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10 sets of 100 days. 33 months. 95 days shy of three years. 

1,000 days and we’re still making this life of travel work? We never, ever thought more than a year would be possible. Now we know that not only is it possible to maintain such a lifestyle, but we can do it independently. Thank goodness we didn’t quit way back in 2010, when we had a bit of a crisis. Writing for GlobetrotterGirls was taking up quite a bit of time. We both had freelance work for our employers back in England and this website seemed like a bit of a distraction from the traveling. One of us even considered letting it go entirely. Was our travel blog really that important?

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A look back at the first look of Globetrottergirls.com

Well, GlobetrotterGirls.com has since become our passion and our lives. Rather than give it up, we grew this site, and now we have a lot of dedicated readers who read our posts (some are even brave enough to comment – we wish you’d do that more!), use our advice, also share travel tips with us, and follow along with our journey.  Through our website we have been able to meet other like-minded people we could have never met and we have even inspired readers to believe that this kind of freedom, even if just for a few weeks or months, could also be an option for them. Every time we receive emails from readers who tell us how much our site has helped them plan their trip we are glad that we didn’t call it quits. And over time, this blog has become a pretty big income source for us, which is another reason why are happy that we stuck to it, since it allowed us to cut back on those freelance projects we didn’t truly enjoy.

We never could have imagined this kind of connection with people when we set off on 30 April, flying from London to Las Vegas. But that was a long time ago.

1,000 days ago, Rihanna’s Rude Boy was knocked off the charts by Nothin’ on You by B.o.B. and Bruno Mars. Sex and the City 2 and Iron Man 2 were in theaters. The Help and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest were on the New York Times Best Sellers list, and it was still world free of 50 Shades of Gray and The Hunger Games. Adele was still in the studio writing her sophomore album, 21, yet to release the goose bump-inducing ‘Someone Like You’. Smartphones hadn’t taken over the whole world yet, there were no iPads and Instagram was just an idea, yet to be launched.

And 1,000 days ago, Dani and I were completely different people. 

2007 Dani & Jess in England
Exploring England before we ever even thought about taking an extended trip.

This much freedom changes you inside. We have traveled to North, Central and now South America, South East Asia, India, Europe, learning lessons and experiencing countless different ways of being human, of viewing the world, of determining what is necessary and what isn’t in life. We have housesat on four continents, allowing us to live as locals and spend time experiencing in an intimate way (we are living in their homes, after all) how people live their lives. Meeting these homeowners and hundreds of others who have taken their lives into their own hands, we now dare to believe we can make our own lives work without sitting at gray desks making phone calls in an open plan office ever again.

In the last one thousand days, we have become self-sufficient, and though we are far from rich, we are also not afraid of seeking out a living doing what we love. In this time, we have become professional bloggers and also became authors, penning our first ever book, Break Free – The Ultimate Guide to Housesitting. A passion project of ours from the start, we want to contribute publicly and thoroughly (hence it being ‘The Ultimate Guide to Housesitting’) to the idea that we are all much more free than we believe.

What happens to your relationship after 1,000 days trapped in small hotel rooms, walking hungrily through cities in search of something to eat, pretty gross sicknesses, cow-rammings and the like?

There is the occasional blow up, as to be expected, but Dani and I are in a better place now than ever before and far better than we could have thought possible. Part of this stems from the fact that we have gotten to know ourselves much better, as constant travel reveals your true nature. Combine that with living the life you really want and there is room for a very happy relationship to blossom.

GlobetrottergirlsWe are both more excited about travel than ever before, mouths constantly watering at every travel photo of places which still remain on our ever-expanding itinerary. Our wanderlust is currently on overdrive, since after over six months of a lot of long stints in Arizona, Mexico, Costa Rica, Buenos Aires and now Santiago, we are more ready than ever to get traveling: next stop Patagonia…which is exactly where we said we would be writing you from today in our 900 Days Reflections post.

We predicted that we would live in Buenos Aires for a month and then travel down through Patagonia and up through Chile. Instead we extended our stay to six weeks in Buenos Aires and accepted a housesit in Santiago for seven weeks, which has been great for us. After spending days 801-900 living exclusively on the beach in Mexico and then Costa Rica, we concluded we are really city people and getting back to our urban lives has meant jam-packed days of culture, food, street art and sculptures.

