Inspiring Traveler Interview- Megan “Hashbrown” Maxwell

For today’s post we’re talking to Megan Maxwell, who thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 2012. She has also gone on some other seriously awesome adventures, such as spending 14 weeks trekking in the Nepalese Himalaya. You can read more about Megan’s adventures at


Trip Tips! Before you travel.

Have you ever felt like the days leading up to a big trip are always some of the most hectic and chaotic of your life? I’m leaving for 10 days in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday, and I can tell you from my personal experiences that this is definitely the case. There is preparation to be done, shopping you need to do, making sure the house is in order and all of your fresh food is eaten, packing, making sure all documents for travel are in order, and of course the seemingly endless list of preparations that need to be made at work.

Waking up in a new place.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of waking up in a new place. It is a time so full of possibilities, where anything is possible and the world is at it’s most perfect. It is exciting to arrive in a new city, for sure. The descent of the plane into a brand new land brings out a feeling of excitement in me that I seldom feel at other times. That being said, it is when I wake up in the morning on my first full day in a new place that truly feels magical. Due to time zones and jet lag, I’m often up in time to see the sunrise, which is something I basically never see at home.

On Australia’s Dangerous Animals

It’s no secret that Australia has somewhat of a reputation for being home to the world’s most deadly creatures, and for good reason. There’s the box jellyfish, the irukandji jellyfish, the bull shark, the eastern brown snake, the saltwater crocodile, the Sydney funnel web spider, the blue-ringed octopus, the coastal taipan, the death adder (a snake), the cone snail, and many more. Any one of those creatures I just listed could inflict severe pain and injury on their victim, and in many cases, death.

On travel companions…

I’ve done a lot of traveling in my life and I hope to do a lot more traveling before it’s all said and done. As such, I’ve really come to appreciate how much of a difference it makes to have good travel companions. It can really make the difference between an amazing trip and a disastrous trip. If you’re not sure whether or not somebody will make a good travel companion for you, there are some things you should consider…