megan van groll painting 2
megan van groll painting

Hi there!

I'm Megan. I'm an artist and writer by night, digital marketer and creative director by day. I'm passionate about travel, and I started this blog back in 2013 to inspire more people to make travel a regular part of their lives. Why?

Too many people believe that in order to travel a lot, you must either:

1. Be a trust fund baby, or otherwise loaded
2. Be a complete nomad, selling everything you own, quitting your job and leaving everything (including some career opportunities) behind

I'm neither - yet in the past 6 years I've still managed to see 30 cities in 13 countries (a few more than once) while holding down a demanding, full time, normal office job with 2-3 weeks of paid vacation per year.

I want to inspire you to do the same. If you're new, start here: How I Afford Travel: Badass trips on a not-so-badass budget.

A little more about me:

I'm the daughter of a soldier (colloquial term: Army brat), so I spent my childhood always on the move -- including 5 years in Germany. If I'm restless now, I blame it on that. I'm also the product of both pretty recent Dutch immigrants and proud Texans. I live in Dallas now, a place that never seems to stop growing, but will always feel like I've got one foot here in boomtown and one foot in historic, charming Europe. Good thing I live near a major international airport.

I'm an artist with an active studio practice, specializing in contemporary figurative realism. I earned my BFA in Drawing & Painting in 2008. You can see my work (which contains some artistic nudity) on my website or my art Instagram @meganvangroll.

Writing has also been a lifelong passion of mine - so when friends and coworkers kept pressing me about how I can afford to travel so often, especially when I tell them how little I spend, I realized there was a story here to be told. About how you don't need all the money in the world to see the world, and you don't need to run away from your 'real' life (and all the responsibilities that entails), either. This is real life. And you can have both.

I hope this blog inspires you to act on your travel dreams, without compromising your career aspirations.

Questions? Drop me a line. Thanks for reading!

- Megan