About me…

Girl about the Globe.

Who am I?

Hi, I'm Lisa, an unconventional forty one year-old divorcee who is re-discovering her lust for life, one country at a time. Life to me is one big adventure and I guess you could say I’m a risk taker.

I am not new to travelling, having travelled extensively in my twenties as a solo female; I spent my youthful years living in Australia, working in a hotel in Guernsey, as a chalet girl in France and a cocktail waitress on a cruise ship and was constantly moving around until I reached the age of 33 and decided that it was time I settled down.

Settling down…

So, I got married and spent three years living in my martial home and working a 9 to 5 job but as each day passed I became more and more unhappy. The pressure to have a family was too much so at the age of thirty six, I left my job and my marital home and flew to an ashram in India feeling the need to reconnect with who I was. I could no longer just ‘settle’ for a mediocre life. My life was happening without me and I had to find it.

Sri Lankan wedding

My colourful Sri Lankan wedding!

The good…

Now a happy divorcee, I am working as a travel writer (and getting paid!) and running my own website (just for love!) Some people just aren’t meant to lead a conventional life and I am one of them.

I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled to 119 countries and 85 of these solo, and I’ve never let being alone stop me from doing anything. I’ve challenged my fears and tried every adrenalin sport going, stared in a Thai soap opera, spent a weekend with a monk and survived quicksand.

My monk!

My monk!

The bad & the ugly…

But it’s not all been a bed of roses, there are times that I’d rather forget like: having my backpack broken into, getting lost on my jog in Hong Kong, being spat on in Mongolia and chased by a rickshaw driver in Malaysia. But it all adds to the experience and each time I’ve travelled I’ve learnt more and more about the world and myself at the same time.

That bug called wanderlust!

My need to explore the planet has never been greater and I know that I won’t rest until I have visited every single country. As a forty-something divorcee I am on a mission to show others that you don’t have to settle for a life just because society expects you to. Listen to your instinct and follow your dream. I have and I have never looked back….

Solo Travel

Travelling Solo

Although I've conquered quite a bit of the world, this blog starts from my divorce story in 2012 and is a personal account of my adventures on the road where I try and tell humorous stories to help other women on their travels (and also what not to do!)

Travelling by yourself does take courage to just fly to the unknown but each time it rewards you with self-confidence, educates you in the world and allows you to grow as a person and discover different aspects of yourself that you never knew existed but… it does come with its challenges.

So if I've inspired you to travel solo, check out the rest of the Girl about the Globe website before you travel. It will save you hours of research…honest!

Solo Travel

My Ethics

I truly believe in giving something back to the locals as you travel and experiencing the world as a responsible traveller not a tourist. I only recommend responsible companies who share the same ethos and practice sustainability towards local communities and our planet. I am passionate about cultural experiences and want to show that deep down we are all the same, no matter what our upbringing or beliefs..

 

25 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Khairul

    Hi Lisa,

    Amazing story. I am a guy in my late twenties, and single. I have a fear of flying but I have flown previously domestically and internationally , most of them were 1-2 hours flights. I am planning to visit Istanbul in April 2015, and if time and financial permit I would love to visit Plovdiv and Kavala in between. Just came across your blog today while doing some research on my trip. At the moment I am still consulting my travel consultant to pick my final destination, and I shall be able to decide by this end of year.

    Oh yeah, I am from Malaysia. Would love to know about you experience being chased by a rickshaw driver here!
    Take care.

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    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      That’s amazing that you haven’t let your fear of flying stop you from travelling. Plovdiv is such a lovely city, I definitely recommend going there. Ref Malaysia, the rickshaw driver wasn’t taking us where we wanted to go so we got out the rickshaw without paying after a brief discussion and he ran after us spitting and hissing. We had to spend the next 3 days avoiding the area. Very scary 🙂

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  2. Darren Howarter

    I love your blog here. I just found this by hitting links from FB and boom here you are. Its been wonderful to meet you and we can’t wait to see your book get published. Your life is a fabulous adventure, please keep sharing all of it. We have to have some ‘bad’ so we relish the ‘good’ when it happens. Its all in the balance of life.

    cheers!

