“For those determined to fly, having no wings is just a little detail.”
Good morning! Good afternoon! Good evening! Wherever you are, I hope your day has given you amazing weather, or your favorite kind of bad weather. (I believe that warm, genuine greetings and well wishes save lives, so it’s best to say that first.) I’m a writer, pilot-in-progress, and life enthusiast. I have been told that my positivity is more irritating than waiting too long for an elevator, so I will attempt to bring it down a notch as to not offend any new readers.
I was eighteen years and two weeks old when I was hired by the Disneyland Resort to press buttons on the famous “dark rides” in Fantasyland. My love for whimsy and magic was quickly taken from me, as I worked alongside thugs in their forties who meant “Have a Magical Day” to mean “Get Your Ass Off My Ride.” I eventually left Peter Pan’s Flight, Storybook Land, and the other classic attractions to work in the Character Department, where my days were filled with love, laughter, and lots of strained muscles. I will take the company’s secrets with me to my grave, and feel so much gratitude to have worked in that department for four years. If (when?) we meet one day in person, I might be convinced to share a story or two over a margarita.
After working in the parks for four years, it was time for something new: I scored a role as an Entertainment Hostess on board the Disney Dream, a 900 million dollar cruise ship with transparent water slide, massive Broadway-style theater, six restaurants, and constant entertainment, provided by yours truly. I worked on that ship for a year, meeting the most amazing co-workers (who quickly became my family) and learning more about myself than I had learnt my whole life prior.
Leaving Disney was a hard decision (goodbye, free tickets and merchandise discounts) but ultimately the best thing for me. Since my five and a half years with Disney, I’ve tried to dip my toes in to everything I’ve ever been interested in. I worked for TMZ (yes, on TV, and yes, there are youtube videos), managed a youth robotics academy, tried my hand (and FAILED miserably) waitressing at the busiest restaurant in Newport Beach, worked at a private jet terminal at the airport, and helped Santa as an elf at a glitzy mall. These oddball jobs landed me where I am today: pursuing two degrees, working on my pilot’s license, and spending whatever money is left trying to see bits and pieces of my home planet.
Enjoy my little corner of the internet, and thank you very much for coming!
// quick stats //
HOME: Orange County, California, United States of America
INTERESTS: Aviation, travel, technology, American politics, photography, food, culture, reading, writing, sending handwritten notes, and geckos
LIKES: Flying, never getting enough sleep, dresses & Keds, Canon cameras, trying to not be awkward with strangers, margaritas, carbs
DISLIKES: When someone takes a picture for you and it’s all blurry, dead phones/cameras/laptops, trying to figure out the bluetooth in a rental car, lasagna
DREAM DESTINATION: Tokyo & Kyoto
NEXT ON THE LIST: Getting through college. Woof.
FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram! Find me at @lauratravelsinsta
LEAST FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook. I hate Facebook. Why are we all on Facebook?