From Excuses to Excursions
From Excuses to Excursions: How I Started Traveling the World

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Please Note: Your PayPal email address will be where your ebook is sent! So be sure to make a note if you’d like it sent to a different e-mail address! Thanks!

Once order is completed through PayPal, you’ll get a confirmation of purchase and the digital file through e-mail within 24 hours.

It’s with so much pride, pleasure, and wine that I can happily announce the release of my first e-book which has been twenty-five years in the making; a culmination of this incredible journey I’ve been blessed to be on. Like many of you, travel was never an option or goal for me growing up. I saw people who studied and traveled abroad, and I always thought, “good for them”. Good for those people to do what they’re meant to do.

Baker University, Baldwin City, KS
Baker University, Baldwin City, KS | The most expensive piece of paper I own. My degree.

I came from a family of 8. I was a troubled teenager. I hated my life and I never understood why some people were given things that I had to work so hard for. And that’s when it hit. Why should I feel entitled to anything I didn’t have to sweat or struggle for?

Montserrat, Spain
Out here tryna fight Sallie Mae like…

So I struggled my way into opportunities, mastering the art of calculated risk-taking, and putting myself out there to fail over and over again until the universe finally caved in. By textbook definition, I was going to succeed by way of insanity.

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece | Celebrating my 24th birthday and 10th country (out of 26)

“But, I don’t want to travel abroad, Glo!” your silly self might be thinking. And here’s the thing. Not everyone is made to travel, or even desires to. And here’s the best way I can put it. Never leaving your home country is like swimming in a pool, while traveling abroad is like swimming in an ocean. Sure, they’re both water and you’re getting your feet wet regardless, but imagine how different the experience will be. Never mind the fact that I can’t swim though. God had to humble me somehow.

Costa Brava, Spain | Probably laughing at my bank account or something equally hilarious.
Costa Brava, Spain | Probably laughing at my bank account or something equally hilarious.
Lloret de Mar, Spain
Lloret de Mar, Spain | Because food trucks are a mandate away from solving world peace.

I soon realized I rather work 24 hours a day for myself than work even 1 hour for someone else. I went from making excuses to taking excursions, turning my internal fights into external flights and ultimately doing everything in my power to use my God-given talents to do more than just exist. To learn more. To live more. To be more.

Wichita, Kansas, USA

There’s a world of knowledge out there in subjects that can’t be taught in a classroom that ultimately shape the better part of our existence. I was willing to do whatever it took to get an A in that curriculum.

Schwetzingen, Germany
Schwetzingen, Germany | Using a pile of leaves as a prop for my self-timer for my camera because #SoloTravelProbs
London, UK | Hugging strangers while it's still affordable.
London, UK | Hugging strangers while it’s still affordable.

Our dreams mean nothing if we’re not actively pursuing them. Our legacies aren’t created by things we wished we could do. It’s about the things we grinded our ass off and actually DID. When I die, it’ll be with memories not dreams. Because right now, I’m living all mine.

Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakesh, Morocco | Look at that brown beaut! Also, the camel… t’hehe

Noteable Chapters:

  • Expensive Dreams. Affordable Hustle
  • Running Away From Sallie Mae
  • Travel is the New Black
  • Yourย Debt is Not Yourย Destiny
  • Adventure is Dangerous, But Routine is Lethal
  • Single & Ready to Wrinkle
  • Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe
  • The Serena Williams Tour
  • How I Afford to Travel
  • How to Live Around the World for Free
Playing Mrs. Claus in Barcelona aka scaring little children.
Playing Mrs. Claus in Barcelona aka scaring little children.

I want you to read this and feel like you could take on your thing. Yes, that thing. You know what I’m talking about. That one thing you can’t stop dreaming and thinking about. Be fearless in pursuit of that thing that sets your soul on fire. I did two years ago. And I’ve been fanning those flames ever since.

Montserrat, Spain | In case you need photo opps to scare your mom
Montserrat, Spain | Called “The Stairway to Heaven” as you’ve never felt closer to living and dying at the same time. #sorryMom
Bucharest, Romania
Bucharest, Romania | Soon crossing the Bulgarian border where the customs officers would confiscate my passport and proceed to point out my similarities to Serena Williams #HannahMontanaLivin #InBetweenWimbledons #ICruiseAroundEasternEurope

This book is for the dreamers. The believers. The entrepreneurs. But most importantly, the travelers and those who seek to explore a life far outside of their comfort zones. Thank you for helping make my dreams a reality. Your support, your shares, and your belief in me means the world! Pun most definitely intended.

Holi Festival of Colors, Spain
Holi Festival of Colors. Holi Festival of Shampoo soon after.

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  • Ericka S. Williams

    just purchased it. great job. keep dreaming, keep traveling and live well. I look for to the ebook. would rather work 24 hours for myself than 1 hour for another person I totally agree. I respect and admire you opening up a language business in Spain. traveling, books and associations help you grow. http://www.classyscl.com

  • Abby Lawrence Coffin

    So happy for you friend! Pre-ordered and can’t wait to read!

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  • Jon Blue

    Congratulations!! You aren’t done yet though. Keep doing big things!!

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  • Ivonne Davila

    Just ordered it! Looking forward to reading up on all your expensive dreams via an affordable hustle! LOL
    Bien hecho Gloria… Para adelante que la luz de alfrente es la que alumbra!:)

  • Careese Ana

    I feel like I just witnessed a spiritual deliverance reading through this post, just purchased! I hope I made the top 150! congratulations on your success (^^,)

    • Hi Careese! You’re hilarious! Thank you so much for supporting and I’m sorry, but the 150 pre-order gifts sold out in 24 hours! ๐Ÿ™

  • SimplyBeSassy

    Just discovered your blog and pre-orderered your book! I just graduated college and quit my job! So excited to explore and see what’s out there. Also really excited to see what the gift is hehe ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to read all about your journey and to start mine!

