About

Hey, I’m Joyce! I’m a British Nigerian travel and food culture blogger who loves solo travel adventures. I enjoy exploring diverse culinary experiences and immersing myself in rich cultural encounters. I’m a multi-hyphenate doer of things: a travel and food blogger, content creator, freelance writer, travel consultant, and digital marketing professional based in the UK. 

Through my travels to over 35 countries and living on two continents, I’ve come to appreciate the power of connections beyond borders. I believe that travel is not just a means of escape, but a way to enrich our lives, broaden our perspectives, and deepen our understanding of the world.

That’s why I started a travel consultancy company, Travel With Joy (currently on sabbatical). I offer personalised planning services that cater to my client’s individual needs, making it easier for them to prioritise travel in their lives. Don’t just take my word for it – check out some testimonials from satisfied clients who have benefited from my Plan Your Trip services. I’m also the co-founder of Crescendo Digital, a digital marketing agency serving tourism and hospitality clients in the African travel market(currently on sabbatical).

My mission is to inspire and encourage others to find joy in solo travel, savour new flavours, and appreciate life’s simple pleasures. Whether it’s through sharing my travel experiences, developing recipes, or providing travel planning services, I hope to bring some adventure, joy and inspiration into people’s lives. After all, the world is a beautiful place – let’s explore it together!

Black woman joy: A black woman posing joyfully in front of the brown gate in Antigua, Guatemala
Solo in Guatemala

 

I love connecting with people.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have some truly incredible experiences exploring new countries on my own. For me, travel is a way to immerse myself in different cultures, challenge my assumptions, open my mind to new possibilities, and experience beautiful landscapes. But more than anything else, it’s about connecting with people.

I’m constantly amazed by how much I can communicate without ever saying a word to someone not speaking the same language as me. Whether it’s sharing a smile with a stranger, bonding over a shared love of food, or navigating a new city with the help of locals, I’ve found that travel has a unique ability to bring us closer to our shared humanity. The kindness and warmth I’ve encountered from people all over the world have given me hope for the future and a renewed faith in our ability to connect, no matter where we come from or what language we speak.

Through my travel and food culture blog, I hope to share my experiences and inspire others to seek out these connections for themselves. Whether it’s trying new cuisines, stepping outside of your comfort zone, or simply being open to the unexpected, I believe that travel has the power to transform us in ways we could never have imagined. So come along for the journey – let’s connect with the world together.

I love experiencing food culture.

I’ve always been a picky eater, but through my experimentation with food and exploration, I’ve expanded my palate and enjoyed many cuisines around the world. I’ll often have a culinary experience of my trip like a cooking class or soak up all I’ve learned about the food history through a spice tour. We all like bringing souvenirs back home from our travels to remind us of the places we have visited. In the past, I’ve bought some souvenirs which end up collecting dust in my home. I stopped buying fridge magnets and started collecting spices, herbs and sauces from every country I travel to. I still purchase artwork work though. I usually like to get creative with the spices I use and develop my recipes so you can try them. Food is a great way to learn about different cultures and I have a deep interest in the intersection of culture and cuisine. I have a particular passion for exploring how different cultures come together through food.

Food is more than eating, it’s a universal experience that connects us. 

I love solo travelling Africa and Beyond.

There’s something special about this beautiful diverse continent that keeps me wanting to travel more. Maybe it’s because I’m Nigerian, and it’s just comforting being surrounded by people who look like you. I’ve been able to find a home in many places but currently, the motherland just feels like home.  Also, one thing I love about the continent is the communal aspect. In almost every African country I’ve travelled to, you feel a sense of community which I appreciate. I always say you can’t do life without people.

Whilst some people may treat Africa like a monolith continent, I believe it’s far from it! Africa is said to be the most ethnically, genetically and linguistically diverse continent globally. The African continent is a hub of captivating adventure, a melting pot of cultures, and the most beautiful diverse landscapes, unique wildlife and so much more. 

It’s my current favourite continent to explore right now and I want to take you on this journey too. I have had the pleasure of living in Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria, which was one of the best years of my life filled with unforgettable experiences.  Living in Tanzania truly made an impact on me and I wrote a Travel guide book as I want more people to experience this incredible country. To truly appreciate its beauty, you’ve got to travel across the continent and see for yourself. 

About The Blog:

DIY (Do it yourself) with joy (noun – a feeling of great pleasure and happiness). 

Diy With Joy is more than just a travel and food blog, it’s a community and a resource for Millennial travellers who seek to dive deeper into their travel experiences. This platform is dedicated to providing you with everything you need to plan your trip, including solo travel guides, destination travel guides, food travel experiences, #Travelsmart tips, and meaningful travel stories.

As a solo female traveller who prefers long-term, slow travel, I’m passionate about sharing my experiences and inspiring others to travel smarter, deeper, and with joy. I also share recipes that are inspired by flavours from around the world, food culture, and my Nigerian heritage.

If you’re looking to partner with Diy With Joy or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me through my website’s contact form or email me directly at diywithjoy@outlook.com. Let’s embark on a transformational journey together and explore the world!

Thank you for stopping by and stay tuned for more! Come say hi and connect with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

 

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