Work With Us

Hello! Thanks for your interest in partnering with us. We consider a wide range of partnership opportunities including travel reviews, press trips, social media promotion, long-term brand ambassador work, influencer marketing campaigns, and other types of partnerships.

You can download a two page handout detailing key stats, social media handles and an overview of our combined services from this link, for offline reference and more ideas.

On this page you will find details about the services we offer, blog statistics, our social media follower statistics and reviews from some of our past travel partners and readers. You can also find a list of many of our past and current travel partners here. It is detailed, but we think you should know a bit about who we are and what we do before choosing to work with us.

Laurence and Jessica travel bloggers

 

Why Partner With Us?

There are a lot of travel bloggers and influencers out there, so why work with us? First and foremost, we are hard-working full-time professional travel bloggers. This is not a part-time job or hobby for us and we have no other source of income outside of our blog and photography related income. We are also active in the professional community, attending professional conferences, speaking at travel blogging events, and serving on committees. Laurence served as President Elect (2014-2015) and President of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (2015-2016) and Jessica served as the organization’s Treasurer. 

We also provide something that most bloggers, not even other couple travel bloggers can provide, and that is exposure on two separate popular travel blogs and two separate sets of social media accounts. We are one couple but we run two popular travel blogs, Independent Travel Cats (online since 2013) and Finding the Universe (online since 2010), and each blog has completely separate social media accounts and email lists.

Our two blogs also have almost separate sets of readers as both were begun on separate continents before we ever met. Although both blogs are almost 100% travel focused, they both focus on different aspects of travel allowing us to target our content to engage various types of readers. If you want to know about our story, check out our About Us story.

Laurence and Jessica travel bloggers

We also bring a wealth of expertise outside those skills which comes from years of traveling. Laurence first took photography courses when he was 16 and has been perfecting his craft ever since, taking shots that have won awards and appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and travel websites, including National Geographic and the BBC.

Recently we have also been involved as talent/actors in a number of television shows and commercials with both American and British filming companies, including an episode of House Hunters International set in Edinburgh.

Laurence was voted as one of the top 100 travel photographers in the world two years running, and was featured as a USA Today reader’s choice Top 10 Travel Photography Blogger in 2014.

In 2015, Finding the Universe won the Bloggy Award for Best Photography on a Blog. Laurence also has a degree in computer science and brings his knowledge of IT into running the blogs and being an online influencer.

Jessica studied history and holds a PhD in clinical psychology and worked as both a clinician and a researcher, presenting at numerous national and international conferences and publishing over 30 peer-review journal articles in her field. Her education and writing skills allow her to  write very in-depth and informative article about her travels that appeal to the educated traveller looking to get below the surface.

Both of our blogs are regularly included in various lists of being “top” travel blogs (although we fully acknowledge that the metrics and objectivity of all of these lists vary widely!). We are regularly named as top couples travel bloggers and Finding the Universe is recognized as one of the top online travel photography blogs.

Finding the Universe is consistently ranked in the Top 15 travel blogs in the world based on various metrics, from visitor traffic to social media influence.


Finding the Universe has the largest following of any English-language travel blog on Facebook with over 800,000 followers! Laurence's photography has been featured on Buzzfeed, the BBC, National Geographic, and USA Today, to name a few. Independent Travel Cats has been ranked as being one of the top travel Twitter influencers, being a Top 20 Couples travel blog, and a Top 20 San Francisco Based Blog

Laurence and Jessica travel bloggers

Partnering with us can get your story in front of a fantastic audience with a reach of over a million people a month. An engaged, organic audience of photography and travel enthusiasts who value our opinion. Let's work together and make something awesome!

Our Travel Blogs and Foci

Finding the Universe

As an award-winning photographer who teaches his own online photography course, Laurence uses photography to tell stories and inspire his readers to travel. His favourite locations are outdoor settings with amazing landscapes; he prefers mountains to museums although he gladly lets Jess drag him to all kinds of admittedly fantastic museums and indoor venues. He also loves to talk about adventure-focused trips, road trips, and to provide readers with in-depth information regarding travel photography, travel gear, and travel technology.

