Hi there! I am Dani, the girl behind GlobetrotterGirls.com.
As the name indicates, the website was actually started by two girls – me and my partner Jessica. We set off on this incredible journey in 2010 as a couple, but as our planned one-year trip turned into a voyage without an end date, our life paths moved into different directions and in 2014, we separated. This was in no way an easy decision, and you can read the full story here.
After four years of traveling the world as a couple and running this website together, I have been globetrotting on my own since early 2014 and made the decision to continue to share my travel stories here on Globetrottergirls.com, and keep the precious memories of our amazing travels together alive at the same time.
How it all began…
Our passion for travel was a thirst that could not be quenched by just a few holidays a year. That’s why, in the middle of a long, gray British winter in January 2010, Jess and I decided to break free and fly to Las Vegas on the first leg of what we thought would be a year-long trip around the world.
We didn’t have much in the way of savings and had limited experience with long-term travel. Jess was working as a copywriter / ‘content creator’ and I was a recruitment consultant in the financial sector. Our plan was to take our jobs on the road and see where it all would lead.
Before we met each other, back in Germany in 2006, we had both lived abroad for years: Jess in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Germany and England; Dani in Austria, Spain and England. (Read the whole story of how we met here).
But until I met Jess, I used to be one of those people with a giant suitcase. If I was going on holiday for 14 days, I had 14 outfits and almost that many pairs of shoes. Now, pretty much everything I own fits into a 65-liter backpack (I know, it’s way too big – but hey, I’ve come a long way from my suitcase travel days, no?)
I’ve been traveling non-stop since the end of April 2010 – the same time Jess and I started this website. As GlobetrotterGirls, we’ve traveled throughout North America, Europe, India, South East Asia, Mexico, Central America and South America. We have climbed volcanoes, swum with sharks, gone caving deep into sacred Mayan caves, spent time with Buddhist monks, hiked in Patagonia and lived in some of the world’s most exciting cities.
With absolutely no home base to speak of, I combine months of rapid travel with longer stays living as locals in places around the world. Sometimes, I research hotels and hostels like crazy before settling on one, other times I wing it once I get into town. In cities like Berlin or Buenos Aires, I rent vacation apartments for five or six weeks at a time, but my favorite long-term option is housesitting. I have done that more than 15 times across four continents in the last 3.5 years, both by myself and together with Jess, and talk about it here, and we even wrote a book about it. I love to adapt to the local lifestyle and develop habits in each place, whether that means finding a regular bakery to visit in the morning, stopping at my favorite market or meeting with local friends I make in the evenings. Long-term travel means having the opportunity to experiencing what life is really like in each place I visit.
My mission is to inspire curiosity about the world and provide the tips and tools to help you see as much of the world as you can for yourself.
I do this through all of the different articles here on Globetrottergirls.com, plus our housesitting book. At its core, however, GlobetrotterGirls.com remains the first-hand account of one girl exploring the world.
I know not everyone wants to be nomadic like I am, which is why this site is for Globetrotters at heart – independent travelers who are curious about the world around them.
I believe that travel is a state of mind, requiring only curiosity and exploration wherever you are.
On a two week vacation, you don’t hide away in a resort, and the thought of never seeing what’s beyond it is suffocating. You’re the one booking tours out every day or even hopping the local bus to head into town and eat at a hole in the wall and soak up local life wherever you are.
Have you ever hopped on a bus in your own city and just taken it to last stop, to see where it goes and what it looks like out there? Or have you had three days free and rather than taken a much-needed rest, you booked a last minute trip instead?
If you’re like me, you travel independently, researching and making plans on your own based on reviews and recommendations, and travel according to your own taste.
I do exactly the same thing, which is why I strive to make GlobetrotterGirls.com your go-to travel resource you can trust, from inspirational articles like
- Our journey through Mexico in pictures
- The day we hitchhiked to the end of the world
- Our Top Five Destinations of 2012
- A Taste Of Italy… Our first impressions
- Ice, ice baby… the amazing Perito Moreno Glacier
to practical facts like
- How to book a houseboat in Kerala, India
- How much does it cost to travel in Uruguay
- Things you shouldn’t miss in Buenos Aires
and the mistakes we have made along the way.
- Getting scammed in Bangkok
- I got rammed by a buffalo.. allegedly.
- When travel dreams die.. our disappointing trip to ‘The Beach’
What you find on Globetrottergirls.com:
I share travel stories related to what it’s like to be a gay or lesbian traveler, and also publish guest posts by fellow LGBT travelers who share their travel stories and experiences as well: LGBT posts on Globetrottergirls.com.
Things I love about… This series sees me list, in no particular order, things I have loved about each country or city. Places where I spend a long time have thirty three things, and for places I spend less time in, I choose one thing for each day we are in the country.
I am a hotel enthusiast and have stayed in over 300 hotels through to today and give shout outs to my favorites in our Where To Stay In… series.
I regularly put together photo essays of places I love and also publish a Polaroid of the Week every Thursday which gives you an idea of what I’ve been up to in the past seven days, since most of my articles are a few weeks behind my actual travels.
The Go Beyond series covers what is just beyond the tourist attractions in popular travel destinations, while Please Don’t Go is a series where I ask you, quite seriously (but also not seriously at all), NOT to go to certain destinations that are so precious I don’t ever want to see them overrun with tourists.
In 2013, our GlobetrotterGirl of the Month interview series highlighted 12 women who successfully incorporate travel into their work lives. The Break Free Podcast, available on iTunes, goes one step further, encouraging women to forget the glass ceiling and break down the walls, instead. In each Break Free session, we talk to one successful globetrotting woman who is location independent and runs her own business from anywhere in the world – living life entirely on her own terms.
Looking to plan your Escape Route? I run a full travel planning service, too, so you can leverage our travel experience to help you plan your perfect escape. Find out more about that here.
When I look back on life I know we won’t regret the risks I took and things I did, but all those things I did not do. I live by the motto “One Globe. No Regrets” as a reminder, everyday, to follow our passion for travel, wherever it may lead.
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