We had the good fortune of connecting with Rochelle Knight and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rochelle, what makes you happy? Why?
Spending time with my loved ones, traveling and writing are the things which make me happy. My work schedule as a medical doctor often makes finding time for these activities difficult. However, I dedicate time towards spending with family and friends because they are all we have if we fall on hard times such as during illness or loss. Also, I don’t ever want to regret not spending enough time with my loved ones because life is unpredictable. We never know how long we have left with the people we love.
I consider myself a creative person, and having chosen a career which seldom allows one to be creative, my pastimes of writing, blogging and content creation give me an opportunity to destress and leave me feeling fulfilled. Traveling takes me out of my comfort zone and allows me to meet new people, try new foods and experience new cultures, sights and sounds. These are my secrets to living a happy, fulfilling life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve always loved to write, but medical school was where I discovered blogging and the travel blogging niche in particular. I realized I hadn’t explored much of my island Jamaica, so traveling and documenting those adventures on my blog adventuresfromelle.com soon became my favourite hobby and outlet. In 2022, I took my hobby a step further by publishing a Jamaican travel guide entitled ‘Sightsee Jamaica’ to inspire both local and foreign tourists to explore the island’s hidden gems. I’ve also been doing more professional writing on topics outside my comfort zone in order to build my portfolio and gain an additional source of income. It isn’t always easy, but it’s certainly rewarding. I’m proud to have become a self-published author, and I’ve learnt lots about marketing and the book industry during that project. I want the world to know that travel does not have to require a lot of money, and I hope my budget travel stories and first person travel narrative will continue to inspire others to get up and see the world around them. Perhaps one day I may get a chance to travel the world full-time by writing remotely or become a volunteer travel doctor.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m from Kingston, Jamaica which often gets a bad rap as being a dangerous place. However, that’s not so. You just need to have your wits about you as you would in any other city across the world! I’d take my best friend to Devon House so she could explore the mansion of Jamaica’s first Black millionaire, then enjoy a delicious gourmet patty and ice cream afterwards on the mansion’s lawn. We’d check out Bob Marley Museum, former home of the late Jamaican legend who brought reggae music to the world. We’d take a trip to the National Gallery to learn about the city’s art and history, we’d take photos next to the murals in Downtown and then we’d take a quick drive to the coast for fresh seafood. If time permits, we’d also take a quick drive out of the city to tour a coffee plantation which grows the world-renowned Blue Mountain Coffee.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to shout out my mother Grace and friends who support and encourage me in all my endeavours. Also, a special shoutout to our small but vibrant Jamaican travel blogging community who keep me inspired.