About Me

Hey there!  I’m Megan and this story starts with little me and my red cowboy boots in Tennessee. 

That was my first big trip, going down to Georgia from Wisconsin, where I’m from.  I went on a few more family trips in the US, then took my first trip abroad to Germany in high school with my German class.

I don’t think I really noticed how much I liked traveling or didn’t really pay much attention to it when I was growing up, but looking back there are at least two things that were probably signs.

  1. In first grade, I played soccer and got a soccer ball with flags of the world on it instead of a regular black and white one.
  2. I tended to pick classes that involved travel or I knew would take trips.  I stayed in choir to go to New York, then dropped it the next year.  I took German for five years to go on the trip since they went every other year (alternating with the Spanish class) and you had to be in a certain level to go at all.  Then in college, I took two photography classes during winter break study abroad, instead of full semesters, to New Zealand then Ecuador and the Galapagos.

I thought I knew what I wanted to do once I got to college but I changed my major three times and never expected it to be what it was.

I ended up graduating with a degree in Professional Communication and Emerging Media with a focus on journalism, art, and photography, and a business minor.

I always hated writing, but it turns out I like it a lot when I can write about whatever I want in a nonacademic setting. Who knew.

After a terrible blog or two that thankfully don’t exist anymore, I finally found a name I liked, and here we are today. 

While it may have started to mostly share pictures and some pretty useless information, it’s evolved (and still is) to actually being helpful with even better pictures.

Within a month of graduation I went on my first solo trip to Central America, then to Asia the next winter, and for the next six years I worked seasonally at Lake Powell and drove across the country at least three times a year.

Now I call Florida home (for now) and will continue exploring the US, just a different side of it. Southern Utah is still one of my favorite places on Earth but I can’t wait to see more of the eastern US.

Where I’ve lived

  • Eau Claire, Wsconsin (20 years)
  • Menomonie, Wisconsin (four years)
  • Bullfrog, Utah (most of four years, seasonal work 6-8 months per year)
  • Moran, Wyoming (four months, winter)
  • Page, Arizona (two years)
  • Gainesville, Florida (one year)
  • High Springs, Florida

Where I’ve traveled and when

  • Germany, two weeks in 2010
  • New Zealand, two weeks in 2012
  • Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, two weeks in 2013
  • Slovenia, two weeks in 2014
  • Central America, 2.5 months in 2015
  • Taiwan, Japan, Philippines; 2.5 months in 2016
  • Midwest, southwest, and southeast US; 2016-present

You can find everywhere I’ve traveled over on this page.

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9 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Meg! Here goes our little adventurer again! Good for you!! Can’t wait to follow you on another amazing trip. I still have room for an interesting picture or two in our guest room, aka vacation room. You inheirited the photography bug from Grandpa Johnson…he’d be proud! Have fun. I hope the coffee is good. 🙂

  2. Your about-page is fantastic. It offers very much information about Your life. To me who loves languages, was a great joy that You also love languages.

    I just wonder the name of Your blog redaroundtheworld. There must a good reason to that. I was preparing my future post telling about old wooden residential areas in Finland and I did find that on one area there were not red wood houses. I found this curious, because on those areas, which I have visited, there are generally red wooden houses.

    Have a good day!

    1. Thank you! I wanted a name that was general and wouldn’t box me into a specific location or topic, but still got was travel related. That’s the around the world part, and my hair is (usually) red so that’s where that part comes from.

  3. Hi Megan, enjoyed your blog! We have a red headed daughter so I totally got your blog name…I think she may be coloring a prom dress for her daughter this year, yours was so inspirational!!
    Stuck outside Blanding for the night due to a bridge was out on road 95 between Blanding and Natural Bridges NM, so now we have to go around and up the Moqui Dugway with the RV…always a little scary on tight turns!
    May have to go back manana and check out your five kiva ruin before we leave here; thanks for all of your great info and pics.

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you found it helpful and hope your trip is (or has been, or was) wonderful!

  4. Hey Megan, I have followed and enjoyed your blog for some time now. A bit about me? I’m glad you asked. 🙂

    I was born and raised in New York City, and served 22 years in the fire department, eventually making the rank of Firefighter Paramedic Lieutenant, before retiring to pursue my passion for writing and photography full-time.

    I am a published writer of creative nonfiction, and generally combine poetry with prose. I currently live in Vermont with my wife, Amelia.

    And yes, my parents named me Thomas, even though I was born a girl. They were hoping for a boy, but when I was born, they had no backup name picked out.

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