6 Things I Loved About Visiting Jordan

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While the year is barely at its halfway mark, I can easily name Jordan as one of my top 5 destinations from 2016 so far.

And I’ve been to a loooot of places this year. We started with my book tour across North America, from my alma mater at Baker University to Chicago to Toronto, then New York, Ireland, England, Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Greece, Italy, and now Switzerland where I’m currently writing this from.…

5 Reasons Hostels Can Be Better Than Hotels

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The first time I heard what a hostel was, my mind did everything to convince me that they’re just not for me (aka I was brainwashed by mainstream media and horror stories like everyone else).

But there are so many misconceptions about hostels that people have no idea what they’re missing out on!

Traveling with Busabout these past few weeks has reminded me how much a proper hostel stay can add to your overall travel experience.…

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Traveling

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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.…

How To Travel & Not Make Your Friends Jealous

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If you clicked this article, chances are, you can relate to going on a trip, posting about it, and feeling the subconscious guilt from friends who commented, “ugggh, JEALOUS!” or “OMG, I want your life!” or my personal favorite, “I hate you!”

Ahhh, yes. Friends are great, aren’t they?

You see, before I left my 1-year home of Barcelona last July, I went on what turned into a crazy 4-month and 10-country spree around Europe and Southeast Asia with Busabout (see my 2016 itinerary here)!…

The Worst Part About My Travels As A Solo, Black Woman

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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.…

The Irish Scavenger Hunt | History, Hills, and a Husband

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When we visit countries like Ireland, we tend to think of its capital as the only major shining point, and sorry Dublin, but it’s time to give your distant cousins some love.

While my love for Irish men Dublin is quite clear, and my St. Patrick’s Day celebration more than solidified my opinions of the city, I think it’s only fair to show you guys that to experience gorgeous ocean view sunsets, countryside villages, and cobblestoned roads, you’ll have to get outside of the capital.…

10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Moving Abroad

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More and more people are starting to pick up on the “secret” of how to afford and fund long-term travel. The fact of the matter is, if you want to travel longer than just your standard two weeks of paid time off (#Murica), you simply need to spend a period of time living and working abroad, to take advantage of budget airlines and cheap intercontinental travel.…

How To Pack Like A Pro!

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Now, before we get carried away, I should mention that I use the word “Pro” here very generously. The idea that anyone could be a professional at parting ways with more than half of their belongings and still maintain a smile and upward position (as opposed to a fetal one while crying), is nothing short of a miracle I’ve yet to fully grasp.…

Why Terrorism Won’t Stop Me From Traveling

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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.…

10 Tips For Taking Stunning Travel Photos of Yourself

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While I’d love to say there’s a hot European or a private photographer on the other side of my photos, the truth is, a majority of my pictures are taken on a self-timer or with specific instructions given to a nearby stranger (bless their hearts).

So I’m going to break down how to take those stunning, Instagram-worthy photos if you travel by yourself, as well as ways to go about asking a stranger, who to look for, and what you can do to ensure someone you just met can take a quality photo for you.…

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