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About Cheryl Howard

Cheryl Howard Travel Blogger

My mission is to inspire you to travel more or even move abroad!

Over 43,000 people follow my round the world travels and expat adventures at home in Berlin. My wanderlust has taken me 36 countries, stretching across four continents. Upon falling in love with Europe, I left Canada, quitting my job, selling everything I own, and moving to Berlin. When I’m not jetting off on a weekend getaway, I work as an Agile Coach by day, writer by night, and host monthly expat meetups in Berlin.

My Journey Into Travel Addiction

My travel career began with a trip to South America when I took a five day cruise through the Galapagos Islands, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and flying over the Nazca lines. I later returned to the continent to experience Rio de Janeiro and Iguassu Falls. Weekend trips then took me to various parts of the US, where I hit up San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Miami. There was even a dangerous day trip to Tijuana where I received offers of marriage and bribed border guards to get back into the US. Or that time in Havana when I drank Cuban rum and smoked a Cohiba under the late night stars in the backyard of a local.

I then journeyed to Europe and discovered true happiness in Italy. Whether it was tearing up at the Vatican or dipping my toes into the Mediterranean for the very first time, I just knew I was on to something good. Returning a few months later for a tour of Eastern Europe, something happened late one night while walking along the Charles Bridge in Prague when I vowed to move to Europe just so I could explore every nook and cranny of my new favourite continent.

My Move To Berlin

A few months after that epiphany on the Charles Bridge, I moved to Berlin never having been there, not knowing a soul, not able to speak German, and completely alone. There were times of hilarity, like signing up for a Vodafone contract and communicating with the sales rep via Google Translate and there were moments of frustration like almost dying during a dinner in the dark experience. I quickly embraced the expat life establishing herself as a not only an ardent explorer of Europe but also as a freelancer continuing my work as an IT project manager and starting out as a travel blogger.

18 Months in Berlin

After moving to Berlin, I did some pretty amazing things I only ever dreamt about, like crawling through darkened caves underneath Budapest, paragliding through the Italian Alps, dressing up in a Medieval costume to eat dinner in a Portuguese castle, and even performing improv in front of group of Germans at a resort in the Black Forest. I’ve attended runway shows at Berlin’s fashion week and even once slept in the same bed as Halle Berry (although not at the same time).

Two Years in Toronto

I relocated to Toronto in December 2012 and was based there as I plotted my next “big move” in life. Happy to be in familiar surroundings, I made the most of my time home by getting re-acquainted with Canada and the U.S., visiting cities like Denver, San Francisco, Chicago, and Vancouver.

Berlin Again

There wasn’t a moment that went by when I didn’t miss Berlin and I knew that I would not be happy until I returned. As of November 2014, I’ve been based in Berlin where I’m pursuing my dream working as both an Agile Coach and writer.

I also co-host monthly expat meetups with my friend Adam. Join our Make Friends in Berlin meetup group, with almost 3,800 members and hang out with us in Berlin! Or join our Make Friends in Berlin Facebook group to connect with other Berliners. 

Where I’ve Been

My travels have brought me to 36 countries across four continents:

* Click on any the above links to view related country archives for travel inspiration.

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  • Reply casey February 9, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    feeling the wonderlust myself brings me to your site…i look fwd to reading more than my time tonight allows…you are lovely and seem so cool..leap and the net will appear…casey

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 9, 2012 at 7:58 AM

      @Casey – thanks for your kind comments. Hope you enjoy and will return to read more. 🙂

  • Reply O.G February 29, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    I too have caught the Wanderlust Bug. I have planned a 1 week trip to Cuba in 2013 with my friends and after reading ur blog-post on your adventure in Cuba I’m even more excited/determined to go! But i couldn’t wait till 2013. I’ve decided to visit Rome and Florence in July this year spending a week in each city. Any suggestions of places to go and things to see?

