About Me

 

All throughout high school and college I felt completely lost. I didn’t know what I wanted to do or be and was feeling tons of pressure from family and friends to join in on the rat race. I settled for going to college and left my institution with no marketable skills and nearly $40,000 in debt.

After realizing that I was beginning to get wrapped up in a social and societal system that wasn’t for me, I ditched it all and moved abroad looking for bigger and better opportunities. For nearly the past two years, I have been on a journey to become a full-time nomad with financial, mental and emotional freedom.

What Do I Do?

I am an English/ESL teacher and tutor, a copywriter, web content writer and blogger. I am a traveler, an adventurer and a part-time nomad (oh, and a cat lady too!)

What Did I Do?

Before moving abroad I spent 5 long years in college and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a certification in environmental sustainability. I interned on a local campaign, waitressed for 6 years to pay my bills and saved money to go on frequent travels.

How Did I Start Traveling?

It all started on a road trip to Tennessee to see a music festival. It amazed me that I could just get in the car and be in a completely different place in a matter of hours. I began to wonder where else I could go and how far I could take it. Since then, I have taken many more road trips around the U.S and to Canada, went on a group trip to Israel, backpacked around western Europe and flew to the other side of the world to live and travel extensively around Asia.

What Are My Goals?

Eventually I would like to work for myself so that I can travel whenever I feel the urge. I want to help inspire others not only to travel but to look for other options for their lives. I want to open people’s eyes to something beyond the rat-race and the status quo. I want people to know that they have options, better options than what they are led to believe. All they have to do is know that they exist somewhere out there.

18 Comments

  • Reply Heather Frew October 14, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Beautiful website and blog, very inspiring! Thanks for writing ☺️ x

    • Reply Livesabroad October 19, 2015 at 2:50 am

      Thank you Heather! It is still a work in progress but I am enjoying it!

  • Reply Arun October 19, 2015 at 10:57 am

    FAntastic!!! HOpe MAny GEts INspired 🙂

    • Reply Livesabroad October 20, 2015 at 7:00 am

      I hope so too! I also hope that you found it inspiring also!

  • Reply Sheila Mcneaney November 7, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    I have just read your blog on Bali it was lovely I can understand about the dog I sometimes go to goa to a friends place and for the past 7 years she has been there year after year don’t know how she survives but she still does. Do it was nice to read about your journey I will be looking forward to the other blogs. Thank you

    • Reply Livesabroad November 8, 2015 at 3:58 am

      Hey Sheila! Thanks for reading. Goa sounds interesting! I want to visit there someday! I love that you have a dog friend that never leaves! Maybe she is just waiting for you to come back each time! What brings you to Goa so often?

      -Shannon

  • Reply Alix December 9, 2015 at 3:25 am

    This is awesome!

    • Reply Livesabroad December 9, 2015 at 4:47 am

      Thank you Alix!

  • Reply Kay van Amerongen January 19, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    We live in a world trapped by social pressure, media and obligations. Living our life’s without truly pursuing what makes us happy, being afraid to do the things we like and staying true to ourselves is a skill that, unfortunately, many people only develop too late in life. We are controlled by this ‘paper’ called money which is only a tool in our journey. So, dear Shannon, you definitely did put a smile on my face the moment I read your blog.

    You are one of the gifted people that developed that skill and I can only admire you for it.
    Keep doing what you are doing!

    Cheers,
    – just a random Dutch guy on his way to live on Bali

    • Reply Livesabroad January 19, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Hey random Dutch guy! I like the way you think! Your awesome and honest comment made me smile and I’m glad that I’m not the only one who feels this way about life. Also….it is really exciting that you are moving to Bali! I lived in Ubud for about two months and if you have any questions on anything…just send me a message and maybe I can help you out! What will you be doing there when you go?

      -Shannon

  • Reply Kay van Amerongen January 21, 2016 at 1:17 am

    There is a whole movement of people that are finally started to think about their life’s and listen to their hearts. I am glad that we live in an era where we can share our thoughts and beliefs with one another so easily. I will be doing an internship at a startup company called Kumpul Coworking Space. If you are ever in Bali again, you should check it out. They built a fantanstic community and offer coworking spaces, which is definitely your thing as a travel blogger. Can’t wait to sit down on the beach and see the sun go down. Namaste.
    – a random Dutch guy

    • Reply Livesabroad January 22, 2016 at 3:04 am

      That’s awesome! I love the atmosphere in co-working spaces. So much passion and hard work going on within them. It sounds like you scored a pretty awesome opportunity there! Have an awesome time Random Dutch Guy!

      -Shannon

  • Reply chandi January 30, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Hi Shannon! Go for it! I did the same thing in my twenties. I’d love to stay in touch and hear how it’s going for you. I saw your query on the Travel Writer Facebook page about guest posts. I accept guest posts that fit my site, which is about travel and expat life. You can have a look here: http://paradiseofexiles.com

    Lets chat!

    • Reply Livesabroad February 2, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Hey Chandi! Thanks for getting in touch! I would love to chat with you and will be checking out your website RIGHT NOW! Talk to you soon!

      -Shannon

  • Reply Samantha Howard March 24, 2016 at 3:11 am

    Hey Shannon! I stumbled across your blog when I was living in Canggu this year, I loved your piece on what to do in a day in Canggu. I’ve just started travelreverie.com and hope to be able to share stories about the crazy and interesting cultures across the Indonesia archipelago. It really is a diverse, beautiful and underrated country! This is such an inspirational blog, so please keep up the good work and feel free to give me any pointers on mine. I was wondering if you could answer a question. I have paid for a domain with wordpress.com, do I need to also pay for a host? According to wordpress, wordpess.org needs a host and worpress.com has a host? Very confused.

    Thanks Shannon, keep it up 🙂

    Sam
    travelreverie.com

    • Reply Livesabroad March 28, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      Hey Sam! You got to live in Canggu! That’s awesome. I wanted to live there for about a month but it didn’t work out that way. Thanks for the compliments on my blog! So, yes you will need to pay for a hosting site for your WordPress.org blog. Bluehost is what I use and I found it pretty easy to set up! Hope that helps!

      -Shannon

  • Reply Untraveled Routes June 10, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Hi Shannon!!!
    I just discovered your space while browsing on FB, I’m so glad I did. You have an amazing blog 🙂 quite positive and inspiring too.

    • Reply Livesabroad June 29, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Hey I’m glad that you found me! Thanks so much for the kind words too! I will have to check out your blog as well!

      -Shannon

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