Hi, I’m Shannon, a traveling writer and speaker.

I’m a writer on the road since 2008—that’s when I packed my bags and boarded a one-way flight to Australia. Somewhere between that first bon voyage and today, I found my passion in working as a speaker and writer. I struggled in my first years out of college, and travel acted as my boot-camp for life. When I’m not on the road, pretty much my favorite thing ever is speaking with high-school and university students about global citizenship and the importance of traveling young. The only thing possibly cooler: the folks at National Geographic honored me as one of their Travelers of the Year in 2013 for my work connecting travelers with social enterprises and grassroots initiatives all over the world through my websites and book.


I’d love to work with you on a travel project; below you’ll find my past work, current projects, and ideas on how we might work together.

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Though often in far-flung places, I am always near the internet. Let's find a way to work together!


Having graced the stages of universities and conferences all over the world, I’d love the chance to work with you. We’ll hone in on the core themes your audience needs to hear and give them a speech that inspires them to take action.


I have 10+ years experience helping startups and brands develop an online marketing strategy ideal for their business. We’ll pull together SEO, social media, and branding to help your company grow.


With stories everywhere from National Geographic Traveler to the BBC, I frequently write about travel and volunteering for a range of international publications. Let’s create a story together.


I am often in far-flung places all over the world, or touring the US. I'm always connected to the internet, however, so your best bet is to shoot me a message!

  • Phone: 727-386-9415
  • Email: ShannonRODonnell@gmail.com