I met Megan in Ireland. She is a vivacious character full of life. Based in Auckland this lady is a real go-getter that is truly Living The Dream where every day she is working, but that also means every day is her day off.
What was the first country you visited? Who with and why did you choose it?
The first country I visited ever was Australia when I was 12 with my parents for a family holiday to Sydney that I’ve never forgotten. I remember being shocked at how huge the plane was and the feeling of the G-forces as we took off. Then I was an AFS exchange student in Washington DC for a year and that truly changed me. My mother still wonders if it was the real Megan who went away or the one who came back!
When did you start a travel lifestyle? What inspired that change?
I was working as a graphic designer pottering in my own business when I decided to study for a diploma in freelance journalism. That was about 16 years ago and then I kinda fell into travel writing. I went back to London where I had lived in my early 20s and wrote a couple of stories that were published in Next Magazine in NZ. After that I decided to proactively carve out a career as a travel writer and freelanced for newspapers and magazines for many years. I still do.
Do you have a base you travel from? Or is it continuous travel? And why do you choose that style?
I am based in Auckland and love coming home as much as I love being away. My husband and I have a nice life and I’m in charge of stocking the humidor and booze cupboard! It’s nice to have some down time, catch up on the last trip, catch up with loved ones, then when I get itchy feet I go again. I’m overseas about once a month for a week or more at a time.
How do you fund your travel lifestyle? Is it something you do when travelling or are you a saver?
I have been able to make a living out of being a travel writer and blogger through my freelancing, and on my blog I work with destinations and brands on native advertising, sponsored content, affiliate links and I also run training workshops for destinations, brands and private companies around using content, social media to grow their business.
If you could tell yourself one tip before you started your travel lifestyle, what would it be?
Don’t expect it to be easy! It’s hard work. It takes dedication and hustle, but it’s worth it!
What does "Living The Dream" mean to you?
Living the Dream to me is the feeling that every day is a work day and every day is a day off.