SPOTTED!! - Travel blogger Sarah Miles
One of my go-to spots in IrishTown — Bloom Café. Spectacularviews, delicious food and awelcoming atmosphere!(Photos: IG: milesguide)

Who? Travel blogger Sarah Miles @milesguide, 21-year-old blogger and YouTuber of Miles Guide , and co-founder of the non-profit organisation Mukkle Thrift. She's a lover of travel, locally made products, and an advocate for sustainability.

The back story... Miles Guide started on what seemed to be a regular winter night, sitting at my dining table in my university apartment in Montréal, scrolling aimlessly on my phone. To this day, I'm not sure what prompted the thought of creating a blog — let alone a travel blog. Looking back, everything that happened that night seems so spontaneous, but it definitely wasn't random. It's hard to put into words, but it just felt right and it all came so easily in that moment. I wanted to create a space that encapsulated my deep longing to explore the world and to learn about rich and diverse cultures, all while sharing tips and tricks that will help other travellers along the way. Miles Guide became the space where I was able to share these attempts at navigating the world, while celebrating my Jamaican identity and trying to leave an impactful mark along the way.

What's in a name... Everything truly happened within an instant. That same night, I started brainstorming names. Thankfully, it was helpful to have a fitting last name like Miles. It was a great place to start, and I began to combine it with any travel-related words the thesaurus could offer. When I came across 'guide', it spoke to me. It fit perfectly and conveyed exactly what I envisioned my blog to be. Thus, Miles Guide was born.

One of my favourite spots to visit is Bloom Café in Irish Town... It has a breathtaking view overlooking Kingston, and their ital food is truly amazing! It is such a welcoming and tranquil space, and I love that their food is proudly locally sourced. Indulging in local cuisine is an essential way to experience a country's culture when travelling. I would definitely recommend Bloom to locals and visitors alike.

There's truly been countless rewarding aspects of this journey... While it's hard to pinpoint just one, some major highlights have been discovering and strengthening my own voice, having the opportunity to work with cutting-edge brands, connecting with inspiring people and strengthening my love for Jamaica. Miles Guide has helped me come into my own and it's been such a gratifying experience.

My education has played a large role in... shaping what Miles Guide is today. Both my university degree in sociology and studying in Montréal's creative atmosphere inspired and influenced what Miles Guide is — and who I am — today. I've learnt that education isn't confined to the classroom. Miles Guide has taught me so much that I couldn't have learned traditionally. Following my graduation, I am committed to remaining teachable and never passing up an opportunity to learn.

Thoughts and lessons from COVID-19... Being able to gain lessons amidst this devastating and heartbreaking pandemic is definitely a privilege. This period has been one of change, and consequent growth, especially in the travel industry and community. It's been eye-opening to observe how travel, and our perceptions of travel, have adapted during this time. This pandemic has challenged travel norms — the necessity of travel, safety and health standards — and has reiterated how essential travel is to economies, like our own. Personally, it's taught me the importance of being a mindful and conscious traveller — recognising the impact of my actions in the spaces I visit. While it has been disappointing not being able to travel internationally this year, it is the perfect opportunity to indulge in “staycations” and explore locally!

Over the past few months... I've been able to reflect on Miles Guide's growth since that winter night in my university apartment, while also envisioning what's to come down the road. Today, Miles Guide is not only a travel and lifestyle blog, but also a YouTube channel, social media presence and identity that truly encapsulates my greatest passions. I recognise the importance of my platform and I want to use it to continuously inspire, educate and bring joy to my readers. Whether it be through finding hidden local gems, crossing off more countries from my bucket list or highlighting sustainable and locally made brands, I am very excited to bring everyone along this journey.

Media links

Website:

www.gomilesguide.com

Instagram: @milesguide

www.instagram.com/milesguide

YouTube: @milesguide

www.youtube.com/milesguide

Facebook: @milesguide

www.facebook.com/milesguide

Bloom Café
Revelling in the stunningsunset on the iconic SevenMile Beach in Grand Cayman.
Nestled in a mountainous valley of the Cockpit Country, theAppleton Rum Estate tour in St Elizabeth is rich in information,entertainment and, of course, rum.
Miles Guide Instagram page
Miles Guidewebsite
Jogging at the Mona Reservoir is a great way of taking in Jamaica'snatural beauty while keeping active!
Always love exploring the range of restaurantsMontréal has to offer. After all, there's no better way toexperience a city than to experience its cuisine!
Islandtrottingon a day tripto Cayman Kai,the northerntip of GrandCayman.
Dunn's River Falls is termedJamaica's most iconic falls fora reason. A must-see for localsand travellers alike!
If you're looking for the perfect chill spot, make sure to head onover to the Longboarder Bar & Grill in Morant Bay, St Thomas!
There's no better place to soak up culture than at theNational Gallery of Jamaica in downtown Kingston
Hope Botanical Gardens is the perfect place for a summertimepicnic or afternoon stroll
On the road towardsparadise…otherwiseknown as Frenchman'sCove in Port Antonio.
Montréalwas truly anidyllic atmospherefor the creationof Miles Guide.Inspiration aroundevery corner!
A major highlight of 2020: Having the honour ofattending the Prime Minister's Closing Receptionfor Reggae Month Jamaica and working withthe team by blogging and hosting an Instagramtakeover!
Threeof the mostinspirationalwomen I know:My fellow MukkleThrift co-founders,Ysabelle Hughes,Leah Brown andKathryn Lee
Exploring Québec, Canada, during a hike up the MontSt-Hilaire nature reserve (Photos: IG: milesguide)
Every time I visit EITS Café, I discoversomething new — photographs on theircork-boards, artwork, their quirky bathroomthatmakes me fall further in love.
Discovered this hidden field of luscious coconuttrees in Clarendon during a road trip to Mandeville

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