About

Hi! My name is Reannon and I’m a travel addict.

Reannon in Las Vegas

In the past 10 years I’ve lived in six countries and backpacked through almost 40.  I’ve worked on cruise ships in the Caribbean, au paired in Austria, studied abroad in Germany, taught English in Nepal, Japan and Guatemala and worked for an airline in San Francisco. Once, I even traded in my convertible for a plane ticket to India.

Taken by the Wind chronicles my life and love for all things travel.

Why is your site called Taken by the Wind?

“All your life,

You’ve never seen a woman,

Taken by the wind…”

~ lyrics from the song “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac.

My name is Reannon and I was named after a Fleetwood Mac song by the same name (although spelled differently – Rhiannon – ).  Although I’m not the biggest Fleetwood Mac or Stevie Nicks fan (sorry mom and dad) the lyrics seemed fitting for a site about a travelholic.

Some of the sample lyrics are “She rules her life like a fine skylark” and “She rules her life like a bird in flight.”  Fitting, no?

What’s a ‘Travel Addict‘ and how do I figure out if I’m one, too?

For an answer to those question, my friends, I refer you to the following posts about travel addiction:

You Know You’re a Travel Addict When…

16 Signs You’re a Frequent Flier

The History of Taken by the Wind:

I started this site back in May 2008 when I moved to Tokyo.  It began as an online journal chronicling my struggle to adjust to life in Japan, but has since morphed into a site about travel and life abroad (and at home).

After Japan, I moved back to the US to live in San Francisco.  For nine months I worked as a customer service agent at an airport, before leaving to study Spanish in Guatemala and bum around Central America for four months.  Now I’m back in the US again and am living in Las Vegas, Nevada. I currently work as the Director of Content Development (which is just a fancy way of saying “editor”) for an Internet marketing company. If you’d like to guest blog for one of the 70+ blogs I write for, shoot me an email. afineskylark@gmail and if you’ve got the experience and expertise we need, I’ll get in touch with you.

What is this blog about?

I love to explore the theme of culture and how it plays a part in our day-to-day lives. I also enjoy writing about the psychology of travel addiction and frequently post humorous stories, photos and updates about my adventures abroad (you can read them all by clicking on the ‘Crazy Adventures‘ tag on the right-hand side of the page).

What’d ya know? There’s me again! Sitting on a couch in the middle of the desert…near Death Valley, California.

I wanna know more! What should I read first?

You can click on any of the tab’s on the right sidebar of the ‘home’ page.  But here’s a few of my favorite posts to get you started…Thanks for reading. : )

Coming Clean

Happily UnCareered

10 Again

The X(pat) Factor

Alice in Americaland

Why Solo Travel Sucks

And here are some of my favorites by cateogory:

Japan:

funny japan poster

Me in Tokyo

The 999th Reason I Hate Kanji

She’s a Super Freak

English Teacher…Or Aerobics Instructor?

Airline:

Reannon Airplane seat

Me, airline boot camp

How far would you go to be able to fly for free?

Why I Love Working for an Airline: Part One

I’m not a Flight Attendant

Guatemala:

The Hike from Hell

Phrases You Won’t Find in Your Spanish Phrase Book

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Me, heading to Hogwarts

I like your writing style. Where else can we find you on the web?

Thank you!  I occasionally freelance write and have appeared in  Japan Today on The Matador Network and Vagabondish.  I also have a weekly column on Rum Bum.

You can also follow my crazy adventures as they unfold twitter and Google +

What do you do when you’re not traveling?

I work as the Director of Content Development for an internet marketing company.  I get paid to blog, read and surf Pinterest and Flickr for fun photos to use in blog posts. It’s a pretty awesome job!

When not working, you can find me camping, reading, painting and playing with my dog, Frankie.

Comments ( 7 )

  1. Ashley Chambers

    First, it's always great to see a Fleetwood Mac reference. I'm trying to take 12 trips this year and reaching out to other bloggers for inspiration, tips and tricks. I look forward to reading about your adventures! ~Ashley

  2. Reannon Muth

    @ Ashley - That's pretty sweet! I'm jealous...I really like your blog's layout by the way. Simple yet sleek and professional-looking.

  3. Neli

    I love you! Seriously, I love you! I found your blog one hour ago and till then I can't stop reading! Now I really need to focus on my work, but these days I'll come back, read more and probably write comment under every single post (and sorry for that:D). You are amazing! :)))

  4. Reannon Muth

    Hey Neli, Thanks! Feel free to comment away. I can never have too many of those! ; ) I checked out your blog. It was in Bulgarian...is that way you're from?

  5. Neli

    Hey, you are very good with languages... and geography! Usually people are guessing Russian, because they don't even know that Bulgaria exists :D Yeap, that's my home country.:) And now I'm thinking of starting my blog in English, even though I'm not very good at it...

  6. Jonathan

    Hello Reannon. I just wanted to say that you are awesome, and an inspiration! I could only hope to do even a fraction of the traveling you do... but maybe one day that'll change! I stumbled quite accidentally onto an article you wrote a couple years ago about being single and the prospect of dating in Japan. It was a great read! Very interesting (And totally wasted on a lot fo the readers, if some of the comments are to be mentioned. Holy hell, you attracted some judgemental/bitter people with that one!) Anyway, I just wanted to say hello, and thanks for being a great distraction from work! :) -J

  7. Reannon Muth

    @ Jonathan - Haha...Yeah there sure are a lot of opinionated people out there on blogosphere! Yikes. Glad I was a welcomed distraction. I hope you keep reading! : )

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