Thanks to the free accommodation here in Santiago, our bank accounts are now nicely padded for the very expensive journey through the rest of Chile and Argentina in the month to come, allowing us to work less and travel more. As for our future plans, we expect to be writing you from Bolivia the next time we reflect, having traveled Patagonia to the tip of the continent, flying to Montevideo, Uruguay where we plan to travel for three weeks before heading up to Iguazu Falls, over to Salta, Argentina, then up to Lake Titicaca and four incredible days in the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni. In theory, at Day 1,100, we should be gearing up for our hike up the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

But who knows. One of our biggest lessons in the last 1,000 days has been that our plans always change, and that going with the flow brings incredible travel experiences every time.

dani & jess la boca caminitoCan you help?

To bring this to a close, we have a huge favor to ask you. Okay, it’s not huge for you, but it will be for us. Heading into 2013, we want to know two things from you guys. First, what do you enjoy about GlobetrotterGirls.com? In other words, what keeps you coming back for more?

Second, what do you wish we did more of? Do you want more detailed travel information, like city guides, or are there topics you wish we would cover that we don’t? Is there something you think we should do here like write more books, make more videos or podcasts, etc?  If you are a bit comment-shy, no worries, you can email us your ideas to info @ globetrottergirls dot com (or just hit reply if you get this post delivered in your inbox).

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To the next 1000 days!

We can’t wait to hear your suggestions and advice for 2013 and the next 1,000 days!

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51 Comments

    1. Erin, thanks so much! Hopefully we’ll be able to meet up at some point again soon! Leigh commented on a recent post, but an introduction from the famous Neverending Voyage couldn’t hurt 🙂

  1. Wow, congratulations! I’ve enjoyed following your journey for a while now. I enjoy reading your introspective stuff like the “what I wonder…” series. And also about the places you’ve been.

    1. Hey Rachel, thanks so much! I’m glad you’re following along and that you like the What I Wonder stuff – it was a little embarrassing to be a bit more open at first, it really helps that people enjoy us sharing things like that!

  2. Jess & Dani, I too enjoy your thoughts in your “what I wonder” series, the philosophy of traveling. It provides a way for us non-travelers (at the moment) to comment on heavy international type topics. And to gain insight from others.

    When your life is traveling, there are still all kinds of everyday chores that need to be done. But, they usually take twice as long as they did back home. The simplest of needs can turn into all day adventures. Like getting a visa for the next country. Or, finding the place to buy that bus or plane ticket. Just you writing about the little things is a huge help for the people planing their first long term trip.

    At any rate, you’re doing a great job and it looks like it’s sustaining your bank account enough to keep on truck’n!

    Here’s tipping one to your next thousand! Prost!

    1. Hey Steve, really pleased you enjoy the What I Wonder series, to be honest it gives us a chance to comment on those ‘heavy’ international type topics, too, and expands the things we share beyond destination-based information. Thanks for all your encouragement -we’ll definitely keep on truckin’ for another 1,000 days (wow, that’s a long time!).

    1. Hi Nick, thanks so much! It’s crazy to think about traveling two and half years from now still, but we’re already theoretically planned halfway through 2014, so…maybe it’s not so crazy after all! Hope you keep reading 🙂

  3. Congratulations ladies! I have so enjoyed reading your blog. I think it’s the perfect blend of philosophical posts and more practical travel guides. I’ve enjoyed going on adventures to find specific places mentioned in your stories. I’ve also been inspired to visit places that were not already on my radar. I’m not one to watch videos or click on podcasts within blogs very often but will if I’m feeling especially inspired. I say keep doing what you are doing!

    1. Daryle, awesome – so glad you enjoy the blog so much! It’d be cool to know which places you have explored that we have mentioned, we’d love to know those kind of things 🙂 We really appreciate the feedback!!

