Meeting up with Amazing Woman Shannon O’Donnell!

One of my favorite bloggers is Shannon O’Donnell of A Little Adrift. Shannon was the 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year, and is the founder of Grassroots Volunteering.  She is also the author of The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook, which uses uses storytelling, research, and practical information to guide travelers to an ethical volunteer experience.

Shannon recently took her nephews and auntie on an exploration of the Yucatan Peninsula. As some of you may know, that area is my backyard since I spend a lot of time in Cozumel, Mexico. As her parents were stopping in Cozumel from a cruise ship, Shannon and I had the opportunity to meet up on the island.

Shannon and I at The Money Bar for breakfast!

Shannon and I at The Money Bar for breakfast!

We enjoyed breakfast at The Money Bar, then headed to my house for some pool relaxation. Nothing occupies kids better than a pool!



The Shan Fam

The Shan Fam

I treasure the people I have met during my travel blogging journey, and most of them I know only online. It was so wonderful to meet up with Shannon in person! The day after we met, I headed over to Cancun and spent an incredible 10 days with a fantastic group of adventurous, dedicated marine conservationists! More to come on that experience!

Be sure and check out Shannon’s blog, A Little Adrift!


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  1. Thank you for your hospitality Tam, and for the chance to meet in person. So glad we were both on Cozumel and were able to take the time to chat and get to know one another in person. And I can’t wait to hear more about you conservation dive!

  2. Mary says:

    Looks like everyone had a fun time!
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  3. Thank you for sharing the amazing women you know. I love this series in your blog! Shannon is inspirational and I will add her to my coverage of travel bloggers to read &learn from, in a presentation I am giving to a blogging meet-up I coordinate this Sunday!
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  4. Estelle says:

    I love the name the Money Bar. At first I thought it was the Monkey Bar, but this is better. Thanks for shining a light on other people’s lives for us.
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  5. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    What fun! Your photos always capture the beauty of nature, swimming pools included!

  6. You know how I love this series They’re brilliant. Oh, how beautiful the scenery is and I just want to jump into that pool. Lovely post about another wonderful blogger, Tam!
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  7. roz warren says:

    You’re right about kids and pools. And grownups can find swimming pools delightful too! I swim every day and I have to say that your pool looks like Heaven. And breakfast and the Monkey Bar looks pretty good too. (I trust that they don’t actually serve monkeys?)

  8. Carolann says:

    What a lovely pic! Sounds like you had a fantastic time and I look forward to reading more about your next adventure!
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  9. Loved seeing the pool, a little different venue for you! Life is good, right?

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