My first international experience was studying Community Health and Social Policy for a semester in Durban, South Africa. I was initially so nervous about going abroad so I chose to go for one semester. But, at the end of the program I wish I studied in South Africa for the whole year. Four years later I returned to the country during graduate school, where I worked for a summer at the South Africa Medical Research Council in Cape Town. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
One of the many reasons I recommend studying abroad is because with good planning you can see the world at little cost to you. There are so many scholarships out there!
I secured funding from the @gilmanscholarship program and grants from my college to help me study in Durban. One of my favorite travel bloggers @packslight secured $40k in study abroad scholarships! 🙌🏾
During grad school, I received funding from one of my professors to work in Cape Town. This wasn’t an advertised opportunity, but something I gained access to by helping the professor with research and expressing my interest in completing my summer internship in South Africa. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Did you study abroad in college? If so, where did you go? Drop any study abroad scholarships you recommend in my comments so we can help students see the world. 💫
Prior to heading to Cuba, I read online that taking a gift for the locals is usually much appreciated 💙. I wanted A @boomgoestheboss to understand that recieving things for birthdays is nice and all, but the feeling of giving is even more amazing. So we talked to about how nice it would be to take a few soccer balls to give away to new friends for his birthday and he was excited about it. We bought 5 soccer balls ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️, deflated them and packed them in our luggage. We took a pump, inflated them when we got there and gave away one soccer ball each day of our trip. .
Our casa was close to the park so every evening we would take a ball to the park, and after the kids were done playing with it, we would gift it before heading back for bed.
The boys made so many new friends at the park. If you ask them their favorite part of our trip to Cuba, they'll tell you "playing with friends at Parque Christo"🤗👦🏾👦🏾👦🏾👦🏾. .
How do you teach your kids to appreciate what they have, or teach them the spirit of giving? For those who've been to Cuba what did you take for the locals?
. 👧🏾 #TheMOMTrotter#HavanaCuba#FamilyTravel
Traveling has allowed me to learn so much about myself while connecting with different types of people... Next month will be three years since I began encouraging other Black Women to travel by writing Diary of a Traveling Black Woman: A Guide to International Travel... I’m so grateful for how the network has grown and evolved... If you still haven’t purchased your copy of my first guide, what are you waiting for???? Click the link in the bio and begin a divine journey of your own! *My Dubai Guide is also available!
*My Trinidad Guide will be releasing this year! Stay tuned!
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4 664 hours ago
Fell in love with Puerto Escondido. Definitely planning my escape back❤️
12 1284 hours ago
You've gotta get through the valley to get to the peak
After a trechourous hike through the snow and ice of the steepest hike of my life holding on to literal chains for dear life to get to the top, I reached my peak at Angel's Landing. But I couldn't have made it through my most challenging hike to date without the help and motivation of my friends.
Sometimes leaning on the right people in our lives when we are going through struggle is the best we can do to get through the hardships. With the right people to support you, pray for you when you can't, and keep pushing you towards your peak, you're able to climb mountains and look back to see how far you've come. And in retrospect the valley can even look beautiful from your view at the peak 🗻🏔
“Getting laid off was the best thing that ever happened to me.” ⠀
When I got laid off in 2009, I had no idea that this would be true; I was just scared. Really scared and desperate. Looking back a few years later, I could see it clearly. I had been removed from a really shitty work situation, and landed a better one. I was happier and healthier and making a lot more money.⠀
So when I found out that I was getting laid off in 2018, I wasn’t scared. I knew the other side would be brighter. I had no idea what the other side looked like, but I had faith that it would be better than my current situation.⠀
And this gap year has definitely been better than working 😀⠀
As I approach the end of the year, I frequently get asked what comes next for me. I’m not sure what’s next, and I’m surprisingly comfortable with this, because I know it will be brighter.⠀
No matter what happens, keep pushing. Better things await you. ⠀
14 1034 hours ago
Today we are talking about budgeting and how to stick to a daily budget when traveling.
