The Blog Edit Interview: Where in the World is Lola?

She’s a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world….or IS she?  Travel Edits recently caught up with Lauren di Marco, the vivacious editor of Lolastravels.com to get the inside story.

Travel Edits | The Blog Edit Interview: Where in the World is Lola? (Lauren di Marco)

Come on Barbie, let’s go party!

Q1. Hi Lauren, thanks for taking the time out for this interview.  Firstly – what is the philosophy behind your website ‘Where in the World is Lola’?

Many people love to travel & of course have fun. why would you ever set out on an adventure and plan NOT to have fun?  With Lola’s Travels – I try to show that you can see a lot, do a lot & have a lot of fun even if it’s just for a long weekend or up to a 5 day stay. People seem to get locked into travel as a lifestyle or that you need 2 weeks to see a place. I relay my “fun tips for quick trips” in a light-hearted and playful yet informative way.

Travel Edits | The Blog Edit Interview: Where in the World is Lola? (Lauren di Marco)

Q2. When did you first decide that you wanted  to write about your travel experiences?

It was by accident. Honest to God’s truth. I DO love to travel and decided I wanted to pursue a career in it. My ideal was a job writing for a company reviewing properties so I thought “well get reviewing what you do on your own”. irony is, the closer i got to a project with said company, the less i actually wanted to work for them. I was beginning to build my own audience and it was FAR more rewarding.

Travel Edits | The Blog Edit Interview: Where in the World is Lola? (Lauren di Marco)

Lola, Leah Travels and Mrs O Around the World

Q3. Travel blogging opens up all sorts of new opportunities – what have been your favourites so far?

It has helped me to connect to another world outside of the town I live in. for that, I’m forever grateful. i have made LOVELY new friends with similar interests & seen places i never planned to go because of travel blogging. I’d say that’s a BIG SUCCESS if you love to travel & make new friends. thanks for asking me. i sometimes forget to smell the roses!

Q4. In ‘Where in the World is Lola’ you tend to take a lot of mini-trips for just a few days – what are the positives and negatives of this type of travel?

Well the negative is that there’s never enough time to do EVERYTHING. but really, is there ever? guess it depends on the location. For me, the benefit is two-fold. I’m able to go more places because i’m not spending the entire wad on one or two big trips. The other bonus is i almost always leave wanting more and this is a good feeling. It means you had fun, there’s more to discover, and the memories will be fond. Having said that, there’s NO WAY I’m returning everywhere but it’s nice that I’d like to – should the occasion arise – feel free to invite me. 🙂

Q5. If you were limited to travelling with just 5 essentials what would they be?

Great Q Fiona. and, of course, not an easy answer. iPhone, eye cream, flip flops, perfume, lipgloss! (I assume passport is a given and not to be included in an essential list!)

Travel Edits | The Blog Edit Interview: Where in the World is Lola? (Lauren di Marco)

Q6.Your travel site has brought you all over the world – what’s been your favourite destination so far? Why?

Oooo toughie. I LOVE so many places. I truly adore the Caribbean and St. Barts was the BEST. but I also, really really really, loved my trip to Greece. it has been on my bucket list forever & i guess because I was there less than a week, well, i was left wanting A LOT more! my biggest surprise – due to no expectations – Budapest. I ADORE it and hope I get back some day!

Lola in St Barts

Q7. You feature ‘Lola approved properties’ on your site – what in your opinion makes a good hotel?

It’s gotta be POSH. It’s gotta be HIP. It’s gotta be LUXE. some are more hipster. some are more swanky luxe. That’s why the differentiation but at the end of the day what makes it LOLA APPROVED is that it’s different. It feels small & special even if it’s big. you get superb service. You feel like you are in a country club where they know exactly who you are and want you to be happy. And the surroundings are not sterile and bland but slightly different from the last place you slept. Make sense?!

Q8.  What is Lola’s target audience?

Well – I’m thinking it’s 25-whatever age.  People out of college who have a buck or two to spend. I’m not suggesting you break the bank. I am actually a conservative traveler. NO, I didn’t say a backpacker (though I have done it before). I am not flying first class. I am not staying in suites. I like to stay POSH but I like to get it for a deal. AND there’s too many good deals out there not to find one these days. basically, my audience isn’t afraid to spend a little (not a lot) but i suggest doing this multiple times a year – using all your vacay budget up over time and seeing a lot more than one locale!

Q9. How important is your site’s alter ego and how do you market the ‘Lola’ brand?

My alter ego kinda happened by accident, too, but i think it’s important. I think it differentiates me from other sites. I am a travel ‘persona’. so, FOR REAL, I go to the places i write about but not every second am I wearing a boa and flirting with the bartender. (just most of the time – HAHA) all I’m trying to do is present what is the same content in a different way. Lola is a fun-loving gal that never tires of her cocktails, flirting and making new friends, especially in far-flung destinations. I  love to find the yummiest, newest or top resto. I love to sample drinks and learn about the ‘specialty’ in a location and why? this always leads to other conversations which leads to making friends. I’m in search of what makes a place special. it could even be the best gyro and dive bar. I’m actually a dive bar chick at heart drinking the house signature cocktail, of course 😉

How do I market myself? Boa distribution & general Lola likability. IAM the brand! the rest is my secret special sauce…

Travel Edits | The Blog Edit Interview: Where in the World is Lola? (Lauren di Marco)

Lola-fying a Bartender

Q10.  What’s next for ‘Where in the World is Lola’?

After I marry Will Peach, world domination! Okay, seriously, just travel blog domination. NOW, really seriously…I already have big plans for this year and I have NO IDEA where they will take me but generally speaking, one only goes up from here. The future is so bright, I gotta wear shades.

