Press/Media

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.

She also spends time in the United States each year to speak at Universities and conferences. 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
  • Radio guest on NPR and the Australian Broadcasting Network
  • Appearances on Daytime TV, ABC and Fox news stations
  • Featured travel and volunteering expert by CNN Money, Globe and Mail, News.com.au, Times of India, BBC Travel
  • 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, November 2013.
  • Money Magazine volunteering expert, December 2013.
  • Times of India expert interview on volunteer travel.
  • Interviewed by Cosmopolitan Italy on working remotely and traveling.
  • Two interviews (print and online) with the University of Central Florida (here and here).
  • 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

  • National Geographic Traveler of the Year online article.
  • Featured in Canada’s Globe and Mail on volunteer travel.
  • Featured by CNN Money on voluntourism.
  • Featured on Australia’s news site, News.com.au about solo female travel.
  • Contributor to USA Today College about student travel.
  • Featured on BBC Travel about living in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Partnership with Lonely Planet as a featured author.
  • Regular travel panel expert for TravelBlogs.com.

Television

Radio

Speaking

  • 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.



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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.

Interviews, Podcasts, and Writing

Contact

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