Hi there I’m Nikki . Thank you so much for visiting my blog. You are a star for being here and reading this.
This blog, nikkidiscovers.com is a platform where I share travel tips, guides, recipes, restaurant recommendations and my love of food. I also focus on responsible travel as I feel it is important to be mindful whilst traveling.
I’m a researcher born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. I’m blessed to be living within walking distance of the beach. I initially started this blog to build my social media skills. I was struggling to find work in South Africa after spending a year studying abroad. Job hunting was brutal and I decided to start something positive whilst jumping through hoops to land a job in my field.
My city is magnificent you can visit the beach, hike and go wine tasting all without leaving the city limits. There’s lots of history wrapped up in this cultural diverse place. But, at the same time Cape Town and South Africa in general struggles with lots of social and development issues.
This is why I also focus on topics addressing inequality, over tourism and how to not harm animals whilst traveling. I want to promote responsible travel which seeks to help locals and travellers alike learn more about the world .
I avoided getting on to my activist soapbox on this blog for a long time. But, as a person of colour I do feel like it is my duty to step up. Plus, I hold a Master’s in Social Development and I work as a researcher for an animal welfare charity.
At times my posts are just about traveling and at other times I seek to share more information, historical facts and opinions to share knowledge I have gained through my travels and from my studies.
The Erasmus Mundus scholarship which I received in 2015 allowed me to travel around Europe without it I wouldn’t have been able to travel internationally. I come from a community where traveling was always something other people did. People who could afford it. And I want to break that stereotype by sharing my travel adventures with others.
Thank you for reading and I hope you will find this blog useful. My goal is to inspire others and to help create positive change in the world even if it’s just in a small way. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me as I always love to hear from my readers.
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