About The GlobetrotterGirls
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The GlobetrotterGirls are Jessica, an American freelance travel editor and writer, and Dani, a German freelance photographer. Our passion for travel is a thirst that can not be quenched by just a few holidays a year.
This is why in 2010, we decided to kick the idea of having a ‘bucket list’ and instead started living our bucket life. We packed up our London flat and took our jobs with us on the road. We now live as digital nomads, combining a full time work schedule with a full time travel schedule. Although balancing long-term travel and work is not always easy and not always fun – it is always life at its 100% fullest.
We met in Germany in 2006, and moved to England together, where we lived for four years before setting off on our life of travel. (Read the whole story of how we met here.) We have both always had this insatiable need to travel, and have lived abroad long-term in a combined seven countries (Guatemala, Costa Rica, England, Germany, Austria and Spain) before our permanent lifestyle change. We speak a combined total of five languages (English, German, Spanish, French and Italian) and have traveled extensively throughout Europe, Latin America and the United States.
On the road
Since beginning our travels, we have climbed volcanoes, swum with sharks and sting-rays, gone caving deep into sacred and ancient Mayan caves, become accustomed to passing by men with very sharp machetes on the street and have mastered the art of taking some pretty crazy public transportation.
We have also learned to work 100% on the web, fighting through all kinds of technical challenges that have made our head spin, all while improving our writing, photography and web skills, and learning what it takes to really successfully work without borders.
As big believers in slow travel, we spend quality time in many locations. Adapting to the local lifestyle, we develop habits in each place, whether that means finding a regular bakery we visit in the morning, finding our favorite market or bars to spend the evening in, we believe in experiencing what life is really like in each place.
We believe that ‘budget travel’ need not be a dirty word, and that budget accommodation can still mean clean, comfortable rooms and friendly service. Where we lay our heads each night is also of huge importance to us, and living on the road means testing out loads of (mostly) budget accommodation. We report the good places to you so you can avoid staying at some of the s**tholes we have had to endure.
You may have realized by now we are two women. In addition to covering the best in budget travel, as lesbian travellers we are well aware of LGBT travel issues and write on the topics of accommodation, lifestyle and legal issues related to the Gay and Lesbian travel community.
Globetrottergirls.com is geared toward anyone with a passion for travel, whether that be our fellow long-term travellers, short-term holidaymakers, or arm-chair travellers who would love to travel, but can’t find the time….yet. Our passion for travel has lead us to do this non-stop, but that isn’t for everyone. We travel 24/7/365, so we have plenty of room for mistakes and we share the good, a little bad, and sprinklings of the ugly with our readers. We write for both long term and short term travelers in mind, and if we can have a positive influence on your trip or help in any way, then we feel we have done our job.
Globetrottergirls.com not only documents our adventures (and misadventures), but provides a space for us to report back about the best in budget travel.
On Globetrottergirls.com you might find the following series posts interesting:
Things We love about… This series sees us list, in no particular order, things we have loved about each country. Countries where we spend a long time have thirty three things, and for countries we spend less time in, we choose one thing for each day we are in the country.
Please don’t go…. This series of articles covers places that win our hearts over so much, that we never want to see them change…which is why we ask our readers to please (wink wink) not visit our favorite little gems.
Go Beyond… Many long-term travelers and ‘backpackers’ roll their eyes at places that are ‘too touristy’ or on the beaten track. We find that places that are popular with tourists are often popular because they have great things to see and discover. In the Go Beyond series, we take visitors past the top 5 list for these places and suggest lesser known activities and open up a more real side of the town.
Polaroid of the Week… Call us old-fashioned, but we love Polaroids! Seeing a Polaroid picture seems to relay an entirely different feel for an image. For us, we highlight each week an image that sums up an experience, and we put that in Polaroid form.
Hotel Tip Of The Week: Being on the road every day of the year means we stay in countless hotels, and at over 600 days as nomads, we have stayed some of the best (and worst) accommodation the world has to offer. We cover everything from budget to luxury accommodation, and believe that any hotel worth recommending must be clean and comfortable, offer good value for money and treat people as guests, not clients. We have personally stayed in every hotel we recommend to you here on Globetrottergirls.com.
Find us also on…
Through our Twitter and Facebook pages we also share information, tips and relevant stories we find through this network and on the web. Visit our Flickr for countless albums of life on the road, and our YouTube page for video of our trip.
Where we’ve been…
On the map below you can see where in the world we’ve been, where we’d like to go, and what our favorite places are!