Hi, nice to see you here!
My name is Dani Leigh and I’m the blogger behind Travelling Jezebel.
I’m a twenty-something from Manchester in the UK, and I love drinking beer (or really any alcohol), watching true crime videos on YouTube and pubs with pinball machines. Oh, and for the last 6 years and counting I’ve been travelling the world, living out of a backpack, sleeping in hostels and discovering a lot of the weird and wonderful things that this world has to offer along the way.
Some of the places I’ve called ‘home’ include Cambodia, Poland, Italy, Montenegro and now Spain.
Some of the things I’ve called ‘work’ include feeding the homeless in Morocco, working at a party hostel in Cambodia, teaching English in Poland and the Czech Republic, helping out at a winery in Albania and much, much more.
It’s been a wild ride.
But how did it all begin?
Life on the road – A brief insight
I always knew that I wanted to travel, and when I say ‘travel,’ I mean the long-term, nomadic, never coming home kinda travel. Having a 9-5 job has never appealed to me, and so, a few months after finishing university, I hopped on a plane to Thailand with 3 friends for a 5-week backpacking adventure through the whole country.
It was amazing.
But it wasn’t enough.
A week after my return to Manchester, I booked another plane ticket, only this one was for slightly longer (3 months) and sans friends.
This time, I would be spending a month in Bali before flying to Cambodia and spending a month there and my final month in Vietnam.
However, as with all the best laid plans, I’d barely spent two weeks in Cambodia before I knew that I would be spending much, much longer there. Myself and a girl I met in a hostel, Frankie, arrived on the island of Koh Rong and immediately fell in love with it. It didn’t take long before we’d secured a long-term room, got jobs in a local bar and cancelled our future travel plans.
My 5 days on Koh Rong turned into 10 months.
From there, I haven’t stopped travelling.
Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Poland, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia, Ukraine, Moldova, Italy…the list goes on, and my insatiable appetite for more continues.
However, my style of travel is less about ‘visiting the most Instagram-worthy spots in Paris’ and more about road-tripping through Kosovo with a couple of random Albanian dudes I met in Pristina.
It is about diving deep into the local culture and making lifelong connections with people and the places they live in.
Overtourism is a real problem in our world, and as travel slowly returns back to normal, we will once again see some of the most beautiful destinations ruined by hordes of crowds, masses of litter and cruise ships that leave a trail of destruction in their wake.
My goal with Travelling Jezebel is to inspire you to explore the lesser-known areas of the world. You know, the places that don’t make it onto your favourite influencer’s IG feed. The places your father tells you are dangerous. The places that make people raise an eyebrow and ask ‘why?‘ when you tell them you’re going there.
I want you to cross out Rome and Barcelona from your bucket lists and consider cities like Kyiv (Ukraine), Brasov (Romania) and Berat (Albania) instead.
I want to show you that the world is not as scary as we think it is, and that the most off-the-beaten-path places are usually the most special and rewarding ones.
I also want to show you that you don’t have to have a trust fund or a sugar daddy to enjoy a life of travel – I have so many tips about volunteer work, snagging free accommodation and backpacking on a shoestring, and I promise you that you will find all of them here.
Oh, and I like to eat a lot, so you’re going to find a lot of food articles as well!
But what’s all this ‘anti-MLM’ stuff I keep seeing?
Like many of you, I spent a lot of time on the internet during the pandemic, lurking on websites like YouTube and Reddit for hours at a time.
It didn’t take long before I heard of this thing called ‘MLM,’ or multi-level marketing, or specifically, people speaking out about it.
It turns out that the pandemic caused a huge rise in people trying to recruit their friends and family into these so-called ‘MLM’ companies, and after doing some research and finding out that 99.6% of people who join one will lose money, I was appalled.
And so, down the rabbit hole I ventured.
I soon found that while there is a lot of quality material on YouTube warning others of the dangers of MLM, there isn’t much written content at all.
I figured that maybe I should be the person to dive into these shady companies and expose them for what they are, hopefully saving some unsuspecting people from falling prey to them.
My first anti-MLM article did ridiculously well on Google, and then my second one did as well.
Comments came flooring in from (mostly) women, thanking me for my research and telling me how grateful they were that they’d read my posts before signing up to an MLM.
