Candice Does the World is becoming Free Candie

For a while now I’ve been alluding to exciting things about to happen to Candice Does the World. Some of you might call it “vague booking.” You are correct.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that some time ago (maybe years ago?) I expressed dissatisfaction with where my website was headed, and I was considering a name change. But since I’m the kind of person who doesn’t do things half assed, here I am tumbling headlong into a complete rebrand, redesign, and overall life makeover. Chill, friends. It’s going to be okay. I’m not growing up. I’m just growing.

But somewhere along the way I went back to censoring myself and not writing about the things I care about. In my life before travel blogging, I went by the name “Candie.” Rarely did my friends call me Candice.

Candie was a bit more free spirited, and certainly more of a badass. Hence the new name: Free Candie. Because I’m free! Free to roam! Free to a life without borders! Free to construct my own life. Stickin’ it to the man! And yes you can still vaguely associate Free Candie with a porno if you want to get super creative, but over all, it’s more ME. (I was really bad at “doing the world.” I mean I rarely date and I’ve only been to 28 countries.)

Here’s another thing about me: My life isn’t just travel. It really isn’t. In fact, if you were to ask me what my number one passion is, it’s good literature. And writing.

And my dream isn’t to one day be the biggest travel blogger on the planet, it’s to be a published novelist…which might even be happening sooner than you think.

I miss the literary world, where people truly care about the quality of writing. I want to get back into that lifestyle. And if a publisher comes a-knockin’, I want them to peruse my website and say, “DAAAMN, this Candie girl got it going on!” Followed closely by a million dollar offer.

And I want to share all those things with you! The struggles of writing my own manuscript, the realities of balancing work and life, the pitfalls of being perpetually single, or what it’s like to Tinder date in Berlin. You, my readers, have responded so well to my personal posts. I’d love to share more of that stuff with you. I’d like to be more honest.

But I also 100000% promise to never tell you what to do when it comes to achieving your goals. I’m not going to tell you to quit your kickass job to start a blog and scrub toilets in Thailand. I merely offer my support. You want to travel the world? AWESOME! You want to raise chickens in your backyard while creating graphic novels for a living? OKAY LET’S DO IT.

I think you’re going to love my new site rebrand and redesign. Everything will be cleaner and easier to find. My spunkiness will ALWAYS be present. You’ll still get lots of great travel content, but more than just travel too.

It’s time to say goodbye to Candice Does the World and to put my effort into a website that grows WITH me. So that maybe one day if I have children and settle down and build a shack on the ocean, all those new stories will fit flawlessly into my life.

Remember that scene from Shrek, where Shrek is explaining to Donkey how he’s like an onion, and how onions have layers? I’m like an onion. I have many layers.

Over the next couple of weeks, will be transitioning to And follow my social media for more news about the relaunch.

If you have questions, let me know! I cannot WAIT to share my new website with you.

  • September 11 2015

    Congratulations on your rebrand, etc! Personal posts have always been my favourite ones…. Looking forward to reading more of them, and seeing the new website!

  • September 11 2015
    Maggie BB

    So excited!
    Also, I want to raise chickens in my backyard. True story.

  • September 11 2015
    Katelyn Felicia Murphy

    Now I want to build a shack on the ocean! Hah! Great news Candie!! Keep on keeping on! :)

    • September 13 2015

      Hahahaha seriously the thing I miss the most about being in Berlin…the ocean! Thank you!

  • September 11 2015
    Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

    Congrats my redheaded friend!

    It’s been fun watching your journey from afar all of these years. You are an incredible writer and when I read about your love of literature and good writing I got chills.

    I’m excited that you are writing a book! I will read it, but only if you sign it for me. :-)

    Best of luck, Candie!!!

    • September 13 2015

      Awwww LOVE this comment!! Thank you! I will happily send you a signed copy…if it ever comes out :P hahaha

  • September 11 2015
    Jessie Festa

    Feeling inspired by you. Excited for the re-brand. Congrats! :)

  • September 11 2015

    Pretty awesome! Looking forward to the re-brand, and congratulations!

    Excited to learn more about this potential book ;-).

  • September 11 2015
    barbara smith

    Congratulations! Looking forward to your new brand. Prost um neue Anfänge.

  • September 11 2015

    Exciting times! I am going through something similar. :-) I look forward to the rebrand and more stories.

    • September 13 2015

      I saw your new site — love it! Thanks Lori! I’ll be following along as well

  • September 11 2015

    Your hair is on point! Good luck with the re-branding.

  • September 11 2015

    Exciting news. I always love reading blog – can’t wait for your relaunch.

    • September 13 2015

      Thanks so much Alouise, and thank you for reading along all these years!

  • September 11 2015
    Pauline Susanto

    AAHHH!! What an exciting change – Congrats! I can’t wait to see the new and shiny site!

  • September 12 2015

    Looking forward to seeing what comes next and so onboard to read a Candie-authored novel sometime in the future! :)

  • September 14 2015
    Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    AWESOME! So excited for this! Congrats :)

  • September 15 2015

    Followed you for a long while, and excited to see your new look!

  • September 16 2015
    Mariellen Ward

    Me too, Candie, I also care about good writing and literature, I’m with you all the way and support your change and growth. And refusal to “grow up.” :)

  • September 19 2015

    Congratulations on the re-branding! I’m excited to see the new site and everything that comes with it! :)

  • October 05 2015

    Beautiful! SO exciting. I just changed lots over too for similar reasons. Then new site looks incredible!! Can’t wait to hear more about your book :)

    • October 05 2015

      THanks Laura! This design is SO much more me, I think! Sooo happy with it

    • October 05 2015

      BTW I just tried signing up for your newsletter but I got an error :(

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