Follow the Curious Traveler’s Road to Wellness

Curiosity. It’s why the first explorers set sail, why people built rockets to the moon, and what moves each and every one of us to travel.

Shannon Switzer takes the plunge. (Photograph courtesy Evolve Images)
Shannon Switzer takes the plunge. (Photograph courtesy Evolve Images)

That’s why we’re sending our Curious TravelerShannon Switzer, on a quest to uncover off-the-beaten-path places and experiences that rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.

During her Road to Wellness tour, Shannon will be heading up the California coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco then looping down through Arizona and back to her hometown stomping grounds in San Diego.

She’s got her route planned out — from sound baths to national parks to constellation therapy — but any curious traveler worth her salt leaves room for the unexpected detour.

This SoCal native will need a helping hand from our readers to uncover secret spots only (okay, mostly) locals know about along her way. So, if you have tips for Shannon, we invite you to share them with her on Twitter @CuriousTraveler!

The adventure begins this Monday, April 8th. Follow Shannon’s journey here on the Intelligent Travel blog, on Twitter @CuriousTraveler, and on Instagram @ShannonSwitzer.

The Curious Traveler will be driving a Ford C-MAX Hybrid on her Road to Wellness tour.


  1. Don Rodrigues
    Ventura, Ca.
    April 14, 2013, 12:18 am

    Asa an adventure traveler I look for the most fascinating places that most people do not discover. Along the coast Highway 1 visit Morro Bay and Montana De Oro State Beach. from there drive up the coast to the quaint village of Cayucos where the primary language is Portuguese and the seafood is awesome. Further up the coast is San Simeon Beach and Pier. Further north is up to you its spectacular! Have a great adventure..

  2. kashif jilani
    April 14, 2013, 12:01 am


  3. Robert Neveln
    San Diego
    April 13, 2013, 1:26 pm

    In Phoenix, well known, sometimes crowded but….north side of Camelback Mountain hike Echo Canyon. About a mile pretty much Up, though two to three rock falls. At the top feel wonderful.

  4. Barbara Vaughn
    April 13, 2013, 8:51 am

    She should be almost a week into her trip. Had hoped to see some pictures/words about what they are doing, finding. I love the areas she will be in, I also hope to see budget conscious options.

  5. ben
    San Diego
    April 8, 2013, 10:53 pm

    Excited to see what the Curious Traveler is going to get up to next!

  6. Phyllis Rosenstein Stoller
    New York
    April 8, 2013, 2:24 pm

    Places to look for healthy travel are often in temperate mountainous areas with fresh air and hiking. Most writers go for the deluxe healthy resorts, and they are wonderful But we are not all on a big budget, and fitness vacationers like to have annual redo’s. We hope subsequent pieces will include budget fitness resorts like Ixtapan Spa in Ixtapan de la Sal Mexico

  7. Ojai Resort
    Ojai, CA
    April 5, 2013, 2:56 pm

    Very excited to welcome and meet the Curious Traveler, Shannon. We have some uniquely indigenous Ojai specialties to show her!