It was then that I decided that, while Travelling Jezebel will always primarily be a travel blog, it can’t hurt to use my platform to educate people about issues I care about.
Update: I recently launched a website dedicated entirely to anti-MLM content called Not Your Boss Babe!
It is because of this that you will find a wealth of anti-MLM content on these pages, as well as articles about all forms of injustice, from the semi-serious issues like this, to the more serious ones of labour exploitation, modern slavery and more.
Basically, if I see something I don’t like, I’m gonna talk about it, and I don’t care if that upsets certain people, or even governments (um, I don’t think I’ll be visiting the UAE after this article went viral).
What’s in a name?
For over two thousand years, the name ‘Jezebel’ has been associated with promiscuity and sin, with the majority of people not knowing that actually, the real Jezebel was a QUEEN.
Jezebel is one of the biggest female villains in The Bible, denounced as a murderer, prostitute, and enemy of God.
But who was she really?
Well, Jezebel was a foreigner in a strange land, an outspoken woman in a patriarchal society, and someone who refused to denounce her own religion and culture no matter what.
While other women of the time acted in absolute submission, Jezebel did not.
She refused to submit to her enemies and oppressors. She fought fire with fire, shrugged off accusations of whoredom and blasphemy and refused to flee when she knew that she was going to be killed.
In the moments before she was brutally murdered, Jezebel painted her eyes with kohl and styled her hair, remaining fearless until the very end.
JEZEBEL represents DEFIANCE.
She represents INDIVIDUALITY, FEARLESSNESS and INDEPENDENCE.
I believe that the world needs more Jezebels.
This is the reason for the name of this blog.
P.S. If you’re interested in reading more about Jezebel’s story and the context surrounding it, click here for a fascinating breakdown.
Where to Start?
If you’re new here, or would just like an overview, here are some of my favourite posts!
Unusual Travel Experiences
Thermal Springs, Bull’s Tails and Waterfalls in Valencia
Matera, Italy – A Magical Cave City
Visiting Sarajevo with a Bosnian War Veteran
Volunteering on an Albanian Winery
Volunteering at Hostels 101
Visiting a Snake Temple in Malaysia
Sighisoara – The Birthplace of Dracula
Reeperbahn Hamburg – Europe’s Biggest Club Festival
Transnistria – The Country that Doesn’t Exist
Long Neck Tribes in Thailand
The Anti-Communist Dwarves of Poland
The Bear Sanctuary of Kosovo
How Not to Be a Dick at Auschwitz
Mazury, Poland – Land of a Thousand Lakes
Food & Wine
Albanian Coffee Culture – A Way of Life
20 Traditional Czech Foods
28 Traditional Balkan Dishes
What do Italians Eat for Breakfast?
Wine Tasting in Sicily
Street Food in Palermo, Sicily
Cricova Winery Moldova – The World’s Most Majestic Wine Cellar
22 Sicilian Foods You Have to Try
La Cantina del Vino – A Charming Tuscan Winery
The Ukrainian Restaurant Where the Waitresses Have Whips
18 Traditional Polish Foods
6 Reasons Why MLM Companies are the Absolute Worst
The 11 Biggest Network Marketing Lies
12 Multi-Level Marketing Buzzwords
The Top Network Marketing Companies 2021 (and How Much You Can Really Earn in Them)
Is Arbonne a Pyramid Scheme?
Is Monat a Pyramid Scheme?
Is Beachbody a Pyramid Scheme?
Is It Works! a Pyramid Scheme?
Is Avon a Pyramid Scheme?
Human Rights Issues
Qatar World Cup Deaths
Sex Tourism in The Gambia
Brima Models: Child Sex Trafficking on the Surface Web
Human Trafficking in Hotels
The Truth About Thai Ping Pong Shows
The Problem With Influencers Promoting Saudi Arabia
Types of Human Trafficking in the UK
The Plight of Construction Workers in Dubai
Modern Slavery in the UAE
Is Your £5 Car Wash Contributing to Modern Slavery?
Understanding Honour Killings
How to Spot Modern Slavery in Nail Salons
Should You Visit North Korea?
Why FGM is Britain’s Issue Too
Pollution: Cambodia’s Silent Killer
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