Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Laura carries her steel town pride with her around the world from the cobbled streets of Stockholm to the azure-blue coastline of Croatia and tropical shores of Hawaii. Laura graduated from George Washington University with a double major in International Affairs and Russian Literature, building a strong foundation for one of her favorite aspects of her role as Trip Leader—cultural interpretation. Life with Backroads allows Laura to follow her passions of travel, learning and the outdoors. She is grateful to have made incredible friendships, found innumerable homes-away-from-home and to have explored some of the most beautiful areas of the world by bike with Backroads. Excited for epic rides to come, Laura believes that travel is always wonderful, but its greatest rewards are the friends you make along the way.