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Meredith's Story

Meredith began traveling the world when she was 23 years old. She and her best friend Sandy back-packed across Europe, sleeping on park benches, beaches, and whatever else they could find. Her adventures have since taken her from the sandy dunes of Africa to the rural countryside of France. 


An anthropologist, Meredith’s love of travel extends beyond what the tourism industry typically has to offer. She is not content to lay on a beach reading (something her daughter still laments) but instead prefers to engage with her surroundings as an active learner and seeker of new knowledge and insight. Through her wit, incisive writing, and insatiable curiosity about the world around her, Meredith provides a new way of seeing: one that connects the present with the past and deepens our understanding and appreciation for those places we hold most dear in the world. 

Meredith leads a new travel movement that shies away from site-seeing, focusing instead on “site-being.” That is, being wholly and radically present wherever you are, immersing yourself in the history of your environment, and leaving with a sense of having been enriched, rather than “refreshed” from your travels. Meredith seeks not to “take” from the places she visits, but rather to highlight and amplify the voices that bring those places to life: voices that are often overlooked in today’s fast-moving “top-ten” dominated world.


In a time of global isolation, Meredith reminds us of the connections we have not only to each other, but to our past. We might never know why we are where we are, but Meredith certainly helps answer how we got here.