Cheryl Howard Travel Blogger
My mission is to inspire you to travel more or even move abroad!
Over 44,000 people follow my round the world travels and expat adventures at home in Berlin. My wanderlust has taken me 38 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, travel blogger by night, and host a monthly expat meetup 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 First 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.
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 travel blogger. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been back for more than three years now!
I also host monthly expat meetups. Join my Make Friends in Berlin meetup group, with 7,300+ members and hang out with me in Berlin!
Where I’ve Been
My travels have brought me to 38 countries across four continents:
- North America and the Caribbean – Canada, United States, Mexico, Cuba, Bermuda.
- South America – Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Brazil.
- Europe – Italy, Vatican City, United Kingdom, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Portugal, Ireland, Iceland, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Latvia, Montenegro, Lithuania, Turkey, Serbia, Romania, Malta.
- Asia – Qatar, Thailand.
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