“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
This past week we have been spending time with friends and family on two continents who have all made clear how hard it is to keep up with us. If even those closest to us can’t keep up, then we know we need to have an update on the site for our extended family (that’s you!) on this website.
I can see how things might be confusing. Our two most recent posts covered time spent traveling in Uruguay, but we just finished two months housesitting in New York and actually we are about to spend a month in Berlin.
In fact, as you read this, I’ll be in the air flying from Denver, Colorado – where I was visiting my best friend who is about to have a baby – to Germany to meet Dani in Erfurt, her hometown. After a few days hanging with her family – including a brand new baby niece – we head to our apartment rental in Berlin for the month of July.
So, why Berlin?
Berlin’s gravitational pull started attracting us over two years ago and we finally decided to commit to a month – but it wasn’t an easy decision. Let’s spend the summer in Europe, we said a few months ago and immediately began toying with the idea of living on a Greek island or the beach in Portugal, or even revisiting London – where we lived for three years and yet have never returned to since we left to travel in 2010.
In the end, we decided to live in Berlin this summer for two reasons.
First of all, Berlin has blasted onto the world stage as a place where creative people across all industries have convened to create a vibe entirely unique to the city. We want to be a part of it, exploring the neighborhoods, cycling through the green spaces, checking out the street art, museums, bars, restaurants, connecting with great people and becoming a part of the fabric of Berlin – if only for a short time.
The other reason we decided to opt for Berlin is because at some point, we are going to need to find a base. Not settle forever, I won’t commit to that idea just yet. But in the future, we might like a base, perhaps a dog and a cat, have our own housesitters or even house swap and live in New York, Paris or Tokyo throughout the year. Living in Germany would be convenient as Dani is German and I have lived there in the past. Berlin is the only German city we feel has the multicultural, artistic feeling we would need to feel truly at home.
So, as we spend time there this summer, we will be exploring the city for what it is and also what it could be…for us.
We are expanding – the Break Free podcast
Throughout the years, people we meet constantly tell us that they WISH they could do what we are doing, and that we are so LUCKY to be doing what we are doing. Of course we appreciate what our lives have become every day, but here’s the thing:
Our lives have nothing to do with wishes and luck.
We have been able to make this work for over three years now and have plans to continue living life on our own terms. We feel confident that we can do this not only because we are taking steps to create a full business out of GlobetrotterGirls.com, but also because along the way, we meet incredible women from all walks of life who have created a life balancing work and travel – most of whom do it much better than us.
As we try to learn more from these great women, we want to share their stories with as many people as we can who want to do what we do, but just don’t know how. That was the inspiration behind the podcast we launched – Break Free: Forget the Glass Ceiling, Break Down the Walls.
We’d love you to check it out, subscribe if you like it and leave a five-star review in iTunes. This way the podcast will reach more people and we can share more stories of people who have been able to Break Free and live life on their own terms, like us!
How to stay up-to-date with the Globetrottergirls
As we said in the beginning, we are in the thick of covering our South American stories, even though we move to Berlin next week. There are just so many stories to tell and so many different helpful tips to include. We covered so much ground in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, so these posts are definitely behind our current schedule.
One way to keep track of where are actually are is through our Polaroid of the week series. Dani has never missed a Thursday Polaroid, choosing a highlight from that particular week, so you’ll always know where we are.
The best way to stay up-to-date with us is of course our free monthly newsletter. Here we share more personal stories beyond the blog, our favorite travel articles around the web, our own top five posts of the month, travel tips, the books we read and love and we also answer reader questions – so make sure to get in touch to ask us anything about travel or lifestyle! We also run giveaways exclusively for newsletter subscribers, plus we always reveal our next big destinations here first – like when we decided to postpone Bolivia until October and head to New York in April instead. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that here.
Google Reader is dead – how to subscribe to our RSS feed
If you are reading this post through Google Reader, you know the service is being shut down this weekend. Although Google Reader was like Dani’s travel Bible, there are actually several RSS options in order to keep track of your favorite blogs – GlobetrotterGirls.com included.
Bloglovin’ makes it super easy to import the blogs you are following on Google Reader – so if you’d like to do that, make sure you import all of them before Google Reader shuts down on 30 June.
Feedly also has the option to import the blogs you’re reading on Google Reader and has been named by many as their favorite replacement.
The Old Reader looks and feels exactly like Google Reader, as the name implies. It also lets you import all the blogs you are reading in your Google Reader (but it’s a little bit more complicated than with Feedly or Bloglovin’), or subscribe to the blogs of your choice.
Whatever you choose, our RSS feed is: http://feeds.feedburner.com/globetrottergirls
You’ll have the choice to select the RSS Reader of your choice or below that, you’ll find the option to subscribe to our posts via email. That way, you’ll get all our posts delivered in your inbox and won’t miss a single post.
We would love to meet you!
If you are in Berlin in July, please get in touch! We are also always looking for recommendations to cover here, so if you have Berlin tips, please share them in the comments below.
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