Welcome to World Travel with Shannon! I am so glad you’re here and reading this. One of my biggest passions in life is being able to travel and experience new things. Though I am only 28 years old, I have already visited many of the U.S. states as well as 17 countries (and counting). I have been zip-lining, wild caving, sand-boarding, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and backpacking around for years. Of course, for someone like me, it seems I have only scratched the surface of the possibilities that are out there… and I want more!
So, what do I want? I want to LIVE. I want to experience everything I possibly can, meet people from all over the world, explore historical sites and local dives, hike mountains, swim under waterfalls… In short, YOLO! I don’t know exactly why we were all put on this lovely earth but I definitely know one thing for sure… it wasn’t to join the rat race, work all of our good years away, only to reach retirement and realize we don’t have enough money and our bodies are failing us and we can’t do all those things we had planned on doing “someday”.
After living in Hawaii for a few years, something hit me… many of the people I met there were extremely poor. They had very little money, many were homeless even though they worked two jobs. From the outside looking in, it was sad. These people have so little. Yet… somehow they were happy! Sure, they would love to win the lottery and have a huge house like most other people. However, there was a HUGE difference between the people I met and the people I had met previously in New England. They celebrated life. These people, who had so little, threw big parties and had BBQ’s nearly every weekend. They spent time with their friends and their family and even though they had very few material possessions, they were some of the happiest people I’ve ever met.
So, here I am, making a bucket list and fulfilling it! I want to see what else this big, wonderful world has to show me! I want to spend time learning about other cultures, volunteering to help out wherever and whenever I can. At the end of my life, I don’t care about my material riches and possessions, what really matters are the rich experiences.
I welcome you all on this journey with me… family, friends, and those I haven’t ever met! Please feel free to leave comments, ask questions, and make suggestions! Thank you for taking the time to read and share in this experience with me!