Hey, I’m Susan Shain. Nice to meet you! You may know me as Travel Junkette, but in recent days, this blog has grown beyond that.

I’m 28 years old. (No, not “twenty-something.” Why do people feel the need to be vague about their age before 30? TOTES unnecessary. I’ll never be older than 29, so it doesn’t really matter anyway.)

I’ve been working seasonal adventure jobs and traveling the world since 2008.

My mission in life is teaching others how to add more adventure to their lives — be it through seasonal jobs, international trips, or backyard explorations.

Girl eating mango sticky rice in Thailand.

Mango sticky rice in Thailand = bliss.

I’m not one of the many refugees from cubicle life. I did graduate from college, but that was the end of my career as a grown-up.

One really bad interview my senior year with a bunch of pale dudes in suits made me realize that I didn’t want to go into public relations, advertising, or “consulting,” whatever that means.

I wanted a life of adventure.

I came home, told my roommate I was moving to Colorado, and haven’t looked back.

Since then, I’ve worked a variety of seasonal jobs; I’ve scooped ice cream, taught English, rented out skis, and even art modeled. Not only did these jobs afford me the time and money to travel, but they were FUN. (Well, I don’t know if I’d call art modeling “fun,” but it paid well.)

Girl standing on colorful Colorado sign

Where it all started.

For the past few years, I’ve been building up an online business — and at this point, I am completely supporting myself online. I work as a freelance writer and digital marketer. It’s the best job in the world, because it gives me the flexibility to travel when and where I want.

But you know what my favorite thing is? Helping YOU add more adventure to your life.

Traveling is what gets me high, and I want to share the love with you.

If you’re sitting at a desk staring at your tropical beach wallpaper just wishing you could travel, I’m here to tell you that you CAN.

And if you’re about to finish school, remember this: you don’t need to work a job you hate if you embrace seasonal jobs.

You don’t need a lot of money to travel, and supporting yourself doesn’t mean having to have a “real” (and often boring) job. I’m living proof of that.

Kayaking in Misty Fjords, Southeast Alaksa

On the job in Southeast Alaska.

I’m a diminutive girl (we won’t discuss HOW short), with no trust fund, who’s never had a grownup job. And I’ve traveled a shit-ton. To more than 40 countries independently, in fact. And, being Jewish by heritage, I have, naturally, done it for cheap. All thanks to seasonal jobs.

I’ve been paragliding in Colombia, traveled solo in Egypt, gone diving with thresher sharks in the Philippines, and learned how to kiss in Mongolia. My jobs have taken me around the world — from Southeast Alaska to South Korea.

If I can do it, you can, too.

Even if you’re not interested in travel or seasonal jobs, that’s cool. Just hang out for the stories.

Because, as an open-minded girl who never turns down a good (or shitty) bottle of wine, I have quite the collection of tales that will hopefully entertain or inspire you, or at least make you ponder the future of humanity at the hands of the Millenials.

Jumpy pic in Jeju, South Korea

Let’s do this!

What do YOU want to know about adventure travel? About seasonal jobs? Working online? Let me know, and I’ll answer your questions via email, or maybe in a blog post!

Read, enjoy, and keep in touch. This is one serious travel blog that won’t take itself too seriously. Pinky swear.

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You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook.

PS.  Just so you know a few important facts about me: I love Michigan football, elephants, and jumpy pix. There, that should about cover it. Oh, and food. And taking pictures. And, especially, taking pictures with food (see above — YUM).

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