10 Unique Food Experiences You Can Only Have in Jamaica

To travel is to eat, or at least that will be my philosophy. I enjoy writing about the places I visit as I seek to know my island better and escape my comfort zone ever so often, and it’s such a delight to hear feedback from both friends and strangers that reading my posts made them explore somewhere new which they probably wouldn’t have visited otherwise. I write as a local to help other locals and people who want to see Jamaica as a local, and it dawned on me recently that to experience a place is so much more than seeing the best of what it has to offer. It’s about eating and drinking the best of what it has to offer too!

Continue reading “10 Unique Food Experiences You Can Only Have in Jamaica”

50 Photos: Jamaica through My Lens

I’ve been trying to count my blessings more this year, as comparison is the thief of joy and I really have a lot for which to be grateful. Living on a tropical island is one of those things, as Jamaica is warm and blessed with an astonishing range of lovely landscapes– rolling green hills, deep valleys, lazy rivers, majestic waterfalls, lush tropical plants, alluring limestone caves and grottos,  breathtaking cliffs and precipices and of course, postcard-perfect beaches.

Continue reading “50 Photos: Jamaica through My Lens”

Bucket List Jamaica 2019

I have a long ever-growing mental list of places to visit in Jamaica, ever since I came to the realization in 2016 that I barely know my island at all. In 2017 I was perhaps a tad bit too ambitious, setting out to see 17 places in ’17 and only accomplishing 8 of them. That being said, I saw a whole lot more than 8 places that year, 25 to be exact. This shows that life is fluid. While I create these lists for fun and to motivate you all (and myself) to go out & see interesting corners of Jamaica, I have and will likely veer far from it every year, all in good fun.

Continue reading “Bucket List Jamaica 2019”

What One Woman Spent Travelling in 2018

Hey there! Today’s the penultimate day of my 2018 roundup series, and I’m back with a crowd favourite: sharing my travel expenses for the year. I consider myself Day Trip Queen, even if that won’t last forever as the type of adventures I take will evolve over time. However, day trips are the ideal trade-off for adventurous spirits on a shoestring budget and as such, let’s take a look at this screenshot showing what it cost to visit the places I wrote about this year.

Continue reading “What One Woman Spent Travelling in 2018”

Q&A | Adventures from Elle

On my personal Instagram page this month, I asked my followers what would they like to know about me or my blog and that I’d answer during my five-day 2nd anniversary celebratory blog-a-thon. I usually write from a more aloof position since I try to be very objective and matter-of-fact in sharing my adventures, but every now and again I welcome sharing more of meΒ in my writing. Without further ado, here are my answers to those questions plus a few other questions I’ve received during this blog’s 2 year existence or just general facts I felt would be interesting to share!

Continue reading “Q&A | Adventures from Elle”

A Jamaican Made Christmas Expo, Saint Andrew

A Jamaican Made Christmas is a two-day exposition put on by the National Baking Company at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, just in time for shoppers looking to purchase Christmas gifts before the season gets into full swing. This is its fourth staging and for 2018, it welcomed 100 exhibitors, giving 100 local entrepreneurs invaluable exposure.

Continue reading “A Jamaican Made Christmas Expo, Saint Andrew”

Elle’s Favourite 10 Places in Jamaica πŸ‡―πŸ‡²

I’ve received the question of which places are my favourites and had to recommend outings for friends quite a bit in the nearly two years of this blog’s existence. I decided to take that recurring question seriously and answer it in a blog post. The only downside (quite miniscule I assure you πŸ˜…) of running a local travel blog, especially for a country as small as Jamaica, is that people assume I’ve been everywhere, which let me reiterate for the umpteenth time, no I have not. I’m pretty sure I still haven’t seen even a quarter of the attractions Jamaica has to offer, especially the tourist-y spots.

Continue reading “Elle’s Favourite 10 Places in Jamaica πŸ‡―πŸ‡²”

Jamaica’s Customer Service At Its Finest- A Satire

I had the displeasure of dining at Gloria’s Seafood Restaurant for the umpteenth time on my birthday. Their food is a bit pricey but oh so delicious, my favourite place to have seafood in Jamaica before the second of September 2018. Their service is notoriously slow but the bright smiling waiters and waitresses usually remind you that your food is done to order and good things take time. That’s what we call verbal anaesthesia in my field– a bright smile and cheery face does a lot to soothe tempers when things are beyond your control. After all, they’re not the ones in the kitchen. But not so today.

Continue reading “Jamaica’s Customer Service At Its Finest- A Satire”

Hope Zoo, Saint Andrew

My last trip to the zoo was at least a decade ago and I’ve had an inexplicable hankering to visit since last year. Hope Zoo welcomed its first visitors in 1961 but inadequate funding, deterioration and a dwindling animal population led to a decline in public interest. This paved the way for private ownership and in 2011, the Hope Zoo Preservation Foundation (HZPF) took reins. Devising a model from local and international environment and wildlife preservation bodies, the Hope Zoo was transformed to tell the Jamaican story by showcasing local fauna alongside African macrovertebrates and American jungle species since these regions have had the greatest impact on Jamaica.

Continue reading “Hope Zoo, Saint Andrew”

21 Photos That’ll Make You Want to Book a Flight to Jamaica Right Now

Jamaica celebrates her 56th Year of Independence from Britain today. While unfortunately I won’t be out enjoying the islandwide festivities, I’m still very much patriotic and thought it fitting to compile my favourite 21 photos of the island I’ve taken or published since the start of this blog. My compilation of Jamaica’s best spots is still a work in progress so of course, some very beautiful iconic spots may be missing from this blog post. Nonetheless, let’s enjoy Jamaica through my lens as I’ve seen it these past 19 months and if you’ve never been to Jamaica or are living elsewhere as an ex-pat or student, I’m sure you’re bound to want to book your ticket now! (Sorry, not sorry)

Continue reading “21 Photos That’ll Make You Want to Book a Flight to Jamaica Right Now”