About Me

About Me

First of all, I’m not sure how you found me, but I’m a strong believer in everything happening for a reason. Ripples colliding to form a tidal wave of this very moment in time.

So however you found me in this internet world equipped with mediocre click-bait articles (what I like to call my older work) and copious amounts of senseless garbage (what I also sometimes call my older work), I’m honored to have made the cut somewhere along the way.

Monaco | TheBlogAbroad.com
Pushing my peasantry limits | Monte-Carlo, Monaco

For those who don’t know me personally,  there’s still time to bail, I just want to welcome you into my world. I’m not your everyday travel blogger. I’m awkward. I’m sassy. And I suck at adulting/flirting/humaning.

But with my colorfully expensive imagination, and not nearly enough funds to support it, I want to take you guys on the adventure of a lifetime. How a girl who never desired to travel turned into a full-time nomad, finding a way to fund and support a lifestyle that enables her to travel around the world for a semi-decent living.

I’m here to inspire others through my journey of being a solo female traveler, pushing the envelope of what’s possible, and creating the life of my dreams through a relentless pursuit and downright hustle.

Gloria Atanmo | TheBlogAbroad.com
Hard at work. Also, hard at wine | Cinque Terre, Italy

There’s an unequivocal education to travel that I try to encourage others to learn about, and my mission and ultimate goal is to make you, the reader, want to jump out of your seat and hop on the next flight out to anywhere.

Whether you’re a fellow travel-lover or you’ve never taken a flight in your life, I have something for every one of you guys, and I want to continue sharing why travel is such an essential component to broadening our perspectives and creating a better world.

Al Asqa Mosque | TheBlogAbroad.com
Visiting sacred Muslim sites | Jerusalem, Israel

If you get to live on this one big, amazing world for your entire life, however long or short that may be, wouldn’t you want to spend time exploring it? Learning about it? Challenging it? Loving it? Yeah, me too.

I booked a one-way ticket to Europe after graduating college in 2013, and over 35 countries across 4 continents later, and I’m still nowhere near having figured out my 5-year plan.

Gloria Atanmo | TheBlogAbroad.com
Hello from the othaaa siiiiide! Literally. I was in Greece 🙂

Heck, I hardly know what I’ll be doing tomorrow, because I invest and live for my todays — the one thing we’re all promised.

There’s an unspoken beauty about your dreams, and a coveted magic in the mystery of not quite knowing what’s next. That’s the thrill I live for, although it scares my mom to death (sorry, Ma)!

As of July 2015, I took the leap of making this wee lil’ travel blog my full-time job, so I officially live out of a suitcase. Some might call that homeless (my mother, mainly), but I’m now embracing every corner of the world as my home.

Gloria Atanmo | TheBlogAbroad.com
Stop trying to find your happy ending; the magic is in the story | Bangkok, Thailand

So here’s to the new memories, the unspoken regrets, and the calculated risks of dancing down a road less traveled to expand my horizons and dare to find new ones. I bring you THE BLOG ABROAD.

If you want to learn more about my story, I recommend you check out some of my viral articles here or my e-book! It chronicles every major moment in my life that’s gotten me where I am today; the struggles, the triumphs, and the hilarious stories in between both on and off the road. “From Excuses to Excursions: How I Started Traveling the World”. A future NY Times Best Seller I reckon! Speaking that into existence 😉

  • Nadeen

    Love the look of your new site! Pictures are fabulous and of course so are the articles! 😉😉

  • Faith Mwiza

    Happened to stumble on your page! Love it! Just did 3 months in Europe, had a blast… can’t wait to return! Your pictures are awesome and you just look so fabulous! 😀

  • Great blog! Love your perspective.

  • Linēij Inc

    Gloria you’re an inspiration! I’m looking forward to reading and loving your blog for years to come.

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  • Charmaine Griffin

    I just subscribed and I’m so excited to follow your continued journey! Wow… 30 countries and I’m sure more by now. My journey started this year living in Korea and I don’t think I’ll be stopping anytime soon!

  • YOU are fantastic! I was reading this giggling to myself. Subscribed and cannot wait to see what you have in the future!

  • Keep Glo-win!

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  • Kat Camera-Diva Kim

    I don’t know you yet, but I love you already! Your’e doing what I’m dreaming, with my toes already a little wet. I’m looking forward to joining the journey!

  • Alisa Williams

    I love you already girlie! As a 52 year old widow rejoining life, I find my passion to travel has come roaring back to life! You are a great resource!

  • Lakeeta Scott

    Just joined and I’m very excited to journey with you! Literally, I may meet up with you in Europe one day soon!

  • Jil

    hehe …see I stumbled upon your bog for a reason today… true as u said. Only today morning i was justifying my mom about why I cannot come home and would like to travel longer .. and it resonated with your lines …There’s an unspoken beauty about your dreams, and a coveted magic in the
    mystery of not quite knowing what’s next. That’s the thrill I live for,
    although it scares my mom to death (sorry, Ma!). hehe that’s excatly what my mom is going through now fear of me not accomplishing anything substantial in life..by my travels.. and I had to write a pretty long mail today to her ..explaining her ‘to let go’ and ‘stop controlling events and situations in life’ sighh I hope she understsands !! 🙂

  • Marie

    You are my source of inspiration !!!! My motivation !! Thanks a lot
    Marie from france xxxxxx

  • Richard Clunan

    Is it a bit creepy to know I’m sitting at the table behind you right now in Insomnia on O’Connell street, trying not to read the blog post you’re writing?

