Hello! My name is Arnette or better known as Round The World Girl (as well as the original one). I am part of the new trend of travelers that have a discerned taste for fashion, food, and unforgettable experiences yet are neither budget backpacker nor crazy high-end luxury. I’m what you call a realistic traveler. I look for bargains just like everyone but I always splurge big and treat myself in order to have a great experience. I’ll eat everything from street food to Michelin-starred meals. I love to partake in activities that will provide lifelong memories that I can share with friends and family. I LIVE FOR EXPERIENCES.
How did you get the name Round The World Girl??
After going through a life changing experience in 2009, I decided to take a career break in 2010. I sold most of my things, minimized, and put things in storage. Then I left for a round the world trip that would end up taking me through 19 countries in 19 months. When I returned from traveling, I decided not to go back to cubicle life. Prior to my trip, I worked in the sports and fashion industries working with different brands and publications. I was a trend forecaster for companies like Vice, opened fashion retail shops in Canada, produced special events and parties for companies like Nike and different magazines. I am now based in southern California and work freelance doing everything from social media and marketing consulting, and brand strategy.
Prior to setting off for my round the world trip, I decided not to have a blog. Many people suggested it but I decided against it. I really wanted to experience life on the road without constantly worrying about documenting everything. I shot thousands of photos and wrote some notes here and there but I used my time to immerse myself in my local surroundings and really unplug. As someone who blogs about travel now, I know how much it changes everything.
When I returned from my trip, family and friends would often ask for recommendations about places I traveled. I have always been that person who leaves reviews and shares tips. I started this blog as a permanent place to share not only my findings and personal experiences but anything else I think may be useful to others for their travels and life. I am also trying to incorporate more about my non-travel life since I’m trying to cut down on being on the road so much.
I hope that my blog is helpful and inspires you to travel more whether it be across the world or just within your local area.
Please enjoy and come back often!
**Disclaimer: Due to the nature of my work, I am often gifted products, am invited to events, or go on sponsored media trips. I still consider my blog a place where I share only the best recommendations for my family and friends. I am very particular about what I do, what I purchase, and what I share with my personal networks. Anything on this site is a reflection of myself. I do not endorse things that I have not experienced or would recommend to my close, personal network or family.
Emails for my newsletter, ebook, or contests are private and never shared with any other parties. I hate spam myself so I promise never to spam you!**