10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Traveling

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Kotor, Montenegro | September 2015

I’ve spent over 1,000 days traveling and living abroad, and while some of those days I feel equipped to run a nation, and other times, I’m a mere breakdown away from resorting to pampers, the happy medium in there reminds me that the growth has been incredible over time.

And for those who are about to embark on long-term travel for the first time, I hope this post can help give you some insight as to what there is to know about the crazy world of travel.…

How To Travel & Not Make Your Friends Jealous

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London, UK // March 2016

If you clicked this article, chances are, you can relate to going on a trip, posting about it, and feeling the subconscious guilt from friends who commented, “ugggh, JEALOUS!” or “OMG, I want your life!” or my personal favorite, “I hate you!”

Ahhh, yes. Friends are great, aren’t they?

You see, before I left my 1-year home of Barcelona last July, I went on what turned into a crazy 4-month and 10-country spree around Europe and Southeast Asia with Busabout (see my 2016 itinerary here)!…

The Worst Part About My Travels As A Solo, Black Woman

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Paris, France // July 2015

While I’m the first to encourage my fellow African-Americans to spread them transatlantic wings to hop across the pond and join me in Europe, there’s a part that I’m always hesitant to open up about when it comes to the reality of our existence in some parts of the world.

And while I can’t speak for every black woman, nor every country’s views, I can share my experiences, my observations, and my discoveries, in hopes that it can prepare and even educate fellow black women as to something that is far too common, and yet, beyond our control.…

The Irish Scavenger Hunt | History, Hills, and a Husband

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Ballintoy, Northern Ireland // March 2016

When we visit countries like Ireland, we tend to think of its capital as the only major shining point, and sorry Dublin, but it’s time to give your distant cousins some love.

While my love for Irish men Dublin is quite clear, and my St. Patrick’s Day celebration more than solidified my opinions of the city, I think it’s only fair to show you guys that to experience gorgeous ocean view sunsets, countryside villages, and cobblestoned roads, you’ll have to get outside of the capital.…

10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Moving Abroad

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Monte Carlo, Monaco // April 2015

More and more people are starting to pick up on the “secret” of how to afford and fund long-term travel. The fact of the matter is, if you want to travel longer than just your standard two weeks of paid time off (#Murica), you simply need to spend a period of time living and working abroad, to take advantage of budget airlines and cheap intercontinental travel.…

How To Pack Like A Pro!

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Carry-On Items | The Blog Abroad
A quick snapshot of my carry-on items. A detailed break-down of each item is listed below!

Now, before we get carried away, I should mention that I use the word “Pro” here very generously. The idea that anyone could be a professional at parting ways with more than half of their belongings and still maintain a smile and upward position (as opposed to a fetal one while crying), is nothing short of a miracle I’ve yet to fully grasp.…

The Ultimate Guide to Surviving St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin!

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I swear I was Irish in another life… or this one // Dublin, Ireland

If you were one of the [un]lucky folks that tuned into my impressively inebriated St. Patrick’s Day snapchats live from Dublin, then you might get a chuckle at the irony from my usage of “survival” in this title, because almost two weeks later, I’m barely recuperating.…

Win A Trip For Two Around Europe With Busabout!

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This could be you! // Dingle Bay, Ireland

Get your competition hats on, because just 15 seconds could separate you from winning a trip around Europe for you and a bestie or imaginary boyfriend/girlfriend to travel around Europe in the coolest and most convenient way possible!

If you’ve been living under a rock and missed my announcement about becoming Busabout’s Brand Ambassador I don’t forgive you, then let me catch you up to speed!…

Why Terrorism Won’t Stop Me From Traveling

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Belfast, Northern Ireland

While it’s the fear-mongering media’s job to give you the play-by-play on every negative, horrific, and terror act of the world, it’s also your job to make sure you’re countering all that toxic news to fight your impending paranoia.

With the world’s population being over 7 billion people, there will be horrible and despicable ones in the playing field.…

10 Tips for Taking Stunning Travel Photos of Yourself

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Self-timed myself frolicking down a path to get this shot. #LifeOfASoloTraveler // Chiang Mai, Thailand

While I’d love to say there’s a hot European or a private photographer on the other side of my photos, the truth is, a majority of my pictures are taken on a self-timer or with specific instructions given to a nearby stranger (bless their hearts).…

Dear America: Stop Feeling Awkward About Black History Month

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People join hands against the backdrop of an American flag as thousands of marchers meet in the middle of Charleston's main bridge in a show of unity after nine black church parishioners were gunned down during a Bible study, Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Photo Credit: AP Photo // David Goldman

Dear America, stop feeling awkward about Black History Month.

You know what’s awkward? Tip-toeing around a subject that should be celebrated and praised.

Black history isn’t as simple as allocating 28-29 days of the year to acknowledge our existence in this country.

Every time this month rolls around, news outlets do their best to step up to the plate to enlighten and educate this very interesting breed of people who still don’t understand the importance of this discussion.…

The Sensational Chaos of Vietnam

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Mai Chau, Vietnam
#SquadGoals

Anyone who’s attempted to cross a street in Hanoi or enjoyed a night out in the Backpacker’s District of Ho Chi Minh City will tell you just how indescribably stimulating the country of Vietnam is.

Now due to my fluctuating levels of maturity in the context of all things stimulating (LOL, huh?), I struggled to find another word that did this country justice.…