Who we are
Grown out of Lauren’s travel guide, Princess with a Backpack, published by Morgan James Publishers, 2011, started life a guide to backpacking in style and has evolved into a travel website dedicated to providing the ultimate in travel, design and luxury to discerning, savvy and stylish women.
“The idea for Princess With A Backpack came to me while I was waiting for my flight for 12 hours at a tiny airport in Paris. It was my last stop before heading home to Australia and in-between my second and third Diet Coke, the thought struck me that perhaps other girls could benefit from my travel experience, mistakes, and chutzpa. I do admit that I’m a princess, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It just means we “princesses” demand a little more, and we see obstacles not as problems, rather challenges we must overcome to basically get what we want out of life.”
Our aim is to encourage all women to travel. Don’t wait for your best friend, mom, boyfriend or husband to join you… as they say, “just do it”. Your life will be infinitely richer for it.
“We realized that the big travel review companies didn’t always get it right and we were tired of travel websites with reviews that we could not trust. The only way we knew that we would like a hotel recommendation is if our good friends with similar taste recommended it. We only post hotels and destinations that we love – it needs to have the princess tick of approval.”
We are career-minded, ambitious women and are passionate about design, style, fashion, art, spas, adventure and substance. We seek out the best in Spas, Resorts, hotels, tours the list goes on… what’s more, we are all about value for money – whether its $500 or $5,000 you know you’re getting a great deal.
What we do
We seek the best in accommodation, travel destinations, spas, restaurants and fashion. We try them out and then provide our readers with our unbiased, real and reliable advice. We represent a strong support network for our readers around the globe.
We also provide a hotel consultancy service providing feedback to the places we have reviewed after our visit.
Savvy, discerning, health-conscious, educated women wanting to explore the world! We also post on aspirational destinations and resorts.. something inspirational and aspirational.. for the dreamer in all of us.
All our reviews have been tried and tested by us, so if we love it – we’ll post it.
About the Author & Founder…
Lauren was born in Cape Town, South Africa, raised in Perth, Western Australia, moved to Sydney, Australia at the age of 18, and now resides in New York City.
Lauren’s travel guidebook, Princess With A Backpack, provides tips and advice for young women looking for adventure while traveling abroad solo. Princess with a Backpack was published by Morgan James Publishers (2011), and is based on her travels in Europe. The book has evolved into a travel website, princesswithabackpack.com, which shares tips and advice from around the globe to other female travelers looking for advice from a fellow ‘princess’.
The “princess” team also comprises of other fantastic and talented female writers, who love to share their stories and advice from around the world. Located in Sydney, Hong Kong, USA and Europe… our writers make a great contribution to the team.
Lauren is a qualified Architect, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from UNSW, Sydney, and held several jobs in architecture and design in both Sydney and New York. She also been a contributor for huffingtonpost.com, the Sydney Morning Herald, msnbc.com and ninemsn.com with articles topics ranging from hotel design, retail space, events, and office makeovers.
Lauren spent from 2012-2015 working on the Whitney Museum of American Art, a $400M Museum in NYC, as the Owners Representative, an continues to both travel the globe and work in the design industry in New York.