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California Globetrotter’s goal is to provide you, my dear reader, with useful tips and information for traveling in Germany as well as the rest of Europe. I also aim to share my expat experiences of living among the Germans (and the Bavarians) and how different life is abroad. If you’re thinking about moving abroad, I gotcha covered! If you’re looking for vacation inspiration, I’ll show you where! If you’re looking for some travel tips, I’ll help ya out!

Hi there! Servus! My name is Lorelei and I have an unhealthy addiction to travel. I know this, because my mind is always elsewhere, daydreaming about future trips to far off places, always looking for the next getaway! In 2012, I quit my job at a Credit Union I had been working at in Montana and bought a one way ticket to Europe, where I got my TEFL Certificate to teach English in Germany. What started out as simple “Blog” notes on Facebook turned into a full blown travel blog.

My love of travel began when I was 14 and my parents brought me along on a one month trip around Europe. With 8 languages under our tour guide’s belt, I was impressed and continued my love of learning languages. I studied Spanish, French and German before mostly settling on the latter.

I went on to major in German and studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany from 2007-2008. After returning back to the States, I moved to Montana for a few years. Soon, I was longing for a permanent return to Germany, if not for a few years.

Fast forward to 2012, I quickly found a job in Regensburg, Bavaria and soon met the man (“Hans”) who would later become my husband in 2016. Together, we travel around Germany and the rest of Europe as much as we possibly can, often with a few groans when I say, “Honey, I want to go here!”

Everywhere I go, I go with my laidback California mentality, go with the flow and see what happens. We are not professional travelers, nor are we full-time travelers. We travel on weekends and holidays, often extending our trips into long road trips in our car, Emma, and exploring some of the lesser known areas of Germany and Europe that are the most romantic to visit!

Being an expat can be both incredibly thrilling and yet full of homesickness, and I occasionally share my expat experiences, both personal and tips to help you out, before and during your time abroad!

“She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and no city.” – Roman Payne

For more on my story check out “One Women’s Journey to Bliss Through Europe

When can you expect new content?

  • MONDAYS: New, exciting travel destinations will be shared with you, including tips for things to do, places to go, where to eat and where to stay!
  • EVERY OTHER THURSDAY: Expat related posts will be shared about living in Germany or life as an expat. Come start a conversation! Of course, there will be a sporadic travel inspiration or blogging tips post.
  • EVERY FRIDAY: Join #TheWeeklyPostcard Travel link up community!



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  1. Good morning Lori! I’m the editor at Young Germany, and I’m doing some profiles of international couples this year. I couldn’t find an email address or contact on the site, so I thought I’d leave you a comment. If that sounds interesting, please give me an email as soon as you can! Looking forward to it. Cheers. x

      1. I live in Italy, in Milan. I haven’t been to Germany yet, but hopefully soon! I have lived all over San Diego! I went to school in the University City area, and graduated from UCSD. How about you?

  2. Hi, I just found your blog. I too am a Lorri (but with 2 r’s) and was called Lolo growing up by my cousins. Love to travel and especially adore Germany! Nice to find you.

  3. I’m your latest reader – love the website and the tips on Germany 😉 I’m in Berlin and loving it here. What did you do in Okinawa? Can’t find anything on your site other than that you lived there. Were you a JET? 🙂

  4. Just discovered your blog. I lived in Germany for 3 years while my husband was serving in the army and now he is a DOD civilian. We are ****hoping***** we can be moving back there sometime, as a civilian family. If everything works, we now we have two little girls to come along for the ride. 🙂 I miss the adventure. There are ups and downs of course but now that I’ve been there I have the itch and I want to continue!

  5. I just found your blog and I’m so excited to read about all your adventures! I’m a mom of 2 married to a military guy. Our daughter was born in Okinawa (our first duty station) and we moved back to the states and then just recently (like last month!!) got stationed in Germany! Which is how I found your blog, the post about Leutasch. I saved it and told my husband we are going as soon as the weather is warmer. You are adorable, and thank you for posting all these fun things I can now read about and do as well!!

  6. Hey lolo….
    Read ur blog n loved it so much…
    Im from India and travelled Germany 6 month back and u knw what its still so fresh in my mind…i totally want to revisit soon…

  7. So envious. Both sides of my family are originally from Germany and I have so wanted to explore there’s, but never had the opportunity.

  8. I am German married to an American. We were stationed in Germany for 15 years before going to the States 15 months ago. Still very homesick…

  9. Hi Lori, a friend of mine shared something on FB from your blog, the “19 Reasons one will never be the same after living in Germany”. It was so fun to read and so true. I love to read when people of other nationalities find the real spirit of living in Germany. I myself am German married to an American (US Army retiree). I am so happy to see you mention my hometown of Wuerzburg. I work with some young Americans who get to travel quite a bit and I always love hearing about their adventures, especially when they travel to Europe. I miss it, sometimes more, sometimes less. I was just in Wuerzburg last year October 2015. By the way, we live in Washington State, which is also a beautiful state here in the US. it is difficult when the heart is in so many places…Anyways, great blog and have fun and safe travels! Thank you!

  10. Hi Lori. I am an American living near to Regensburg too. Been here for 20 plus years now. From Mass/Florida. Have you ever heard of Internations and if so, ever joined into their Meetings? It is really a good source for ExPatriots from all around the world. I am not working for them or anything but I think it is a great Group. I really like your blog, have been following for a while. You inspire me to get more travelling done (though I do enough already, my husband and Kids would say). I would also like to enter the Blogging world but with the 101 other “plans” I have, hasnt made it to the top of my list yet. Anyway, Keep up the great work and maybe we will meet up one day around Regensburg. Ciao-4-now, Alison

      1. oh you don’t have to pay. you can join without paying. I would recommend it, that is exactly why I joined and I have met a really nice Group of people there. I am even in an english book Club now. They also have other Groups like travel and Museum/cultural Groups as well. Maybe see you around.

  11. Hello, Lolo! 🙂 I am Ioana and soon I will be in Germany, Munich with a job. I am so excited about that! Glad to find your blog! You are a very pretty and brave woman!

  12. So happy to see another strong, independent American woman! I came here five years ago and have since lived in Schweinfurt, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, and now Stuttgart. I’ve traveled more in my five years than my German boyfriend has in thirty (lol). I’m enjoying reading your blog and looking forward to more.

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