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  3. Khairul

    May I know which parts of Malaysia that you have been? I am based in KL, and I guess we don’t have rickshaw drivers here but could be some in Malacca and Penang :). Are you now on a trip or just residing and working in a specific place? I can’t wait for April next year and I think I might need to add few more places to my list eg : Bucharest or Skopje. Take care Lisa.

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    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      I’ve been to KL, Malacca, Penang and the Cameron Highlands. It was in Penang. I’m sure it was a one-off experience 🙂 I’ve been living in Colombia for 6 months but I’ll be travelling more of Central America from Sunday for 8 weeks. Skopje is a very cool place. I loved the Balkans. Have an amazing trip x

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  4. Sharon

    Great story and I had to comment and say good on you for making the big move of changing your life when you were not happy. That must have been a really hard thing to do.

    I have always loved travelling solo and love the little opps that I get to do it every now and then. Thankfully, I also love travelling with my husband and kids and share similar ideals so that this is something we are able to do together. I know i had too many relationships before that with people who held me back from being myself. I would try so hard to “settle down” and do what was expected, but I just couldn’t. Here’s to taking the road less travelled!! 😀

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  5. Tim DiNicola

    Hi Lisa,

    My new bride Julie Mazeika and I just met you on the tour of Curacao. It was nice meeting you and also checking our your website. If you would like any more pictures of Curacao, please feel free to email me. I am by no means a professional photographer but it’s a hobby I enjoy.

    We wish you the best on your travels to Aruba and beyond.

    Be safe and have fun.
    Best regards,
    Tim & Julie

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  6. Sheryl Austin

    Hi Lisa,

    I hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Aruba! Rocky with DePalm tours is hoping your will make him famous! George and I enjoyed meeting you and spending the day sightseeing in Aruba!

    I look forward to “traveling” with you through your website and seeing what other fun adventures are in your future! May you continue to enrich the lives of others (eapecially women) through your writing!

    As one of my grandsons favorite games (Monkey Math) exclaims “Happy Travels Tiny Turtle”

    May you find blessings around every corner!

    PS: I posted, or tried to, Thursday , but I didn’t see it today and wanted to make sure I had a chance to tell you what a pleasure it was to meet you!

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  7. SO

    I love reading up on your adventures. I am a 20-something female who decided the walls in my Kentucky home were only getting smaller. I am planted in Panama for the time being, and I know you’r e boppin around Central America. If you find yourself in Panama City I’d love to grab a coffee and share experiences. Best of luck!

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  8. Michael Phan

    Hi Lisa,
    Your story really inspired me to travel solo. I got divorced 3 years ago and have been travelling mostly with friends to South America such as Columbia & Costa Rica. I feel the urge to travel on my own to discover myself. Hope to run into to you on my future solo trip. Take care

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  9. Nicky Falleni

    Hi Lisa,

    Was so lovely to meet you today on the walking tour!! Checking out your blog now, amazing!! Will be passing onto any others who are looking at travelling solo!! Good luck and safe travels!! And if you ever come to NZ there will always be a place to stay!!

    Take care

    Nicky

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  10. Chaitrali

    hy lisa….i m from india…i am planing solo traveling for first time..i m 24 years old..prague, vienna, bratislava, and budapest..can you suggest me some tips…for solo travelling, and my safety

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  11. Todd @Visit50

    So awesome! 100 countries, so impressive, and inspiring!
    I set out for a crazy travel goal as well – to visit 50 countries by age 50. I didn’t even have a passport until after college, but I’ve been making tracks and am almost there. Along the way I started my travel blog (www.visit50.com) to inspire others to make time to see the world.

    It looks like you’ve blown right past my goal – maybe your 100 goal will be my next!

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  12. Mariah Edgington

    Good for you! My bestie (hubby) and I have recently relocated to Boquete Chirique Panama trading in the subzero winters for year round 65 – 85 degrees. Next month we’re heading to Medellin, the first stop on a two year travel trek to exclusively Spanish speaking countries to solidify español!

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