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brooke schoenman, brookevstheworld travel bloggerWhat started out in 2006 as a simple idea of seeing the world has turned into a career, a home abroad, a love, and a couple dozen countries – pretty much an overall life-consuming and life-altering event. And guess what… the journey’s not over! Hi, my name is Brooke, and my passion is travel. I’m not rich, or brave, or extremely lucky; if I can travel the world, anyone can.

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Brooke in Kashgar, China

Brooke in Kashgar, China

Some people are born travelers. I am one of those people.

I’ve become quite familiar with that nagging urge to move from place to place, and if you’ve been following along with the site, you will probably know that my plans over the past several years have changed quite a bit. I may get bored, tired, or just plain excited and feel the urge to change scenery. Or, I might find a sweet Aussie guy at a hostel in Latvia and head Down Under (which brings us to now).

  • I will always have a soft-spot for Italy, but I’ve definitely got a sick obsession with the former USSR. See where I’ve been on the Maps & Itineraries page.

It’s all about the stories.

I prefer to include a piece of me in every blog post, which is why my world travel stories aren’t just the same bland tips you might find elsewhere. My blog tells about a girl living abroad in various parts of the world and all the successes and failures brought about in the process. Through my world travel stories, you can read what it was like to work as an archaeologist in Spain, study Spanish in Central America, study Russian in Kyrgyzstan, teach English in Ukraine and work as a copywriter in Australia.

This is my RTW. This is my blog.

So, here I am, blogging at Brooke vs. the World about my adventures (and life, love, and then some) on a very interesting around-the-world trip. My RTW travel blog will narrate my travels, for as long as they shall continue (I’m setting up residency in Australia, but still movin’ and shakin’ my travel thang). Join along as I wander from country to country, experiencing the world as I have been dreaming about for so long. It should be quite the ride!

Want to learn even more?

Feel free at anytime to contact me with your questions. If you’re interested in partnering on an upcoming project, do not hesitate to get in touch. I’d be more than happy to toss out ideas and work towards a mutually beneficial arrangement.


34 Responses to About Brooke

  1. Neo Arroyo June 17, 2008 at 8:27 pm #

    Hey! This around the world trip you are doing is crazy!!! I’ve always wanted to do it myself and you’re giving me the inspiration to start seriously considering it. I’ve already driven cross country in the US, and have backpacked Western Europe for a month, but this around the world thing…I’ve always wanted to do that. It is amazing you are actually doing it when most of us are just still talk about it!

  2. Anonymous July 21, 2008 at 8:15 pm #

    I like the idea of phases… plenty of room for modification and unexpected opportunities. And if you run out of loot, just head home, make some more money, and then take off once again.

  3. Neo Arroyo November 16, 2008 at 4:10 am #

    Hey, just reading about your time in Kiev!!! Sounds like fun. I’ve been thinking about teaching abroad as a way to sort of live locally and yet make some cash to live on. Do you have Facebook? If so, look me up and add me!

  4. Andrea nichole schoenman December 20, 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    Hey email me some time k wat have you been up to!!

  5. nick February 11, 2009 at 7:56 am #

    hi, Brooke
    I am Nick Timoshenko, your student
    I just have found your blog. it’s very interesting =) write more!I will be reading you, and will not tell about your blog to another students, because you don’t want to =)

  6. 1002things October 19, 2009 at 11:02 am #

    Wow! You have been quite the busy traveller. I’m looking forward to catching up on your rtw travels! Great blog.

  7. Frugal Expat November 14, 2009 at 5:23 pm #

    Hi.. you have a very interesting blog. 🙂

  8. Kurt Wahlgren December 8, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    The jobs and places you have been are very interesting. Keep the unique posts coming. Cheers again to your blog!

  9. Mikeachim December 14, 2009 at 10:46 am #

    Hello, Brooke. You’ve just added me on Twitter so I thought I’d pop over and say hello in person. (Er, virtually in person. Or in person, virtually. Or something).

    As someone currently ramping up towards nomadism, I’ll be very interested to read through your archives and see how you’re tackling it. So I think I’ll go and do that now. 🙂

  10. flip December 31, 2009 at 11:48 pm #

    just stumbled upon your blog from another blog. great adventures!!!

    happy new year too!!!


  11. paul caridad January 14, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    good luck BROOK!!! your going for your dreams 🙂 maybe our paths will cross one day. until then i will keep up with you via cyber travel.

