The Short Story
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, eco-friendly, and slow travel.
She knows the transformative power of travel firsthand. Follow her adventures through her blog and photo tours at Travlinmad.com and on social media @Travlinmad, and find more meaninful adventures that immerse you for a little while but change you forever - travel experiences that live on long after you're home, so you'll want to do it again and again.
In My Own Words
Welcome to Travlinmad! I'm Lori - the photographer, writer, and founder here. The need to travel has been a part of me since I can remember - a simmering restlessness that guides my life and propels me to discover new places in the world. I love trying local foods and learning the traditions behind them, and immersing myself for an experience that lives on long after I'm home. 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. 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!
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).
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