  • Adventure Travel
  • Amazing Landscapes and Natural Scenery
  • Travel Photography
  • Travel Technology

Independent Travel Cats

Jessica is more geared towards producing high-quality written content and loves to focus on the history and culture of the places she visits, and also has written a series of Travel History and Travel Research related posts. She also tends to prefer luxury travel experiences and romantic destinations, and her posts generally focus on traveling as a couple. Her research background (PhD psychology researcher) assists her in writing detailed travel how-to articles to help readers plan their own trips. She also loves afternoon tea and anything furry; one of her favorite travel experiences was watching 5 lions cubs play next to her jeep in Tanzania.

  • Culture and History
  • Luxury Travel
  • Couples Travel/Romantic Destinations
  • In-depth How-to Guides/Trip Planning Information
  • Wildlife

Laurence and Jessica travel bloggers


Media Kit and Statistics

You can download a two page handout detailing key stats, social media handles and an overview of our combined services from this link, for offline reference and more ideas.

Key stats across our pages:

Average monthly stats (up to date as of January 2017):

  • Organic reach of over a million people a month across all our platforms
  • 90,000+ unique visitors per month
  • Top 5 visitor countries: 30% US, 10% UK, 7% Australia, 7% Canada, 5% New Zealand
  • Over 820,000 organic Facebook fans, with 40% of those being from the US and Europe
  • Over 90,000 Twitter followers.
  • 1700+ e-mail subscribers
  • 63,000+ Instagram followers
  • 3,000 Pinterest followers
  • 5,500+ Google+ followers, with over 20 million views of G+ content
  • A 79+ Klout score


Services we Offer

  • Press Trips/FAM trips 
  • Blog Post Reviews
  • Social Media Promotion
  • Facebook Paid Post Promotion (to 780,000+ followers on FTU Facebook page)
  • Travel Destination, Services, & Product Blog Reviews
  • Professional Photography Services, including destination, event and product photography.
  • Influencer Marketing Campaigns
  • Interviews
  • Giveaway/Contest Hosting & Promotion
  • Talks or Lectures on Topics related to Travel, Travel Blogging, & Photography
  • Photography workshops, lessons, and photo walks
  • Long-Term Brand Ambassador Work
  • Talent for travel relevant TV shows, commercials & web videos


Our preferred relationship is one where we collaborate with you on a product or service offering, which we experience and then write about for our readers. As an example of something like this, take a look at the series of posts we did in partnership with American Express. We provided a unique voice and perspective, as well as captivating imagery, to help promote the customer service experience only available through American Express products. As you can see, we offer a variety of services, and have different packages to suit different budgets. It is probably best to contact us directly laurence at findingtheuniverse dot com, to discuss the best option for you.

Please note that whilst we do a lot, there are some things we don’t do, as follows:

We DO NOT do any of the following: 

  • Post guest posts on our blogs (we do sometimes participate in guest posts for other websites)
  • Write reviews for any product, service, or destination we have not personally experienced.
  • Publish, share, or promote infographics, photos, products, etc. for free
  • Promote Kickstarter campaigns or similar 
  • Also we are not interested in receiving unsolicited marketing emails, discount offers, or similar from advertisers. Please respect we are a business and we do not like to see our Inboxes full of SPAM.

We also have a code of ethics that we adhere to for all our projects, and retain 100% editorial control over all our content.

Testimonial

Obviously we're going to tell you we're great to work with. We always do our best to over-deliver, as well as behave professionally and deliver in a timely manner. We understand however that if you've not worked with us before, you might need more than our word. So we are happy to provide references to previous clients, who you can chat with about the experience of working with us.

Here are a few pieces of feedback from partners to give you an idea.

