Documenting Growth: January Reflections & February Intentions

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Documenting Growth: January Reflections & February Intentions | The Blog Abroad

“Some people are so poor, that all they have is their money.” — Rodolfo Costa

This is one of many quotes that I’ve written on my mantra pad, to remember and recite whenever I feel necessary.

It can be challenging sometimes, especially as a woman who has more ambition than the average person, to be so loud and proud on her journey and not feel like society wants you to be quiet and compliant in your little corner.

If you travel somewhere and end up hating it, here’s what to do

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If you travel somewhere and end up hating it, here's what to do | The Blog Abroad

First and foremost, I’m extremely aware of my passport privilege and this lifestyle that allows me to travel more than the average person.

But the truth is that if you travel enough, you’ll find that some places either don’t live up to its expectations, albeit slightly unrealistic (thanks, Instagram!), or feel a little bit overrated once you finally land.

Traveling While Black: So Where Are You Really From?

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Traveling While Black: So Where Are You Really From? The Blog Abroad

If you’re Black, Asian, Latinx, or racially ambiguous in the slightest, but were born in a first world country, it’s likely that you’ve been on the receiving end of this question: “but where are you REALLY from?”

And I’m not referring to the friendly small talk where this question springs up from genuine curiosity. I’ve been mistaken for Brazilian, Colombian, Jamaican, South African, and more — from people trying to figure out what box to put me in.…

7 reasons your blog isn’t making any money and how to fix it

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7 reasons your blog isn't making any money | The Blog Abroad

*reaches into your pockets and pulls out ashes of hopelessness* Too soon? Okay, okay, I’m not calling you broke, but let’s just say you haven’t quite figured out how your blog can pay all your bills yet.

And I’m not going to act like monetizing a blog is the easiest thing in the world either. In fact, I recently learned at a conference that I’m in the 1% of travel bloggers who make a full-time income from their blog.…

Why all women should eat alone

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Why women should all eat alone | The Blog Abroad

Many of you have probably seen the BBC News article floating around this week about a restaurant in New York (Nello is the name if you’re curious) that told a woman she couldn’t sit at the bar alone as the owner was wanting to, and I quote, “crackdown on hookers.”

How considerate. *eye roll*

But it brought attention to the much bigger picture of the stigmas placed around a woman who, by choice, wants to do something alone.…

My 10 Worst Travel Moments of 2018

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My 10 Worst Travel Moments of 2018 | The Blog Abroad

It’s a talent to look so poised, yet be so clumsy.

While I’d like to believe I piss glitter and walk on water, the truth is, I DO I’m just short of a hot mess, and that sh*t is a skill.

It’s my most treasured talent the way I’m able to finesse my way out of the strangest and most awkward situations, but just like I did last year, let’s toast to my inability to function like an adult and recount my ten worst travel moments of the year.…

The single greatest gift to get your friend who always travels

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The single greatest gift to give your friend who always travels | The Blog Abroad

If there’s one thing that frequent travelers can all agree on, it’s that we dread airports. It’s a stressful and lawless place. Sandwiches cost $50, people will pass out literally anywhere, and beer is pretty much the liquid fuel of champions when you have to catch a red-eye flight.

It only took me three years to understand how much easier life is when you don’t show up to the airport an hour before your flight in a frantic panic and how the airport and everyone else is to blame except you.

Barbados Tourism Hosts First All Black Female Influencer Trip

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Black Girl Magic meets Barbados. It was only a matter of time before something like this happened. It needed to happen. It was long overdue. My hats off to Danny Mitchell, founder of Black Girls Travel Too, for being the brains [and beauty] behind this vision that would bring Black women together under one common goal to share the beauty of Barbados with our audiences and the world.…

If you take a local’s photo while traveling, do you owe them a tip?

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If you take a local's photo, do you owe them a tip? | TheBlogAbroad.com

If you take a local’s photo, do you owe them a tip? Short answer: usually. Long answer: read on.

There are certain contextual components you can use to decide whether someone’s participation in your photo warrants your coins or not.

The fact of the matter is, the answer is entirely situational and contingent upon several factors.…

Tipping While Black: Dismantling Stereotypes in the U.S. and Abroad

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If you’re a non-POC about to read this blog post, thank you.

Thank you for making an effort to learn about the plight and subconscious struggles of Black people, because while this may not apply to your lives directly, you’ll gain perspective when you listen to our collective truths.

Black people and POC, feel free to share your own thoughts in the comments, because this post only summarizes the perspectives shared with me on Instagram, and I know there are several more to add to the conversation.…

The good, the bad, and the ugly sides of influencer marketing

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The good, the bad, and the ugly sides of influencer marketing | The Blog Abroad

Fun fact: Many breakfasts die a cold, slow death due to the deadly-long waiting times from these kind of Instagram photos.

There’s only one of three reasons why you clicked this article: either you’re an influencer, you’re a brand, or you’re just really nosey. Ha! I humbly welcome the audience of all three, because with all the negative press the influencer industry has been getting lately, I thought I’d chime in with some thoughts to hopefully balance out the conversation and add some perspective to both sides.…

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