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About Us



We're Shanon & Matthew, the creators of Hop on & Hold on, a platform dedicated to inspiring people to think creatively to build the life they've always dreamed of.

So what exactly is "hop on and hold on"?

“Hop on and hold on” is our family motto. Our lives are filled with such a disproportionate numbers of twists, turns, and switchbacks, that our only option is to hop on and hold on, or risk getting bucked off and whipped around. This platform is designed to provide tips and tricks for traveling the world full-time, as well as insights into how to build a successful business while living on the road. We believe that creativity and hard work can make anything possible, and we're excited to share our journey with you. 

The backstory.

As soon as we said "I do" in December 2022, life decided to shake the lemon tree, leaving us to figure out how to make lemon bars without a recipe. First, we had to battle broken cars, mudslides & no vacancy signs to navigate our way from Texas to San Diego after Southwest cancelled our flight. Then, we found out that Matthew’s exodus from the Marine Corps would be expedited as he was notified of his pending medical separation. To top it all off, we rang in Chinese New Year in Chicago with the abrupt news that Shanon was laid off from Google, where she was neck deep in the thralls of leading the company’s veteran hiring program. Not to mention, we found out soon after we were both jobless that we're expecting our first bundle of joy. Needless to say, screaming “hop on and hold on” as we held hands and jumped into a freezing lake the morning we got married was a great foreshadowing for the ride of our lives together. 

Upon realization that we were gifted a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to truly experience "freedom", we decided that this is a perfect time to start a business together, live a fully remote life, grow our family, and blog about it! We may not know exactly what we're doing, but there's no doubt that we'll figure it out and have fun along the way. 


We're so glad you're here and hope that you'll hop on and hold on as we rev our engine and kick off our wild ride! Feel free to contact us at with any questions or comments. We would love to hear from you!

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