San Sebastian Promenade, Donostia

Welcome to a New Chapter

With this new year has come an exciting new chapter, a migration from my previous blog, The Traveling Scholar, to this new re-branded version. It’s been a long time coming; something I’ve been toying with for a couple of years and I’ve finally decided to take the plunge. To be honest, I loved The Traveling Scholar for the time that it captured in my life: my graduate school experience and post-grad period of figuring out my path, getting on my feet, and sorting out the typical conundrums faced by many twenty-somethings.

Life has changed since then though, and there’s been an obvious shift on my end from a discussion that melded travel with academics, to a blog that focuses more specifically on travel experiences, cultural immersion, new destinations, adventure, family travel and traveling as a couple. I simply outgrew my previous outlet but wanted to move my thoughts, adventures, tips, and some fresh features to a new, streamlined site that I think better represents this new phase in my life. This is an exciting and pivotal year for me. It’s the year that I say goodbye to my twenties and hello to a new decade and the array of new adventures it will bring. After seeing the incredible and life-changing twists and turns that my twenties brought, I’m looking forward to the next phase of life and the myriad of opportunities that lie ahead.

Thank you for joining me and continuing to follow along with my adventures – and misadventures! – and all of the journeys that are yet to come.

Cheers to a fabulous 2016!

Shannon Kircher, The Wanderlust Effect

More about Shannon Kircher

Shannon Kircher is the founder and editor of The Wanderlust Effect. Founded in 2009, she has continued to document her international escapes as an expat in Europe and the Caribbean. Additionally, Shannon is the founder of Compass & Vine, a luxury boutique travel design firm, and is the Director of Marketing for the Frangipani Beach Resort. Shannon holds an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and is a current candidate for WSET Level 3 in Wines & Spirits.