Welcome to Alajode!
Whether it's your first visit or your thousandth, it's so great to have you here! And if you like to approach the world with open eyes and an equally open mind, I hope you'll feel right at home.
Hi, I'm Jodie! A former linguist turned digital marketeer, I live to learn and experience all the world has to offer. Alajode is where I share my adventures and misadventures from around the globe 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. But it takes work.
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. 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.
From travel blog to fashion blogging... and back again
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?
Alajode has always been a very personal blog, so it was inevitable that travel, my first and longest love, would start creeping onto its pages at some point. That happened in early 2016, before travel became the main focus of the blog in 2017. It was a scary transition, especially when I hit publish on the post announcing the change, but I've been amazed by the positive response and kind words from both friends, fellow bloggers and complete strangers.