Welcome to Spin the Globe Project (SGP), an adventure travel & lifestyle blog. This is the place where I share budget travel resources, travel mishaps and confessions from backpacking and expat life over the last 5 years living on 5 continents and visiting 46 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, or throw caution to the wind and live in a van while traveling your own country. But they also prove you can maintain a 9-5 in New York City while cashing in your vacation days for some life-changing adventures in exotic destinations.
Beyond that, SGP is a place for nomads, doers, humanitarians, adventurers, wanderlusters, and dreamers.
It is a place for people interested in social justice and environmental causes.
It is a source of inspiration for adventurous souls and curious hearts.
The concept was born in Uganda as I was finishing up my Master’s Degree in International Development. I was spending my month-long uni break volunteering while I lived in a mud hut in a rural village and taught 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. I knew that moment, and the bigger moments of my days in Bandali Village, 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, 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 possibly help.
So I thought about my skills and my passions long and hard as I read the journal entry I wrote during the earthquake, and the subsequent entries that the rich soil and hopeful people inspired.
Then I thought about the documentary that changed my life (Invisible Children), and realized why it was so impactful. A few young adults visited Uganda and uncovered thousands of children were being forced into child soldiers by a rebel army. Then they filmed it, used social media to spread the story of these children, and raised awareness of a long-ignored issue.
When I realized I had altered the course of my life because of a film, I suddenly understood the power of storytelling. After my first-hand experience in Uganda, I also realized the power of travel.
I sat on my bed in Sydney, counting raindrops on my window sill, and I knew I had to keep traveling. I had to share with someone, anyone, and everyone how necessary traveling is. I needed to prove that it is obtainable, cheap, educational, and exhilarating.
I wanted people to know 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 have barely stopped traveling since.
Read more about life as an expat in a foreign country here.
You could go anywhere and do anything.