    • Yay! Congrats on finishing college!!! Can’t wait for you to read the book, and unfortunately the 150 pre-order gifts sold out in 24 hours! ๐Ÿ™

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  • Niloufar Hormozdi

    Heeey. Feel like I’m talking to a celebrity! No I haven’t. I received an email saying I should receive it by the end of the month because I wasn’t one of the first to order :/

    • Haha, no celebrity here, just a normal gal with an expensive nutella addiction! Lol

      Yes, that’s the e-mail I’m referring to. The e-book will drop on October 30th, as stated in the post, and you’ll get an email on that date with a PDF/Kindle format to download and read!

      As a pre-orderer, you got it at its lowest price! So even though you didn’t make the first 150, you’ve still got that going for ya! Thanks again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Many congratulations Glo. We’re proud of you and everything you’ve achieved. You go girl! xx

  • Patrick Piazza

    Book on lock!!! Can’t wait to read it!!! You aren’t from Wichita are you? I just got to McConnell AFB in June. Didn’t know what to think before I got here, but it’s better than expected!!! Small world!!!


    • The photo IS from Wichita, but I’m actually from California, but just lived north of Wichita in Baldwin City for college for 5 years! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Patrick Piazza

        Well way to get the most out of your “extended” college years LOL…loved the book BTW!!! Always pulling for you to keep winning!!!

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  • Nadeen

    Love the titles of your book!! Can’t wait to read it. I’m sure your candor stands out! And Beautiful pics as usual!!

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  • Td Humphreys

    Hi there Glo – I’ve been an avid follower of yours on Instagram for a while now and recently learned you have an e-book. So excited to read it! And I just found you on FB, so now I can stalk all of your adventures on there too! ha! Seriously, you are one of my favorite travel bloggers. I love how down-to-earth, inspiring and encouraging you are in your writings without the typical show-boating. You come across very real and genuine and I love that! I truly feel connected even when I am thousand of miles away – stuck in my cave! ha! I especially enjoy looking at all your amazing photos. Keep up the great life! ๐Ÿ™‚ Td

    • Hahaha, stalk away! Thanks so much, TD! Appreciate all the love! Hang in there, that cave is temporary. I was in there once too! ๐Ÿ˜›

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  • Hey Ty! Sorry I’m just now seeing this, we’ve emailed since and I hope you’re enjoying it!

  • Hi there! Please contact me ASAP at GlobetrottinGlo@gmail.com.

    Many people were getting it sent to their junk mail, and that folder erases every 3-4 weeks, so I may just need to send you a new copy!

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  • Shannon Ullman

    Just bought the book and excited to read it! Good luck with the book tour!

    • Love you, Shannon! Thanks so much for the support. Enjoy! XOXO

  • Raquel Gombรชrg

    Hi Gloria,
    I just read your book and I graduate college next Friday (yay) and plan on doing the same thing…Getting a one-way ticket abroad and then seeing where it goes from there and blogging about it. I just have a few questions if you don’t mind…
    1) How did you gain readership? I already have a squarespace for my design portfolio and a tumblr where I write from and I do the good ol’ fashioned hashtags, sharing on facebook, asking friends to share, sharing on social media, etc. Anything else in particular you recommend?
    2) Are there particular companies who sponsor your blog that you recommend? And I guess I would have to of already left the country first to get such sponsors, right?
    3) Do you keep an American bank account or do you just open one abroad? Or possibly, both?

    These questions may seem silly but I was just curious how that works. Anyway, great read, and bestof luck to you, your life looks awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Jordie

    hi i’ve been trying to buy your book but the purchase link doesn’t work! any help?

  • CRYING and laughing at the line of “never felt closer to living and dying at the same time.” So fun to find your blog!!! You’re hilarious! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Jose Angelo Gallegos

    Amazing post! – I’m trying to buy the book, but the button link is broken ๐Ÿ™

  • LOVE!!!

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  • Lovely

    I’m incredibly thankful to have located your youtube and blog. Its scary how similar we are “adventure geeks” my family teases me weekly about my constant relocating domestically (less risk but less exciting. However, that’s what I could do at the time) calling me the “gypsy” or “nomad” of the family. It used to irritate me but now I own it. I’ve recently been extremely troubled as an executive in corporate america knowing good and well all I want to do is immerse myself into various cultures and languages and move abroad whereever God allows me to roam. The fear of not being able to “pull it off successfully ” and being a 40 year old woman is by far itimidating. I appreciate your blog, your experience as well as your book. Thank you for sharing with us and encouraging us to follow our dreams. Hopefully, I can shake the fear and experience the wonders of the beautiful world we live in

  • Bonita Sears

    Hey Glo!! Uber excited to read it! You are my absolute inspiration. I ordered the book and received the email, but there was no attachment (pdf file) to click on. What happens now?

    • Just emailed you! Sorry about that, you should have it now ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Takiya Bennett

    Hi! I’m so glad to have found your blog! Excited to purchase your book! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hello! How can I buy a hard copy of your book? Help!

  • Tiffany Gilbert

    Awesome photos! I love the fact that you’re having so much fun in each image and GIRL! I don’t see how you are able to get up that high on your Spain photo; I’m afraid of heights; I would FREAK OUT! LOL!