  4. Congratulations Dani and Jess. I have put a lot of thought into what I would like to see more of from Globetrotter Girls, but I am happy with the mix you have going. I always look forward to reading what gets delivered to my Inbox. I am very happy about you being in South America as I have never been there and am very interested it. I loved your B.A. info and photos. Just keep doing it!
    budget jan recently posted..Fantastic Friday Photo – Which Jetty

    1. We will definitely keep it up Jan! And we will be traveling so much more again now and so will get some good coverage in of South America – we’re really looking forward to it. Thanks for your feedback!

  5. Congrats ladies on 1,000 days. So happy for you guys and feel lucky to have met you in BA. Enjoy Patagonia and I hope our paths cross again someday.

    Oh, and my favorite thing your blog is YOU. You guys have such wonderful and unique personalities so continue to let them shine!
    Kim recently posted..(A)live from India

    1. Awww, Kim, you rock, too! Thanks for the encouragement – it took a while to let our personalities shine through so it’s encouraging to see that it’s enjoyable for others, too.

  6. I am new to your site but really love your writing style and the information you share. Looks like you girls are having the time of your life. We traveled 18 months a couple of years ago but way too fast. I love your insight on housesitting gigs. When we go on the road again, I definitely want to housesit. I think your website is easy to get around and very interesting. Congrats on 1,000 day and I can’t wait to read stories about the next 1,000.

    1. Christine, glad you’re here! Let us know if you need any travel/housesitting info, we’re happy to point you in the right direction – whatever it takes to get you back out on the road 🙂 Thanks for the feedback!

  7. Hi Dani & Jess,

    I’m a fairly new follower but I wish I had found you guys 1000 days ago!

    My hubby and I have only been on the road (full time travel) for just under 12 months but your posts give us great hope that we too can possibly travel for 1000+ days. That is our dream…

    I have nothing to add in regards to what I want to see more of on this blog cause you guys are doing a great job! I hope to have a successful blog like yours one day 🙂

    Here is too another 1000 days of travel. Congrats ladies!

    1. Hi Nicole, awesome and congratulations on making it so long on the road. Seriously, just under 12 months is incredible already – I mean how many people do that in their lives? Thanks for reading and we hope you guys keep in touch in case our paths cross one day…Thanks for reading!!!

  8. Huge Congrats on 1000 days on the road. That’s an amazing feat and one not many people could say they have done!

    Well as for what I love about this blog I love the both of you and I love the way y’all write. I love the thoughts, the advice, the photos & everything about y’alls blog. I also love that I am able to refer it to many people when they need help for certain countries that I have been to or haven’t. I’m happ y’all have kept the blog going & love that y’all helped me keep my blog going too. Cheers to a 1000 more days of travel and to meet again more than twice the next 1000 days.
    Jaime recently posted..Hanoi, the perfect introduction to Vietnam.

    1. Honestly, Jaime, you rock! I love you that you love our site so much, and it makes me feel so strangely proud that you refer people you meet to our blog for travel advice and help. That’s awesome! Now…when and where will we meet again? 🙂

  9. Congrats Ladies! Here is to another 1000 days! What I love about your blog that you cover all kinds of different nieches (from animal conservation, to city guides or housesitting.). Your photos are gorgeous. Can’t wait to read more about your upcoming travels and Macchu Picchu, which has been on my to do list for 15 years now and I still haven’t gone. Maybe 2013 is the year…
    TammyOnTheMove recently posted..Travel Bloggers Best Dozen Project

    1. Hey Tammy – another 1000 days! It seems huge but strangely attainable at the same time. Totally appreciate your encouragement and compliments on Dani’s photos – just looking at her pics inspires me to keep traveling!

  10. I have not read enough of your articles to comment on what I want to see more of. Although I have to say congrats on the book and also for not giving up on your blog. I have been tempted at times, when I look at the work that goes into it but then I remember that it is actually kind of a life line for me.
    Natalie recently posted..The Man Who Tattooed Himself For Turkey

  11. Jess and Dani,

    Congrats on everything, your website is wonderful and so are you guys. I discovered the Globetrotter Girls when my wife and I were planning a trip to Portugal and have been a daily reader since.

    I think the site is amazing, and I particularly like the 33 things series and I encourage you to keep posting as many photographs as possible of your destinations. I find that viewing photos of a country is the best way to tell if something is up our alley, even more so than just reading about it (which is very helpful too).

