Curl Fest: The Festival of Big Hair, Brands, and Black Girl Magic (CurlFest NY 2019 Review)

This year I was invited to attend Curl Fest NYC as media and see for myself what this curly conference had to offer. I listened to speakers, danced in the concerts, stuffed my bag with as many freebies as humanly possible, and most importantly was surrounded by other beautiful, black, CONTINUE READING

Have Friends All Over the World But Very Small Birthday Parties? I Feel You.

Group chat that has a minimum of 50 new messages at all times. An assumed invite to every dinner date, movie, mall-trip, and hangout session. Being intuitively associated with 8 other people when one of your names are said aloud. You and your friends receiving, “Hey, where’s (insert one of CONTINUE READING

How to Get a Last-Minute Bump to A Better Seat on Your Next Flight (Do NOT Ask the Flight Attendant!)

As an avid traveler and travel blogger, I am always in the air. This year alone I've been on 22 flights—2 international, the rest domestic. Out of those 22 flights, I was upgraded on 7. That's almost 1/3! Not bad. Extended leg room, window seats, empty rows to myself, exit CONTINUE READING

How to Reach the Social Media Generation—Tips from an ACTUAL Gen Z!

If you clicked on this article you're aware of the emerging market of Generation Z and you're seeking more information on us. The Piper Jaffray report estimates Gen Z (born between 1995-2010) contributes about $830 billion to U.S. retail sales each year, making this group an important one for brands CONTINUE READING

7 Reasons Why You Should NOT Study Abroad in a Western Country

Let me preface this by saying I have nothing against Western countries—I'm a U.S. citizen and I am very aware of the privilege that gives me to travel, let alone to have preferences on where I want to go. However, I said what I said. I've never had a burning CONTINUE READING

Debunking 8 Common Travel Grant & Scholarship Myths (You CAN Win!)

I remember volunteering at my university's Scholarship Office booth during the annual Study Abroad Fair, and adamantly trying to convince people to apply for international grants scholarships. The keyword here being convince. The dominating thought in my mind was, why would anyone not want free money? And second of all, CONTINUE READING

The Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Living in Washington, D.C.

I've lived in the DMV for the past 8 years, but only recently moved to Washington D.C. And I love it! Having visited more than 29 countries and countless cities, D.C. is still one of my favorites—and here are my top 5 reasons why. 1. The interesting (often free!) weekly events. CONTINUE READING

Analyzing “Blackness” Around the World: Black Travel & Culture, Shermee (23) – YTN Interview

The Young Travelers Network Series showcases candid interviews of young people worldwide and the inspiring stories of how they navigate their lives and travels. From high school trips abroad to becoming an expat in some of the most remote corners of the world, these young travelers share their stories to CONTINUE READING