About me

Sharing my love of everything travel.

There is so much beauty in the natural world that surrounds us and in cultures different to our own. Whenever I travel is when I feel the most fulfilled in life.

I want to share with you both the good and the bad from my travels. Travelling is one big adventure; the ups and the downs are all a part of it, but there are definitely some things I wish I had known before travelling to certain countries. My guides are written for the young, digi-savvy traveler who wants experience and affordable luxurious places to stay whilst travelling. I hope you find my guides useful; hopefully they will inspire you to visit a country that may not have been on your list.

The story behind Iki-Guides.

You may be wondering how I came up with the name “Iki-Guides”? Well, the truth is, since I visited Japan I have always been intrigued by their culture. I feel their culture and lifestyle is simplistic, yet exquisite. Everything in their culture,  from their food to their fashion, to their people and the scenery is incredibly beautiful.

So inspired by Japan, I read a book called Ikigai: the Japanese secret to a long and happy life. In Japan, there is a small town called Okinawa and it is there, where there are the most centenarians living in the world and they believe that everyone has an ikigai. An ikigai is the reason we get up in the morning. It was whilst reading, (and finally having some time off during the corona pandemic) that I felt completely inspired to create online guides on the places  where I have lived and travelled and share them with the world.

For me, travelling is my ikigai.

A moment that inspired me to get out there and travel whilst I am young.

I will never forget the time I was literally climbing the Great Wall of China with my friends in 2016 and saw a very old, western man climbing the wall alone. He was literally struggling to climb the wall (at some parts of the wall the steps are so steep you actually have to yank yourself up), it broke my heart that he was doing it alone, and at such an old age. But simultaneously, the moment really inspired me; it inspired me to get out and see the world whilst I am young and to not be that person struggling to climb somewhere at an old age because I didn’t do it when I younger.

There is so much beauty and so many breath taking views on our planet, you really have just got to get out there and see if for yourself.


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