    In terms of constructive feedback, I’d like to see more posts about the specific downsides of certain destinations. Although the subject matter is dark, some of my favorite posts contained warnings about places (i.e. animals are treated poorly here, the Cambodian orphan scam, etc.) and I’d like to see more of that. I know it’s tough to publicly criticize places that you grow fond of, but as a traveler I’d rather be given a heads up about negatives before arriving. I’ve long wanted to go to India, for example, but I’m kind of afraid that my wife and I will be very upset by the poverty we’d encounter there. Another example is my beloved Istanbul – it was one of our all time favorite trips, but my wife was nearly in tears after dealing with the very aggressive and harassing merchants. We’d still have gone to Istanbul but I wish we had a heads up on something like that, and travel guides like Frommers tend to ignore stuff like that.

    Keep up the amazing work and keep inspiring us all to see the world.

    1. Brian, thanks so much for this feedback. It’s something we are conscious of, that we don’t talk so much about the downsides. Like with Buenos Aires – we LOVED it, but there are downsides that might turn people off as well. We haven’t quite found the right way to approach it, but knowing that you want to know about it encourages me to talk about downsides a bit more. And by the way – the poverty in India is shocking, truly, as well as the decay/garbage/standing water. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go there, but knowing more about it in advance could help your wife mentally adjust before making the trip! Keep us up to date with your travels, for sure, and thanks again for the really useful feedback!

  12. Congrats on the 1000 days. I have been on the road for 6 years (with a few years here, a few there) but have only just started travel blogging. I would love it to become my full time thing!

    I totally know what you mean about being with your partner so much and how it grows the relationship. We have been together for that 6-years and the occasional day apart is well needed at times! Still I wouldn’t change anything for the world.

    I am fairly new here so don’t have much to suggest for your questions. I enjoy reading the posts and your perspectives and of course direct tips about places to go / drink / eat are always appreciated but general thoughts and feelings are good to read too.

    Here’s to a great 2013.
    Forest Parks recently posted..7 Guilts (Caused by Travel) and What I Am Going to Do About Them…

    1. Great suggestions – and thanks so much for reading the site! We hope you continue to find it useful and encouraging for your travel blogging future 🙂 Stick with it, it works if you’re consistent!!

  13. Amazing! I think your site is just about perfect…but I wouldn’t say no to some video or even a podcast! For one thing, it’s nice to be able to match a voice to a face. I find pretty much everything you write here engaging, informative and enjoyable, so I wouldn’t change that.

    I was originally thinking that it might be nice to have more LGBT related stuff (though the ‘T’ always bothered me in that acronym, as I don’t *really* get how I, as a homosexual, can have much idea of what it’s like to be trans, and that kind of shortchanges trans people), but I’m now all about highlighting how same sex couples are not really that different from opposite sex ones, so I don’t know if it’s almost better to just carry on like nothing’s at all noteworthy.

    I’ll get down off my soapbox now. Congratulations!
    Sam recently posted..Travel Diary: 2013, Week #3

    1. Sam. Awesome comment, seriously. Totally agree with conflicted feelings on the ‘T’, first of all, and I don’t even want to get started on it. Second, people often encourage us to focus on the LGBT niche. But short of a few issues here and there, we just can’t figure out how we are different to other travelers. This morning we had breakfast in a French bakery, worked, and then we will go to a restaurant to meet up with another traveler for lunch, go shopping and walk through a park back to where we are staying. There is nothing particularly ‘gay’ about our day today, nor will there be when we are zipping across the Bolivian Salt Flats. So, yeah, we definitely think a lot about this. I’ll get down off my soapbox now, too 🙂

    1. Hi Mindy and Ligeia, thanks so much! Great to see another female blogging couple, there are just too few of us out there 🙂 And love that you two met in Germany, too! Our next 1000 days might involve a return to Chiang Mai, btw 🙂

  14. Congratulations!! You guys are seriously amazing and this is an awe-inspiring achievement. I’m not sure I’m the best person to comment since I haven’t been following you guys for too long (Jess, we met in Chicago at the Meet, Plan, Go) and I can pretty much get sucked in by every aspect of this site. 🙂 While there are some aspects of our travel that feel very different from yours, I also feel a deep connection when I read your reflections and generally love the “Wonder” series. I am tucking lots of specific recs and favorites away in my memory for when I fulfill the dream of a 2nd RTW trip. I actually stopped by today because I’m trying to make a Central America or Caribbean trip happen and I’m looking into non-traditional lodging, so I think continuing to talk about how and where you stay is important. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) no suggestions from this girl. Just keep on keepin on!

