About

The journey of TJD began 6 years ago when founder Michelle Karam created the first platform for individuals to share personal travel encounters, inspiring experiences and life-changing moments and celebrating the global citizens. Since inception as a travel writer and photographer, TJD has provided a place to showcase hidden gems, travelers’ adventures, enlightening getaways, exquisite cuisines and adventure adrenaline. At its’ core, TJD unites people from all over the globe via social media platforms that act as valuable travel resource… Sharing travel stories from the most inspiring people, experiences and life changing experiences.

Today, an award winning platform by the MENA Digital Awards, Travel Junkie Diary’s core business segments is from consulting hospitality brands & tourism boards on creative marketing campaigns as well as sales and marketing representation for travel brands.

Travel Junkie Diary has also created Travel 4 A Purpose, an initiative to help those who need guidance in traveling for volunteer work, connecting with the right charity organizations & animal welfare. 

Another successful business segment is Travel With TJD, an adventure Travel Movement Mini Series, a start up since 2014 as a Travel Consultancy Company where group trips are curated and led by Michelle Karam. #TravelwithTJD has collected first in a lifetime memories with travelers all across the world joining her trips and sharing experiences like no other especially to the polar regions.

With Michelle Karam’s business growing, TJD also curate and with her business partner, together, lead destination team building activities for corporate brands worldwide that include event planning and activites.

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FEATURED ON

Dnata World Traveller 2018https://worldtravellermagazine.com/2018/12/19/my-great-escapes-michelle-karam/

Entrepreneur Mag 2015https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/245942

Entrepreneur Mag 2016: //www.entrepreneur.com/article/285140

CNN Travel 2016http://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/abu-dhabi-best-spots-instagram-stars/index.html

CNN Travel 2017: http://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/travel-tips-from-the-experts/index.html

Conde Nast Traveler 2016http://www.cntravellerme.com/content/1686-where-should-you-travel-for-wintry-activities

The National 2013: http://www.thenational.ae/business/industry-insights/the-life/busy-travel-blogger-mum-thrives-on-variety-in-dubai

BBC Travel 2013http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20130503-how-to-explore-vietnam-with-kids

OUNASS UAE 2017: https://www.ounass.ae/travel-with-ounass-michelle-karam/

LINKEDIN 2015https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/were-liking-look-uaes-instagram-influencers-daniel-saynt

Digital Arabiahttp://www.digitalarabia.com/blogger-outreach-right/

DUBAI 100: https://thedubai100.com/living/2016/12/19/michelle-karam-connecting-travel-junkies-around-the-world

Khaleej Times: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/article/20141107/ARTICLE/311079876/1072

Sassy Mama: https://www.sassymamadubai.com/michelle-karam-sassiest-mama-2016/

BouBouTeaTime: http://boubouteatime.com/lifestyle/travel-junkie-and-mom-interview-with-michelle-karam/

The Scoop DXBhttps://thescoopdxb.com/2013/06/12/michelle-karam/

Grafdom: http://www.grafdom.com/blog/15-influential-travel-bloggers-uae/

Emirates Woman: http://emirateswoman.com/top-8-dubai-instagram-accounts-following/

The Vienna Bloghttps://www.theviennablog.com/2017/02/05/top-15-dubai-instagrammers-you-should-be-following-for-travel-inspiration/

Press Reader: https://www.pressreader.com/uae/the-national-news-arts-life/20170424/281586650482080

Simple Holiday Deals 2015: www.simplyholidaydeals.co.uk/travel-blog/five-top-travel-bloggers-who-give-us-endless-w…

MSN.com 2017http://www.msn.com/id-id/travel/ideperjalanan/tiga-daerah-di-indonesia-masuk-rekomendasi-pejalan-profesional-dunia/ar-BBCG54i

