About Me

There once was a girl,

Who set off on a journey greater than she could ever imagine.

She knew her heart was always somewhere else, her mind was always thinking of far away places,

Places she didn’t even know existed.

She knew what had stolen her heart from a very young age,

Which is why she did what she loved most: she traveled.

She left her home,

With a one way ticket to a far away place.

And that’s where her journey begins.

About Monica

I bring to you my tiny corner of the internet, where I share Couchsurfing tips, ways to stay healthy on the road, and tips for the budget backpacker and solo female traveler.

I’m a 23 year old backpacker who is always searching for new experiences. I love meeting people and making friends on the road, and am constantly trying to step out of my comfort zone. Throughout college, I volunteered in South Africa, Swaziland, and Mozambique, studied abroad in Denmark, and backpacked in Costa Rica and Panama. I started this blog while I was still in college as a place to share my stories, and put all of my time and energy into building my website and following.

A few months into blogging, I decided that I wanted to do this full time: and bought a one way ticket to Bangkok. Instead of searching for a full time job or putting money down for a new car, I was working and saving money for my journey to Southeast Asia. My blog documents all of the mishaps, travel advice, and experiences I have while there, along with my past travel experiences abroad. 

Traveling is not always full of cocktails on the beach and gorgeous sunsets in the arms of an attractive Australian (though I wish it was). I share the highs, as well as the lows, of my solo journey (and previous trips) around the world. I’ll also tell you how much I spend, how I make money on the road, and exactly how I do it.


I’m a part-time wanderer, full-time dreamer. I never stay in one place for too long, and I don’t like routines. I continue to chase spontaneity and live in the realm of the unknown.

I have journals filled to the brim with every day details, what I’ve seen, heard, eaten, and experienced. I hula hoop dance as a hobby, and bring my hoop with me when I travel. I’m a self-diagnosed hypochondriac. My favorite word is sonder, and its definition is part of the reason I love to travel and meet people from other walks of life.

I jump behind DJ booths at bars every chance I get. I love elephants, which you would easily figure out from the amount of tapestries, items of clothing, and jewelry I own with an elephant on it. I hope to bring you inspiration, advice, and laughter from my blog, and value my reader’s opinions very much. It’s a place where I show you how I travel, and how you can too. It’s a place where I connect with my readers and engage with them in every way possible. I send two subscribers a postcard each month to give back to them and show them how much I appreciate them reading my blog. This blog is my creation, and living proof of why I do what I do. 


For me, life isn’t about living to work. It’s not about waking up and going to a job you hate, just to make money to buy a car that you’ll grow out of in a few years. It’s not about wasting away in a corner office, wishing you were someplace else. Life is about the here and now, cherishing every moment and grabbing any opportunity that comes your way, just to experience something new. Life is about working at a place you love, and growing from each experience you have there.  

I’m not here to tell you to quit your job and venture to a far away place; I’m here to show you that it is possible to chase after something you’ve always wanted, and to not be afraid. No matter what that dream is.

I worked four jobs over this past summer to save enough money to start my life of travel. I have a part- time online job (aside from this blog) that helps me make a minimal amount of money on the side to continue to save and travel. I’m doing everything it takes to live this life, even though that means giving up almost all of my belongings, not having a car or an apartment, and constantly moving on the road. But I know one thing for sure: I’m loving every second. 

I live for adventure, even if I’m afraid. Some of the greatest experiences I’ve had did not happen without a panic attack beforehand (skydiving, for example). Each experience has a story, and each story has a lesson. And for that reason, I travel. 

I’m excited to share with you my experiences traveling, and hope that you’ll come along for the journey. It begins here.

Make sure you follow me on Snapchat (@globetrottica), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest :]


  1. Comment by jacksonjc9

    jacksonjc9 Reply November 11, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Hello Monica! I had a good time going through your blog and hope to read more of your adventures. Keep them coming 🙂

    • Comment by mlgray117

      mlgray117 Reply November 11, 2014 at 12:35 am

      Hi Jackson! Thanks so much- I’ve been enjoying yours as well!

  2. Comment by seasiangirl

    seasiangirl Reply November 11, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Monica, thank you so much for following my blog.. I’ll look forward to your posts..;)

    • Comment by mlgray117

      mlgray117 Reply November 11, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      Hi! Awesome, thank you! 😀 I look forward to yours as well!

