Nice to meet you! I’m Susan, a writer, traveler, and diehard Michigan wolverine.

You may also know me as Travel Junkette, but this site has grown beyond that.

Susan Shain travel blogger

How I Got Here

One really bad interview my senior year with a bunch of pale dudes in suits made me realize 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 never looked back.

Girl standing on colorful Colorado sign

I spent the next six years working a variety of seasonal jobs: I scooped ice cream, taught English, rented out skis, and even art modeled.

My jobs took me around the world — from Southeast Alaska to South Korea.

I paraglided in Colombia, traveled solo in Egypt, went diving with thresher sharks in the Philippines, and learned how to kiss in Mongolia.

And I wrote about it all on this blog.

Kayaking in Misty Fjords, Southeast Alaksa

Eventually, I started writing for other outlets, and for a few years, I ran my own freelance writing and content marketing biz.

Then, opportunity came knocking, and I became the senior writer at The Penny Hoarder, the largest personal finance blog in the U.S.

The decision surprised even me — but I’ve been enjoying it so far.

Jumpy pic in Jeju, South Korea

I still travel, I still blog, I still take pretty pictures. And I still freelance.

So whether you’re seeking a writer for your website, or advice about your upcoming adventure, I’m delighted you’re here. 

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