    1. Christine! How great that you got in touch!! Thanks for your kind words – and definitely shoot us over an email if you have any questions about Central America or the Caribbean. In terms of non-traditional housing, you could always consider housesitting 🙂 Good luck with the trip planning and make sure to stay in touch!

  15. Congratulations Dani and Jess on an EPIC achievement! It must have been roughly 600 days ago that me an my partner stumbled across your blog somewhere between Xela and San Cristobal de las Casas, and for a good long time since you guys were living a parallel universe to us, from Mexico, to Lisbon, to New Orleans, to Tuscany to Malaysia…even to Shaun T for f’ks sakes! From sharing your experiences with one bed or two, or that moment where you collectively shit yourselves cos you think you’ve just left your wallet/computer/etc in a cafe, no matter when we would check in to your site you girls either gave us tips on somewhere we were about to go, had just reflected on your experiences in a place where we had previously been, or had expressed thoughts and feelings that are shared by travellers alike but rarely mentioned in blogs. Thanks so much for sharing and good work turning it into a living! Incredible stuff. Oh and as for top article types and such, 33 things and what i wonder when i wonder is great..and although probably very difficult to maintain, that old 6 month or 1 year breakdown of expenses when travelling was super helpful (I’ve referred a few friends on to that article to show them that travelling for extended periods on low budgets, with limited income is achievable). Wish you guys all the best for the next 1000 days!!!

    1. Hi Sandra, so glad you enjoy it that much, and more importantly that it’s useful to you, too! Hopefully our paths will cross one day instead of staying parallel 🙂

      We have mentioned our 2nd year spending in our end of the year post, but you’re right, we don’t break down our spending in the same way we did in the beginning. Perhaps we’ll specifically do that for our time in South America which would probably be pretty useful. Thanks so so much for your feedback!!

      ps Shaun T rocks! 🙂

  16. So I finally decided to stop being “comment shy.” First of all, I would like to thank you ladies for this great blog. I had always wanted to travel to foreign countries and finally at age 21 decided to travel without my family for the first time and went on a trip to Central America with my boyfriend. What inspired me to do so was when I read your posts about how much money you spent in Central America. I realized how affordable traveling could really be so we planned a last minute trip and spent 5 weeks traveling in some of the countries there. What inspired me more was how much you guys are enjoying yourselves and seem to be truly free ( not confined to a desk etc). What keeps me coming back to this blog are the descriptions of your travels. I find them to be very detailed which is helpful. For example, when you are in a specific country, you mention the activities, cafes, places, etc. that you stayed in and at times you mention the costs of these things (which I find pretty helpful). If a place, activity, or whatever else sounds interesting, I take note of it so that if someday I get to visit that country, I know what to look for. Keep up the great work and enjoy your travels 🙂
    P.S. my boyfriend absolutely loves your blog too.

    1. Hey F.J. – possibly one of the most awesome comments we have gotten of all time! So cool that you feel so inspired by the posts and by our lifestyle – we never thought this was possible but just kept plates spinning until suddenly this was just what we were doing day after day, month after month, year after year! 🙂 Thanks for no longer being comment shy – feel free to get in touch any time if you ever want a bit more info than what we posted in an article, too.
      p.s. say hi to your boyfriend for us 🙂

    1. Thanks, Deb! You are right – A LOT has changed over the last 1000 days … we had no idea that it would turn out to be such a journey when we set off in 2010 🙂

  17. Wow! 1,000 days of traveling is quite an accomplishment, congratulations to you guys. You’re really living the dream and an inspiration to a lot of wanna be travelers, good on you two.
    Lawrence Michaels recently posted..Budget Travel in Phuket

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