Laurence Norah

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Laurence Norah
Laurence Norah.jpg
Born1980 (1980)
OccupationPhotographer, Travel blogger
SpouseJessica Norah

Laurence Norah (born 1980) is a British / Seychellois travel photographer and blogger.[1]


Laurence Norah was born in 1980 to a British mother and a Seychellois father. Norah's parents worked as hotel managers and he spent his childhood living in various locations in the UK and the Seychelles. In 2009, he left his job as a software engineer and sold off most of this belongings and traveled around Australia for year in a Land Cruiser.[1] In 2010, he started his travel blog, Finding the Universe.

In 2014, he met his now wife Jessica Norah at a travel blogging conference in Italy.[2] The two were married in August 2015 aboard the Queen Mary 2 on a transatlantic voyage, halfway between the United States (her home country) and the UK.[3] Norah and his wife are currently based near Edinburgh, Scotland.[4]



Norah's travel photography has appeared in a number of publications and websites including National Geographic, the BBC, Fox News, and Brides. [5][6][7][8]

Norah has won awards for his photography, including Bronze in a category of the SATW Bill Muster Photo Competition in 2019, being named as the eighth Best Travel Photography Blogger in a 2014 USA Today online poll, and winning the Bloggy for best photography on a weblog in 2015.[9][8][10] He specializes in travel and landscape photography, but has also shot travel conferences and festivals such as the South by Southwest music festival.[11]


Norah started his travel and photography blog, Finding the Universe, in 2010. Today, he co-runs both Finding the Universe and Independent Travel Cats (a couples travel blog founded by his wife in 2013) with his wife Jessica. He has a large social media following, especially on Instagram and Facebook where the Finding the Universe Facebook fan page has over 1 million followers.[4][1]

Laurence Norah also served as a board member of the Professional Travel Blogging Association (PTBA) for 4 years, serving as the non-profit organization's President from 2015 to 2016.[12]


Norah is a speaker at travel events and conferences about travel blogging and travel photography, and has spoken at conferences worldwide.[13][14][15][16][17]

Laurence and his wife have also appeared in online videos, on TV, radio, and podcasts, including an episode of House Hunters International, online video commercials, and a radio show for 98.8 Castle FM.[18][19][20]


  1. ^ a b c Hasan, Saad; Taha, Mohamed (21 April 2017). "Travel bloggers: Nonstop holidays or a "bohemian" business?". TRT World. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  2. ^ Mezzolani, Ruth. "A true love story ... Made in Marche!". Destinazione Marche. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  3. ^ Tigar, Lindsay. "7 elopement stories that go beyond the courthouse". Brides.
  4. ^ a b Donnelly, Ellie (7 October 2017). "A lot of work goes behind that one Instagram photo' – 'Finding the Universe' blogging couple share their top tips". Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Tourism body reveals its top pictures on social media". BBC News. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Photo of the Day". National Geographic. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  7. ^ Gifford, Erin (24 June 2016). "7 sweet rides for the ultimate summer road trip". Fox News Channel. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Top Travel Photography Bloggers Exposed in New Readers' Choice Poll". USA Today. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  9. ^ "SATW Bill Muster Photo Competition". SATW. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Fifteenth Annual Weblog Awards – Best Photography of a Weblog". The Weblog Awards. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  11. ^ SXSWorld March 2015 – Music flipbook magazine. South by Southwest. March 2015.
  12. ^ "PTBA Board Members". Professional Travel Bloggers Association. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  13. ^ "TBEX Speaker Laurence Norah". TBEX Events. TBEX. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  14. ^ "TravelCon 2018 Schedule". TravelCon. TBEX. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Inside ATM 2014". Arabian Travel Market. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Much-awaited tourism event: Travel Blogger Destination Italy". eturbonews. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  17. ^ "INFLOW Travel Summit'17 Istanbul & Antalya". INFLOW Network. Retrieved 1 June 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ "On the Road to Edinburgh, Scotland – Season 100, Episode 3". House Hunters International Episodes. HGTV. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  19. ^ "Vanguard: Travel Blogger Laurence Norah with VEO 2". Vanguard USA. Retrieved 9 December 2017 – via Vimeo.
  20. ^ Christensen, Chris. "Travel to the Dordogne Region of France â€" Episode 522". Amateur Traveler. Retrieved 9 December 2017.

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