My name is Joyce Belfort, 30+ and laugh a lot.


Mainly travel solo or with my spouse. I love exploring affordable local options. Spending like crazy is not my idea of fun. Price tag and expectation has an exponential relationship in my books.


Favourite tourism is cooking class, hiking, museum and local street food. Walking around getting lost is pretty good too. I do regularly ignore reading ‘top list’ and ‘best list’. Personal experience is good enough for me.samsonite-chronolite-55cm-carry-on-profile-pic-1444In a nutshell:

  1. I can read/speak: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese and Afrikaans (gone to hell due to lack of practice). Currently studying French.
  2. I hate spending money on transport i.e. flight, ferry, train, bus…
  3. I prefer rural and non-city travel.
  4. I am fond of minshuku and hostel experience.
  5. My favourite destination is firmly Japan.
  6. I can drive a manual car, but cannot parallel park a Smart car >_<
  7. I sleep easily on a long haul flight or bus or anywhere.
  8. The way I tend to pack? 2 nights travel means a 20L. 8 weeks is a 45L for summer / 60L for winter. A carry-on case is enough luggage room for my 30+ days summer travel. *I will bring a check-in luggage if I plan to haul*
  9. My backpack max tolerance weight is 12kg. I am 157cm, weigh +/- 43kg.
  10. This is my 3rd blogging attempt. My first attempt was on the platform called geocities…

Where am I from?

  • I was born in Hong Kong.
  • Chilled in Durban for 10 years
  • Partied/worked in Cape Town for 8 years
  • Exported to Shanghai for 8 years
  • Lived in London for a year

Now live in Paris 😀 I clearly have an identity crisis issue. *LOL*


My motto is, ‘Ichigo ichie’. In English: One opportunity, one encounter


Yours truly,

Joyce Belfortprofile-portrait-localgirlforeignland-5296All photos are my own unless stated otherwise. Support original work! I will be honoured if you’d like to use my photos. However, please do alert me and add my name to it 😉


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    • Hi Miriam, thank you for dropping by 🙂 Sorry that it took me a while to get back to you. Somehow your comment landed up in the spam box.


  5. ngaobeo says

    My ultimate fav destination is Japan too. This country never stops amazing me every time I get there. Hope you could discover all prefectures of Japan in the soonest 🙂

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  6. Wow, okay! Your life! Haha I wish I lived in Paris! I grew up in Durban, then studied in Cape Town, now I live in Canada (been here for one year), and trying to travel every chance I get!

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      • It does! 🙂 Crazy how small the world is! Canada is great for the most part! I think I have a little separation anxiety from Cape Town now haha. But it’s just settling in still I think. The winters can be a bit long! Dying for some sun! How’s Paris for you?

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      • Paris is strangely beautiful everywhere. Weird thing is, Paris looks fab, but smells like pee? *LOL* The public transport is amazing. I’m in love with Paris.

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