Meet Blaze!

Taylor

Taylor is the founder, CEO, and Executive Editor of Blaze Travel Guides. She has adventured across three continents, lived in six countries, learned to speak three languages (French, Russian and Italian), and run through thirty-five nations. Taylor graduated with honors from Bucknell University in 2005 with a degree in Comparative Humanities and Russian Language, and completed her M.A. at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010. When not running the world Taylor is in Boulder and training to bike it, swim it, hike it, or ski it.

Favorite running destination: New Zealand, hands down. I used to live in Nelson, a small town on the South Island, and some of my best runs were along the towns trails and ridges Nelw Zealand was just the start of fantastic running adventures - you can disappear for months down there!!

Greatest athletic acheivement: Running the 2010 Marathon Alpes-Maritimes from Nice to Cannes.

Most memorable active travel moment: I literally became a runner the day after I became a traveler. When I was sixteen, I was an exchange student in a small town at the foot of the French Alps. I remember waking up the first morning in my host family's house, and being terrified. There I was, in a foreign country where I didn't know anyone or speak the language, and I had to somehow make it through the next ten months. While I was laying there in bed, all of a sudden it occurred to me - I should go for a run. That would be a good reason to leave the house, get out on my own, and try to figure out what I should do. So I went out, went down the road, over a hill and around the corner, and I stumbled upon a vista of rolling pastures and magnificent mountains the likes of which I had never seen. I stopped dead in my tracks, overwhelmed by excitement, awe, and wonder. At that moment I became a runner and a traveler, and I think in each run I take I try to somehow recapture that feeling.

Favorite sport to participate in: Whatever sport I happen to be participating in at that moment

Favorite sport to watch: Hockey and bicycle racing.

Favorite leisure activity: Leisure?

One thing people don't know about you: I am a certified yoga instructor, and have taught yoga in English, Russian, and Sanskrit.

Quote: "I am a part of all that I have met / Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough / Gleams that untraveled world whose margin fades / Forever and forever when I move." Alfred Lord Tennyson, "Ulysses."