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Hi Globalites, welcome to our home!

Before we tell you our collective story and some details about our site, let us tell you a bit about our individual journeys and how we got here.

I’m Diana

I was born in Bogota, Colombia, right in the heart of the Andes. As a single child, I learned early in my life to fight boredom and find comfort in books and music. They took me to different worlds and showed me things I’d never seen before. This is probably when my passion for knowledge and travel was born, and why I grew up wishing I could one day go out and explore the world. It was only later, during my years of Pharmacy school, that I realized it was actually possible to travel while studying, so I graduated with one goal in mind: get a doctorate abroad. Of course, it wasn’t as easy as I naively thought back then; but after much trying I got a grant in 2009 to go to Switzerland, where I ended up staying for 9 years. Living in Basel enriched my life in ways I couldn’t have possibly imagined. That’s where I became a Globalite and where I was lucky enough to meet CS, with whom I share the great journey of life and now, a sabbatical in Latin America.

I’m CS

I wanted to be a rocker when I was young! I was born and raised in a typical Malaysian Chinese family. Coming from the Far East, I always wanted to live in the West to experience the “free and liberal” lifestyle promoted by Guns N’ Roses and many of their peers. However, my family couldn’t afford to send me abroad and somehow I knew that education was my only way out. So I tried not to get kicked out of school and luckily enough I secured a fellowship in 2007 to pursue a doctoral degree in Berlin. Living abroad has been a life-changing experience that has not only broaden my horizons and views of the world but also given me a whole new perspective on my own country and culture. In the end, my rocker dream didn’t come true, but my life is still pretty fulfilling; after 10+ years of comfortable life in Europe, I’m currently travelling Latin America with my partner in life (and in crime).

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The origins of Native Globalites

Now that you’ve got the two pieces of the puzzle, it’s time to put them together: yes, we met in Switzerland in 2012, and there we stayed there for some more years, working on our science and enjoying the perks of living in one of the most comfortable countries on earth.

But something was missing.

Something that we couldn’t identify for a long while. We had our well-paid jobs, our friends, we travelled lots; we were in Switzerland, for god’s sakes, what more did we want?!

The years went by and we remained comfortably numb until the end of 2017, when dissatisfaction reared its ugly head. As we both searched for new jobs – CS’s contract would end soon and Diana wanted to quit hers – we got nothing but constant rejections. We panicked at first but then, it hit us: why were we trying so hard to get jobs that we didn’t even like? Was it all so that we could stay in Switzerland? But wait, why were we so afraid to leave if we probably wouldn’t settle down in the country anyway?

It was then when we made a decision: Diana would quit her job and we’d both be jobless for some months. If by the end of spring we still were, it’d be the sign for us to leave. We felt brave and relieved. We celebrated a little. We could feel a refreshing change coming until we started worrying again: where will the change lead us? We had figured out what we didn’t want, but not what we wanted instead.

So, we were back to square one.

Those sleepless winter weeks were literally some of our darkest. And then, all of a sudden, one night CS says “we should just take this chance to go see the world”.

Only to distract ourselves from the frantic job search, we started looking into travel blogging and how others were living the dream. Next thing we knew, by March 2018 we had stopped looking for jobs and started our travel blog while planning a 1-to-2-year trip to Latin America. By August, we had sold most of our stuff. We were finally ready to leave the Matrix.

We will always love Switzerland and a part of our hearts will forever remain there, but it was time to move on. We left Basel in October 2018 with no regrets.

Many thought that we were crazy, reckless, even ungrateful. Well, we might be. As of right now, we still have no idea what will happen after this sabbatical, but we’re convinced that whatever happens to us next can’t be so bad.

We finally made the change happen, instead of waiting for it to come. We’re doing what we love. And there are so many things out there that we can do! Maybe we’ll go back to science, maybe we won’t, but this can’t be the end of our lives.

It’s only the beginning of a new chapter.

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Native Globalites today

We created this site hoping to share our travel experiences with you and to inspire you to explore the world like a Globalite. But wait, why do we call ourselves Globalites?

Yes, Globalite is a made-up word, but don’t you think that it should exist? If Brooklynite is someone living in Brooklyn and Tokyoite is someone living in Tokyo, then isn’t Globalite someone living on earth and calling it home, just like we all do? Well, at least on our site, that’s exactly what a Globalite is. And that’s exactly what we hope to inspire you to be in your travels. A Globalite rather than a tourist.  

On our site, you’ll find inspiration on diverse destinations around the world: carefully crafted photo galleries and stories through which we’ll be sharing with you our impressions of the places we visit. You’ll also find practical information and useful tips to help you plan your great adventures and make your life easier while you travel. We are making our best to ensure that you’ll benefit from the experience we’ve gained.

If you share our interests and would like to join us in our adventures, follow us on our social media and make sure to subscribe to our mailing list, where we share inspirational travel-related information and stories exclusively with our readers.

Please feel free to contact us, should you have any questions or suggestions related to our site. You can do so by writing to [email protected], or by using the form below.

If you want to learn more about our way of travelling, have a look at our “Travel to Learn, Learn to Travel” philosophy.

We’re honoured to have you on board. Thanks in advance for your support and interest. Happy travels!

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