About Shelli

Writing an About Me page is, in many ways, weird. After all, I really have no idea what about me would interest you. Many of my readers in the health and fitness world have been following my work for years, but here at Travel With Grant, I’m the newish kid on the block. Since we’re meeting online though, and not yet in person, here are some generally unknown facts about Shelli Stein (except for those who read my writing very, very carefully!)

1 – I have been known to change my fitness routines regularly. But not just my fitness routines. I change up my travel patterns and airline and hotel loyalties, too. Even though I fly many miles each year, I don’t go for airline status, though I do hold hotel status with Hyatt, SPG, and Hilton.

2 – When people meet me in person I often get comments like:

“Wow, I imagined you were so much younger.”

“You don’t look like the picture on your site.” (I’m hoping they mean I look a lot better!)

In spite of my relatively young age and youthful appearance, I’ve been working in the health and fitness field since the age of 22. Seems like health and fitness have been my passions forever! As for travel, growing up, my family was big on car trips. I never flew on a plane with my parents or siblings. Seems odd to say that today. My first flight was when I was in high school and a friend and I flew to San Diego from NYC to visit her relatives.

Shelli in front of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia

3 – I really enjoy travel blogging, but had no idea I would! I’m a story teller, and always felt like those stories were best told in person rather than through writing. But I’ve realized that I should have paid more attention in typing class when I was in the 10th grade, because writing as a way of sharing travel experiences brings me a lot of pleasure! As a health/fitness professional, I’ve published and written many articles and books, and taught courses on the topics of health, fitness, nutrition, motivation, and personal development. My most well-known book is “Navigating Hormone Health”.

4 – Being from New York, Brooklyn-ese is my mother tongue. I didn’t really start speaking English until I left New York at the age of 20. So pardon me if you see some really weird phrases in my writings, or new words I might have made up! (It’s been known to happen.) And of course my quirky sense of humor is legendary.

5 – Though I grew up on the East Coast, I found that I really have an east coast head on a west coast body, so I prefer places like California and Hawaii and made the trek west in 1976. The west coast of the U.S. has been my home ever since.

6 – Some of my favorite fruits are: papaya, mangos, lychees, watermelon, peaches, starfruit, cherries and pineapple. So many fruits and so little time. My favorite beverage is coffee!

7 – I love being active. Some of my favorite activities are: golf, swimming, skiing, trail running, tennis and just hanging loose on the beach throwing around a frisbee. I also enjoy the quieter more contemplative practices like Tai Chi and Yoga. For an active woman like me, it’s good to slow down!

Shelli at Rod Laver Center in Melbourne, Australia

8 – Now I can say that I have done quite a lot of traveling. But that wasn’t always the case. Though I have been all through the United States, and actually lived in eight different states, for years, I didn’t venture far in my travels. I’d been to Asia a few times, including studying art in Japan and attending the summer Olympics in Seoul, and Europe a few times on mostly business trips. As a child, I always knew I wanted to “see the world.” I even applied to VISTA and the Peace Corps, but I was only in grade school, so my father told me I could reapply to those programs when I was older :) Looking back, I guess I was stuck in a someday-when-I retire-I’ll-travel-more mode. But then something happened that changed all that.

At the beginning of 2009, my younger brother died. He was 52. That was my wake-up call. I took stock of my regrets, and floating to the top of the list was that I hadn’t traveled more. My brother had put his travel dreams aside for a later day, and sadly that day never came. Since my wake-up call, I’ve been using miles and points to travel more, a lot more, and enjoying many of the wonderful benefits miles and points affords me. I love to travel, meet new people, see new sites, and enjoy learning about different cultures, history, and food. I don’t see myself pulling back from a travel rich lifestyle anytime soon.

But there are still countries I would like to visit, such as: Norway, Jordan, and Iceland. I love train travel and would enjoy a long train trip on any continent! I’m a great wanderer of streets. I see travel as an adventure, trying to somehow get inside and experience a different way of life, a different cultural heritage. I think you do that by sitting and watching and listening and walking and just letting it work its magic on you. Maybe I can show you something you’ve never seen. Inspire you with new ideas for your next vacation. Attempt to put a smile on your face. Help you learn from my mistakes. Or challenge your assumptions about the world.

Shelli in front of the W Hotel in Santiago, Chile

Want to stay in touch? I invite you to join me here at Travel With Grant at twgshelli@gmail.com. Please let me know what you think about the blog posts I write, and make suggestions about topics you’d like to read about. Also, in case you don’t know, I have other websites, too. If you’re interested in my other offerings, look at www.joyinmovement.com. So that’s it for this little introduction. I hope you enjoyed it. Wishing you abundant health and success in all your endeavors and fun travels wherever you roam!