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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.

"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 [...]

20 Hours in Reykjavík (and what to do on a long layover in Iceland)

Well, WOW Air did one thing right in my books recently... they planted me in Reykjavic, Iceland for a day long layover. Iceland. My #2 bucket list country (next in line to Japan) and I had 20 hours to taste test the capital of the world famous island. Ready, set, GO! We landed at 10 PM. My next flight wouldn't be until 6 PM the next day. Airport shops were closing [...]

“How I stay safe and smart while I travel” by Alyse Grimm

Traveling solo can be a little intimidating for anyone, regardless of circumstance, age, gender, etc. A few small adjustments or general mindfulness can make all the difference and ensure that you aren’t unnecessarily putting yourself into harm’s way. The first few times I traveled by myself, I found myself hyper aware of my surroundings, self conscious and slightly anxious. I knew I was fine, but I couldn’t shut off the part [...]

100 Hours in Scotland

Country: Scotland Number: 35 Date: March 2018 Length of Stay:  100 Hours Time it Took to Arrive Here: 28 LONG years I've been dreaming of visiting Scotland, seemingly, forever.  I saw the Scottish countrysides in movies and television shows and envisioned myself amongst it all.  The lush green scenery grabbed my attention and had me daydreaming of the day I'd see it with my own eyes.  I pictured myself running through the [...]

By |2018-08-07T20:15:51+00:00April 25th, 2018|Destinations, From ___ with love, Solo Travel|2 Comments

Sleeping in a Capsule with Rainbow lights in LONDON

Throughout London you'll see quite a few St. Christopher's Inn locations- there are eight in London alone.  The hostel/hotel chain has many locations, and not just in the UK.  I actually stayed at another location in Berlin, Germany two years ago near the beginning of my travels and loved it.  They have four guiding principles at St Christopher's: Safe, Fun, Secure, Value- and I can vouch for all four. One of [...]

"Travel helped me with my eating disorder" by Lydia Jane Alice

Travelling really opens up your eyes as to how small we are on this big planet. It makes us realise that, in the grand scheme of things, trivial things we worry about at home are truly irrelevant. To me, it has been a fundamental feature in changing my life for the better. When I was younger, I was bullied for being ‘fat’ and ‘ugly’. For as long as I can remember, [...]

"My First Visit to LONDON" by HMD

London is a world famous city, and raved about in travel community for all it's offerings, sights and history.  It often shocked people that I hadn't made my way to "THE City" after so long on the road and quite a few trips to Europe, which is just a short flight away.  I put it off for various reasons, all the while knowing I'd make my way there someday and would [...]

“I quit my dream job to pursue the Nordic lifestyle” by Loppy Walton

I had spent years training for my job, and finally my dream was a reality. I was working professionally as a goldsmith in my hometown of Birmingham in the UK. The hours were long and the work was tedious but the results were worth it, I could make perfect tiny replicas of tree frogs and butterflies carved out of sterling silver and my work was also my creative output. I was [...]

Princess Treatment at Radisson Collection Royal Mile

Is there anything better than a suite on the top floor of 5 star hotel overlooking a castle and a street called Royal Mile?  I think not. Radisson Collection Royal Mile made my final two days in Edinburgh perfect.  I truly won't forget my stay here, or my visit to this city.  Edinburgh quickly became one of my new favorite cities- I know... I've said that too many times, but they [...]

By |2018-08-07T21:18:11+00:00March 29th, 2018|Europe, Reviews, Solo Female Travel|1 Comment

Exploring the Scottish Highlands with Timberbush Tour Company

Watch this article in motion: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmvdN9dFd3o&w=560&h=315] Perhaps my favorite day spent in Scotland (no...DEFINITELY my favorite day) was the day we spent touring the West Highland Lochs, Mountains and Castles with Timberbush Tour Company.  If you want to really see the beauty in any country you're visiting, I believe, you've got to make your way to the countryside- you can't just stay in the city- so that's what we did. [...]

By |2018-08-07T21:19:05+00:00March 24th, 2018|Destinations, From ___ with love, Reviews|1 Comment