    (I’m more nosy than creepy.)

    • Hahahahaha! I wish I read this earlier! Guess you’ll have to drop back to this site in a couple hours when the post goes live 🙂

  • Danetra Clark

    I stumbled upon your page in search of inspiration and guidance. As a black woman who has never traveled abroad before, I’m trying to decide which country should receive the honor of being the 1st stamp on my passport. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated to this solo traveler who’s yearning to experience what the world has to offer.😬

    • Jaymie Woods

      My first was Cape Town, South Africa and it gave me LIFE! Ive been to 9 countries since in the past 14 months.

      • Jaymie Woods

        They speak English, $1 worth 12 or theirs, very international so lots of people from lots of places, and lots to see and do!

  • Ana P. Wildgust

    Seriously loving your blog girl. I specially liked the “7 privileges I learned while traveling” article and how you handled the “how do you afford travel?” question. It really is all about perspective and where you choose to spend your money! Btw I think my bucket list just got bigger 😉

  • Interesting reading your story here, and to hearing you on the Travel Bloggers Summit. You’ve inspired me to rethink my journey. I come from a freelance writing background and have been blogging for a few years, but to no great success. I’m going to follow your guidance and rethink the journey I will make to success. Cheers!

  • “I booked a one-way ticket to Europe after graduating college in 2013, and almost 30 countries across 3 continents later, and I’m still nowhere near having figured out my 5-year plan.”

    This is so great. I’m sending you an email right now! SO many ideas!
    -Justine

  • Divo

    You’re living the dream life. Living your passion and what makes you happy.

  • Dom Nelson

    Love this blog. I always get mistaken for Usher when I travel abroad! 😀

  • Fadumo Adan

    I’m so happy I found you! I’ve just started my travel blog! It’s called gabargoesglobal. I write about solo travel being a Black Muslim woman. Girl, I look up to you!! You are my role mode!! <3

  • Nikki Dub

    I just subscribed! I can’t wait to read more. Thanks for letting the world know that there’s more than just Miami as a travel destination! No shade….I’m just saying!

  • Dashika Abhayagunasekara

    You are one hell of a lucky lady to travel like that. You are like my role model. If you ever come to Sri Lanka hit me up if you want. Would like to show you our cultures and such 🙂

  • Sheryl Piland

    What a courageous young lady. Your inspiration is contagious! I am traveling vicariously through you.
    Thanks for the adventure.

  • Ceryndipity

    Very encouraging! Do your thing and don’t let anyone tell you different. When I was 18, I did the same thing. I lived in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. Best time of my life. The people were wonderful and curious, not cautious. With my family raised, you’re making me think about bookending my American life. Maybe I will be able to get asylum from all this tomfoolery and shenanigans going on. Have a blast Miss Lady!

  • Becky

    This blog is reeeally interesting,

  • Jorge Mercado

    Congratulations on your quest for adventure in traveling around the world. I’ll be reading your stories…..
    👏👌👍👏

  • Pat

    Just joined! I’m retired. Use to work for a company the periodically sent me out of the country to work. Sometimes for weeks (the longest 6 weeks) at a time. Gave me a chance to experience the true flavor of the place a little. I often wondered what it would be like to make my home in another country; and now that I’m retired, that feeling has become stronger. I appreciate your blog because now I am seriously considering living abroad permanently. Any I sites on immigration to some of these great places you’ve mentioned.

  • Ferna

    you are an absolute inspiration to women of our generation. keep it up!

  • Road diva

    Hello, I have no idea how I found you, but I’m super glad that I did. As I apprach 56 years old, 2 adult children and grandaughter, I’m in a strange ,exciting and a little scary place. The big question for me, what’s next….I’m honored to have found you, and I really know the reason why!! I look forward to seeing “what’s next”

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  • Sammi Mendenhall

    Brava on you! It’s nice to see other Black women who also love to travel solo … it’s a great way to get to know yourself and of course, the world-at-large. Love the pic of you in Cinque Terre — aside from standing at the top of the world at the North Pole on a nuclear Russian icebreaker (Walking On White Mars- YouTube), Cinque Terre is my favorite place on the planet. The beauty is insane. Travel on and keep writing … you have a new fan!
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  • Christy Bandoh

    Awesome!! I’m on the verge of starting a tarvel blog! i love travelling and feel you will be my best resource! Thanks for your zeal and confidence. I look forward to this journey of adventure!! 🙂

  • Brian Pequina

    You are very very cool, hope to run into you one day. I enjoy your writing. Best regards from a fellow traveler, born in Amsterdam but like everywhere now,

  • Eva

    I can’t wait to get lost (thorough tour) in the world. I’m inspired

  • So inspiring! I love this blog idea and I plan to come back. Best travels!

  • Rae Webb

    I just found you and I’m excited to E-meet you!! Can’t wait to catch up on all your posts.

    My travel blog will be up soon. I hope you’ll come take a look. thejetsether.com

  • Sarah Tollackson

    Thank you for amazing vibes and energy 🙂

  • Kathy Allen

    Proudly taught this young woman during her college days and knew then she’d be a difference maker!

  • Jamie Lee Denue

    I want to know who follows you around and takes such amazing photos!! 🙂

  • NotYourAvg

    I’m so envious! You have a dream life! Do you have more insight into Cinque Terre’s new restrictions on tourists?