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Conversations with the Inspiring Megan Chovanec

Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Chovanec.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Megan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a lover of life and a doer of things. From my day job as a graphic designer to my travels abroad and to everything in between, I have always had a strong desire to experience what life has to offer. I have never really been one to say no to a new opportunity or challenge. I am a yes person who lives by the mantra – Explore. Connect. Reflect. Create. – and each of these words has pushed me to live a life I am proud of.

I am passionate about new experiences and I love sparking that passion in others. I created a personal blog to document and share these experiences. People have always asked me for restaurant or travel recommendations and now I am able to share these on a simple platform.

Documenting my experiences on my blog isn’t my main career path or source of income but it is something I love doing. When I first created my blog, I did it as a creative. I try to document all of the thoughtful hours of research that goes into my travels. I know my blog isn’t the next revolutionary thing, but when I am able to help shape a positive experience for someone through my blog, it makes all the hard work worth it.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
People define success differently. If I were to define success in terms of popularity and engagement, then my blog would be forever struggling. In this saturated blogging market, it would’ve been a one in a million shot that my blog became the next big thing. (Of course, if that were to happen, I wouldn’t be one to say no… I’m a yes person, remember?)

But I never defined the success of my blog in that way. I created this blog as a personal, creative outlet and helping shape people’s experiences and travels is meant to be a by-product. Of course, it is easy to compare my small blog to the dozens of successful blogs I see on social media. It’s a challenge to not want immediate success… but I remind myself of my own definition of success.

The main advice I can give to others who are struggling with their journeys is to remember why you started something in the first place. I started blogging to document my experiences and keep all my travel research in one place, not to gain fame or glory. It’s easy to compare yourself to others but don’t do something because you are trying to compete with someone else. Remember your roots and choose to continue your journey because it sparks a passion within you.

Please tell us about MegC The World – Personal Blog.
By trade, I am a graphic designer. I love design but my true passion lies in experiences. Friends and family most commonly know me for eating at exotic restaurants, traveling to countries off the beaten path, or picking up a bizarre new hobby. I am always down for any adventure and I commonly get asked restaurant/travel recommendations.

I like to travel and then I document it. I am just another average female millennial… but what separates me from the rest is that this is my passion. I don’t do it for others. I don’t do it luxuriously and I don’t do it solely for the ‘gram. (Although, if there is a photo opp, I will definitely jump on the opportunity.) I will wake up at 4am to catch the sunrise. I will sleep in 20 person hostel rooms. I will travel for days without a shower. I will say yes to the journey that will get me to life’s best experiences.

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
Growing up, my dad traveled a lot for work. I didn’t like that my dad traveled so much but it made his returns home an exciting occurrence. Wherever he went, he would bring back a small souvenir so I started associating his returns with these little trinkets. I thought it was fascinating that these bookmarks, shirts, charms, whatever souvenir it was, came from somewhere across the world. It sparked my curiosity to visit these places myself. To this day, I write in a journal while I travel and save small trinkets to remember the experiences I had.

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