I started The Globe Diary in 2017 while I was adjusting to, and settling into, my new life in Canada. Craig and I moved from Cape Town, South Africa, to a small town just outside Edmonton, Alberta, for his job. At the time, I had just completed my second degree, this time in Law, and had way too much time on my hands. I knew I wanted to use my creative energy so I finally started the blog I had been putting off for years.
Back then, I used it as a sort of diary, documenting our weekend activities in our new city as well as the vacations we would take.
Slowly but surely, the blog picked up and several people started messaging me with questions about travel, our immigration process and my recommendations. I loved being able to help people get out and explore more.
The blog is my favourite place to share everything that inspires me: travel; home decor; food; and beauty products that I cannot live without. Expect to see all this and more as we share about our life.
Behind The Globe Diary you'll find me — Leigh, a South African living in Canada, working as a creative instead. even w It's probably because my love language is 'quality time' and most of my childhood-family time was spent either exploring our own city and new places within it; or exploring a new place in the world, when we were lucky enough to travel.
It's no wonder I think travelling is invaluable. Craig and I value life moments and experience of travel over most things. There are way too many bloggers travelling all day, everyday, to luxury hotels and resorts and let's be real: there's no way we can all afford that.
I like to think of myself as your own virtual travel agent helping you plan getaways with secret ways to save you money.
We're way more focused on getting you out to travel. So, how do we do that? Well, to start, we have a few discount codes and affiliates with brands we love that will save you a few dollars.
Favourite Destinations so far? We’ve travelled to so many different places (see our travel story here) but our favourites are Paris, Reims and the English countryside.
I've been called coffee-obsessed and I won't deny it. As a result, I have so many photos with me unintentionally holding a coffee cup. I love coffee shops, and so coffee shop dates with my husband, Craig, is our go-to weekend activity — even when we travel. You'll find coffee spots dotted throughout our travel itineraries!
I definitely have a shopping problem. Probably because I grew up with a mom who refers to it as retail therapy! Most of the time I share my latest finds whether it be beauty, fashion or even home decor in our weekly Sunday Diary. Other times I share some of our favourite finds on our Shop Page or over on Instagram.
I love learning: I always joked that I would be a “perpetual student” with two degrees in the bag. Recently, I’ve learned more about photography and photo editing. Now, I’m interested in learning creative things like graphic design and video editing to add to the blog/website. I always want to be relevant in the content creating side, offering up more innovative work to brands we partner with.