Welcome to Spin the Globe Project! I’m Anna, a 27-year-old dreamer with an appetite for adventure, a desire for simplicity, and nomadic tendencies. Hence why I live in a self-converted, self-contained, solar-powered van with my dog Cagney.
Through travel hacks, studying abroad, volunteering and working in international nonprofits, I managed to backpack around Africa, South America, North America, Oceania, Europe and Asia on a budget. I crossed off and simultaneously added bucket-list items, taking me through Incan Ruins in the Andes, to the thin air on top of Mount Kilimanjaro, diving with crocodiles in Australia, swimming with giant Manta Rays in Thailand, working a “9-5” office job in New York City, and eventually traveling the United States in a self-converted camper van.
No matter where my journey has taken me though, I always strive to combine storytelling with my cultural experiences to promote human rights and sustainability.
Spin the Globe Project (SGP) is an ethical adventure travel & lifestyle project. This is the place where I share budget travel resources, mishaps and confessions from backpacking and expat life over the last 7 years on 6 continents and 48 countries.
The pages of this site are full of proof that you can live a nomadic lifestyle abroad with just a passport and an open-mind, maintain a 9-5 in New York City while cashing in vacation days for adventures in exotic destinations, or live in a van while traveling your own country.
SGP is a place for nomads and dreamers interested in social justice and environmental causes. At its core, it is a source of inspiration for adventurous souls with socially conscious hearts.
I am a firm believer that when you travel, your problems and concerns fade away and are replaced with tolerance, patience, inquisitiveness, open-mindedness, and countless other valuable life lessons.
Follow Along My Van Life Journey
I converted a 2016 Ford, Transit Cargo van into an off-grid camper so that I could travel around the United States to visit National Parks and Forests. I spent two months and about $3,500 on the conversion process while working on it part-time with the help of my mom and some friends.
I share my van life story and other travel adventures in hopes that my journey will inspire you to follow your own truth, take more risks, and travel with a purpose.
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- 10 Ways to Travel the World on a Tight Budget
- 5 Tips for Traveling Gluten-Free
- How I Converted a Cargo Van into My Off-Grid Home for $3,500
- How Going From Living in Manhattan to Van Life Has Made Me My Best Self
- WWOOFing: My Experience Volunteering on a Farm in Oregon
- TEFL: Getting Certified to Teach English Abroad
- Scuba Diving: Getting Open Water Certified in Thailand
- Backpacking Packing List and Guide
- Salkantay Trek: Trekking to Machu Picchu
- Visit Machu Picchu for $100
- Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: The Good the Bad and the Basics
- 6 Off-the-Beaten-Path Waterfalls You Must Experience
- Jungle Trekking in Thailand
- Qoyllur Rit’i Festival: An Annual Pilgrimage You Won’t Want to Miss
- Exploring National Parks in Canada
- Retracing My Heritage: An Israel Birthright Experience
Learn About Living in South America and East Africa
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