Hello!  ¡Hola! Kamusta! Olá!


So what’s all this jibber-jabber about you say?

Known here on the blogosphere as Elles (ɑkɑ Rɑi), a 20-something British-Filipino Native Londoner who’s completely gone nomad! You usually won’t find me in one place for long, hence the name ;)

For the past 8 years I’ve pretty much been living out of a suitcase (usually along with my partner in crime – Lorenzo) moving between our three homes in three different continents – UK , The Philippines and throughout South America. In between, the travel bug keeps me moving, and takes me exploring other parts of the world. It’s an illness really.

So far, I’ve lived in 5 different countries with 9 cities in total and have travelled to 23 countries and 133 cities.

As once said by Mark Twain:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

So I tend to do just that, and hope to inspire others to also “Explore. Dream. Discover” through my travel experiences on this blog.

I know travelling to a place where you’ve never been to before can sometimes be daunting. On top of this, planning can be a nightmare – making sure you hit all the important spots, making sure you have enough days to see them all, picking the perfect place to stay, and well.. just want everything to work out smoothly. Now I know you can never guarantee a perfect planned trip, but planning definitely can help you make the most out of the place you’re travelling to. So my aim with this blog is to help ease travel, give insights and any recommendations through my personal experiences.


When did it all really start?

From the age of just 1 years old, I’d often travel in and out of the UK on family trips, particularly to France and The Philippines. But my nomadic life all really began when I travelled immensely in 2009 to Madrid, Costa Blanca (Spain), New York and Cuba, ‘whilst’ doing my bachelors at university. Then, almost abruptly, these travels inspired me to take a gap year to not only explore the world further, but to develop my independence, as well as to gain some real life skills and experiences. I was really fortunate to have then been offered an internship with the chance to study and better my Spanish, whilst living in South America – which without a doubt was the most unforgettable life-changing experience. Not only did I learn so much, but it opened up my eyes to new opportunities and a new way of life. Since then, I’ve completely gone mad about travelling, as well as immersing myself in the fascinating cultures found all around the world.


What else does this blog entail?

I LOVE… exciting adventures, breathtaking beaches, beautiful medieval castles, mesmerising cultures, inspiring art and design, learning new languages (currently I speak two fluently ‘English’ and ‘Spanish’, and in progress with two more ‘Tagalog’ and ‘Portuguese’), dancing, and last but not least, food (now who doesn’t love food?!) – oh and how could I forget – chocolate which deserves an entire category in itself ;) … so you’ll basically find me talking a lot of obsessive nonsense about these topics in my posts.


I love hearing from people who have a passion for travel, so feel free to comment on my blog, or join me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram :) and follow me around the world as I explore, dream, discover…


Happy Travels to all!





13 thoughts on “About

  • November 29, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Hey! Saw u on Instagram so popped over here to take a look, I love your website, and all your stories from your travels. Check out mine and add me on fb Julie E Kennedy. Have you ever though about earning money blogging? You have a serious talent for it!

    • December 21, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Hi Julie! Thanks for stopping by! I’m really glad you enjoy my blog! I hope to see you more on it :) And will definitely be checking out yours too!
      Elles xoxo

    • December 21, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Hi Rach! Glad to see you here! So awesome you love the Philippines so much! I love hearing when more and more people go to the Philippines! I definitely will be checking out your post :) Thanks for sharing!

      Elles xoxo

  • January 3, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Dear Elles,
    I´m glad I found your page! I´m planning a round the world trip and you´ve been in some places I would love to stop, so here I could find some cool information :) how is ur portuguese language going? you should stop in here to practice eheh enjoy ur trips and please continue to write about it.

    • January 6, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      Hi Pedro! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me such a lovely comment. I am hoping to stay in Portugal for a while sometime in the future to put my Portuguese into practice and improve! I’m really glad you find my blog helpful and I look forward to seeing you more on here :) Feel free to message me if you have any questions in regards to helping you plan your RTW trip!

      Elles xoxo

  • April 25, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Hola! Love your blog & share your passion for travel, culture, food, etc. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures :)


  • May 6, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Hey Elles,

    Just saw your blog now from Insta! Great to see a fellow traveller’s work – lovely blog design and I’ll be putting aside a few hours to give it a good read.

    Safe Travels,

  • August 12, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Hi, Elles
    First of all, I have been a fan of your blog. I am also a travelling addict, and you inspire me so much!

    My friends and I have designed a special sleeping mask to fight travel insomnia, Sleeper. It holds your head straight up, and allows to get some sound sleep on long trips. I thought you might like it, and you readers may find it useful as well.

    We have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo today – http://bit.ly/1DpjrJu. If you like our idea, could you please make a small post about it in your Twitter? Your support means a world to us.

    Also, would you like to start a giveaway campaign for your readers? We could ship free samples to any location.

    There is more information on Sleeper in our Dropbox – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/e8w7r9fcplgjj5e/AADSoBeHPIBX25YTbH6O4j0Ha?dl=0

    Again, I would appreciate your support. And thanks for such a great blog as Completely Gone Nomad.

    Best regards,
    Lana Dey
    CEO Sleeper Inc.

  • November 30, 2015 at 6:42 am

    SUBJECT: Webfluential – influencer marketing campaign for travel bloggers

    Hi Elles,

    We run a global influencer marketing platform and came across your blog recently while searching for travel bloggers. We’re busy putting together a shortlist of personalities and publishers that can assist in a leading travel brand, in the UK.

    We manage a network of 3900 influencers, reaching a collective audience of 85m people. Our platform offers brands the ability to discover your profile and contract you to work with them. We even manage your payment and reporting. Our global client brands include Barclays, Vodafone, Intel, Nokia and Warner Music.

    If you’re interested in signing up, linking your channels and putting in pricing, I’d love to include you in the campaign proposal.

    You can follow this link to sign up: https://webfluential.com/users/register

    Thanks very much,

    Chiara Di Rago
    Influencer Assistant


    Suite 39, 5th Floor, Katherine and West
    114 West Street, Sandton

    Twitter: @chiaradirago
    Landline: +27 11 326 5484


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