gotta start

Author Laura Holmes

It was the summer of 69′ when I arrived to proud parents at Fort Huachuca Army Base in Arizona. I took my first international trip to Mexico as a toddler. Then, it was back to the Mitten.

Turns out I grew up in paradise. As an adult I have a new found appreciation for my own backyard playground. Michiganders don’t need to travel far from home to take in one of the United States’ most stunning natural wonders. Good Morning America took a poll in 2011 and asked, what natural wonder is the most beautiful in the 50 states? The nation voted and the title belongs to The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore near Traverse City, an amazing 30-mile stretch of Lake Michigan beachfront in northwestern Michigan. I had the privilege of growing up less than 10 miles away from this magnificent pile of sand.

In my acedemic days, I earned degrees from Alma College in Michigan and a Masters in English/Communications from Winthrop University in South Carolina. In 2001, a spontaneous decision to visit Africa for a safari and a Kiliminjaro climb inspired the journals that began the makings of this book. The exotic scenery, the people and their culture made the trip transformative and my passion for exploring grew. I hope these stories inspire you to travel and get to know the world we live in. My writing goal is to give back to my community so 50% of the book’s profits are earmarked for charitable organizations.

Spring Lake, Michigan is home base for me to write, play and co-own FineLine Creative, a marketing communications small business. FineLine was one of 35 finalists for the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “Top Women Owned Businesses.” In 2015, FineLine was recognized as one of 30 Entrepreneurs of Excellence by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber. I am also a contributing writer for West Michigan Plus Magazine.

I enjoy life not on the couch –  find me playing beach volleyball, playing soccer or golf, mountain biking, hiking and practicing yoga. In the blog and book discover trip ideas, people, adventure and twists/turns that will make you laugh. As an ambassador for life-work-play balance, my mission is to get YOU moving toward planning the trip you’ve back-burnered too long. The real trick is finding balance in your life every day, every week and monthly by adding in the fun quotient, reducing the mundane routine of life.

I am anxiously plotting the next trip. The best way to ward off (PVD) post vacation depression is to start planning the next one. Where? …it may include a Canadian train adventure or the Patagonia. I am diligently working on a second book and it will chronicle trips to Paris, The French/Swiss Alps, Italian wine country, Lake Tahoe, Spain, Ireland and Michigan destinations.