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.

Fun fact: I decided to take German because the teacher never gave homework.  I also wanted to go to Germany more than Spain and my friends were taking it.  But mostly no homework.  

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 all the world flags on it, well a bunch of them, 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, so I stuck it out.  I’m still not great at it.  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.

Once I made it to college, I thought I totally knew what I wanted to do, and let me tell you, it was not this.  I was going for Retail Merchandising and Management because I wanted to be a Visual Merchandiser, you know, the person who designs displays in stores and stuff like that.  I hated writing and was terrible at it.  I had a friend look over an English paper for me once and he literally told me it was terrible.

Fun fact: I always chose weird/different colored or patterned things.  Along with my flag soccer ball, I had a blue recorder in elementary school (Hot Cross Buns, anyone?), a purple leopard print backpack, a binder you could draw on, scented markers always, and I even drew my own homecoming dress my senior year of high school, like, literally drew on it with Sharpies.

I stuck with that major my Freshman year, then applied for the Interior Design program my Sophmore year because that sounded way better.  I absolutely loved my textiles class but did not enjoy CAD, which is like, huge for interior design.  Meanwhile, my roommate changed her major to Professional Communication and Emerging Media.  I kept hearing her talk about her homework and classes and it sounded so fun!

Cue one final change of majors and some minor adjustments (literally, business minor) and I realized I actually like writing.  I found out I hate research papers because they’re boring, but I loved being able to write articles and about things I enjoy, like travel.

Fun fact: I’m a huge scaredy cat.  Some of the things I’m afraid of: jumpy dogs, dogs near my face, horses, the dark, water, jumping off of things, throwing up, hearing other people throw up, getting lost in the woods, and mountain lions.  Some things I really love, too: coffee, tea, birds, cheese, beaches, reading, nail polish, Lush, kayaking, cookies, driving race cars, trying weird food, and Geocaching.  

After a terrible blog or two that don’t exist anymore, I finally found my groove and 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.

Once I graduated (in four and a half years, even with three changes of my major!  Though I did take classes literally year round) I went on my first solo trip to Central America, then to Asia the next winter, and since then I’ve been working seasonal jobs in the US, driving across the country at least three times a year.

Fun fact: I love craft things.  I used to work at a Jo Ann Fabric, too.  I like sewing, but I’m not good at it, painting, drawing, baking.  I really want to try knitting, cross stitch, and paper quilling, too.  

A few other fun facts about me:

  • I used to work at a little cheese shop at home.  That’s about as Wisconsin as it gets.
  • I used to have two birds, not at the same time, and named both of them Petey.  No relation to Dumb and Dumber, though I do love it.
  • I love baking, but not cooking.
  • I say hello to almost every animal I drive past.
  • When I camp I have terrifying dreams about me camping and things going wrong.
  • Raspberries are my favorite.  So is pasta and sandwiches.
  • I like learning languages, but I’m not very good at it.  I’ve taken German, Spanish, French, and Chinese.  Plus, I’ve tried to teach myself all of those and Italian.
  • Horror and Disney movies are my preferred genres.  I also love The Bee Movie.  Ya like jazz?

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You can email me at redaroundtheworld@yahoo.com.  If you have any other questions, head over to my contact page.

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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