I know it’s #PresidentsDay, but word on the street is that it’s also #NationalDrinkWineDay 🍷🙌🏾 Reminiscing on all the wine consumed during my trip to Napa last year, and all the wine consumed since then ☺️🥂
I was a huge fan of @sofitellosangeles this past weekend! 👌🏾The eccentric decor was fun, colorful, and full of photo worthy settings. Best part: a comfy bed that immediately relaxed me after a day of touring and great bathroom lighting with a vanity mirror 💄 What are some cool hotels you’ve stayed at with a non traditional lobby?
Full outfit from @lanebryant
Depressed, sad, angry, lonely and thin after losing my husband just 5 months earlier in this pic, my daughter and I decided to spend Christmas in Morocco, where we'd see NO Santas, nativities, decorations, nada. I was so grief stricken that I just bumbled thru the trip in a daze, and when a computer virus ate the pictures there was no chance of memories. Consequently I DO NOT REMEMBER ANYTHING about Morocco. BUT your spectacular posts have inspired me to revisit and discover its magnificence.
Each person has to experience their own grief and mourning - without anyone criticizing or evaluating their style or imposing their time frames and expectations. We do plod thru it and survive. Eventually my mind, body and spirit couldn't continue in such daily sadness, and I regained my joy through deliberate hardwork and time. Years later tho, I still can sob when triggered by certain Barry White or Earth, Wind and Fire songs, familiar men's colognes, or even seeing an "older" couple that has the privilege of growing old together. But that's just me and I'm okay with it.
If you're stuck and feeling unable to move along tho and your strategies aren't helping, consider seeking medical help.
I had a few strategies that helped ease my recovery which I'll share in my Stories between packing for Morocco.
What helped YOU heal and move on from a great loss? Your comment could be life changing for someone. Please share 💗 #widowlife#lifeafterloss#griefjourney#mindbodysoul#heavyheart#Morocco
Such Beautiful Elephants, Placed In A Peaceful Place, Fed Well & In A Natural Habitat.
63 52802 days ago
What's better than breakfast in paradise? Well clearly a floating breakfast in your private villa with your newest travel fam! It looks like our solo travelers got along just fine at Black Travel Fest Bali. Big ups to these ladies for taking the leap and living it up...um and for looking so cute while doing it!
Fun fact: More than 25% of those who join us make the journey solo, but with so many amazing people around you won't be a solo traveler for long. Black Travel Fest offers payment plans and roomie matching as well. .
Join us for Black Travel Fest Bali from June 2nd-8th, 2019 (Link in bio)
75 23976 days ago
Be bold & fabulous❣️
62 23974:31 PM Feb 10, 2019
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Sunkissed and Blessed. For years I had the coastline of Oía as my desktop background. It served as a motivator and promise to myself to see the sunset behind the famous Blue Domes by the Aegean Sea. The views were absolutely stunning in person and took my breath away. I definitely recommend having dinner at a rooftop restaurant to see the sunset.
#Santorini#Greece#Queening#travelisthenewblack#essencetravels 📸 @vanaupstage8
59 7843:51 PM Feb 11, 2019
It was an adventure getting down to Bassin Paradise. The 20 minute hike, stubbed toe and cold water were totally worth the gorgeous view though! When I stubbed my toe, I thought, that’s what I get for chasin’ waterfalls just like TLC told me not to! 💦
The fact that places like this do exist, should make you want to travel even harder then before. 🙌🏿🙌🏿
96 16495 days ago
I got good karma & I was dealt a great hand!!! 📸: @damivogue
15 14359:34 PM Feb 5, 2019
Santorini is such a favorite and so welcoming of black and brown travelers! This place is so well-visited that actress, Lindsey Lohan, began a beach club here called Lohan Beach House. 📷: @santorinidress
📍: Imerovíglion, Kikladhes, Greece
15 10523:18 AM Feb 12, 2019
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