About

First of all, welcome to the Diy with joy tribe!

I’m Joyce and I enjoy meaningful solo travel, adventures, and developing recipes. I love that travel connects me with people beyond borders and transports me beyond my kitchen to give me a taste of travel and experience different cultures. 
 
I’m a British Nigerian travel and food blogger, content creator, recipe developer, travel consultant and Engineer turned digital marketing professional based in the UK. I have travelled to more than thirty-five countries and lived on two continents. Some people may call me a multi- hyphenate doer of things. My mission is to encourage a community to find more joy in solo travelling, experiencing new foods and even in life’s little moments. 

I run my own travel consultancy business and I provide services to help clients meet their personal travel needs and ease off the pressure of planning a holiday. Check out some testimonials of what clients say about my Plan Your Trip services. I want to encourage more people to make travel a priority in their life because the world is too beautiful not to experience.⠀

selfie in el jem, Tunisia

 

I love connecting with people.

I have literally had some of the best travel experiences solo travelling and experiencing a new country. I travel for many reasons: to experience different cuisines, challenge my unconscious bias, learn new things, and see the beauty of this world but my favourite reason to travel is to connect with people. I love that I don’t have to completely speak the same language to connect with someone. Travel connects us to humanity beyond our daily lives. The kindness and warmth I’ve experienced from locals from different corners of this earth give me hope in humanity. 

I love experiencing food culture.

I’ve always been a picky eater, but through my own experimentation with food and exploration, I’ve expanded my palate and enjoyed many cuisines around the world. I’ll often do 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 own recipes so you can try them. Food is a great way to learn about different cultures

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

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 in the world. 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 definitely 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 With Joy is a platform that inspires and equips Millennial travellers to travel deeper and cook with joy, focusing on solo female travel, long-term slow travel, and experiencing food cultures and history.  On Diy (Do it yourself) with joy (noun – a feeling of great pleasure and happiness) you can expect to find everything from delicious recipes, food travel experiences & guides, #Travelsmart tips, meaningful travel stories, informative destination travel guides and more from a solo female traveller who loves to travel, mostly long-term slowly.  My recipes are inspired by food from around the world, food culture and Nigerian flavours that I grew up with. Come along with me on a transformational journey, as I explore diverse tastes globally and inspire you to travel deeper, smarter and with joy!

Want to know more about working with Diy With Joy? You can reach me via my contact me form or email me directly at diywithjoy@outlook.com

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