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The Story behind The Globe Diary

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. 



why i got started, what i love about it, and more

@theglobediary

I’m Leigh, a South African expat who somehow landed up in Canada with her husband, Craig. Although I have two degrees in Psychology and Law, my path changed when we decided to immigrate and I landed up starting a blog to cope with the adjustment, and to document all our travels. The blog took off and helped me feel productive but also meet new people in my area as we documented exploring our new city. 

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 at the trendiest new hotels with secret ways to save money. 

We're way more focused on getting YOU out to travel more. 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. check them out here.

We also realise that some of our readers have been places to we haven't, so if you have a recommendation for any upcoming trips, we'd love to hear from you! 

I’m pretty much an open book… So much so, the blog was so aptly named The Globe Diary, by my husband, Craig (who sometimes features on the blog too). We're both working professionals, he's a doctor and I'm a psychologist-turned-lawyer who seriously side-hustles on this blog. We moved from South Africa to Canada to try something new and travel more. We've blogged about our experiences a lot and everything we've learned (and are still learning) along the way. Some of our popular topics including our favourite thing to do: travel.

The *Spark* Notes

01.
I'm a south african expact 
LIVING in CALGARY, canada.

02.
My husband and i value life moments and experiences over most things.

03.
i love helping others with budgets AND FINDING wayS to travel and experience the world

04.
i'm an open book!

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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. 

a few more things about me!

On a Personal Note

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’m a coffee addict. 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.

read my personal blog posts >

Personal Favourites

from the blog archives

TRAVEL

VISITING THE ABBOTSFORD BLOOM TULIP FESTIVAL

TRAVEL

EDMONTON'S BEST 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)

TRAVEL GUIDE

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TRAVEL GUIDE

CITY GUIDE: EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA

TRAVEL GUIDE

CITY GUIDE: JASPER NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA, CANADA

TRAVEL GUIDE

REIMS, THE BEST DAY TRIP FROM PARIS

TRAVEL GUIDE

HIGHLIGHTS FROM VISITING CAYO COCO, CUBA

TRAVEL GUIDE

CITY GUIDE: ABBOTSFORD, BC, CANADA IN SPRING