented travel writer who will create fresh thoughtful content you and your audience will love.  Inviting Lori to your destination will be one of the best decisions you make this year."  
 
Km Zero Tours - Slow Travel Tuscany
"I can't thank you enough for sharing with us your vision and support. I had tears in my eyes reading your article, it's such a wonderful feeling to know that we are not alone, that there is a growing community of people who share the same love and new appreciation for what is simple, genuine and natural. The style you have is just a perfect match for our company, and I look forward to creating more beautiful experiences together."  

 

 

Media I write for or have been featured in:

  • Ecophiles - I'm currently a regular Contributor for this online magazine and one-stop shop for all things green. Ecophiles is the source for insightful, social content with a focus on unique experiences based in nature, culture, adventure, food, travel and living. With over 200,000 unique monthly readers and 30,000 social media followers, Ecophiles is a rapidly growing source of information for sustainable travel and living. March 2017
  • ROL CruisesThe Most Authentic Pizza Experience In Naples, May 2017
  • ROL Cruises - Quick Stop Guide to the Amalfi Coast, March 2017

 

Since 2005, my photography and writing has been featured in various brochures, publications, and online, primarily in the promotion of travel and tourism to Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic United States, and internationally in travel to Italy, Costa Rica and Panama: 

  • Tages Ainziger Swiss daily newspaper 
  • The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com
  • AmericasWineCountry.com
  • Culpeper County Office of Economic Development
  • PuertoViejoSatellite.com - Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
  • The Virginia Piedmont - official tourism website promoting visitation to Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock counties in Virginia
  • Town of Culpeper - official government website for the Town of Culpeper
  • Virginia is for Lovers - virginia.org - official tourism brand website for the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Visit Culpeper, Virginia - official tourism brand website for Culpeper, Virginia
  • Yesterday Reclaimed - manufacturers of hand-crafted, recycled/upcycled furniture and decor, Culpeper, Virginia