Uencounter.me has partnered with a number of travel bloggers who share our core values of integrity, honesty, and transparency.  Over the next several months, we are highlighting them in our Partner Series. We hope this allows you to get to know them better and remember, you can follow all of their travel and blog posts via their personal pin map on uencounter.me!

The seventh in our series introduces Susan Shain from Travel Junkette [dot] com; we asked her a series of questions and her answers follow:

Please tell us a little bit about you personally:

I’m from a very small town in New York — really, more cows than people. After college, all I wanted to do was travel, so I started working seasonal jobs, saving up money, and traveling whenever I had enough saved up. It’s been fabulous. In addition to traveling, I love photography, food, and anything outdoors. Oh, and Cheez-Its and Michigan football!


How long have you been blogging and why do you do it?

I have been blogging for my friends and family for several years, but just s

witched to my new, more public platform in December 2011. I blog because I love to travel, to write, and to take photographs. I want to share my passions with others and show people that you don’t need to work as a cubicle zombie – you can have fun jobs and travel, as long as you are smart with your money!

How did you decide upon the title and direction of your blog?

For me, travel is an addiction. It is what I think about all the time and when I spend all of my money on. I liked the idea of Travel Junkie, but it was taken… and, I’m a girl. So I decided to go with Travel Junkette. I think it’s a fun name that reflects me and my personality. The direction of my blog is adventure travel — tips, tales, and inspiration. It’s just what was natural for me to write about, so I went with it.

What is your favorite blogging experience?

My favorite blogging experience has been connecting with the massive online travel community. I had no idea that there was such a welcoming and knowledgeable community of travel bloggers and websites. It’s been so fun to connect with different people and share our love of traveling.

What has been your most treasured travel experience?

Ahhhhh. How am I supposed to decide?  I think this is an impossible question for anybody who enjoys traveling. I guess that my most treasured travel experiences are usually very random situations where I make a connection with the local people or nature in some way. The most recent example I can think of was a sunny day in Amman, Jordan. I was with one of my best friends, and we ended up having tea with some local Jordanian men. I ended up having to turn down a marriage proposal of 15 camels, which was unfortunate, but just chatting with them and learning about their lives was a very cool experience.

If you could return to any one of the locations you have visited, where would it be and why?

I think it would have to be Lampang, Thailand. I attended a mahout training camp at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center there, and to this day, that has been one of my fondest memories. Elephants are my favorite animals, and it was really special for me to be able to play and bond with them on a daily basis. Plus, baby elephants? Is there anything cuter?

Elephant Camp in Thailand

What location is at the top of your bucket list today?

India and Nepal. India for the food, and Nepal for the trekking. And both for their culture and famed friendliness of the people. Take me there, please!

Please add anything else you would like say:

I appreciate the good folks at uencounter.me inviting me to be a part of their project. Thanks, you guys!  It has been a fun adventure thus far, and I think it will only get better as the site grows. Now, back to pinning…

Find Susan on Facebook ; her blog: ; Travel Junkette;  Follow on Twitter ; and on uencounter.me!

Susan’s map at uencounter.me – Many of those pins represent and connect to a blog post!

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