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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. It grew into a travel and lifestyle blog with popular city guides like our Edmonton Guide and our Guide to the Most Instagrammable Spots in Edmonton

why i got started, what i love about it, and OUR NEW FOCUS: HELPING YOU.

@theglobediary

Since then, life has changed a bit, and we've had to pivot. We moved to Calgary in the midst of a pandemic, got pregnant and found ourselves travelling less; way more focused on *actually* settling into our new life in Canada. As a result, we've expanded our how-to guides to help other expats with their immigration process and moving abroad

Don't get us wrong: we WILL still travel, and we will still share all our hidden gems. But, for now, our focus is to help you adjust to life's chaotic challenges. From where to shop, and how to save money, to how to move to Canada and what helped us with the emotional rollercoaster — we're covering it all. 

The Story Behind The Globe Diary...

Behind The Globe Diary you'll find me — Leigh, a South African living in Canada. I've completed degrees in Psychology and Law, but I'm currently in-training to be an Immigration Consultant to help others move to Canada, like we did.

The step-by-step process I have created for every client focuses on more than just the administrative side of emigrating — it also empowers you to set up systems that save you time and money; introduces you to new networks and prepares you for the inevitable emotional rollercoaster. 


Leigh Gradwell

BRAND PHOTOGRAPHER (BUT ALSO FRIEND + BIZ MENTOR)


DUE TO ARRIVE IN FEB 2020, FUTURE HEAD OF SPENDING


NOT CURRENTLY HIRING, BUT WHEN WE DO, WE WILL LET YOU KNOW!


Craig Gradwell

Tracey Thomas

Baby G

Future Employee

MEET THE TEAM!

Life partner, SOON-TO-BE BABY DADDY + editor-in-chief.


BLOGGER, CONTENT CREATOR + IMMIGRATION CONSULTANT (IN-TRAINING)


CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT:......................................

FAV DESTINATION:..........................................

LOVE LANGUAGES:..........................................

SOME DAY I WANT TO:.....................................

i still want to travel to:............................

coffee order:..............................................

cats or dogs?..............................................

Coffee!

Paris

 QT + AoS

start a podcast!

Hawaii

Cortado, please

Cats, duh!

Personal Favourites

from the blog archives

TRAVEL

VISITING THE ABBOTSFORD BLOOM TULIP FESTIVAL

TRAVEL

EDMONTON'S MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS

TRAVEL

TRAVEL DIARY: VISITING JASPER NATIONAL PARK IN FALL

TRAVEL

OUR RECAP OF A WEEK IN CAYO COCO, CUBA

TRAVEL

10 THINGS YOU MUST PACK ON A BEACH VACATION

TRAVEL

TRAVEL DIARY: VISITING ABBOTSFORD IN SPRING

EXPAT

THE THINGS I'VE LEARNED SINCE MOVING ABROAD

EXPAT

WHAT WE NEEDED TO IMMIGRATE TO CANADA

EXPAT

THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF LIVING ABROAD (COMING SOON)

EXPAT

WHY I STRUGGLED AS A TRAILING SPOUSE | EXPAT DEPRESSION

EXPAT

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT LIVING IN ALBERTA, CANADA

EXPAT

THINGS I'VE LEARNED SINCE MOVING ABROAD, PART 2 (COMING SOON)

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