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Welcome to Traverse Blog!

Launched in 2015 as a resource for millennials looking to maximize their limited time off, Traverse Blog empowers young travelers to experience food & travel adventures at home and abroad through thorough and thoughtful planning. I spend most of my days in an office setting working as a program manager for Greenheart Travel so I intimately understand the struggle of always dreaming about your next day off. Despite having limited vacation time, I am committed to integrating travel into every aspect of my life.

My mission? To show young working professionals — like you! — that it is possible to create a travel filled life regardless of where you’re at in your life or career. I will help you achieve that lofty goal through my helpful travel resources, sample itineraries (perfect for people with 2 weeks of vacation time) and detailed planning tips!

Whether you’re new to traveling or have lots of experience, this blog is a space to help you plan a little more effectively, thoughtfully and responsibly.

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Traverse Blog’s Values

This blog features a mixture of my personal travel stories as well as practical how-to and planning advice from over 15 years of international travel experience. I highlight the joys (and challenges) of travel with a strong emphasis on meaningful experiences, sustainable food, socially responsible activities, and cultural highlights.

One of my core beliefs is that travel writing & blogging should reflect what travel is really like — entertaining, challenging, eye-opening, and awe-inspiring — so you can expect me to be honest about the things I love and don’t love about traveling.

I believe that people who travel are more tolerant, respectful and open-minded because of their choice to see and experience things that are different from them. I myself am a product of this experiential, culturally immersed learning and I will forever be a supporter of learning from the world around you.

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About the Author

Nice to meet you! I’m Megan!

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. At only 27 years old, I am lucky to have traveled quite a bit — 6 continents, 44 countries and countless cities. Since I was young, I’ve had a sense of adventure and desire to explore the world. And now as an adult, I am a full-fledged travel junkie!

Because I spend a majority of my time here in Chicago, I have to find creative and unique ways to integrate my passion for travel into my daily routines. From trying new cuisines to listening to international podcasts, I aspire to have new experiences a part of my every day life. And then once I’ve saved up enough vacation days, I am quickly headed off to new international and domestic destinations!

I am passionate about responsible travel, meeting new people, and creating unique memories. One of the things I love most about traveling (and just life in general) is trying new food. I believe that food unites people around the world and is a universal way for humans to express their individual culture and identity.

Since my first time abroad in 2000, traveling became ingrained in my persona. It is no longer something I do; it is something I am. Exploring the world and learning about its ways is inspiring, exciting, and nerve-wrecking all at once.  I love the feeling of landing in a totally foreign place and just figuring it out. I thrive in this constant state of physical and mental flux, regularly seeking out change throughout my life.

Visiting other cultures and seeing beautiful landscapes inspires me and traveling has made me the person I am today; yet, with each new experience, I find myself changing. And always in ways I don’t expect! Exposing oneself to other cultures and lifestyles impacts your worldview, opinions and interactions in a way that cannot be replicated through any other method of learning.

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20 Random Facts About Me

  1.  I have an analytical mind. I try look at everything from multiple perspectives in order to better understand the situation.
  2. I have a severe phobia of closed shower curtains. I’m always scared someone will be hiding behind it ready to stab me. Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” really took a toll on my psyche.
  3. My all-time favorite band is The Beatles. They speak to me in a way no other band ever has. They are my musical soulmate. Every time I listen to them, I feel like they are talking to me and telling the story of my life. Seeing Paul McCartney live in concert is one of my top 10 favorite experiences. EVER.
  4. I’m not afraid to be vulnerable, open & honest. I put my all into everything I do even if it means I can or will get hurt.
  5. I can’t turn down desserts. I have a serious sweet tooth!
  6. I believe that gratitude and modesty are the best qualities a person can have.
  7. I used to not like animals… and then I got cats. Now I’m totally obsessed. My fur babies bring me endless amounts of joy, and I can’t imagine my life without them now. I’m officially a cat lady!
  8. I love clothes! Period. It’s kind of a problem.
  9. Fall will eternally be my favorite season. Growing up in the Midwest, I developed an appreciate for the colors, smells and temperatures of autumn. Plus, the fashion is great!!!
  10. Even though I’m miserable at it, I love to dance! It makes me feel free. I have recently fallen in love with DayBreakers and I go every month in Chicago!
  11. I rarely leave my house without some type of jewelry. I feel naked without it.
  12. I often take things too personally, even if I pretend I don’t care.
  13. I sing along to music all the time. I rarely know the words, so I usually make a fool of myself!
  14. I can’t stand it when people say they don’t care about politics because usually they’re just scared of defending their opinion. I am particularly ashamed of how many millennials are apathetic towards politics. Young people used to be the lifeblood of political change, and unfortunately now, they just don’t seem to care.
  15. My love language is words of affirmation. I like hearing nice things about myself, and it makes me feel validated.
  16. I played tuba in the middle school band. I wanted to be “different”.
  17. I don’t know how to shut off my mind. I can’t not think. I have an overactive imagination.
  18. The first thing I notice when I meet someone new is their smile.
  19. I met my husband when I was 6 years old. He was my high school sweetheart, which to this day, still weirds me out. I never pictured myself as someone who would be married at at young, but I also feel so incredibly grateful to have my best friend by my side through life.
  20. Being in the mountains is my spirit place.

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Ready to plan your next trip? Read my “Best of the Blog” page to get started today! You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date with my latest travel adventures!

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