My 10 Biggest Mistakes As a Travel Blogger

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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.…

Johannesburg, South Africa – Conversations, Colors, and Culture

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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’m Leaving America Indefinitely & What Happens Next…

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I think I’m pretty (stop the sentence here, JK) overdue for a personal post with some life updates. Because a lot has happened and changed in a short amount of time, and I’m still trying to grasp and make sense of it all.…

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

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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.…

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

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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?…

The Best & Worst Things About Traveling While Black

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

“Serena Williams!”

“Serena Williams, please! Sign for my kids!” I hear from the distance as a Serbian man runs towards me, seemingly starstruck.

I do a double-take his direction, amused by his claim, but obviously in complete denial that he could be referring to me.…

The Price Of Living The Dream

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Santorini, Greece

While I’m 100% aware of how fortunate and blessed I feel every morning to wake up and do what never really feels like work, I think there’s a voice missing from the conversation that’s so important, especially if you’ve ever found yourself scrolling through my or another traveler’s Instagram feed, feeling inadequate about your own life.…

Visiting Israel: The Side The Media ‘Forgot’ To Show You

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Close your eyes for a second and I want you to think of as many images of Israel as you can.

Now open them, and tell me what you saw.

Anything like this?

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Hebron

How about this?

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Masada

Maybe something like this?

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Hebron

And surely, a little bit of this?

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Tel Aviv

Oh — no? See, that’s the problem with the media — the overly sensationalized narrow views of the media.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…