Travel Edits | The Blog Edit Interview: Where in the World is Lola? (Lauren di Marco)

The future’s so bright Lola needs to wear sunglasses!

29 Comments

  1. 7th July 2012 / 2:44 pm

    Great interview and pictures! Love your quest for travel blog domination, but I’d also accept your domination of the world too – boas for everyone! 😉

    • 10th July 2012 / 7:37 pm

      haha! i don’t really want or believe i could ever dominate the travel blogging world. a ‘supporting role oscar’ in the category of travel blogging would be enough for me! LOVE the idea of a world filled with colorful boas…i think people would be much more silly, to say the least!

  2. 7th July 2012 / 4:02 pm

    Fantastic, but I wouldn’t expect any less from Lauren/Lola. I really like the questions, Fiona. It gives a platform to show who Lauren is, not just the fun-loving Lola. Both, however, are forces to be reckoned with. And Will Peach? Oh my… (<3 you, Will Peach)

    • 10th July 2012 / 8:01 pm

      yes, the forces of my multiple personalities, Leah! haha

      Will Peach makes everyone laugh because he’s a smart witty Brit!

  3. 7th July 2012 / 4:23 pm

    Haha loved this interview! Miss this girl already but thankfully meeting up with her again soon 🙂

    • 10th July 2012 / 8:02 pm

      miss you too, Alex. bring on the trouble-making in Cape Cod. see you soon! xx

  4. 7th July 2012 / 5:18 pm

    Great interview from Lola! We aren’t going to lie, we were a tad disappointed that she wasn’t wearing her boa when we first met her 😉 We’ll expect it next time. Great questions and perfect answers!

    • 10th July 2012 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks, guys! And the boa shall be worn as long as you request me to. i owe it to you two! 🙂

  5. 8th July 2012 / 1:20 pm

    Lola is a brilliant way to present what travel offers and Lauren is as much as fun as Lola is! Keep it up, Lola and thanks for the insightful interview, Fiona

  6. 8th July 2012 / 8:37 pm

    This is too funny, what a character she is. Can’t wait until we can all get together once again.

    • 10th July 2012 / 8:22 pm

      me, a character? never!! just teasing…that’s EXACTLY what lola is! can’t wait to get together again too! fun & games, John, fun & games!

  7. 8th July 2012 / 10:13 pm

    Can we have sex before marriage first? Just to verify if you’re worth putting a ring on?

    • 10th July 2012 / 8:26 pm

      HAHAHAHA oh will peach. you didn’t think i was really serious with what i wrote, did you? i am too much for any one man!

  8. 9th July 2012 / 12:37 am

    Forget Will Peach. Jump on the Traveling Ted bandwagon. I will give you a wide brimmed hat and you can give me a pink boa, and we will dominate 🙂

    • 10th July 2012 / 8:27 pm

      now this is an offer i may have to seriously entertain ;). thanks Ted for your support of me & my boa-wearin’ ways!

  9. 9th July 2012 / 1:32 am

    Love the interview and the photos – can’t wait to get Lola-fied in Boston next year (electric blue for me, remember).

    Posh on a deal – now THAT is a good philosophy! I’m usually a backpacker when I travel, but I need my spot of swank every now and again.

  10. 9th July 2012 / 4:19 am

    It might be good for the world if everyone took at least on trip with Lola…It may remind us all, life is best when you are having fun.

    stay adventurous, Craig

    ps – great call with Greece… life changing.

    • 10th July 2012 / 8:48 pm

      ahhhh Greece! let’s go there for our fun trip together, Craig. well, ‘lola’s travels’ IS my brand but i think you fully understand what i’m after. life IS best enjoyed when having FUN! 🙂

  11. 9th July 2012 / 11:42 am

    Great interview Lola! So much fun to follow what you are up to !! Love the Boa. Hope one day our paths cross – would be oodles of fun!

  12. 9th July 2012 / 12:19 pm

    What a great read – ahahah – but to be honest, didn’t expect anything else from you.

    I seriously loved this! But a question.. Will peach??

    • 10th July 2012 / 8:50 pm

      thank you, Mrs. O. it means so much coming from you that you have great expectations of me!! 🙂

      why not will peach? i always route for the underdog 😉

    • 10th July 2012 / 8:52 pm

      thanks wino & romantic! it was fun to answer all the Q’s. just like i LOVED being one of your featured jetsetters! the questions really get you thinking!!!

  13. 10th July 2012 / 5:48 am

    Super fun interview, loved it!!! There was a bit of Lauren, and a bit of Lola spice in it. 🙂 I like the approach to lux travel – get a deal, you don’t have to spend a ton.

  14. 10th July 2012 / 3:44 pm

    First of all, that picture of Lola at Betty Ford cracks me up every time I see it! This is an awesome interview and I agree, Fiona, the questions are perfect. What I like most about Lola is her emphasis on multiple, short-term trips. Nothing against those who (can) travel long term, but it’s not feasible for, nor desired by, everyone. In that regard, I can identify with LOLA – and I LOVE it!

    • 10th July 2012 / 8:59 pm

      yep. that Betty Ford pic is an instant classic!! it will be hard to top but i will aim to try 🙂

      i think long term travel must be incredible but, like you said, not possible or even what all people want. what i wish for the world, is that everyone get the chance to travel a little. because even a little bit is SOOO much better than none at all.

      it’s a FAB world out there. shame not to share in it with others!

  15. 10th July 2012 / 9:43 pm

    Hahah! A wonderfully entertaining interview. Love the word “Lola-fying”

  16. 19th August 2012 / 5:02 pm

    Bahaha, I totally LOL’d on the Will Peach thingy towards the end. You should take T.T. on his wide brimmed hat! It might come in handy for Cambodia. 😉

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