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About Heather Ditmars

On August 14th, 2015 I left my life in the United States behind with the intention to never look back. I had the "American Dream" and I woke up from it, to create a new reality for myself. I sought out beauty in a world that was increasingly dark for me at the time and ended up finding more than I bargained for. With only a backpack, I traveled across Europe, South East Asia and then on to Africa. With over 30 countries stamped in my passport, I've become an entirely new version of myself with a broader perspective on what it means to be a woman in today's world. My hope is that by sharing my stories and featuring women like me from around the world, we can inspire others to break down their own internal barriers and go cross a few international borders while they're at it. I truly believe travel can be healing to a troubled soul, empowering to the lost and rejuvenating for the exhausted. Perspective is everything, and I believe in the power of "going global," what about you? SheGoesGlobal.net is a site that started out with my stories and grew into a platform for women all around the world to tell their travel tales of trials and triumph. We all believe that the more you see of the world, the better you can be as a person who inhabits it. Women encouraging other women to grow, travel, evolve- that's what SGG is all about. ---> Read my very first blog post (see "Archives" for August 2015) to learn how this all began.

“Becoming Brave in Montreal” by Brittany Dickey

All settled into our hotel rooms, we decided to venture out into the streets of our new home for the next 6 weeks: Montreal, Quebec. We struck out on our own, thrilled to finally be walking around in the alluring city of Montreal. French words filled the air. The soft sound of a street musician’s acoustic guitar echoed from a metro entrance. Hare Krishna followers were brightly dressed and chanting on [...]

4 Incredible Island Destinations Off Of Africa

African tourism guides tend to boil down to a few specific types of vacation. People go to dive into local communities, experience nature unlike anywhere else on Earth, go hiking and engage in other outdoor sports, and sometimes enjoy a luxury or party atmosphere in some of the continent’s bigger and more noteworthy cities. What we don’t talk about as much, at least not as an overarching topic, is the fact [...]

By |2018-08-23T10:48:51+00:00August 15th, 2018|Africa, Destinations, Guest Post|1 Comment

"My Life as a Digital Nomad at Home" by HMD

Working remotely is, in my opinion, a fantastic lifestyle choice- if you can swing it.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the last couple years that I've been able to plug away at various projects on my laptop with a nice view beyond the top of the screen.  It's been incredible to see all of the places I've been, and to share it all with you along the way.  I realize how fortunate [...]

By |2018-08-07T19:39:34+00:00July 16th, 2018|Digital Nomad Life, USA|5 Comments

"We left our kids at home and took a trip to Chicago" by Hannah Lacy

Chicago: a city full of historical architecture. A city where you can see the skyscrapers from the beach. A city where you will eat the best pizza and the best hotdog. Chicago: the city where my husband and I found ourselves kid free for the first time in years. A city where we made new discoveries and refueled our passion for creativity. “Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful [...]

"Love, Loss and Passport Stamps" by HMD

I've had many people point out to me that they "can't just hop on a plane and go heal their broken hearts in Italy, Greece or Peru.  Who will watch the kids for God's sake?  Who will pay the mortgage?" I hate the fact that I have been kind of tunnel-visioned as I globe-trotted away suggesting everyone do the same, without offering up an accessible approach to healing.  REAL people with [...]

"My Strange Addiction: Take Off" by HMD

There have been ceaseless probing questions, primarily from my fellow Americans, about my decision-making and life choices lately, which (obviously) stems from my unsettledness and restless roaming.  I've met these Probers on the road while they were on vacation or business trips, all temporary travelers wondering WHAT ON EARTH I've been doing traveling for so long. There's one question I've faced regularly, as a nomad, that can induce an immediate headache [...]

"My new happy place in SoCal" by HMD

I found a new happy place on the West Best Coast of the United States. The perfect place to breathe, relax and retire early, or just escape from the noise of La La Land. Dana Point, California: Where have you been all my life? As I sipped my prosecco on the balcony overlooking the ocean, I wondered how I ever left sunny, beautiful California in the first place.  That's what Dana [...]

By |2018-08-07T20:09:31+00:00June 13th, 2018|North America, Solo Female Travel, USA|3 Comments

10 Things You Should Never (ever) Do Abroad

With all the lessons I've gathered up over the last three years of travel, I can say in total honesty that I know exactly as much about what NOT to do, as what TO DO abroad.  With every "travel hacking" notation I've made along the way, there's been a warning frantically scribbled on my notebook beneath it. Today, I figured I'd share a few of those "warnings" from my own experiences [...]

"What Happens When You Travel Alone As a Mother" by Paige McEachren

Having children is life changing. The love you are capable of having for your children is unimaginable. This undying love is what causes many mothers to pour so much of themselves into caring for their family that they forget to do things for themselves. My kids Recently I had the opportunity to spend time traveling alone to attend a travel writers summit. This made me come to terms with [...]

"Things I’ve noticed after returning home to the USA" by HMD

Returning home after travel brings up many emotions including, but not limited to, angst.  It's all very weird after the dust settles and you've made your initial "rounds" of reunions with friends and family.  People are "super excited your home!" until life goes back to normal and it's business as usual.  You're excited, too, and then, suddenly, you feel every ounce of the giant halt you're coming to...a screeching loud and [...]