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

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The West Bank | TheBlogAbroad.com

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?

Hebron | TheBlogAbroad.com
Hebron

How about this?

Masada | TheBlogAbroad.com
Masada

Maybe something like this?

Hebron | TheBlogAbroad.com
Hebron

And surely, a little bit of this?

Tel Aviv | TheBlogAbroad.com
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 | TheBlogAbroad.com
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 | TheBlogAbroad.com
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 | TheBlogAbroad.com
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.…

I finally return to America only to be told I look like…

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My two sisters and I // Glendale, Arizona, USA
My two sisters and I // Glendale, Arizona, USA

I can’t help but secretly laugh at the irony of this situation and being told something I would only expect to hear in less progressive cities outside of the western world.

I was three days into being back on American soil (after being abroad for two years straight), trying hard to assimilate back into our consumeristic society.…

6 Discoveries After 6 Months as a Full-Time Travel Blogger

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Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg, Austria

6 months ago, I left my year-long home of Barcelona and packed my life into a small, boxed suitcase, backpack, and purse, and set out on an indefinite journey to pursue my, once hobby of travel blogging, as a full-time career.

Through the laughs, tears, and inevitable stretches of perpetual brokeness, I’ve discovered so much.…