I made it into the top 10 to be the Island Connoisseur! Send me *MEGAN SHIER* a vote on their website: vote.60daysinparadise.com and hopefully I’ll get to spend the summer working my dream job!!
During my long hours of internet wandering, I came across something awesome called “The Island Connoisseur”. What is that exactly? Tobago wants to hook up a Canadian with the summer of a lifetime by spending #60days in paradise. The Island Connoisseur will get to experience everything Tobago has to offer and share it right to your computer screen. Seriously, how could I not apply? This is my dream job!
My name is Megan (though, I gallivant around the internet as Meggie Kay). I’m 23 years old and live in Kitchener, Ontario. I graduated in spring 2013 from Ryerson University with a BFA in New Media. I’m now working at my first post-grad job as a Digital Media Producer at the University of Waterloo. I spend my days editing videos and designing presentations. But things get more exciting at night! I write for my personal travel blog (this site you have currently found yourself on) as well as make fun YouTube videos and engage the rest of the travel blogging community through various social media sites.
My friends describe me as a happy, energetic person. I’m enthusiastic about making every day special. I’m always looking for new experiences so much so that I hate saying no to any opportunity that pops up. I’m not afraid of a challenge and in fact, I tend to go looking for them. I like testing myself to see just what I’m capable of. I’m usually surprise how far I can go. I’m incredibly curious and love learning everything about everything.
I didn’t get bit by the travel bug, I inherited it! It started with my grandfather who passed it down to my dad and it eventually ended up at me. Moving to a new town almost every other year as a child made me develop a love of travel at an early age. Travel and experiencing new cultures has always been part of my life.
I travelled throughout Europe as a teenager when I took a gap year to live in Germany. This is where that love of travel dug even deeper and planted solid roots in my heart. I still remember the frustration of trying to learn a new language, the true awe of seeing places I always dreamt about, and the intrigue of experiencing daily life in a foreign country.
This continued as I studied abroad in university, spending 5 months living in Singapore and exploring Southeast Asia. It was during this time that I really broke out of my shell and started looking for anything and everything to get my hands into. Rock climbing in Thailand, eating BBQ snake in Cambodia, and surfing in Bali. If I saw something I had never tried it before, I was first in line! Since then I’ve been just taking day trips and a 1 week vacation in Morocco. But I’m itching to jump back into something bigger, better, longer, and more exciting!
This Island Connoisseur position is essentially my dream job. But it’s not like my pipe dream of becoming a rockstar – that will never happen since I can’t carry a tune. I’ve gone through the schooling and have been actively working towards this dream for a couple years. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. Nothing I could think of really described me well until I thought of “storyteller”. I’m a storyteller using all kinds of mediums (video, photographs, painting, writing, social media). It’s all about the story.
While studying New Media at Ryerson University, I focused my last year on online media production surrounding travel, including blog posts, a web series, and social media. This is how my travel blog Nomadic Meg was spawned. Incorporating travel videos, guides, reviews, and humourous anecdotes about living abroad, Nomadic Meg has really become more than just a school project. It’s my passion! It has become the combination of all my favourite things – sharing stories about travel and encouraging others to go out and see the world for themselves.
Considering I graduated university by producing digital travel media, I would like to think I’m pretty good at it. It’s time to bring this passion into the professional world and the Island Connoisseur would be the perfect place to start.
So, if you think the Island Connoisseur should be fun and energetic but still have the passion, experience, and know-how to share stories online, then I’m your girl!
And just for a little more fun, bloopers and outtakes from the making of my #60days video:
P.S. If I win, I’ll be making this face until it hurts…