Documenting Growth: January Reflections & February Intentions

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Documenting Growth: January Reflections & February Intentions | The Blog Abroad

“Some people are so poor, that all they have is their money.” — Rodolfo Costa

This is one of many quotes that I’ve written on my mantra pad, to remember and recite whenever I feel necessary.

It can be challenging sometimes, especially as a woman who has more ambition than the average person, to be so loud and proud on her journey and not feel like society wants you to be quiet and compliant in your little corner.

If you travel somewhere and end up hating it, here’s what to do

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If you travel somewhere and end up hating it, here's what to do | The Blog Abroad

First and foremost, I’m extremely aware of my passport privilege and this lifestyle that allows me to travel more than the average person.

But the truth is that if you travel enough, you’ll find that some places either don’t live up to its expectations, albeit slightly unrealistic (thanks, Instagram!), or feel a little bit overrated once you finally land.

Traveling While Black: So Where Are You Really From?

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Traveling While Black: So Where Are You Really From? The Blog Abroad

If you’re Black, Asian, Latinx, or racially ambiguous in the slightest, but were born in a first world country, it’s likely that you’ve been on the receiving end of this question: “but where are you REALLY from?”

And I’m not referring to the friendly small talk where this question springs up from genuine curiosity. I’ve been mistaken for Brazilian, Colombian, Jamaican, South African, and more — from people trying to figure out what box to put me in.…

7 reasons your blog isn’t making any money and how to fix it

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7 reasons your blog isn't making any money | The Blog Abroad

*reaches into your pockets and pulls out ashes of hopelessness* Too soon? Okay, okay, I’m not calling you broke, but let’s just say you haven’t quite figured out how your blog can pay all your bills yet.

And I’m not going to act like monetizing a blog is the easiest thing in the world either. In fact, I recently learned at a conference that I’m in the 1% of travel bloggers who make a full-time income from their blog.…

I get paid to travel the world. Here are the 7 biggest lessons I’ve learned.

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I woke up in Turkey this morning, my 61st country. Ringing in 28 beautifully messy years on this planet. Warning: this post is gonna get pretty raw, so get ready for some brutal honesty, painful vulnerability, and striking revelations.

My birthday started off great. I meditated. Ate breakfast. Then opened my Spotify and saw a new “Guilty Pleasures” playlist on my home page.…

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”.…

The Blog Abroad’s Top 10 Hate Comments From 2016

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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.…

The Best Way To See Peru + Machu Picchu

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While it’s no secret, people travel thousands of miles across the globe to witness one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in Machu Picchu, the reality is, if you come to Peru, just for that, there’s a multitude of beauty you’ll be missing out on.

Peru is a magnetic and diverse country, full of some of the most kind-hearted and warm-spirited people you’ll ever meet.…

10 Honest Thoughts At My First Music Festival | Ultra Europe in Split, Croatia

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Let’s start by at least trying to ignore the fact that it took me 26 years to finally catch the rave (t’hehe) of a music festival.

You hear about these things, you see your friends upload photos at them, but you never really picture yourself actually attending one. At least I never did.

But all that changed thanks to an incredible opportunity to experience my first music festival with Busabout and dozens of other eager passengers, and I was so ready to finally sit with the cool kids — festival goers.…

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.…

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.…

The Ultimate Guide to Surviving St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin!

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If you were one of the [un]lucky folks that tuned into my impressively inebriated St. Patrick’s Day snapchats live from Dublin, then you might get a chuckle at the irony from my usage of “survival” in this title, because almost two weeks later, I’m barely recuperating.

But let’s face it, when it comes to celebrating St.…

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