Spin the Globe Project
Welcome to Spin the Globe Project (SGP), an ethical adventure travel & lifestyle blog. This is the place where I share budget travel resources, mishaps and confessions from backpacking and expat life over the last 6 years living on 5 continents and visiting 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.
Beyond that, SGP is a place for nomads, doers, humanitarians, adventurers, wanderlusters, and dreamers interested in social justice and environmental causes.
It is a source of inspiration for adventurous souls with socially conscious hearts.
The concept was born in Uganda, where I was volunteering in a rural village and teaching local women English and family planning methods. It was the best and worst month of my life.
One night, I was laying under my mosquito net pondering my purpose in the world, listening to the grass thatched roof whistle in the wind, when the ground started to shake. I was certain it was a stampede and braced myself for impact as images from the Lion King raced through my mind. After a few moments passed, I was still alive and unharmed by the heard of imaginary wildebeest.
It only turned out to be an earthquake, but I quickly scrambled for my headlamp and journal to jot down the experience anyway. It had shaken me, and I was suddenly overwhelmed by the realities of the women in the village. I knew that my days under the Ugandan sun, would be significant to my life, and I didn’t want to forget the sounds or the emotions it all evoked. To read more about my time in Uganda, check out my post: Battling Hope and Despair Under the Ugandan Sun.
Shortly after returning to Sydney, where I was finishing a Masters Program, I found myself in a rut. I was suddenly questioning everything. My courses at university covered topics like human rights violations, the politics of United Nations and international relations, economics, and microloans.
They all had one thing in common, they were extremely depressing. I read case study after case study about failed projects in developing countries that set out to solve a problem, and created ten worse problems instead.
After seeing the complexities of non-government-organizations first hand in Uganda, I didn’t know how I could help.
So I thought about my skills and my passions as I read the journal entry I wrote during the earthquake. Then I thought about the documentary that changed my life (Invisible Children).
A film about children that were forced into becoming child soldiers by a rebel army. The young filmmakers used social media to spread the story of these children, and raised awareness of a long-ignored issue, by telling a compelling story that went viral.
I realized I had altered the course of my life because of a story, and I suddenly understood the power of storytelling as a tool to influence positive change.
Now, 8 years later, I had raised $2,500 to travel across the world, to volunteer in Uganda. I had been changed by the women in Bandali village and I couldn’t just go back to my comfortable life in the United States.
I had to share with anyone and everyone how necessary traveling is. I needed to prove that it is obtainable, cheap, exhilarating, and educational.
I wanted people to understand 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.
With that in mind, I spun a globe (quite literally), and that globe landed on Peru.
So I moved to Cusco to teach English, wrote about my life as an expat in South America, and haven’t stopped traveling (or telling stories) since.
Read more about life as an expat in a foreign country here.
Read more about me here.
You could go anywhere and do anything.