Let's Take a Journey
Travel is one of the most rewarding experiences you can give to yourself. Coming from a big family, being one of 23 siblings to be exact, I never pictured myself being an avid world traveler. Growing up, my dad would take us on family road trips in the summer, and he would always talk about how he wished he would have traveled more internationally. Although he is now 87, those dreams have come and gone, but what puts a smile on his face is the fact that he can live vicariously through me. So, in essence he is still living a dream, just in a different way and that puts a smile on my face.
From what started off as family road trip adventures, has now grown to me having visited five continents, over 55 countries and more than 120 cities, with no plans on stopping any time soon. My love for international travel grew through observing different cultures in their environment – from the way they live to their native language down to the way they interact with others. I truly believe traveling helps to erase some of the ignorance, biases and stereotypes within different cultures. The beauty of the world can be seen in the diversity of its people, and we are actually more similar than we think.
Not only does traveling bring joy to me in learning about other cultures, but other cultures get to experience diversity through me as well. Whenever and wherever I travel, I consider myself a representative for black and brown people. There have been times where I've been in cities within certain countries and I've been the first interaction someone had with the black and brown community, outside of what they may see in the media. I take none of that for granted, and I love that I can share it with others. People often shut down the idea of travel because of the fear of the unknown; they may believe it's too expensive or they may not know where to even start. I am here to help eliminate some of those beliefs and show you that travel can be attainable, and you can, in fact, live your travel dreams!