Originally trained in organic chemistry, these days Lauren Girardin only uses her analytical skills for long-term travel budgeting. When not on the global road, she uses her marketing, communications, web design, schmoozing, and project management skills for good causes. From 2008 to 2009, Lauren traveled around the world with her partner in life and chaos, Todd, documenting the trip through travel stories, photography, and original artwork at www.ephemerratic.com.