jaredincpt.com is the website and blog of Jared, a Cape Town based writer, social media influencer and tour guide based in South Africa. The blog focuses on travel, lifestyle, spirituality, Cape Town and South African related topics interspersed with personal anecdotes and musings. For information on visting Cape Town, click here.
A while back, sitting on a remote beach in Thailand, I read a little quote that has made a massive difference to my life: “Don’t give the world what you think it needs, but take what makes you come alive and do that; because the world needs more people who have come alive.” Since then I’ve sought to reorient my life around this. Trying to understand myself and others, and what makes us come alive.
13 year later and couldn’t have made a better choice. Along the way I’ve also discovered that I’m something of an experience junkie and aficionado. I crave new experiences, and because of my love for people I love taking them along. I’m forever saying something along the lines of “Hey, why don’t we go and do this”, or “flip it would be cool to go and see…”
After growing up in the hills in and around Pietermaritzburg, I studied IT, and worked as a designer in both South Africa, and London. Several years later I decided to trade in what I felt was too many hours sitting in front of a computer screen, for a vocation of working with people as a pastor in the Anglican Church. October 2016 saw me start a three-month sabbatical from my previous work, for rest, and to help transition me into a new season.
What I’m up to
We love titles, don’t we? I regularly get asked what I do, and I alternate between: social media influencer, social entrepreneur, marketing and PR writer, tour guide… you’ve probably noticed the common denominator: people! I love people and experiences, and I really come alive when I can connect the two. Here are the three main strands:
- Writing – I enjoy putting words to paper – mostly when I’m able to share something of my own experience, with the desire that it would comfort, challenge, or inspire others. Some of my articles on spirituality have been featured on threadsuk.com, in 2016 I began as a regular feature contributor for morethanfood.co.za, and now have also written for Food24.com, and Traveller24, and a print feature in the 2017 November issue of CapeEtc. A 2017 recent internship with GQ has also helped my writing, and establish links with the magazine and its partners.
2. Social Media & Instagram– I love understanding the world through photography, and equally important, sharing those experiences with others. Instagram become a helpful tool to do just that – whilst continuing to be an interactive and communal forum. Due to my substantial following, this platform has lead to me partner with hotels, tourism boards, PR companies, promotions, and many more. I also help consult individuals and businesses on using Instagram, and growing their reach. To collaborate or partner with me on Instagram, contact me here, or through Webfluencial here.
3. Social and experience curation – With my love for people, I’m always exploring ways of entering, designing, encouraging and building community. Along with this, I qualified as tour guide, and run private tours or experiences in Cape Town for (mostly) foreigners who want to explore Cape Town in a personal and more intimate way. See more information on my bespoke tailor-made experiences here, or contact me for more info.
Having studied IT, theology and psychology, I also enjoy a variety of other activities life has to offer: hiking, running, playing squash, bonding with my piano, reading, brewing beer, sampling great wine and haute cuisine, travelling, writing, and definitely sleeping.