Who am I?
I’m Lisa, a travel journalist and blogger with a thirst for the world and an addiction to solo travel. Twenty-three years ago I took my first solo journey and since then I have pushed boundaries, faced my fears and overcome challenges that I now realise were meant to make me grow. And although I don’t profess to getting it all right, I am determined to not let others make the same mistakes I did and help them on their solo journey.
As an unconventional forty-something divorcee, 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. I was constantly moving around until I reached the age of 33 and decided that it was time I settled down.
So, I got married and spent three years living in my marital home and working in 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.
Now a happy divorcee, I have stepped into who I am meant to be. 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 131 countries and 101 of these solo, and I’ve never let being alone or having anxiety stop me from doing anything. I’ve taught English to Buddhist nuns, starred in a Thai soap opera and survived quicksand. I’ve challenged my fears both emotionally and physically, and had many adventures along the way.
But it’s not all been a bed of roses, there are times that I’d rather forget such as: 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 about the world and myself at the same time; all experiences that I would never have encountered if I had not travelled alone.
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 seen 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.
Travelling by yourself does take courage to travel into the unknown but each time it rewards you with self-confidence, educates you about the world and allows you to grow as a person (as well as discover different aspects of yourself that you never knew existed).
Facing your fears, your insecurities and coping with moments of loneliness aren’t easy but you can do it and you can travel solo. I created this blog to show that if I can do it, anyone can.
Starting My Solo Female Travel Blog
I created Girl about the Globe in 2012 to help support solo female travellers like me, and as a way of documenting my solo travels after my divorce. My aim was to give an unbiased view of what solo travel is really like and show the personal transformation that it brings.
Eight years later and it has grown to be an award-winning travel resource which inspires and empowers women to travel consciously and help vulnerable girls about the globe as they do it.
The way that I travel has changed over the last two decades. As well as solo destination guides, journalism articles and inspiring stories, my focus is on how to travel consciously and seeking projects that help local communities. Find out more about the Girl about the Globe website
Here are some of my favourite posts:
- Coco Bongo – Mexico
- A Finnish Sauna in Austria
- Surfing in Fuerteventura
- Colombia’s Orphans – The Emiliani Project
- Moldova Transnistria – The Last Part of the USSR
- 100 Lessons From 100 Countries Solo
How Girl about the Globe can help you
With so much travel advice out there it can be overwhelming to know how to travel solo or even where to begin. You may be feeling fearful or anxious and looking for empowerment and inspiration to take that first step.
If you’re travelled before and are a seasoned solo you may be looking for emerging destinations or how to stay safe in more challenging countries. Maybe you have a desire to travel consciously but are unsure how to do it (or even what that really means).
Girl about the Globe shows you what to expect as a woman travelling alone to a destination and equips you with all the knowledge and confidence you need to go it alone.
The content on this site will help you to:
- Feel empowered and inspired to travel to new destinations
- Overcome any fear of travelling solo and know what to expect as a woman travelling alone
- Know exactly where to travel to and how to do it safety and consciously
- Discover solo female friendly companies to ensure you have the best trip
- Know how to make a positive impact on a destination and enhance the lives of the people who live there.
Solo Destination Guides – Our Solo Destination Guides will help you feel more informed to make your own choices as to where to go, what to do, how to travel around, and how to make a difference in the countries that you visit.
Content – Our articles will help you to choose your perfect destination, show you the best websites to book through, and inspire you with tales of others who have gone solo. Discover how to travel consciously, where to volunteer and the best products to use. All tour companies and accommodation are recommended by solo female travellers so they come with our solo female friendly guarantee.
GatG Blog – This site is all about you but if you want to follow the solo adventures of a 40-something divorcee (yes, that’s me), then check out the blog section where I share my solo adventures including my itineraries, costs and things to do for solo female travellers.
Facebook Group – Our Facebook group provides a supportive community of solo female travellers with all the inspiration, advice and reassurance you need to travel solo. You’ll be supported throughout your travels and can connect and share experiences. You may even meet up with another girl about the globe during your trip.
GatG Products – Our unique products help you to overcome any emotional barriers you may have about travelling solo and keep you feeling organised, confident and upbeat during your trips.
Connect on Social Media – Connect with GatG on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Youtube for motivating quotes, weekly travel tips, travel solo articles, and inspiration for your solo trips.
You’ll leave Girl about the Globe feeling supported, empowered and inspired to travel solo and know how to help vulnerable girls in the countries that you travel to.
Plus, by just booking though this site you are making a difference. Girl about the Globe donates 10% of all sales to organisations helping vulnerable girls about the globe. Thanks for helping. Lisa x
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