Meghan O'Dea

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Lives In

Denver, Colorado

Education

  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

  • Meghan O'Dea, originally from Tennessee, is a Denver-based writer focused on travel, the outdoors, cannabis, and personal essay.
  • Meghan has written for Lonely Planet, Playboy, Bitch Magazine, the Washington Post, Yoga Journal, Willamette Week, Nylon, and more.
  • Meghan is also an urban historian and adjunct professor who has taught travel literature and travel writing at the college level and regularly guest-lectures on place-based topics like reading City as Text.

Experience

Meghan caught the travel bug at a young age when her grandmother, an accomplished world traveler in an era when women backpacking solo was unusual, planned a train trip around the perimeter of the United States for the two of them. Meghan continued to travel to Europe and throughout the United States in her tweens and teens.

After graduating from college, Meghan began her writing career penning technical manuals and marketing copy before transitioning into outdoor and travel journalism. She has earned bylines at publications including Playboy, Bitch Magazine, the Washington Post, Yoga Journal, Sisu Magazine, and Fortune Magazine covering topics that range from camping to luxury vacations, from feminist history road trips to sex in the outdoors.

A particular focus and passion for Meghan is the intersection of travel and cannabis, blending her day job as a cannabis-focused content strategist for the Grasslands Agency with her passion for quality travel writing and service journalism. She has written about green vacations and cannatourism for outlets including Civilized, Nylon, Uproxx, Lonely Planet, and others. Meghan had a regular column for Willamette Week covering cannabis topics, including Oregon-based road trips for travelers who partake.

Education

Meghan O’Dea attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for all three of her degrees, including two bachelors in English and history and a master’s in creative nonfiction. As an undergraduate she completed two honors thesis in her respective degree programs. As a graduate scholar, she was a guest participant of the renowned international MFA program at City University of Hong Kong for a summer semester prior to the program’s shuttering by the mainland Chinese government.

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