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 29, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      @OG – Thanks for visiting my blog and I’m so glad to hear that the Cuba posts were helpful. You will love it there!

      Drop me an email at Cheryl.howard@gmail.com and I can send you some tips for Rome. 🙂

  • Reply Bob Mauer September 22, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Hi,

    I really enjoyed reading through your blog posts on Cherylhoward.com. I got a real sense of enthusiasm and passion in each post. Actually, I run Travelingtripster.com, a blog about my travel experiences. If you’re interested, I would love to have you on as a guest blogger. Just shoot me quick a e-mail and we can begin this potentially exciting affiliation together. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks,
    Bob

  • Reply Hitch-Hikers Handbook April 29, 2014 at 6:08 AM

    Fascinating blog, Cheryl! Love your photos! Keep up the great work and travel safe!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard April 29, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      Thanks so much for your kind comment! 🙂

  • Reply Kristine Uson October 23, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    I found your blog just in time. I’ve been tossing and turning for the past few months, itching to move to Europe from the Philippines after having fallen in love with Barcelona, Oslo, Amsterdam and Budapest. I felt like I found my spirit animal in Europe. Berlin is also my city of choice. So thank you for your posts. They have been very inspiring and encouraging and made me feel like I’m not crazy at all (well maybe I am, a little). 🙂 We’ll be hanging out here on your blog more often!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard October 23, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      Hi Kristine,

      Thanks for your kind words.

      I certainly understand that feeling about Europe. I’m crazy about Budapest! Glad my Berlin posts were helpful and let me know when you make it there. Maybe we can hang out!

      Cheryl

  • Reply wilnelia February 1, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Cheryl, I congratulate you for taking that risk and making that courageous decision, but where did you get the money from? I would love to follow your steps, but I have a job to keep. Anyway, excellent mission. Keep up the good work.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 2, 2015 at 1:24 AM

      Thanks Wilnelia. That’s a pretty personal question to ask but aside from my sabbatical, I’ve always worked to fund my travels.

  • Reply Natapanu Nopakun February 15, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Great inspiration to travel ! I am Thai from Thailand and have been an expat in many countries, travelling also for business and leisure to 45 countries to date. Looking at your audience demographics (mostly from US, Australia and Europe), it seems they would want to read about more of your travels in the other two thirds of the globe, Asia and Africa, which is not covered in your web. But nice to hear you are going/ will go to Thailand, as one of the 30 million visitors per year ! Cheers.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 15, 2015 at 1:59 PM

      Thanks so much for reading my blog Natapanu. That’s great you’ve travelled so much. I hope this first trip to Thailand leads to me coming back again! 🙂

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  • Reply Faarzein Mahmud May 8, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    I just stumbled upon your wonderful blog and I also hope to do what you did….leave everything and move to Europe! Berlin is one of my favorite cities in Europe and I just started seeing a guy in Berlin, so who knows what the future holds! Thank you SO much for being an inspiration to us. Everyone NEEDS to travel more!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard May 11, 2015 at 8:17 AM

      Thanks Faarzein for your kind comment! Best of luck with your move to Europe. 🙂

    • Reply Ahmed October 18, 2015 at 10:42 PM

      Dear Faarzein ,

      Hope you are doing well. I know you from my school days . Can you let me know your e-mail address or send me a e-mail in ahmedsview@gmail.com .

      Hope to hear from you .

      Best Wishes,

      Ahmed

  • Reply Ronda Fuller June 10, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Hi Cheryl, I would really love to visit my homeland of Bavaria Germany, any suggestions?

    • Reply Cheryl Howard June 11, 2015 at 5:24 PM

      Hey Ronda – I’m not as familiar with the south of Germany as I am with Berlin and area but I’ll try my best. Tell me more about what you like to do – cities breaks vs nature? Do you shopping, hiking, spas etc?

      I can also recommend Laurel from monkeysandmountains.com for more information specific to Munich and Southern Germany.

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