TRAVEL, OUTDOORS, CANNABIS, & RESILIENT HEARTS
For the past decade, I have deeply rooted my writing career in lived experience.
My travels and outdoor adventures, youthful heartbreaks, and learned capacity for resilience have blended into work which explores the intersection of people and place, our ability to survive loss and and still thrive, and the way we heal ourselves and our communities through food, medicine, and narrative.
Born into an academic family that valued life-long learning, perpetual curiosity, and frequent world travel, my twenties were punctuated with sojourns in Oxfordshire, Slovenia, and Hong Kong, as well as shorter visits to Baja, Jamaica, Europe, Turkey, China, Hong Kong, and beyond.
Now in my thirties, I’ve developed a passion for outdoor and adventure travel and the way that engaging with a landscape physically can help not only place more trust in our bodies, but also our hearts, minds, and the world around us.
Since moving to the Pacific Northwest nearly two years ago, I’ve also carved out a niche as a writer in the cannabis space, particularly at the intersection of cannabis and travel. I shed light on the way cannabis can help us connect to our surroundings, our communities, and ourselves.
TRAVEL + Place
How to Find Your Drishti In Times of Uncertainty for Yoga Journal
A Road Tripping Guide To The 7 Wonders Of Oregon for The Dyrt
Camp Close to the City in Chattanooga, Tennessee for The Dyrt
Oregon Coast Trail chapter for Lonely Planet, forthcoming in print in 2020
Bud, A Culinary Herb for Bud.com
You Can Legally Smoke Weed Naked On This Portland Patio for Willamette Week
Food & Drink
Atlanta's Porter Beer Bar Is a Religious Experience for Chowhound
For a Hawaiian Foodie Adventure, Head to Hilo for Livability
The Kombucha Industry Has Expanded Beyond Just Bottled ’Booch for Willamette Week
Camp the Vermont Cheese Trail for a Dairy Good Time for The Dyrt
How Esther Morris Became the First Female Justice of the Peace for Bitch Magazine
How Yoga Helped One Rape Survivor Cope With the Kavanaugh Hearings for Yoga Journal
What OkCupid Taught Me About Personal Branding for Hello Giggles
What Makes the AR-15 So Appealing to Mass Shooters? for Fortune Magazine
‘We Bought a Home Rather Than Splurge on a Wedding’ for Realtor.com
Media and Public Speaking
A Guide to Eco-friendly Travel for PopSci, quoted
Can Cannabis Help You Get Off Xanax? for Civilized, quoted
On Female Anger, for the First Annual Bitch Media BitchReads Live, 2019
City As Text for the UT Chattanooga Brock Scholars program, multiple years
Girls Education, or Why I Dropped Out of Prep School for Pechakucha Chattanooga, December 2014
Visions of a Life In Between for Art + Issues at the Hunter Museum of Art October 2014
Interview by Matt Debenham for What Are You Reading podcast September 2014
On Eliot Rodger and #YesAllWomen interview by Brian Joyce for Live & Local, June 2014
Bitches Be Crazy for Pechakucha Chattanooga, March 2014
An Opera Out on the Turnpike: Geography, Masculinity, and Ethnicity in Manuel Munoz's The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue and Breece D'J Pancake's The Complete Stories at the 10th Annual Landscape, Space, and Place Conference, March 2016, at IU, Bloomington.
What is it about Hotels? Eros and Thanatos in The White Hotel and In the Aeroplane Over the Sea at the 13th International Conference Saint Louis University Madrid Campus 2015
Nineveh, Neverland, and the Bleak Streets of London: Anxiety in the Victorian Imagination at UT Arlington EGSA Conference, April 2015, at University of Texas at Arlington.
“Meghan O’Dea is a writer’s writer. Her columns for Nooga.com are wrought with so much humility and heart that you almost feel guilty reading them. It’s as if her pieces are excerpts from a personal diary of reflection and soul, a glimpse into those shadowy areas of life that matter most but are often ignored or forgotten. Personally, her writing helps me realize that I’m not alone in my struggles as a supposed “adult.” I am a better person for having read Meghan’s writing on so many levels. If the adage is true that “age brings wisdom,” we all need to note of Meghan’s talents and strap in. I, for one, can’t wait.” -Sean Phipps
"How do you turn difficulty into opportunity and art? I don’t know. Ask Meghan O'Dea." -Brian Beise
“Meghan is a talented writer who can write about difficult topics AND manage the comments section in the aftermath.” -Lucky Ramsey
“Meghan is a writer of considerable capacity, connecting thoughts and concepts with grace and ease, communicating complex ideas simply.” -David Pemberton