Introducing the New & Improved TravelSmart App

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If you’re accident-prone on the road like muah, then having travel insurance is simply non-negotiable. I’ve blogged before about the importance of being insured abroad, but I understand if it takes a canceled flight or lost baggage for you to finally be convinced 😉

I’m insured through Allianz and you can get a free quote for yourself at the end of this post, especially after learning about the app that you can use in conjunction with it.…

Christmas Gift Ideas For Frequent Travelers In Your Life

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‘Tis the season of corruptive and consumptive behavior joy and gift-giving to those we cherish in our lives!

Christmas shopping is easy for some and a bit more challenging for others — especially those who have that expensive hobby of traveling.

We all have that one person in our lives who’s never at home and we secretly hate them as they go from one exotic destination to the next, with no signs of slowing down any time soon.…

Top 12 Safest Cities For Solo Travelers

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“What are the safest cities for solo travelers?” is a question I hear almost daily, and no doubt safety abroad shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially for those new to travel.

I never take for granted that I’ve been able to roam the globe for over 4 years, mainly solo, and have been unharmed, unscathed, and never once been robbed *knocks on all the woods*.…

An Open Letter To The Girls With Floppy Hats & Flowing Dresses Who Travel

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How dare you.

How dare you bother to be concerned with your looks and your photos while you’re traveling.

You’re not a real traveler. You should be in leggings or jeans, roughed up from your arduous trekking throughout the city, only able to truly experience another culture when you drop every effort to look decent while in public.…

Win A Scholarship to Study Abroad – Apply Here!

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I have no clue where I’d be in life had I never studied abroad — and thankfully, I’ll never have to find out.

It single-handedly deserves the credit for where I’m at today, and the global citizen I feel I’ve become.

The incredible privilege and opportunity to learn about the world, its cultures, and its history through firsthand experiences is one of the most valuable gifts we can provide our youth.…

Ballin’ in Bali: The Ultimate Photo & Destination Guide

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Bali —  the one destination that’s either on everyone’s mind or everyone’s bucket lists. It is simply too magical of an island to not be desired by so many around the world.

There’s also no shortage of beauty, bliss, and beaches on Indonesia’s most popular island.

Crowds flock here year-round from every corner of the world, most notoriously, Australia, as it’s right in their “backyard”.…

7 Interesting Ways Travel Turned Me Into an Introvert

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Extrovert turned introvert, for the love of travel.

No doubt travel is transformative, but I wasn’t prepared for all the subconscious ways it would change me for the better.

I’ve seen almost a third of the world now and what a blessing that has been. Because all those cultures, countries, and conversations I’ve seen and had in the last four years, without a doubt shape so much of who I am today.…

Cape Town: The Most Unique City in the World

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Cape Town, South Africa is hands down the most unique city in the world to me. Though I can only compare it to a few hundred cities in the 50+ countries I’ve trotted through, there’s something special about this place that no other city I’ve seen can offer.

There’s also a Capetonian pride that drapes the walls, mountains, and ocean that outline the city.…

Black Travelers: We Need To Have This Talk

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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.

Black people are arguably some of the most versatile people in the world.…

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