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Shannon O’Donnell has traveled to more than 40 countries since she left to travel around the world in 2008. She has been featured as an expert on travel and volunteering in national and international print, radio, and television and was named a 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year.

She spends time in the United States each year to speak at Universities and conferences and she is a professional travel writer, trained public speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed book, The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook.

Shannon is available for:

  • Interviews in any medium (print, video, or radio)
  • Speaking (view her list of topics here)
  • Webinars and interactive online interviews
  • Travel writing and photography

About Shannon O'Donnell

Interested in working with Shannon? 

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Below are links and clips of past press and speaking experience.

Press and Media Highlights

natgeo-travelers-of-the-yearShannon’s photography, writing, and speaking have been featured in print and online publications all over the world. Highlights include:

  • Named a National Geographic Traveler of the Year
  • Spoke at National Geographic Live! at the Grosvenor Auditorium (link here)
  • Radio guest on NPR and the Australian Broadcasting Network
  • Appearances on Daytime TV, ABC and Fox news stations
  • Featured travel and volunteering expert by Yahoo Travel, CNN, Globe and Mail, News.com.au, Daily MailTimes of India, BBC, Frommers
  • About her book: “A great beginning guide for those just starting to think about volunteering internationally …” — Booklist Magazine

In Print

  • National Geographic Traveler magazine, Traveler of the Year feature story, November 2013.
  • Delta Sky Magazine, wrote a piece on Ireland, 2014.
  • Money Magazine volunteering expert, December 2013.
  • Times of India expert interview on volunteer travel.
  • Interviewed by Cosmopolitan Italy on working remotely and traveling.
  • Four interviews and stories (print and online) with the University of Central Florida (here is one).
  • A contributing writer, To Nepal With Love guidebook.
  • Featured as a source of travel inspiration in Modern in Denver Magazine (print and online).
Shannon ODonnell Speaking

Shannon O’Donnell speaking at the Housing Works Bookstore in NYC.

Online

Television

Radio

Speaking Highlights

  • Central College in Iowa guest speaker to the freshman class, 2014.
  • National Geographic Live event in Washington, DC in 2014.
  • Shenandoah University keynote speaker at International Convocation, 2013.
  • University of Central Florida guest speaker about entrepreneurship and travel, 2013.
  • Annual speaker with middle school classrooms in conjunction with units on Into The Wild, social justice units, and world cultures studies.
  • Meet Plan Go panelist for the Orlando, Florida event, 2011.
  • Speaker on SEO and Content at the TBEX 2012 Travel Blog Conference
  • Presenter of various industry webinars and training sessions on Social Media and SEO.

Speaking at National Geographic Live! 

Speaking at Shenandoah University

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Photography

  • Photography featured in Outside magazine, April 2013
  • Ongoing relationship with Kuoni Travel brochures for Middle East images.
  • Featured in Trinity University Magazine.
  • Stowaway Magazine (print and online) for a piece on Semana Santa carpets in Guatemala.
  • Featured in University of Missouri Illuminations report.
  • Photography featured in the Schmap Sydney Guide.
  • TRAVELIFE magazine feature.

Writing, Interviews, and Podcasts

Contact

Email ( ShannonRODonnell <at> gmail.com ) is the easiest way to reach me. Or via phone: +1-727-386-9415