While I was media relations manager for Florida Keys & Key West, I worked with Laurence and Jessica on a July 2015 social media campaign and press trip. Through the 5-day trip, they were both an absolute delight to work with. Besides being genuinely nice and easygoing people, they both engaged their fans on all of their social media channels with use of a devoted hashtag to the trip. In addition to the many social posts, they wrote several blog posts covering all aspects of the trip within a timely period of returning from the trip on their respective blogs. They both continue to use content from that trip on their social media channels to this day.

Laurence's photos were so impressive that we ended up purchasing several for our own promotional and media purposes.

Laurence and Jessica know exactly what their followers want to see and deliver it, leading to great sharing and engagement on all their posts. Both are extremely professional and were a huge help in boosting followings for all of the destination's social media channels. Laurence and Jessica are a perfect example of the importance of social media influencers and bloggers to a travel destination or product. They delivered more than what was expected of them and I look forward to working with them again in the very near future.

-Briana Ciraulo, Media Relations Manager for the Florida Keys & Key West/ Senior Account Executive for DKC (Travel Partner/Press Trip to Florida Keys)

We have known Laurence and Jessica for a while and they have become better and better, great professionals with a wide experience in travel and working with DMOs. They came to #inCostaBrava and #inPyrenees for a photography project and we couldn’t be more happy with the result. Not only they are hard workers, but they provided stunning photos and high quality content about our destination. The best part was that we didn’t even have to tell them what we wanted... they understood perfectly our needs and preferences, so we got the best results we could have asked for. We will always be ready to work with them in other projects.

-Jaume Marin, Marketing Director and Gemma Suner, Marketing Manager for Costa Brava Tourism Board

Thank you, Jessica and Laurence for visiting the Shasta Cascade region of Northern California!  It was our pleasure hosting and working with you during your stay.  Your blog posts about your experience while in the Shasta Cascade region exceeded our expectations with detailed information for future travelers, accompanied by breathtaking photos of the area.  Your professionalism and inclusion of all businesses and sights you visited was very much appreciated by our business partners. 

-Lisa May, Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (Travel Partner/Trip to Shascade Cascade region)

Jessica and Laurence are an absolute joy to work with! They are both very professional and creative and really deliver when it comes to stories, images and social media sharing. I highly recommend them to public relations professional looking to build their travel brand.

-Susan Hartzler, Mental Marketing PR (Travel Partner/Morro Bay, Los Osos, & Redding California Trips)

"It has been a real pleasure working with Laurence on the American Express Service Travels Miles project. We tasked him to travel to Rio to track down great service experiences and report back on his findings. In the lead up and throughout the trip, we were kept fully up to date with his progress and were really pleased with the materials produced as part of this.

Laurence was really helpful and accommodating to our requests and really captured the essence of the project within his posts. It was great to work with him and I hope to work with him again soon."

-Emma Jones, MHP Communications PR team, Account Manager for American Express

And of course, our wonderful readers have had a few things to say about our content as well:

“We just got back from 3 months in NZ, two of which we spent touring. We used your blog as a general guide. It was just perfect for us. We were lucky enough to have time to include three Great Walks and a few other adventures that did not make your one month outline.

Thanks for putting this together. I wish my photos were as beautiful as yours, but the sights were amazing.”

Contact details

If you'd like to know more about how we can work together to meet your needs and objectives, and to obtain a quote for our services, please e-mail us directly at  laurence at findingtheuniverse dot com.

Advertising Disclaimer

Note to readers: some of the content on this site, including links, images or guest posts, will be advertising content that we were compensated for. Some of the banners on the site are provided by third party advertising parties. We'll not recommend a product or service that we wouldn't be happy to use ourselves, and we will never offer positive coverage in exchange for a product or financial reward.

Thank you for reading and your interest in sharing your product with the readership of independent travel and photography blog Finding the Universe, written by the travellers, writers and photographers Laurence & Jessica Norah. All work featured on the site belongs to and is copyright of the authors, unless explicitly stated otherwise.