I am a traveller, writer, musician, explorer, teacher and free spirit. I have an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Dublin City University in Ireland, and a B.A. in Intercultural Communication from the University of New Mexico. I speak a little Chinese and even less Spanish.

I grew up in the wilds of rural New Mexico kicking down ant piles and riding my pony over the hill to my grandparents’ house. Though excruciatingly shy as a kid, my parents encouraged me to be independent, which generally meant taking myself (and my horse) out for adventures through cactus-laden fields or sometimes down into the dusty unknowns of the arroyo below the house. Those long, lazy desert afternoons were the seeds of my wanderlust.

At university, I was a staff member of the American Chinese Civic Exchange, which organised language summer camps in Nanjing (Jiangsu) in 2004 and Yueqing (Zhejiang ) in 2005.  Those trips taught me how to play guitar in front of a bonfire in 40 degree heat on regional Chinese television and how to weather a typhoon on the 2nd floor of a flooded guesthouse.

I had a brief stint writing ESL textbooks for Korean English-learners and eventually moved to China, where I worked as a teacher and cross-cultural consultant in Anji, a very small town on the outskirts of Zhejiang province. During that time, I learned to eat hotpot, longxia and scorpions, sang in front of 4,000 students, made a cat costume from scratch, galloped a horse across the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, played the slots in Macau, rode a ship through the middle of the East China Sea at night, got lost (and drunk) in Hong Kong (several times) and, most importantly, accrued a rather large collection of fireworks videos.

All of this led me to begin writing and publishing travel articles, many of them about China, including my first book, This Is China: A Guidebook for Teachers, Backpackers and Other Lunatics. This and others are available on Amazon.

I moved around quite a bit over the years, including another stint in Lishui (Zhejiang), China, almost a year in my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico and more than a year in Prague.

Home is now London, where I am the North Asia destination editor at Lonely Planet. I’m also a beer nerd and (occasionally) write about various adventures taste-testing suds on my project blog, Brew Travel.

See the contact page for ways to touch base!


10 thoughts on “about

  1. Just found your blog, Megan. Really enjoyed reading about Prague. It’s been a while since I’ve been there and it all comes back to me through your posts. Keep up the good work! My own travel blog is at insearchofalifelessordinary.blogspot.com if you fancy a read!


  2. Hi Megan, I sure loved reading your post here, and agree that you have such a wonderful life and are taking advantage of so many amazing things. Sending you huge giant hugs from your old home town. The Lord’s best blessings on your day!!! ((*:*))


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