ABOUT

Welcome!  I’m Loren.

Traveling from the city of Tacloban to Cebu City via a United Nations helicopter in the Philippines as a part of the Typhoon Haiyan emergency response.

I’m a traveler, a truth seeker, and a humanitarian.

I want to see the world.  And, I want to tell you its stories.

I want to tell you stories that you don’t expect to hear.  Those of far-off lands that are rarely explored.  Those of people who are often overlooked.  Those of putting faith into action in an uncertain world.

I want to share my corner of the world with you and hope that my words stir something inside you.  I want you to take that trip you’ve been putting off.  I want you to learn something new about a culture that’s different from your own.  I want you to read more about a humanitarian crisis in a part of the world you’re not familiar with.  

What is this blog all about…?

When thinking through what I wanted my blog to be, I wanted it to be more than just another travel blog.  I want to see the world and tell you its stories as I travel, explore my faith, and work as a humanitarian.  

Traveling the World

I’ve always had a passion for travel.  From childhood summer vacations visiting U.S. national parks to college study abroad experiences in Argentina, Brazil, and Ecuador, I caught the travel bug early in life and haven’t been able to stop.

After college, graduate school, and five years of work, I decided to leave the working world behind for a year-long round-the-work (RTW) trip that led me to Amman, Jordan, where I’m currently living as an expat.  You can read more about my RTW trip here and the decision to go here.

While I have a permanent base in Amman, I’m still traveling the world and sharing my stories from the road with you as often as I can.  So far, I’ve visited 37 countries…and counting!

Finding Faith

My faith is central to who I am.  It calls me to far flung places of the world, challenges everything that I have built my life around, and keeps me hopeful even in the most desperate of times.  Faith is a thread that connects people and time.  As I explore the world, I have the opportunity to explore sites of great religious and spiritual importance to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and many others.  As I visit these places, I hope to learn more about other religions to share with you while also reflecting on my own faith along the way.

Responding & Reaching Out

We live in a world where all of us can make a difference.  And, that doesn’t mean you have to travel halfway across the world to do so.  In addition to telling my travel tales, I want to share ways in which you can make a difference — whether it be in the community where you live or somewhere on the other side of the world.  This is also a place where I plan to share my reflections on current events going on around us.

Where is Foreign Loren Now?

My new hometown -- Amman, Jordan! #LoveJO

After an amazing, but much-too-short year around the world, I was lucky enough to be offered a job in Amman, Jordan, with a relief and development organization that supports Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians.  In August 2015, I returned to the U.S. from my travels, went through all my earthly possessions, got rid of half of them, packed up three suitcases, and moved to Amman.  In Jordan, I manage health, protection, basic needs, food security, and livelihood projects for refugees and vulnerable Jordanians.  When I’m not working, I try to explore Jordan and travel as much as I can, including recent trips to Israel & Palestine, Greece, Oman, and Egypt.

Join Me!

I hope that you’ll follow along, join the conversation, and learn something about somewhere in the world that you didn’t know about before.  You can sign up for my on the home page to get regular updates in your inbox.  You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram for more photos and real-time updates.