Black Travelers: We Need To Have This Talk

Estimated Reading Time: 25 minutes


Cape Town, South Africa

Black people. Oh, how I love us. Diaspora dialogue will have you vibin’ and jivin’ to our melanin melody, because the black community just has a way of putting literal and figurative color into life.

We have our own language(s), culture, and unspoken truths that make our existence so unique, dynamic, and admired by many.…

Cultural Clash | Why I And Many Others Will Gladly Serve Our Husband’s Food First

Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes


Cultural Clash | Why I And Many Others Will Gladly Serve Our Husband's Food First
San Juan, Puerto Rico | Photo Credit: Derio Ilari

The sound of cultures clashing has such a melodic tune when perspective is gained at the end of it. Who knew such a simple question could spark so much debate, yield so many answers, and invite endless dialogue?…

My 10 Biggest Mistakes As a Travel Blogger

Estimated Reading Time: 15+ minutes


My 10 Biggest Mistakes As a Travel Blogger | TheBlogAbroad.com
Just scrolling through a few pages of hate mail, racist comments, and a couple sexist bastards asking who my sugar daddy is #ADayInTheLife

Look at you guys — falling over yourselves to read about my biggest mistakes and failures. Screw you all, I know why you’re here.…

3 Awkward Mishaps Abroad That Travel Insurance Covers

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes


Wadi Rum, Jordan | TheBlogAbroad.com

Traveling without insurance these days is like going on a Tinder date without an escape plan. Except you can’t undo and unmatch a real-life accident — which, if you’re of my special breed of clumsy, is probably inevitable.

I wrote about everything you need to know about travel insurance a few weeks back, and now I’m writing a follow-up post listing some of my quirky stories and mishaps that happened while abroad that travel insurance would have my back for.…

Johannesburg, South Africa – Conversations, Colors, and Culture

Estimated Reading Time: 7 minutes


Johannesburg, South Africa - Conversations, Culture, and Context | TheBlogAbroad.com
Maboneng Precinct District, Johannesburg, South Africa

“First and foremost, my seestah, welcome home.” A black South African greets me with this as he learns I’m from the U.S.

I feel this familial aura in the air. This overwhelming sense of comfort. Of pride. Of belonging.

Everywhere I go, the people look like me.…

Why I Stopped Letting Housekeeping Tidy Up My Room

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes


Bangkok, Thailand | TheBlogAbroad.com
Bangkok, Thailand

Being on vacation means that sometimes the hardest question you’ll have to ask yourself is ‘how soon is too soon for cocktails?’ and ‘do I keep the “DO NOT DISTURB” sign on so housekeeping skips over my room?’ 

I empathize to the deepest degree with your dilemma.…

The Sad Truth About Racism In Every Country

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes


Barcelona, Spain | TheBlogAbroad.com
Barcelona, Spain

There’s a question I get 10x more than any other one when it comes to my blog, and it involves traveling while black — one of the biggest crimes of America indicators that we are nowhere near a post-racial society.

By the way, if you’ve never had to question whether a certain country might treat your race or skin color differently than everyone else, that is the definition of privilege.…

Why Every Woman Should Own a Diva Cup By Now

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes


Diva Cup Review | TheBlogAbroad.com

Disclaimer: Men, if you’ve gotten so far as to Googling what a diva cup is used for and you’re still convinced that this is something you should read, I’m not sure if I’m impressed or creeped out. Either way, you’ve been warned. Today, you can’t sit with us.

The Top 5 Countries in Europe to Visit as a Black Woman

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes


Budva, Montenegro | The Best Countries in Europe to Visit as a Black Woman | TheBlogAbroad.com
Budva, Montenegro

Let’s be honest — being a black woman in this world is hard sometimes. We have to keep our white co-workers confused educated about our hairstyles, we’re born with hypnotic rhythm practically two-stepping ourselves out the womb, and putting on sunscreen while at the beach is more or less optional, rather than necessary.…

Travel or a Relationship: Why Are Women Having to Choose?

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes


Interlaken, Switzerland | TheBlogAbroad.com
Interlaken, Switzerland

I’m not a man-hater most days, but I am fiercely independent. So when I get regular emails from aspiring female travelers feeling like they have to put their desire to travel on hold because their significant other isn’t comfortable with it, I cringe inside.…

The Blog Abroad’s Top 10 Hate Comments From 2016

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes


The Blog Abroad's Top 10 Hate Comments of 2016 | TheBlogAbroad.com
Photo Credit | Orlando Pelagio

So every year I like to compile some of my favorite and most creative insults and hate comments that are spewed my way via Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or Twitter.

Last year’s recap is one of the most read articles on my blog, which basically confirms you guys are the worst that everybody loves drama and a little bit of sh*t talking.…

10 Things To Talk About When Your Friend Who Always Travels Comes Home

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes


Vienna, Austria | TheBlogAbroad.com
Wachau Valley, Vienna, Austria

Remember that one friend from college who went to go find love themselves in Thailand, and then ended up embarking on a crazy world adventure, and now 3 years later, they’re coming back home and want to meet up, and you have no idea where to even start with catching up?…