This week’s guest post comes from Megan, travel blogger behind Red Around The World. She explains ‘This is me, Megan. A Wisconsin girl trying to see the world. After graduating from college, I wasn’t ready for a “real” job, so I decided to see Central America. Now every winter, I try to see a new part of the world. Up until I left for Mexico, all of my traveling had been done in groups for school and I wanted to change that. I finally went on my own and want to keep going, but for now, I’m working and exploring more of the US. No matter where I am, you’re most likely to find me hiking, reading, or drinking coffee. And if there’s a beach, I will probably be on it. In the meantime, I’ll be busy dreaming of where to go next.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
I’m Megan, a Wisconsin native, Utah transplant, American nomad.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I would say I’m a part-time backpacker. I’ve been working around the US the last few years, so I’ve been able to explore nearby national parks on my weekends.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I’ve been working seasonal national park jobs the last few years. This helps me explore the US. Before that, I lived with my parents and would just work way too much and save everything I possibly could, then go on a trip, spend it all, come back and do it over. Until I started seasonal work, that is. Now I just work in different parks in the summer and winter and travel around the US when I can.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
This is a toughie. I think either Taipei, Taiwan or Guatemala. I love Taipei because it’s easy to get around, there is a ton of stuff to do in the city, even after a month I didn’t even see much, there are awesome hikes and small towns nearby, it’s affordable on a budget, and I felt safe walking alone day and night. I loved Guatemala because it was super cheap, has awesome markets, has tons of hiking and volcanoes to climb, and is just all around easy on the eyes. Both of these are the top of my list of places to return to.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I wouldn’t say either of these places are bad, I just didn’t have great experiences with them personally, but Leon, Nicaragua and Red Frog Beach in Bocas del Toro, Panama. I didn’t love Leon because I just couldn’t get my bearings there. I never knew where I was, couldn’t find anything, and just didn’t really know what to do. It was always like, 1000 degrees and I didn’t really meet many people there to do things with. I would definitely go back though.
Red Frog Beach was another story. First, it wasn’t a great day weather-wise. It was cloudy and grey. The waves were super rough so we couldn’t go in the water. Those two just made it not that great. There were no red frogs to be found and to make it all worse, the girl I was there with and I were basically harassed by a local guy demanding we pay him our entrance fee, which we already paid. He kept yelling at us to pay and didn’t believe that we already did. He didn’t stop anyone else that walked past us, either. He eventually let us go then followed us out when we were leaving to yell even more. He said he was calling the police. He called someone then just let us go again. It was very weird and not pleasant at all. I probably wouldn’t go back because of that and because there are so many other fantastic beaches in the area.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Sort of. I think it changes quite a bit. I’ve written down like 15 different lists, but right now the tops three places on it I think would be Mongolia and Central Asia, Chile and Argentina, and Greenland. I know that’s more than three, but I would want to visit the regions.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
Headlamp so I’m not stumbling around hostel dorms in the dark, so I can walk outside in the dark, and so I can read paper books in the dark.
Fully loaded Kindle because I’m a reading maniac and then I don’t have to worry about finding books and wifi on the road. I always have something to read.
Solid shampoo because I love it and I’m a carry on traveler. It cuts down on my liquids and it lasts forever.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Having a trip in the works. It gives me something to look forward to and something to work for. I also love reading about wherever I’m going and planning things out before I go, then not going with any of the plan once I’m there haha.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I think I started my first blog like, six years ago? Then I started this one a little over three years ago. I started to share my pictures from previous travels and to share about my upcoming trip to Slovenia. Then I continued sharing all my other travels as I went for whoever happened to want to read them. It was mostly for fun documentation.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
It offers a look at what it’s like to work seasonal national park jobs in the US and what that lifestyle is like. I like to think it’s a good resource for anyone looking at going on a Great American Road Trip, which I feel like I’ve been on an extended road trip of my own.
From ESLT – thank you, Megan, for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