Never in my life had I been more nervous before going through customs. You would have thought I was on an episode of “Locked Up Abroad.” For years, going to Cuba had been almost impossible for U.S citizens to visit. Even though the entry requirements have changed, I was still afraid I would be denied entry. After standing in line for a few minutes, the … Continue reading Bienvenido a Cuba
In 2013, I returned from serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lanchkhuti, Georgia. It was definitely an experience full of smiles, laughter, and tears. Living in Georgia was a challenging yet rewarding period in my life. I knew when I left in 2013, that I would come back one day to see the people who have made an indelible impact on my life. In … Continue reading A reunion three years in the making…
This past weekend, I ventured off to Vancouver, Canada for a little R&R. I bought my flight to Vancouver back in January when I was still blissfully in love with my then boyfriend of two years. Fast forward four months later and I find myself single. Leading up to Vancouver, I had mixed feelings about if I would still have a good time or would I … Continue reading Solo Tripping in Vancouver
Question: Would I date someone who didn’t have a passport? Answer: Yes My initial response was no, but that’s not entirely true. Most Americans don’t have passports and even fewer African- Americans have them. I would prefer to date someone who’s as well traveled as I am; however, I rarely meet men who have traveled as much as I have. I’d being doing … Continue reading No Passport=No Relationship?
One of the questions I’m asked most often is how I’m able to travel so frequently. Well folks I have to admit there’s a method to the madness. I am not blessed with a job that has unlimited vacation days, but hopefully that will change one day. However, I believe in NOT leaving any vacation day behind. I’m fortunate I work for the federal government because … Continue reading 3 Tips to Maximize your Vacation Days
I recently returned from an incredible 10 day trip, with my parents, to Israel, Palestine, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, and France. Prior to leaving, I was super excited but also a bit apprehensive. I didn’t know how everything was going to turn out because I’m used to traveling by myself or with a close friend. Fortunately, the trip went off without a hitch but I had to make some adjustments. If you have the opportunity to travel with your parents or loved ones, I would encourage you take the opportunity to do so. The inconveniences are worth seeing the happiness and joy on the faces of those who you love the most.
Here are my 10 tips for a headache-free trip: Continue reading “10 tips to help maintain your sanity when traveling with your parents!”
2015 was an epic year of travel. I was able to cross Japan, Dominican Republic, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Peru off my list. Now that 2016 is upon us, I am pondering where to next.
Last year I was reminded about the importance of giving the gift of travel to those whom we love the most. I ran into one of my travel buddies in Abu Dhabi who had two of her nieces traveling with her. We chatted for a bit and I told her I thought it was really special she brought her nieces along. She commented “each one teach one”. So often I selfishly book trips for myself and when I arrive to my destination, I think oh I wish my sister could experience this, or I wish my mother was here. We all know wishing for something to happen is not enough. As result, I made a conscious vow to do a better job of sharing my love of travel with others.
2015 has been an incredible year. I’ve visited places I’ve always dreamed of; met remarkable people; and started a blog.
I’ve been reminded that people can leave an indelible mark on your life even if you’ve known them for a short period of time. I reminisce fondly on my trip to Hong Kong in February. It would not have been such an awesome trip had I not met Bunmi or Audra. I met both ladies through the Nomadness travel tribe and they showed me what true hospitality is. Both ladies took time out of their schedules to make sure my trip was like no other. They introduced me to restaurants I would have otherwise not been privy to and they introduced me to people in their circle. They treated me as if were a member of their family for which I will be forever grateful. Other people who made a lasting impact on my life include Mahogany, Rashaud, CJ, Melanie, Ari, Arloutta, Kali, and Danielle. I am forever grateful for the memories we shared and created in 2015. I pray 2016 will bring each of them happiness, love, faith, and prosperity to take advantage of countless flight deals!!! Continue reading “Thank you 2015!”
Delays, Delays, Delays
I hadn’t expected to leave the airport in Lima because my layover was only for 2 hours. Fate stepped in so I found myself in Lima for 24 hours due to a missed connection. It all started in Buenos Aires when thunder and lightning prevented the flight from leaving on time. After waiting in a never-ending line to be booked on the next flight to Los Angeles, I was finally able to leave the airport a mere 3 hours later. The airline provided one night accommodations at Hotel Melia. The hotel was very nice and wasn’t far from the center. I was beyond exhausted but I knew I wanted to take advantage of being in Lima. While at the hotel, I met another traveler, Arloutta who was also stuck in Lima for the day, so we asked the concierge where we should go and then took off.
This year was my first time trying out AirBnB. For those of you unfamiliar with Airbnb, it’s a service where individuals may rent out their homes, apartments, and spare bedrooms. Airbnb is available in the U.S as well as many countries around the world. For some, Airbnb is more appealing than hotels because sometimes it’s more affordable and it provides you with an experience which sometimes hotels are unable to offer. For years, I solely stayed in hostels. However, after I kept hearing people talk about Airbnb, I knew I had to give it a try to see what all the hype was about. Ever since my first AirBnB escapade in Tokyo, it has become my go-to resource for accommodations abroad. Overall, I’ve had more positive experiences than negative so here are my 10 simple tips to becoming a great AirBnB host: