Shelby Simpson was born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma until leaving to attend college in Arizona at age 18. During this time in Flagstaff, she took out a loan to study overseas—a decision that would launch a ten-year travel career.

From teaching English in Taiwan to partying at a hostel built on a dock in the Caribbean waters of Panama, Shelby has lived a well-balanced life. She believes in treating her body like a temple Monday through Friday and a carnival Saturday through Sunday. Rugged nature is her happy place, with a solid dance session (to throwback hip-hop) on an LED dance floor as a close second. Glaciers. Big cats. Castles. Beach massages. Mountains and gorges. Business and pleasure equilibrium. All accompanied by a boat load of laughs. She’s attempting to fit five lifetimes into one.

After returning to the U.S.A. and her home state in 2011, Shelby completed her Masters in Professional Writing and finished her first travel book in a series. She is currently trying to crack the code to her wildest dream—living the life of full-time writer.

I want to make sure I take advantage of this one life I have. I want to see things, be a better version of myself and laugh my ass off—what’s left of it, anyway.





Fun Facts

A few facts about Shelby.


Countries Explored


Countries Lived In


Book Published

Her Passions

Anything outdoors
Playing sports more than watching them
Competitive boardgaming
Being awake at the moment
Shelby Simpson with Elephant

Travel Photos