Associate Editor Shannon McMahon is always planning her next trip and often writing in her travel journal. Follow her on Twitter @shanmcmahon_ and on Instagram @shanmcmahon.
Shannon joined SmarterTravel in 2015. A former news reporter, she's easily distracted by Greek food and all things Spanish, and can typically be found glued to her beloved iPhone. Travel trends, news oddities, and her visits to up-and-coming destinations are some of her favorite things to write about.
Her stories have also appeared online on Boston.com, USA Today, Huffington Post, Business Insider, TripAdvisor.com, and more. Her educational background is in media writing, art history, gender and cultural studies, and film theory. She's always open to movie suggestions.
The Handy Item I Always Pack: "Plenty of extra thick hair elastics. They tame my frizzy curls and come in handy in a surprising number of packing and hotel dilemmas."
Ultimate Bucket List Experience: "Climbing (yes, climbing, it's steep!) the Great Wall of China before it's gone."
Travel Motto: "Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends." -Maya Angelou
Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: "Window, of course."