Shannon O’Donnell, Founder, A Little Adrift and Grassroots Volunteering


Shannon O’Donnell left in 2008 to travel around the world with a hope to travel at the grassroots level and more deeply understand other places and cultures. She has continued traveling for the better part of every year and found her passion in using her online businesses to support community-based, grassroots tourism. She runs a vibrant community of travelers on her travel blog A Little Adrift, as well as at Grassroots Volunteering, a database of social enterprises all over the world.

She was named a 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year for her work and she published her acclaimed first book, The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook, in October 2012. She continues to share and inspire students and young adults to travel through her work as an international speaker, travel writer, and photographer.

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