Not too long ago, I gathered up my courage, left my job at a prestigious non-profit, and fled my cubicle to travel the world.
Hello! I'm Shannon, the writer and traveler behind Tramontane.
After earning my master's degree and spending my early twenties working in non-profit management, I realized the career I had been chasing wasn't allowing me to live the life I truly desired. The daughter of a flight attendant, travel has always been an integral part of my life and I just couldn't settle for 10 vacation days.
After some heart-to-hearts with my husband (including lots of wine and ice cream), we sold most of our stuff and headed north — way, way north — to Finland. We lived under the northern lights for five months and when we returned stateside I knew I just couldn't go back to a 9-5 job. My mom encouraged me to apply for a job as a flight attendant at the airline I'd grown up with, reassuring me that creating a life I loved living day in and day out was more important than having a job that looked fancy on paper.
I took a leap and applied and a few months later I was lucky enough to be flying the friendly skies! I've been flying for a little over two years now and wouldn't trade it for anything. Becoming a flight attendant has allowed me to see so much more of the world than I ever dreamed I would. It's also provided me with the time and flexibility to pursue my passion for writing and photography.
I started Tramontane to inspire others to travel more and to provide the advice and insight you need to find the heart and soul of the places you visit. I also hope to provide guidance and insight to those currently living the flight attendant life or those who hope to be someday - and to serve as a reminder that building a life that works for you is always possible (no matter how nontraditional or crazy it might seem).
Some of my favorite past adventures include exploring Luxor Palace in Egypt, strolling the windswept moors of Scotland, and traversing the cobblestone streets of Siena. I get to know a new city by walking for hours until my feet are rubbed raw. I avoid souvenir shops like the plague, but always try local coffee, dessert specialties, and au courant cocktails. My heart skips a beat for old churches and ruins of any kind.
I hold a certificate in publishing from NYU, an M.A. from Yale University, and a B.A. from Wellesley College. I've worked with national non-profits, government agencies, and the United Nations to help them creatively tell stories, build client relationships, and set their brands on fire. My writing and projects have been featured in The Huffington Post, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Dish, Feministing, Ms. Foundation for Women, the CT Mirror, Fem2.0, Elevate Difference, and Atlanta-area magazine Peachtree Papers.