Seeing the world makes us happy!

Seeing the world makes us happy!

Hello, and thanks for stopping by!

My name is Lillie, and I am a 34 year old, six foot tall Boston native. Starting in 2003, I taught high school English in the Boston Public Schools before flying out in August of 2009 to begin voyaging around the world!

Although I had spent nearly every teacher summer volunteering or taking classes in Latin America, circumnavigating the globe for nine months was the longest I’d ever been away from home.

From August of 2009 to May of 2010, I had the joy of: two weeks in Japan, four months in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos), a week in Italy, three months volunteer teaching in Ghana, and one and a half months in Spain and Portugal.

Now I am back home in my beloved Boston to teach in Boston Public Schools again. But don’t worry: this blog and my adventures will continue because I LOVE writing for you all, and I still voyage constantly. I traveled to China twice in 2011-12 (once with a group of 42 Boston students), took a 9-day teacher tour of Greece, went on a fabulous Honeymoon in Belize with my husband Colin (who I met the week after returning to America in 2010) following our wonderful and reality-TV-televised wedding, and in 2012 at last toured India. Once our first child was born in 2013, I transitioned to also covering family travel as we voyaged through Puerto Rico, Ireland, and Canada. Our second child was born in 2016, so we are really getting into this Baby Travel and Toddler Travel thing! Despite having a family, however, I still relish solo travel, exploring Turkey and Dubai, following the exhilarating Top 100 Travel Bloggers conference on Study Abroad at the U.S. White House.

Can you find all the "L" poses on this blog?

Can you find all the “L” poses on this blog?

I’m happy to report that this site is going strong, with around 1,000 readers a day from around the world (yay!), but though I love having this blog to share my own travels, I also want to feature the inspiring stories of others. Therefore, in 2010 I launched a second website specifically to share the stories of other teacher-travelers! Check out and spread the word about and let me know if you’re a teacher-traveler (in ANY sense of the term) who wants to be interviewed for the site. If you run your own education site or regularly write for one, you can also join our Education Bloggers group.

Beyond teaching and blogging, I also adore running social media trainings, doing website consulting, freelance writing, and public speaking. (Let me know if you’d like to book me!) I have also coordinated the Boston chapter of Meet, Plan, Go career-break travel conferences and meetups.

Want more juicy info about this site and about yours truly? Check out my Media Kit, browse the This Site in the News page, read How to Navigate this Travel Blog, see The Full List of Countries I’ve Traveled to, and read The Missions of this Blog. You can also connect with me on Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, subscribe to my RSS Feed, sign up for email delivery of new posts directly to your Inbox, or get connected with my monthly e-newsletter.

Thanks so much for reading, feel free to drop me a note at WorldLillie at gmail dot com, and please do leave comments and share this site around. Readers like YOU are the reason this site has been such a joy to run since 2009!

  93 Responses to “Lillie”

  1. Dear Lillie,

    I stumbled on your article “20 Funny Pregnancy Symptoms of the Third Trimester” and I thought you might help me with an advice. My wife is in Boston on an exchange study and she’s nearing her third trimester. I wonder if you have an idea what she might do to make her spare time more enjoyable. She may be there for as much as two months more, and I would like it if she could have some nice experiences, like any normal (non-pregnant) exchange student would. We are from Denmark, and while Google is great, “fun things to do in boston when you are pregnant” doesn’t really give any concrete suggestions, although it did give me your article 🙂 Our unborn daughter will not let my wife walk too much, and the winter doesn’t help either. I hope I will have the time to visit her myself, but either way it would be great if you would share some pregnant-friendly pastime activity advice.

    I don’t really have anything to go on, no idea what one might do on a Sunday like today or in the coming weekends. And I realise it’s an odd request of someone who blogs on international traveling, but after all I do hope that my wife will feel a bit like she’s also on an international travel, in your home city. Thank you for taking the time to read this!

    Best regards,

  2. Hi Ms. Marshal,

    Due to safety reasons, this is not my real name. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I am the student who followed you on Twitter and Facebook. I really enjoyed the lecture you gave us in class during journalism. I was really fascinated about what you were saying and you really got me interested more in journalism. I am going to see if I can get my opinion articles published in big name newspapers, such as the Huffington post. I really liked your suggestions about the opinion articles when i talked to you after class. I was really inspired by you. Please come and visit us again.

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this note, “Joe!” I had such a great time presenting in your class in Dubai and am so inspired thinking of what you all will go on to do!

  3. Hi Lillie..
    I like you and i like what you doing..
    It is nice to write this comment and say hi for you after 12 years of blogging..
    I hope you will come to Dubai.. nice to meet you

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