Since we’re new and all, I thought I’d take a minute to introduce myself a little better. My name is Shannon.
I’m married and have two wee babbies. One of the things my husband and I have in common is a love of travel and exploring new places, or new things in old places.
We have a map on our wall with pins in places I have been, he has been, and where we’ve been together. I am a little jealous that he has more pins than me.
He did a biking trip through England and Scotland once. He took a trip to Turkey (without me!) while we were dating. We took our incredibly belated honeymoon to Italy, and fell in love with Florence.
My husband and I met in college. We were both Archaeology majors (think Indiana Jones, not Jurassic Park), and were on the same dig crew at Field School. A good place to really get to know someone, by the way, is thrown together in a pit completely covered in dirt and gnat bites, sunburned to a crisp, and working hard together for 8 hours every day. It was great.
Because of our archaeology and anthropology backgrounds, we both love learning about culture and history– a perfect excuse to travel!
We take a trip with family about once a year, and save up for our own trips sporadically (usually stateside, though we try to get out when we can). Outside of that, we mostly travel through books. My husband prefers reading long, abstruse histories and political analyses of places, and I prefer to explore new places through mysteries and travel literature.
Our kids haven’t traveled much, since they’re so little, and I really would like them to be able to remember a place if we’re going to pay for them to go, but I hope one day that we will be able to go, all four of us, to some pretty awesome places. I am giddy at the prospect of showing my children the world– raising global citizens and all that.
My whole life isn’t about travel, though I sometimes wish it was. Primarily I’m raising my kids right now, but I also act as property manager for a handful of local rental properties (not my own, unfortunately). I dabble in writing, enjoy researching a litany of topics, try my hand at photography, love cooking and baking, and am trying to get into yoga (that is a whole other culture and language, let me tell you).
One of my current goals is to get out of Dodge, so to speak– while Utah is beautiful, I have my eye on a handful of other states. While we could never afford to live in my home state of California, I would love to live somewhere (a lot) warmer and closer to the ocean.
I look forward to rambling on about travel-related things with you in the future!