Shannon's international experiences began as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile, during her studies at Hope College. Over the years, she and her family hosted seventeen high school students, furthering her love of travel and intercultural studies. She has been to nearly two dozen countries, including Brazil, Germany, and Ghana.
Shannon and her family are currently traveling the United States as "digital nomads", working online while exploring the nation's national parks, beaches, and rich cultural heritage.
As a writer, Shannon's focus is on real estate and personal finance; her work took her to the top 100 out of more than 300,000 writers on the freelancer platform Elance within a few months of her start there. She enjoys being able to support her family from anywhere in the world.