Though I am often traveling in far-flung places, I am never far from the internet.
I love hearing from readers, your successes and your travels, and since the first day I launched this site, I have read and responded to every email and comment. From those emails, I compiled a massive travel resources section (20,000+ words) with heaps of answers to the most common questions I received over the years. I also compiled advice and answers to all the most common volunteering questions here (questions to ask, how to vet projects, considerations, etc.). Please start at these sites with your travel or volunteering questions.
Due to serious RSI and worsening carpal tunnel, I can no longer field the dozens of daily emails from the community. I use my Facebook page to announce upcoming meetups, or you can reach out via any of my social media platforms—I’d love to hear from you if want to share something that resonated, to vent, or to find out how we can work together. If my resource page didn’t answer your question, I highly recommend you ask the active and supportive community in the Everything Everywhere Facebook Travel Community. It’s thorough, fast, and crowd-sourced advice! :)
I truly believe most travel and volunteering answers are available for free at one of those pages—I’ve spent years compiling and curating the free advice and resources. That said, some of you have asked if we could chat about: your upcoming trips, how to move abroad, solo travel, transitioning from school into travel, and other travel related things. If you’re keen for an hour of my personal advice on a certain subject, travel plans, or your concerns, consider booking a Skype or telephone session. It’s $90 for a one-hour call, and you’ll leave with actionable advice and any followup resources you might need for your trip.
I also work as a freelance travel writer and speaker—recent press, media, and my contact details are here.
My portfolio and personal site is here: ShannonOD.com.
Note: I do not accept advertising, press releases, or guest posts on this site; do not email me for these purposes.
Please see my speaking page for more details and direct contact information.
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