Hi, I'm Jodie! A former linguist turned digital marketeer. A city-dwelling fashion girl turned digital nomad whose suitcase is her wardrobe. A lifetime hoarder turned roaming minimalist.
I live to learn and experience all the world has to offer, exploring the best things to eat, see and do around the globe while building my own business - and I want to take you with me. Alajode is where I share my adventures and misadventures from my travels around the world to inspire you to live fearlessly and build a life you love too.
Finding the time and money to travel isn't always easy, but it's (nearly) always worth it.
Whether it's the moments that will catch you off guard, the memories that will pop into your head 5, 10 or 25 years down the line, or the people that will leave a lasting impact on you for the rest of your life, there are so many reasons to get out there and see what our planet has to offer.
For me, there's nothing more inspiring or enriching than travel.
That's why Alajode is for every person with a travel-shaped itch they need to scratch, but maybe needs a little push to get out there. The dreamers who want to do, even if it terrifies them. It's a destination for individuals who are curious about the world around them and enjoy discovering the stories of the people and places in it. It's for those who like to dream the biggest dreams but relish the little things.
Travel is a very personal thing, and I want to help you make the most of it - whether you're an occasional explorer or dream of becoming a digital nomad too. That's why you'll find everything from guides to the most unusual bars or city breaks you may not have considered to inspiration for the big trip you've always wanted to take - and the resources to help you make it happen.
You'll also notice some recurring themes throughout Alajode, including a healthy dose of inspiration for staying happy, healthy and stylish wherever you are in the world, as well as tips on minimalist living, self-development and staying fit on the go.
I'll also be brutally honest with you about the things that don't go so well. Because it's not all as glam as Instagram would have you believe.
Like many travellers, I like venturing off the beaten path, but I also won't turn my nose up at something that's been done before. I like adventure travel as much as I like sipping pina coladas on a whiter-than-white beach, so you can expect an exciting variety of travel experiences on Alajode. So whether you're moving abroad or escaping your city for the day, I hope you'll find something you like.
Becoming a digital nomad
If you stopped by Alajode at any point between 2013 and 2017, you'll probably already know that it was originally a fashion-focused blog.
What you might not know, however, is that this site was preceded by my first ever blog - and that was a travel blog. That blog is long gone now (read: locked up somewhere safe on the internet so only my eyes can see it!), but a couple of the posts have made their way onto here. I wonder if you can tell which ones they are?
In October 2017, I made the scary decision to quit my corporate job in London and take my own business and blog full-time. Oh, and I decided to travel while doing it. I left the big city, where I was used to having a jam-packed wardrobe and steady routine, to live nomadically. Now, my suitcase is my wardrobe and the airport runway is my...well, runway.
It's still a very new journey for me and I'm glad I can share that with you too, both on here and on my YouTube channel.
So whether you're an occasional traveller, full-time wanderer, or on the path to a digital nomad life of your own, I hope you'll find something useful on Alajode.