Hello! You have obviously come to this page to find out a little bit about who Round The World Girl is!!

My name is Arnette and I am the original Round The World Girl. I am part of the new trend of travelers that have a discerned taste for fashion, food, and unforgettable experiences yet are not a budget backpacker or a millionaire. I’m what you call a real traveler. I can never resist a seat sale or a bargain just like everyone else but I ALWAYS splurge big and treat myself in order to have an incredible 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.

GoPro Big Sur Selfie - solo traveler photo tips
Selfie-ing in Big Sur

How did you get the name Round The World Girl??

For that story click here.

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 in early 2011 that would end up taking me through 19 countries in 19 months. Originally I had only planned 10 months but after losing my mother to pancreatic cancer in the middle of my trip, I decided to keep traveling. When I returned from traveling, I decided not to go back to cubicle life. My (now late) father was elderly and I wanted to have a flexible schedule to have more time to visit him as well as travel more.

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.

Sunshine Coast Selfie

Exploring the Sunshine Coast of Canada

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.

Dusseldorf Karneval 2015
On the Visit Dusseldorf float during Karneval
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.

Atlanta Beltline GoPro | www.rtwgirl.com
On the Beltline in Atlanta

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! Please enjoy and come back often!

Don’t forget to say hello!!!