It’s Go Time!

What does wellness mean? How do you get there?

That’s exactly what I’ll be investigating as I travel the American Southwest in search of places and people that embody and embrace this way of living.

Most of us strive to be healthy, and, personally, I’ve always found I’m more productive and centered in all areas of life when I’m active. A morning surf session or run sets me right for the day. In fact, for the past few months I’ve been training for my first ultra marathon — which I ran this Saturday along the Pacific Crest Trail.

But on this journey, I’ll be going beyond exercise and eating right to explore the outer limits of wellness. I’ll be looking at tried-and-true methods developed over centuries in cultures around the globe, to be sure. But I’ll also be exploring trends and techniques that are on the forefront of mind-body balance.

In my days as a Nat Geo Young Explorer, I worked to help keep our river and coastal environments healthy — which is, to me, inextricably connected to our own wellbeing. I like to think of it as a win-win: we take care of the environment and it takes care of us! That’s why I’ll be driving a hybrid (Ford’s new C-MAX) on my Road to Wellness tour. 

Follow along at, on Twitter @CuriousTraveler, and on Instagram @ShannonSwitzer.


  1. Tessa
    San Diego, California
    April 13, 2013, 1:16 pm

    I love that you included a video in this post! I am so excited to see where this journey takes you. Awesome car!

  2. Roshan
    Sri Lanka
    April 8, 2013, 11:37 pm

    Hey.. You should travel down here to Sri Lanka – Loved your post. I would particularly want you to travel to see a spectacle as I have described in the below link.

    Sorry, I don’t think I can write the whole description in limited space here.

  3. abhishek
    April 8, 2013, 10:06 pm

    I am a photographer and want to contribute my photographs and work with NGC ..may i know where i should post my photographs.
    waiting for a positive response.

    Thanking you.

    • Leslie Trew Magraw
      April 9, 2013, 10:14 am

      Great! You can share your photos with National Geographic and the world by uploading them to our My Shot community.