Megan Eileen McDonough

Megan Eileen McDonough is a freelance travel journalist/writer & blogger who seeks to go off the beaten path. Her lust for avant-garde travel sparked her desire to launch Bohemian Trails, a travel blog designed for those looking to have a culturally rich experience without breaking the bank. Megan tries to play particular attention to discovering emerging fashion designers, uncovering urban street art, listening to indie music bands and breaking down big cities into easy-to-navigate neighborhood guides.

Before becoming a full-time freelance writer and social media consultant, Megan worked for a global fashion agency in London and later for an international record label in New York City, where she is currently based. When she’s not writing, blogging or tweeting, you can probably find her aimlessly wandering through Manhattan or Brooklyn, more often than not, plotting her next international jet set.

You can work pretty much where you want to – on the road, do you find it hard to work or do you just have fun and work when you come back home?

I love having a nomadic lifestyle but I also like having a home base. I've been living in New York City the last three years and no matter where I've been traveling to, I always get excited when I see the city lights shining in the distance. As a freelancer I generally work alone, which can certainly get lonely at times and there are of course moments when I miss the feeling of comradery one gets from working in a team environment.

Do you feel many people are envious of your lifestyle?

It's always been hard for me to imagine anyone being jealous of me and for the most part, I think my family, friends and readers are happy for me because they know I am living my dream. That being said, there's always the chance that people will downplay my hard work by calling it pure luck but in all honesty, being a travel writer takes a lot of motivation, determination and perseverance. These reasons make the whole experience equally rewarding.

In which countries have people recognised you, even when you thought nobody would?

I don't think I've ever been recognized as a blogger but there is apparently a girl floating around Florence, Italy who looks just like me. I've also been told I look Spanish, Argentinian, Israeli and much to my surprise, Egyptian. It's a far cry from my Irish and French roots but I'll take it. It's fun to feel exotic for a change, which is a perk of traveling around the world.

Which three items would you never travel without?

Well, I can't go too far without my glasses. #2 would be my computer and #3 is conditioner. It's a must for my curly hair. I used to never travel without my childhood blanket but those days are over... for the most part!

Are there any specific souvenirs or other things you collect from the places you go to?

I will admit that I was a huge advocate for souvenirs for several years, but after awhile I realized I was accumulating too much so nowadays I like to rely on photographs or something unique from the area. For example, on a recent trip to Berlin, I went to the ic! berlin office & warehouse and got to help make a pair of their high-fashion sunglasses. My parting gift was a real pair of my own.

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