Random Traveller #94 with Lisa of Girl About the Globe

by Poi on August 27, 2013

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Welcome to round 94 of ‘Meet a Random Traveller’. The series dedicated to bring attention to fantastic people all around the world doing their thing.

Random Traveller #94 

Girl About The Globe

Who are you?

Girl about the Globe otherwise known as Little Lisa from Lee-on-Solent. I began travelling solo in my twenties and living and working in various countries as a cocktail waitress, a hostel cleaner and a few others. Now as a traveller in my mid-thirties, I’m doing it all again but this time I’m doing it with a purpose and hoping to inspire other women to take the plunge and travel solo.

Whats the Deal?

During a trip to Eastern Asia I was faced with so many pitfalls and challenges that I decided to create a resource site to help other female solos. I wanted to provide tips and advice and help with pre-planning trips. There is so much to think about when you go traveling that I wanted to put it all into one site with the ethos of conscious travelling and acting responsibly. I want to help people get as much as they can out of their experience and give something back as they travel.

When was the last time you had a specific ‘I love travel’ moment?

I was in Germany walking along the riverbank gazing at the artwork on the Berlin Wall with my new South African buddy and I suddenly felt really lucky to be free and travelling. It was even more poignant being where I was.

Girl About The Globe

Lisa at the Berlin Wall

What’s the weirdest food you’ve tried while away and would you have it again?

I am so adventurous when I travel and will try anything once but am not so adventurous with my food. The weirdest thing I ate was a fried caterpillar in a Namibian township. It was so bad and the texture tasted like iron filings in my mouth. I would definitely not have that again but I recently ate whale which was surprisingly nice.

Have you ever been anywhere you expected to love but just couldn’t?

Mongolia. It was a country that I didn’t know much about and I hadn’t met anyone else who had been there. I was to live with a Mongolian family for a month whilst I worked at a TV station but I immediately felt repressed and found that living in the capital was very challenging and harsh. What made it worse is that I was spat on in the street and someone tried to rob me. I hated living there and it wasn’t until I spent time as a traveller in the countryside, staying with real nomadic families, that I began to appreciate the hospitality of the Mongols.

Girl About The Globe

Lisa with Malawi kids

What’s next?

After years of long-haul travel, I have decided to explore my own backyard and am travelling around Europe, experiencing the countries as a solo female traveller. Then I plan to sell everything I own and move to Central America later in the year. I love the Latin American way of life and can’t wait to go back over there but for now, I’m happy exploring Europe.


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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Thomas August 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Great meeting and learning more about you Lisa. The wifey and I are just starting to set our plans in motion and hope to start traveling a lot more this year with the family. I here Latin America is nice but I am not sure where the first place the family will head to on our journey. Good luck traveling Europe hope to hear more about your travels.


Ivan Taptrip September 5, 2013 at 7:40 am

Good post! It’s brave to see people who can travel alone, especially women! 🙂


Arianwen September 9, 2013 at 6:07 am

Ugh! Brave girl! I could NEVER eat a caterpillar!


Raymond Waruhari September 13, 2013 at 10:43 am

Very brave girl. And I like your photo next to the Berlin wall.


Marysia @ My Travel Affairs September 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Love the idea about moving to Central America and really shocked about Mongolia, I really want to go and everyone who I know that visited there loved it!


Atika Quraishi September 24, 2013 at 10:50 am

It’s not easy to travel solo being a girl. especially in countries like Pakistan, India etc.. Bravo to you!!


Jonny Blair November 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

Great interview guys and love the site revamp! Safe travels. Jonny
Jonny Blair´s last blog post ..World Travellers Interview: Mig Pascual AKA Curious Nomad


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