A photo journey through Jamaica


I recently bought a new laptop which is all fun and exciting until you realize you have to sort out all your old work, files, music and photos that were lingering in a disorganized mess on your old laptop. I’ll admit it, I spent the entire weekend glued to my laptop as I attempted to wade through my digital clutter.

Thankfully, I’m much more organized these days than I used to be and put photos and documents into some kind of random order but this didn’t used to be the case. I had one overwhelmingly enormous folder entitled ‘Australia’. Keep in mind that I spent 18 months in Australia and took almost 10,000 photos.

While I was attempting to put some kind of order to this chaos I realized that I still have hundreds, maybe thousands, of awesome photos that I’ve never shared. So from this week onwards you’re going to be seeing a lot more of my older stories and photos. I did most of my travelling before I started this blog so I have a lot to share!

I thought I’d begin with a few of my favourite photos from Jamaica. I spent two weeks there in 2010 and it was a journey that sparked my love for adventurous travel and backpacking.

Jamaica is an incredible country filled with friendly people who are so much fun and know how to make some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. The majority of tourists who visit the country stay in a 5* hotel and never leave the grounds because they’re convinced it’s a terrifyingly dangerous country.

While I was there I stayed well away from the usual tourist traps, spent every night drinking rum (straight!) with the local guys, hitchhiked to get anywhere and stayed in simple beach huts. I stayed in two different places, Time N Place in Falmouth and Great Huts Eco Lodges in Sea Grape. It was idyllic and I’ve promised myself that I’ll go back there someday. Here’s why:

Time ‘n Place, Falmouth

Jetty in Jamaica

Time n Place bungalow

The view from our bungalow


Great Huts Jamaica

Washing a horse in the sea in Jamaica
A guy washing his horse in the sea
(My boyfriend's feet, not mine)
(My boyfriend’s feet and hairy legs, not mine)
The perfect spot for diving
The perfect spot for diving
Our cliff-top bath
Our cliff-top bath
Jungle bathroom
Jungle bathroom with shower in the trees
Great huts
Our living area
Yes, I was blonde! I know it's awful, don't judge.
Yes, I was blonde! I know it’s awful, don’t judge.
River Rafting

Rafting in Jamaica


A giant caterpillar
A giant caterpillar


  1. Kayli Schattner 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing- I can’t wait to read about all of your old adventures! This is definitely something that my boyfriend and I would think about doing and I appreciate your source of inspiration.

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      No problem Kayli. I really hope you and your boyfriend get a chance to go, you’ll love it!

  2. I would love to go to Jamaica – looks beautiful!

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      It really is and it’s definitely up there with one of the friendliest, most fun places I’ve ever been!

  3. Kathryn 8 years ago

    Relieved to read that those feet weren’t yours and I was taken by surprise by the blonde hair! Looks like a wonderful place. Going through old photos always brings back so many great memories. Look forward to seeing more of yours.

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      It really is a wonderful place and I hope I get to go back there one day. I think that when you travel a lot it’s so easy to forget how amazing some places are. Going through all my old pictures has definitely made me realise that I need to take more to help me remember everything!

  4. Vicky 8 years ago

    Haha, loving the picture of your blonde hair. I think you should go back 🙂

  5. Michael Hodson 8 years ago

    O my…. blonde…. o my

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