  12. Doug January 18, 2010 at 1:20 am #

    Very coo, Brooke. You get to do what millions of people dream of from their desks everyday. Props.

  13. zed hosbrough January 30, 2010 at 7:04 am #

    your sister is in my class!

  14. Carolin May 16, 2010 at 8:20 pm #

    Just love you, Brooke! I’m an English teacher from Germany, just a little older than you, an adventurerer myself but you’re hard to top! Tomorrow I’ll take material from your blog to my 9th graders, I’m sure you don’t mind that I use your very funny writings to get those teens interested in seeing the world. Good luck to you wherever you go!

  15. Minna February 12, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    I really like your blog! And I love the idea of posting a new photo every day! It will be interesting to follow your travel!

  16. Melanie March 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    You are what I would’ve done if I could go back. Now we’re traveling around with four kids and loving it… just wish we would have started sooner. 😉

  17. The Modern Nomad May 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    Hi Brooke! It’s good to see fellow adventurers out there! Greetings from southern Chile!


  18. Norm June 24, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    Hey I love the blog, lots of info. I love the idea of the RTW trip. Who knows where I’ll be in a few years from now. I’m actually planning a two year trip around latin america, but after that is done I’ll see this RTW idea is itching me a bit. lolll, I might consider it. But first South and central america strating next year. Can’t wait.

    And keep going and keep working on the blog, it’s great.


  19. Nolan November 14, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    I’m drawn to travel stories, but not just plain travel blogs. I like that you know to include yourself in these posts instead of just being a removed narrator. Everything is so much better when the writing is good and the emotions are on display. I’m jealous of your travels, natch. I hope you get to travel forever — circling this wonderful globe and having its pieces stick inside your shoes as you carry on and on to the next stop. Cheers!

  20. Saara February 16, 2012 at 3:13 am #

    I understand your dying urge to travel and not being able to stay in one place for too long! Keep doing what you’re doing and dreaming what you’re dreaming

  21. Ashley C February 18, 2012 at 1:01 am #

    Just stumbled apon your blog and it’s amazing! So much helpful content, I take a few trips each year and this year my goal is to take 12 this year, (12 in ’12). Part of the goal is to spend my time and money wisely to cover as much ground as possible, your blog will be very helpful. Thank you!

  22. Sheryl Alvernaz July 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    You go girl! If you ever consider coming to the Azores Islands (Sao Jorge Island specifically) I got the room if you’ve got the time.

  23. Arjun Rajkumar August 17, 2012 at 1:46 am #

    I’m inspired reading about you, and your story. I want to make 2013 my travel year – and plan to live abroad for atleast 9 months next year. Just discovered your blog – will look into it in more detail now that I am here.. Thanks for telling your story.

  24. kevin August 21, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    and what ur doin is really cool!! go to Usuaiya or however you spell it in Tierra del Fuego

  25. Agness (@Agnesstramp) October 22, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    “If I can travel the world, everyone can” – EPIC, love it!

  26. Nayan March 21, 2013 at 2:10 am #


    Great blog. But where does your funding for travel comes from?

    • Brooke March 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

      Writing writing writing!

      • Nayan March 24, 2013 at 1:24 am #

        Ah.. i should had guess it 😛

  27. ShesWrite July 23, 2013 at 2:55 am #

    Hi Brooke! Great blog you have here! I heard about you from your cousin John, who is helping us move from Chicago to Portland! Looking forward to reading your blog more! 🙂

  28. Ruthi August 23, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    Cool blog like the tone and the range of destinations.. will pick your brains on Oz in due course hopefully.

  29. joanne September 25, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    lovely blog. I have a similar story, it’s so nice to find people in similar situations

    I live in Brisbane though, but go to Sydney quite often.

    might ask you for some tips on things to do, I go back in December

    till then I’ll continue to explore this blog


  30. Jeffry November 25, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Is Brooke going to win or the world? 🙂

  31. Sarah March 15, 2014 at 6:09 am #

    Beautiful picture of you Brooke 🙂 You’re an inspiration to other female backpackers!

  32. John May 28, 2015 at 1:17 am #

    So, whatever happened to that Brooke who posted such cool articles? Back when I was planning my trip she even advised me about immunization here:

    I had a great time when I backpacked I miss it and I think about it daily. Now I’m thinking about arranging another trip and started thinking about all the great blogs I used to follow when I was planning…Wandering Earl, Brooke, As We Travel, others…I started making the rounds again and see that she hasn’t posted in a year.

    So, did she give up the ghost? Hang up the backpack permanently?

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