I was born in Port Elizabeth (now Gqeberha), South Africa. I’m an outgoing person who is both introverted and extroverted depending who I’m with. I enjoy meeting and interacting with new people because I believe this is how you learn and grow as a person. I’m forever looking for new adventures or challenges. I’m a go-getter, never afraid to fail because we learn more from our failures and build character from them. I believe one is never too old to learn something new things. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” doesn’t apply in my life. I enjoy the outdoors especially hiking, which has exposed me to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in South Africa. I also love taking game drives and explore our nature especially the animals in their natural habitats. I haven’t had the opportunity to travel beyond the borders of my country. Hopefully one day I’ll travel the world, meet different people and get to experience diverse cultures and cuisines. I had dreams of becoming a medical doctor but due to financial difficulties I settled for a National Diploma in Biomedical Technology. At least I got to work in the medical environment with doctors and other medical personnel for about 5 years. I realised that working in a laboratory was not suitable for my personality because I love people, I enjoy interacting with different people. I enrolled for a Diploma in Marketing and that led me to the pharmaceutical industry where I combined both my medical background and the marketing qualification. I worked in Sales and Marketing departments. I also had the opportunity to turn my passion for fashion into a business adventure and started my online clothing store which was a very exciting and challenging adventure. I learned a lot about importing and e-commerce. When motherhood happened and I took a break to become a stay home mom. I got involved in fitness and nutrition business. I realised that the entrepreneurship bug has got me and needed to empower myself to avoid mistakes I made in my previous business adventures, that is when I decided to register for a BCom degree in entrepreneurship via Unisa, which what I’m currently busy with. I am also teaching English as a foreign language online on freelance basis. I plan to also learn one or two foreign languages as I plan to travel the world in the not-so-distant future. I’m excited about the future and learning more in this university of life.
I am a software engineer (MSc Computer Sciences), project & product manager and a certified Scrum master with more than 10 years of experience in the IT industry, working 100% remotely since 2010. Having lived and worked all over the world as a full time nomad, I firmly believe remote work is the future of work and I love giving public talks and blogging about it. My clients are typically founders with amazing ideas, or even already established businesses, who know their domain and target audience very well and have a vision to create a software product to upsell to their existing customers, gain new customers, automate their services or simply launch a brand new & disrupting product. By opening to the global market and leveraging the power of freelancers we set off on a mission to set up that startup.
Valarie D’Elia, aka Travel With Val, is an award-winning multi-media travel journalist and content provider, specializing in Italy and ancestral travel. Val is also a real estate and hospitality aficionado, who has purchased and renovated homes in both New York City and Florida’s Gulf Coast and soon to be buying and renovating a home in her beloved ancestral village of Castelfranco in Miscano, in Italy’s Campania region. She was born into a family travel business dating back to 1902, when her Italian-born great-grandfather booked his friends and relatives from Naples, Italy to Ellis Island in steerage class on transatlantic oceanliners as part of the immigration wave. Val has developed an expertise and travel savvy that is cultivated from more than a century’s worth of perspective. Among other outlets, she shared her travels through video segments airing on NY1 News for 20 years. She was also the host of The Travel Show on the WOR Radio Network for nine years. Among other networks, she has appeared on every hour of NBC’s Today Show as a travel expert. At the beginning of her career, Val was a host and producer on the original Travel Channel, created by TWA’s Carl Icahn. Val’s passion for her Italian ancestry is most evident in her documentary programming, including a story about her DNA connection to a global music figure airing on WLIW21(PBS). “Making of a Maestro” was recognized in 2018 by the NY Press Club as the best travel writing for broadcast TV and in 2019, received the Gold Award for the best video from NATJA, North American Travel Journalists Association, as well as third place in the NYWIFT online shorts festival. Val is currently a recipient of a NIAF, National Italian American Foundation, Russo Brothers grant for a documentary underway entitled “Saving Southern Italy,” about people like her who are giving back to their Italian ancestry. Val frequently speaks about her passion for DNA vacations and roots travel at a number of significant trade & consumer shows including NY Times Travel Show, Newsday/AAA Travel Expo, NYTrav Fest and RootsTech. Travel with Val has advice for every genre of today’s travelers, no matter how far you roam. She will also personally share with you my travels as a video journalist as I continue to discover all this beautiful and complex planet has to offer. Whether you’re slowly finding your footing around the world or are feverishly ticking off a well-deserved bucket list, our aim is to make your journey the best it can be for a price you can afford. We’ll share hand-picked deals, savvy tips, and inspiring stories to help head you in the right direction.
Vuyisile, a South African, a social and environmental consultant, a trainer and a social facilitator. I have been interested in all ventures that connect me with people from an early age; as a student in primary, secondary, high school and universities. As I am growing old I want to be involved in ventures that will enable me to plough/give back to others. I have been involved in several communities, governmental and non-governmental programmes for some years. These programmes vary in their focus, ranging from social, political, stakeholder engagement, environmental management, coastal management, animal welfare and religious activities. I played different roles in all these ventures from being a Coordinator, a Manager, a Researcher, a Facilitator, Trainer, a Director and many more. These activities involved lots of travelling both nationally, regionally and internationally. These travels exposed me to lots of different people, languages and cultures. Since then, travelling has become my passion.