Lost Girl of the Week: Shannon Lane Hurst

Lost Girl of the Week — By on July 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Shannon Hurst Lane, Lost Girl of the Week, is the travel author and creator of TravelingMamas.com, a website which offers up tips on great places to visit with children and how to have the best family vacations. She has written for such publications as Louisiana Homes and Gardens, San Antonio at Home,  USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times and MSNBC.com. Shannon proves that just because you are a wife and a mother, you can still be a lost girl at heart.

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“We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving,
and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep
believing.”
Louisa May Alcott

I’m a Traveling Mama. Travel keeps me sane and makes me feel like I have a secret life when I’m in Mom Mode. One day I’m at the local ballpark listening to the other moms converse about daily life, the next day I may be on a flight en route to Malaysia to meet descendants of a headhunter tribe. It’s a mad crazy cool life and I adore it.

Travel has given me the confidence and independence I’ve always needed. I’ve been married for 15 years and I love my husband, but I’ve been having this affair with travel. I need it like I need air to breathe. I’m adventurous, but I do like my luxury, so you’ll rarely find me in a tent (unless is is a lush and fabulously decorated tent). Travel is sexy and I
always return from solo excursions feeling a bit more spicy and worldly.

I grew up (and still reside) in a Southern US town where few classmates had passports or even thought about travel overseas. It just wasn’t done. You either went to college or you jumped right in to a life of marriage and work.  I tried the college route and even majored in music, but realized that wasn’t what I was supposed to be doing. I took a job at a local fire department as a temporary fix until I figured out what I wanted to do. That was 16 years ago. I still always had this passion inside of me to explore what’s out there. I knew there was more to the world than what I could read about or watch on television. I wanted to live out loud and show other moms that life doesn’t end for us once we give birth.

I’ve had some amazing experiences with and without my family. I’ve written books, shared travel stories in magazines, and started my first travel site in 2002. Now with the creation of TravelingMamas.com I’m able to allow other moms share their voices and travel experiences. It warms my heart when I get an email from a reader expressing their apprehension and then thanks for inspiring them to get a passport and leave their comfort zone. We’re never too old to be educated through travel and it’s something we can share with our children and their children.

I’m a mama. I’m a wife. But I’m always still me – that Lost Girl who woke
up and found out she’s a Traveling Mama. You can follow me on Twitter:
@Cajun_Mama.

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