IMG_7162Megan, 23

Meet Megan. Partake in a brief convo and your bound to pick up on a few things; her triplet brothers inspire her, she can quote Milan Kundera books in her sleep, watching soccer (world cup Brazil 2014 anyone?) gives her goose bumps of glee, and spewing knowledge about the current situation in Syria happens on the regular. What it boils down to is Megan is passionate, and while the list of things that inspires her is long, travel sits at the tippy top. A huge proponent of flinging yourself somewhere new in the world and getting a wee bit lost, it’s easy to see why we have become friends…

If you had the possibility to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be? 

Read all of the books you can and go live somewhere else.

What one topic could you talk about for hours? 

History without a doubt, I could go on for hours despite the fact that no one wants to listen to me. Oh, and Syria.

What one book should everyone read? 

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera.

Who has been the most important person in your life and why? 

At the risk of sounding cliche my parents, because I got my love of history and appreciation of the world from my Father. And from a very young age my mother pretty much brainwashed me to believe that reading was the best thing in the world and that I needed to travel a lot.

What are you proudest of in your life? 

The thing that I am most proud of is that I was able to raise all the money, make all the plans, and travel to South Africa for the World cup when I was 20. My parents thought telling me- “yeah, yeah, if you pay for it” would stop me, guess what it didn’t. It gave me a lot of confidence because everyone we met thought we were cool and we started to believe it too.

What business would you love to start?

A travel magazine, with the perspective of being a woman traveler alone; it’s not that scary just do it! Just take the same precautions you would at home and maybe carry some pepper spray.

What does your future hold?

Lots of foreign adventures, plenty of unexpected twists, and hopefully a writing career.

What makes you laugh without fail? 

Larry David and mispronounced words.

When did you grow up? 

I’ve done the most amount of growing abroad, when you’re on your own in a foreign land the growing process is definitely accelerated. So, I guess when I studied abroad in Prague. Also, I’m still in the process of growing up, it’s ongoing.

If you could change your name what would you change it to? 

Olga, because I wish I was Eastern European and exotic.

If you could relive a day of your life again what would it be and why? 

The opening day of the world cup in South Africa. There were so many people from all over the world, the excitement and friendliness of everyone was unparalleled, and we were in a crazy beautiful city. Plus, who doesn’t want to stand on a table, drinking beer, and singing their national anthem.

Where is your favorite place in Chiang Mai? 

The North Gate Jazz Club, because I love live music and Chiang Mai has such a wonderful array of free live music venues.

Why is your life beautiful?

Everyone’s life is beautiful, my life is beautiful because I realize it.