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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Ivan Taptrip September 5, 2013 at 7:40 am

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

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Arianwen September 9, 2013 at 6:07 am

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

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Raymond Waruhari September 13, 2013 at 10:43 am

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

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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!

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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!!

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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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