Follow @ traveljunkiediary
  • I’ve posted this photo many times and it’s still one of my favorite moments.
I listened to a podcast yesterday and it resonated with me so much on the topic of earning trust in the corporate world “Earning trust: consistency in your behavior - trust is developed and established through consistency in behavior” 
I’ve often said that if you have so much moodiness in your life, you will lack leadership and trust, It’s something I truly believe in people. If you want to earn trust, be consistent in your behavior, in your choices and your words... most importantly, in what you believe in... otherwise, people will pull back. Think about that for your Thursday mood :)
  • It’s been a while since I’ve done a just “pick up and go”. The picture I took from outside my room is a reminder of that time in Kenya. Yep, it’s a giraffe.
Lately, everything has been so planned and that spontaneous “go” is something I sort of miss. 
There are definitely few things I’d want to do... for example drive a motorhome somewhere far far away, surf in the arctic... re-visit Kenya... explore Latin America...those are just few of the things. 
If you were to pick up and go, where would you go and what would you do?
  • Summer in @ourfinland was one of my highlights of 2019. On a mission with @travelwithtjd - we explored the south coast and witness the magic of the midnight sun while driving North West. 
From cabin life by the lake, to glass houses by the sea. We hiked, went on road trips, went island hopping, ate a LOT, took ATVs, did BBQs and jumped into the lake!
Join @dennisstever and I on our @travelwithtjd Finland Summer Series on the 21st of June - 26th June 2020, as we take you through the coast and into the wilderness and experience the summer activities that Finland has to offer. Click the link in bio or simply swipe up on my stories to find out more! #CreateYourReality #TravelwithTJD
  • I was always in a hurry to be someone, always in a hurry to become something and do everything I set my mind to. I didn’t waste my time on things or people that would get me nowhere. 
But, I crave a slow life, a simple life filled with adventures. No fast cars or expensive homes and for almost all my life, I’ve built a life in which I almost never needed to escape from. I’ve started my year with intentions to keep me grounded... and I intend to focus more on them. 
This is my beautiful reality and this photo represents that to me.
  • I’ve had the privilege of meeting incredible humans on our @travelwithtjd trips. 
I'm constantly learning from my mistakes and from others and I'm slowly acquiring patience and acceptance. 
I’ve met empowering souls who braved the arctic and chose to kick their fear to the curb and go on a life changing journey with us. 
I can’t help but be so grateful and in love with everything they have given and taught me, and that’s how I remember 2019. Through those I’ve met on our TJD trips, through their support. 
My message to them now is this: 
I know... that just because you carry your load well, doesn’t  mean its not heavy... So, choose wisely. 
Choose yourself first. 
Love strong and fiercely. 
Love with everything that you have. 
Don’t follow rules, break away from expectations. I'm changing...I'm growing... and I always chose to live the life I’ve always dreamed of, and not what others expect of me. 
Be fearless. Always remember that mental connection is stronger than physical attraction. 
And most of all, be a giver, but never one without boundaries... Happy 2020. 
Love, Michelle
  • Say what’s in your heart, always... 💫
Merry Christmas everyone, to you and your loved ones. 🎄
  • To my teachers: Almost every time I practice with you, you’ll find me with tears streaming down my face, a huge release of pent up, stored up, bottled up energy and emotion. 
For the longest time, my practice with you asked me to look at the parts of myself that I would rather ignore or forget about. Whether its the mental stress from my daily life or the emotional pain. My practice reveals what is happening inside me when I can’t put it in words because I’m simply built that way. 
And, sometimes we have more turbulence inside us than we realize. 
But, not all tears are necessarily sad; they can also be an indication just overwhelmed emotions rolling through us, but in the end, it’s liberating and powerful. 
My Ashtanga practice asked me to show up and bravely look it all in the eye and, sometimes, its brutal but you taught me that the practice is about showing up courageously regardless and pushing to the very end. 
Sometimes that means I leave practice on a cloud and sometimes I leave feeling a bit vulnerable, but it taught me more about myself so that I can choose to live the life I was designed to, to be my brightest true self.

Thank you for giving me a space to call my own, where in a room filled with beautiful, warm, humble yogis, I am able to feel like I’m the only one in the room. 
Thank you for accepting me for who I truly am. 
Thank you Anna, a yogi who always practices near me, and although I’m in total meditation throughout my practice, I feel your presence. 
And most of all thank you for being the greatest mentors in my life. 🥰
  • Et puis un jour, on s'en fout...
Et ça fait du bien...
  • As we give all the love that we have to others... we often forget to love ourselves a little more, so, here is a little reminder... Don’t forget to give a little extra more love for you today and do the things that sets your soul on fire. ☺️ Have a beautiful Tuesday!! 🥰
  • Join us on @travelwithtjd to Lapland!
We’ve received an incredible amount of requests on @travelwithtjd for more dates to open as most of our trips for 2020 is full. Soooooo, we’ve decided to open up a last minute trip for February 18 - 21 , 2020 to the Swedish Lapland for 4 nights for you to join! It’s a private luxury retreat and we have 3 cabins left and you’ve got your own private outdoor jacuzzi too :) Activities would include huskies Safari, horseriding in the wilderness, snowmobile activity and more! 
Message me directly or click the link in bio for more information! See you in the Arctic ❄️ #CreateYourReality #TravelwithTJD
  • For the longest time, I’ve been addicted to the sea. I’ve dedicated most of my passion for under water diving, kite surfing and being in flip flops. 
Asia was a huge part of my childhood and growing up to this day, I would only picture my future home in front of the ocean. But today, the ocean would maybe be the Arctic one. 
And now, I look back, only because it’s gratifying to do so. To see how far I have grown to love something totally the opposite but equally the same adventure of emotions. 
My goals? To be happy. To be really really happy. That’s all I ever want. 💫
  • The Arctic has become my comfort zone. A place where I can easily and happily go to re-align my thoughts. 
It helped me believe in giving people time...Time to process the good and the bad because there is something so beautiful about unforced bonds. 
I’m a forever kind of person. I don’t have room for temporary. I believe in big love, of growing old with your friends, soulmates and soul friends. 
I believe in being there for people through thick and thin. I believe in not giving up when things get tough. I believe in relationships that can make it through everything and anything. 
If the Arctic gave me that peace of mind, how can I ever leave? 💫
Photo by @dennisstever