When did you start traveling and where have you been?
I’ve been traveling since I was a little girl. My first trip was when I was a baby; my mom couldn’t raise me so my grandmother sent me to Texas for a while.
As an adult, I’ve been everywhere from Mammoth Lakes in California to Colorado, Toronto, Montreal, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Paris, London, Rome, Barcelona, Ibiza, Amsterdam, Egypt, and most recently, Thailand.
Are there any regrets, or anything you wished you’d done?
I had the chance to go to Japan in college but I didn’t go because I was so broke. I wish I would’ve found away to go.
Has your image or identity ever affected your travels?
Yes, in both negative and positive ways. In countries where the people look like me, I am most often times embraced as one of them. I love that feeling. However, in countries where African Americans are not often seen, the natives and other foreigners treat my friends and I a bit offensively. We don’t react though. We understand the reality of the situation. The only time they ever saw people like us is on television, and we don’t want to perpetuate any negative images they may have of us. We must remain poised at all times. It’s a bit of a responsibility, but I am proud to carry the torch for my people, very proud.
What stories as far as travel memoirs or movies would you like to see out there (in regards to people from the African diaspora)
I am currently reading Americanah actually. It’s by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She shows us what it’s like to travel between Africa, as a native, and America, as a citizen .. It’s a different perspective than my own because I am American. I’m not done with it yet but I’ve read enough to recommend it to others.
What tips did you wish you had before traveling?
Write everything down. I just started journaling about my trips during my trip to Egypt. My best friend actually gave me the idea when she went to China. It’s a great way to see your own personal growth, before and after the trip.
How do you save and budget for your adventures?
I have the greatest travel planner in the world. She plans our trip fairly early and gives us due dates for each payment.
has your hair ever affected your travels ?
Yes! I have very thick, naturally curly hair. It’s hard to manage on trips because of humidity and time. Our days are always filled with various activities; I never have time to keep up with my hair. I got my first weave ever when I went to Vegas a few years ago, then my second when I went to Europe. Haven’t looked back since, weave prove to be the most protective style for me on a trip.
What products and styles do you wear while traveling?
I wear Kanai Indie hair. It’s wavy. It’s blends perfectly with my real hair. I also use Miss Jessie’s curly pudding.
Lastly, what message would you like to leave our readers with?
Traveling is one of the most invaluable investments that you will ever make in yourself. Before spending all of your money on frivolous materialistic things, save for a trip overseas. Exposure and experience are life’s greatest teachers.