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Shannon O'Donnell
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Monks in Thailand line up to receive alms during the Songkran celebrations in Chiang Mai. Thousands of monks, clad in orange robes, quietly wait while for the Songkran celebratory service. In addition to the monks, thousands of Buddhists wait in a line with small gifts for the rows of monks that walk through Tha Phae Gate.

A full guide to Thailand and it's celebrations and customs is here: http://alittleadrift.com/countries/traveling-thailand/
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Sunrise in Kenya's Great Rift Valley. As I watched the sky tint a riot of colors, a Maasai warrior walked with me to ensure my safety. This week on the blog is a long profile about a social enterprise rethinking the role between tourists and Massai. Exploitation of the tribes is rampant in East Africa; the Maji Moto Cultural Camp organization uses funds from the camp to support a wide range of locally run projects.

This includes a Widow's Village, primary school, and a girls dormitory for those who have escaped female genital mutilation and early marriage. It's an inspiring project rethinking the role responsible tourism plays in development.

Full story here: http://alittleadrift.com/2016/05/maasai-maji-moto/
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शुभ रात्रि !! 
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Hey y'all! So excited to chat with Forbes this week about what it's like to live and work on the road all these years. Seven years in and it's crazy to think that what started as "well gee, I'll work while I travel" now has a name all it's own: digital nomad. 
Digital nomads are redefining what making a living looks like.
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+Jeff N. Haglund Thank you Jeff! I hope you had a fun St. Paddy's day. :)
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Channeling the skits from +Jimmy Kimmel Live, bloggers share their meanest, cringe-worthy comments. Happy (sad) that I was able to participate in the this fun project. :)
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!! Beautiful Shannon O'Donnell अापने क्या लिखा नहीं मुझे नहीं मालूम ना मै पढना चाहता हूं ! पढने लगुगा तो फिर आप को जी भर कर देख ही नहीं पाऊंगा ! तो घाटे का सौदा क्यूँ मंजूर करू ! मैने ठिक कहा ना lovely Shannon O'Donnell ! शुभ रात्रि !!! 
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Since I left the the the Republic of Georgia in late October, I've taken on the mantle of fangirl. Friends these past months can attest that I gush about it to any willing ear. This is a love letter of sorts. It's an enumeration of everything I found charming and unique about Georgia's pretty capital city. Georgia stuck with me in a way that few other places have. The city, the country, and the people won me over. I left with memories of unfettered hospitality, gorgeous architecture, and a beautiful culture. There's just a piece of Georgia that remains with you once you leave; what do you think, pondering a trip there anytime soon? :)

http://alittleadrift.com/2016/02/tbilisi-georgia/
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It reflect my country like SWAT
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A goat traffic jam on the Loita Plains! Our group walked with our Maasai warriors across the the shrubby savannah. We encountered a handful of children tending their herds of goats. In this case we squeezed between them and once beyond the goats, it was quiet and breezy. Our guides at Maji Moto spent the week leading us around the hills outside of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. They taught us how to identify medicinal plants. They sang songs around the campfire. It was a week of friendly conversations and so much learning. This week on the blog is a long profile on this wonderful social enterprise.

Full story here: http://alittleadrift.com/2016/05/maasai-maji-moto/
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África is really a place mystic and with a different way of live ...fantastic
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Visiting Maji Moto during my time in East Africa changed my perception of the role tourists play in responsible tourism. This innovative cultural camp sympathetically marries cultural preservation with tourism. It allows tourists to create a new story about the Maasai of East Africa.

Stories have the power to change us. Stories use a steel cable to cinch humanity closer; they bind us across cultures, time, and space. Once you have created a new story of a place, that connection can never be undone. It changes your perception of foreign events in far-off places. I will always have a connection to Kenya. A tapestry of stories binds me to the Maasai.

This piece looks at the work this camp is doing to promote education, to end Female Genital Mutilation, and to shape their community on their own terms. And it also looks the role tourism in supporting these projects.
Should you visit the Maasai of East Africa? This visionary Maasai chief is rewriting the tourist/Maasai dynamic with responsible tourism & social enterprise.
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shannon i want to be with you because i like tourist in my life please
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Update from Oaxaca, Mexico guys. This time I did a video!

But like always, there's also a written post with updates, photos, and stories too! Pick your poison, you can read or watch. Or both.

http://alittleadrift.com/2016/03/dispatch-mexico/
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As relations between the U.S. and Cuba continue to thaw this year, readers have emailed to say they are considering visiting. I pulled all the information from around the web with tips on pre-travel considerations, how to plan your trip, good reads, and ideas of things to do. This is the first of many new country-level guides, and I hope you guys find it useful! :)

http://alittleadrift.com/countries/traveling-cuba/
Less than a hundred miles off the coast of the United States, Cuba is a step into a seemingly lost era. Travelers dreaming of visiting Cuba conjure images
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The patchwork architecture in Old Tbilisi is reason enough to visit this pretty capital city in the Republic of Georgia. Intricate balconies sigh from tired buildings. Cobbled streets ramble through historic neighborhoods. Sweet, shady trees along Rustaveli Avenue belong as much in Paris as in this tiny Eastern European city. Each day I leapt from bed, energized by the idea of wandering adrift on the streets of Tbilisi, camera in hand.

More here: http://alittleadrift.com/2016/02/tbilisi-georgia/
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!! चारों तरफ प्रकृति की गोद में बसे इस कस्बे के लोग बहुत ही भाग्यशाली भी है विलासिता के संसाधनों का उपयोग करते हुए भी प्राकृतिक सौंदर्य का भी आंनद ले रहे हैं !!! 
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What a wonderful and timely message for #cop21 . So honored to know the filmmakers behind this, who continually work to bring beautiful understanding to our interdependence here on spaceship earth. 
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ःॐः बहुत अर्से के बाद आपके द्वारा प्रेषित तस्वीर को देखकर मन हर्षित हो गया। Shannon O'Donnell जी शुभ रात्रि !! 
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Sunset in Merida, the prettiest on my road trip of the Yucatan Peninsula! Such a great vibe in the city and filled with history and architecture.

More here: http://alittleadrift.com/2015/12/yucatan-mexico-kids/
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Beautiful photo. I love Mérida! One of my favorite places in Mexico.
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Travel writer and speaker on the road since 2008
Introduction
I am something of rarity—a Florida native born and raised in St. Petersburg. From sleepy suburbia, I left in 2008 on what I thought would be a solo, year-long trip around the world. That initial trip, however, turned into an open-ended journey and I slowed down to travel and volunteer in small communities along the way. My travel site, A Little Adrift, shares more on that story.

In October 2012, I published my first book, the Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook and followed that up with the official launch of my passion project, Grassroots Volunteering, which is a community-sourced database of global social enterprises.

Currently, I split my time and spend several months each year in the United States speaking to high school and University students about traveling young and becoming global citizens.
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Saint Petersburg, Florida
Previously
Traveling the world - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Los Angeles, California - Orlando, Florida - San Pancho, Mexico - Winchester, Virginia
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Travel Writer and Speaker
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  • A Little Adrift
    Founder, 2008 - present
  • Grassroots Volunteering
    Founder, 2011 - present
  • Self-Employed
    Consultant and Writer, 2005 - present
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Female
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December 28