About Me

What does Yoko Meshi mean?: This is how the Japanese define the peculiar stress induced by speaking a foreign language.

I find inspiration in the heartbeat of a new destination, then through a mixture of story-telling and images, I use this blog to hopefully inspire others to get out and see the world around us.

Born and raised in London, I came out of school and went straight into my chosen career. I never had a gap year, I have never backpacked long term, but I have a passion for travel. I adore the rush of a new of a place and further exploring old favourites.

My blogging journey started 4 years ago while I was working full-time as a Veterinary Nurse. During this time I would travel as far and as much as possible during my allocated annual leave. I loved my career and giving it up for full-time travel was not an option, so I became savvy at planning 2-week itineraries across Asia and America or finding new destinations in Europe where I could fly to on a quick city break after work on a Friday evening.

in india I opted to wear shorts in Kerala when travelling in private on the house boat

I made travel a priority and therefore travel became accessible. 

At present, I now have more allocated time to travel but due to my partner’s career, I still very much travel in the same style – curated travel itineraries and bite-sized travel.

I love to help others, therefore I created this blog to share what I have learnt so far. I want to encourage people to make time to see the world around them and experience new things. To show people you can work and have a career as well as travel frequently, you do not need to choose.

My three favourite countries are South Africa, The Netherlands and Japan.

I am also passionate about volunteering globally, mainly with animals & wildlife conservation. I volunteer to give back because I want to be more than just a consumer on earth and I want to incite change. So if you would like to do similar, you have come to the right place.

If you can’t find the exact information you are looking for on this blog or would like to know further information, then please do get in touch. I am always happy to help where I can.  The best way to get hold of me is via email:

My blogs:

Off To Netherlands is a blog dedicated to travel within The Netherlands aimed at encouraging tourists to travel further than just Amsterdam. The Netherlands is one of my favourite countries and I love being able to share my love for the country through this blog.

Visit Off To Netherlands

Ginger Cat House

This blog shares my Veterinary knowledge and love of cats! If you are a cat owner be sure to check it out for advice, toy suggestions and all things cat. 

My partner is a talented full-time chef, he creates and shares awesome recipes inspired by our travels at his site – Sticky Rice. If you are looking for wholesome, unsophisticated comfort food ideas then head there.