Lori descending her first 14er, Handies Peak in the San Juan Mountains of beautiful Colorado.

Hello fellow WorldTrotter!  

That’s me, Lori, in the photo up above. Wow… look at that beautiful Colorado landscape. I remember that hike like it was yesterday. I was on top of the world there, or if you want to get technical about it, I was 14,058 ft. above sea level.

What an adventure that was! I’d sure love to share more about that awesome adventure with you in a later post, but for now I’d like to share a little bit of the story behind WorldTrotter Lori (WTL) and my mission for this site.

When you’re ready, grab yourself a nice drink and maybe a snack (or two) and let’s get started.    

My backstory and mission

Lori photographing spectacular Rifle Falls in Rifle, Colorado.

So what is WTL all about?  Well, I’m glad you asked! Here’s just a few things you can expect along the journey:

Exploring and photography expeditions. Adventure and travel experiences. Life lessons and mentor sessions. I’ll be blogging my personal experience along the way and sharing it all with you! Inspiring you to unleash your inner explorer.

Back in 2018, my husband Steve and I set out on a journey to work, eat, and sleep our way around the U.S. in our adventure mobile, our humble travel trailer.

No agenda really. Just to live life as large as we can, as far as we can, and for as long as we can.

For many years I’ve been capturing and sharing my travel adventures on Facebook with family and friends. I’ve always enjoyed sharing my travels and wanted to do more with that.

That’s when I decided to build a collective platform from where I could share my collected experiences and lessons as the journey unfolds.

That’s when WorldTrotter Lori was created.

At its basic form this website is a written and photographic chronicle of my travels and exploration around the U.S. and beyond.  Capturing unique moments using creative writing and great outdoor photography to help tell the story.

WorldTrotter Lori is also an informative resource for like-minded people who love travel, adventure, exploring, and photography.  Thus, creating a supportive community full of inspiration, mentor-ship, and valuable knowledge.

Welcome to WTL!

Meet the WTL Explorers

Steve, Lori, & Murphy in Texas
Steve, Murphy, and Lori in South Padre Island, Texas exploring the beach.

Meet Lori

Lori in Tollstigen, Norway

I was bitten by the travel bug during my first plane ride at only 9 weeks of age. Ever since that time I have had this undying urge to explore new places and to travel.

It’s really difficult to feed a growing travel bug, but I do my best!

I’m a curious person. I’m curious about people, places, and things. I’m always asking questions, researching answers, and daydreaming about what was and what could be.

My grandparents always called me a curious girl. They always said I asked the most interesting questions and that I was always trying to figure things out in my head from a very young age.

That curiosity within me never stops, especially when I’m adventuring. I don’t just visit a place. I immerse myself in it. I try to imagine myself back in the era when people were in those particular places or circumstances and I try to connect my life with theirs.

It’s fascinating to me to be standing in the same point that someone else did 100s of years prior to me and the fact that the place still exists, but everything has changed. That is just so cool to me.

…and with the World Wide Web, there is so much information out there to link my life with their life and that is really exciting to me.

I’m an accountant by trade but I’m an exploring photography by heart. Ever since I took a film photography class in middle school (circa 1987ish), I’ve been fascinated by the subject. It wasn’t until DSLRs came onto the scene that I really picked the camera up as an art form.

My passion is photographing the great outdoors from wildlife to grand landscapes. I work hard to perfect my photography skills and the one thing I love about photography is you never, ever stop learning.

Aside from all of that, I love to laugh, I love dogs (I bypass babies for dogs all the time), and I’m a fish to water. If I’m not photographing something you can usually find me near water swimming, fishing, or kayaking.

I’m pretty much an outdoor junky! That’s me in a nutshell.

Meet Steve

Steve & I after sledding at White Sands National Park in New Mexico.

Steve and I have been adventuring together since 1992… wow, where has that time gone?

We were married in 1996 and have lived in various states since that time. Our current, and longest, home-base is in beautiful Colorado. We moved there back in 1998.

Steve’s a great adventure partner, he’s always willing to try new things. Well… he wasn’t too fond of fermented shark in Iceland, but he did it! Ha ha!

Aside for the mutual passions that we share: travel, new experiences, dogs, and eating, Steve has a few more passions of his own.

He plays beautiful guitar (don’t let him tell you otherwise), he’s a sucker for coffee and a conversation, he loves a good micro brew, and he really likes to hike. Did I mention he LOVES to hike?! Phew, I almost forgot, he loves to hike!

Steve has spent his entire career in the IT field. He’s a very smart and brilliant man, and he’s also humble, sensible, & kind. He’s an awesome adventure buddy and he lives for good coffee and a great conversation.

Steve is always catering to my crazy ideas and I love him for that.   I’m sure you’ll get to meet him along the way and I might even have him do a couple of guest blogs from time-to-time.   

Meet Murphy

Murphy Kayaking
Murphy kayak fishing at Devil’s Lake in Wisconsin.

Murphy was born in 2017 and is a chocolate and white Havanese breed.  He may be small, but don’t let his size fool you.  What he lacks in size he makes up with a fun and adventurous spirit. 

Murphy loves drive-thru, his bike basket, walks along the beach, kayaking, hiking, and he’s quite the snuggler too. He wins the hearts of everyone that meets him with is quirky personality, loving spirit, and fun outgoing personality. If you’d like to see more of his adventures, be sure and check out his Instagram page here.

I can’t wait for you to see some of the great adventures he takes us on.  I’m sure he’ll be making a few cameo appearances in my blog posts once in a while.

The WTL Adventure Rig

Our launch pad to adventure which we lovingly call our Adventure Mobile. That’s us En route to our next location somewhere in the mid-western states of the U.S.

Our adventure mobile is a gently used 2011 Keystone Sprinter Travel Trailer.

This is the first travel trailer we ever purchased and we knew nothing about them. That’s why we hired an RV inspector to walk over our find with us. That was an invaluable service that I would highly recommend to first time buyers of an RV.

We really enjoy our humble home on wheels. So far we have journeyed almost 15,000 miles. We’ve had some great experiences that I’m eager to share with you in my adventure blog.


I want to personally thank you for visiting with me here.  No matter what brought you to my website today, I’m really glad you came and I look forward to sharing this fun journey with you.  

Let’s not put off adventuring any longer, shall we.  Please, follow along on my blog as we embark on a journey full of unique experiences, wonder, and self-discovery. The world awaits us and we shouldn’t keep the world waiting! 

Get out there and Unleash Your Inner Explorer.   

Please enjoy the WTL experience and let me know if there is anything I can do to help, I’m only a click away!   

Happy Exploring!!! — Lori 🙂

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