  3. Comment by Uncle Spike

    Uncle Spike Reply November 15, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Hello Monica…

    I just wanted to catch up and say “thank you. I appreciate your ‘follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also add my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff thrown in for good measure.

    The blog has grown to some 1150 posts now; so if you are at a loose end one day, you’d be most welcomed to stay a while and have a trawl through. There are plenty of drop-down categories within the menu to help in said digging process. Saying that, if you have any comments, suggestions or concerns, feel free to let me know.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…


    • Comment by mlgray117

      mlgray117 Reply November 15, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Awesome, thanks a lot! I look forward to your posts.

      • Comment by Uncle Spike

        Uncle Spike Reply November 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm

        Sounds good to me 🙂

  4. Comment by Shelley @Travel-Stained

    Shelley @Travel-Stained Reply November 17, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Monica! Just wanted to stop by, say hello and thank you for following us over at Travel-Stained. 🙂 But I’m sorry to have to tell you that there is no vaccine for the travel bug. We have been searching for 20 years and have yet to find a cure… 😉

    • Comment by mlgray117

      mlgray117 Reply November 17, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m excited to read about your adventures. And, I was afraid of that! Guess we’ll just have to keep on traveling. 😀

  5. Comment by Alison

    Alison Reply November 25, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Monica, nice to meet you. Wow, you’ve certainly done some travelling! And you’re still so young!
    Thanks for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.
    Cheers, and happy travels,

    • Comment by monvar117@gmail.com

      monvar117@gmail.com Reply November 26, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Hi Alison and Don! I’m very lucky and so, so thankful! And I look forward learning about your travels, and am very excited to read about your journey 😀

  6. Comment by Nancy

    Nancy Reply November 27, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Monica!! Thank you for your follow! .. I hope you enjoy all your travels.. I’ll keep reading your adventures! 🙂

    • Comment by monvar117@gmail.com

      monvar117@gmail.com Reply November 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Hi Nancy! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to see more pictures of your travels 😀

  7. Comment by Brian

    Brian Reply December 3, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Nice blog. Sorry to hear about the monkeys. I don’t like the beasts myself. Had a close encounter with one mean baboon when I was ten. 🙁
    Take care

    • Comment by monvar117@gmail.com

      monvar117@gmail.com Reply December 4, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Thank you! It’s alright- I got a story out of it! 😀 I’m sorry to hear about that- they can be pretty scary, and I can’t imagine what it would have been like to a ten year old :[

  8. Comment by Sanah Rizvi

    Sanah Rizvi Reply December 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks for the follow!
    Love your blog!!

    • Comment by monvar117@gmail.com

      monvar117@gmail.com Reply December 15, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you! 😀

    • Comment by monvar117@gmail.com

      monvar117@gmail.com Reply December 27, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Great, thank you so much! Looks awesome 😀

  9. Comment by Wayne

    Wayne Reply December 29, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Hey Monica

    Thanks for your inspirational posts – great to see you’ve been in my part of the world too. Keep on traveling and keep on writing.

    • Comment by monvar117@gmail.com

      monvar117@gmail.com Reply December 29, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Hi Wyane, thank you so much for the kind words, and thank you for stopping by!

  10. Comment by Nate Deli

    Nate Deli Reply February 22, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Oh Monica you’re my hero 😛 Can’t wait to see you again, your blog is awesome! Makes me want to see the world.

    • Comment by Globe Trottica

      Globe Trottica Reply February 23, 2016 at 7:07 am

      Nate! I miss you! Let’s catch up soon :] Awww yay! Come visit me ;]

  11. Comment by Melanie

    Melanie Reply April 5, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Can I just say, I found your blog through a random link on Pinterest, but after reading your ‘about’ page, something just clicked. Soul mates! I cannot begin to describe how connected I felt to a complete stranger! Haha.. Absolutely share your life philosophy, and am currently dying to go traveling again. Until then I’ll live vicariously through you blog i guess!
    Much love from Denmark..

    • Comment by Globe Trottica

      Globe Trottica Reply April 6, 2017 at 2:31 am

      Thank you so much for this comment, Melanie. I loved reading this, and already feel a connection with you! So much love, and I hope our paths cross sometime in the future 🙂 x

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