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comment 9 star 302 12 hours ago

How to plan your first solo trip(save this)⁣⁣
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that time i bought a flight to paris to see drake w a girl who hosted me on couchsurfing 2 years prior then had a true rollercoaster of an adventure around the city with a special someone i’d met in a hostel 2 years before. oh & i booked a lil photo shoot on airbnb adventures, bc duh. good times. few of many memories & connections that came from solo travel. i know many of you will cross solo travel off your 2020 bucketlist & i have some tips to help you get started:
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plan out the first few days - it may sound cute to ~go w the flow~ , but a lil of planning goes a long way if you’re new to this. less overwhelming!⁣⁣
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research all the things - research blogs, articles, forums, fb groups, etc. it’s easy to overlook stuff when you’re planning alone. look up: travel docs required, airport transfers, what (not) to wear, best area to stay, common scams, things to do. ⁣⁣

join travel focused fb groups - listen to ppl that have been. read ⁣⁣girls love travel and solo female traveler network. ⁣⁣
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sleep in social accommodation - imo nighttime can be the loneliest, so it helps to know there are other people around. i don’t prefer quiet hotels. meet other travelers in hotels w common areas, private room in airbnb, hostels, etc. ⁣⁣
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choose location wisely - should be central or near activities. this also helps save on ubers. obv not in a isolated, dark area or sketchy areas(check google images)…for safety.⁣⁣
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start small - if necessary, pick a location w/ common language or a nearby city to ease your way into solo travel ⁣⁣
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don’t over or under plan - underplan & you won’t know w*f to do.⁣ overplan & you miss out on spontenaiety, which is the essence of solo travel⁣⁣
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pack light - nobody to carry your bags or watch them while you go pee…lmao, so pack light ⁣⁣
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arrive at daytime, trust your gut, stay vigilant, don’t post in real time, do you - it’s your trip, you can sleep if you want to. no compromising. toss out the arbitrary list of ‘must do’s’ & embrace the freedom! this is why we travel solo. ⁣⁣
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are you planning on traveling solo this yr?if on the fence, what’s stopping you?

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Side hustles to save for travel in 2020 - ⁣

okay, so i did a post sharing how to save for travel(3 posts back) but what if you don’t have disposable income? what if you have nothing left over to save? i gotchu!! ⁣

brand ambassador - literally the easiest side hustle ever. pass out fliers/samples at events & stores for $20/hr. done this since college & found gigs on craigslist talent + event section. ⁣

graphic design - acquire clients via social media & @upworkinc . put templates on @canva and @pinterest - boom, passive income. ⁣

airbnb - empty room in your home? put it on @airbnb & use that $ to pay off your rent. know how to take photos, give tours, write, pole dance, guide hikes, do yoga, literally anything??? host tourists on @airbnb experiences or @airbnb adventures . no home needed.⁣

social media- @youtube @instagram @twitter you don’t need a big following or sponsorships. have a small business? use local hashtags. with 500 followers, you could literally be booked & busy. ⁣

sell clothes/belongings - i sold my clothes & furniture on @facebookmarketplace and @platoscloset when i quit my job - quick & easy cash. try online sites like @poshmark @ebay . ⁣

cosmetology - hair always did? install hair. nails did? do nails. know how to do lashes? install!! know how to do make up? beat face!! imagine the extra $ ⁣

@uber/@lyft - all you need is a car. and actually you don’t, they’ll loan you a car(deducted from pay).you’ll have stories for days. ⁣

bartender/waitress - just think of the $ rolling in on those weekend nights. pay your flight off in a weekend. ⁣

commercial extra - i’m in @amazon commercial somewhere. made $300 in one day as an extra. search fb for casting companies in your city. ⁣

english teacher/tutor - earn $22/hr w @thevipkidlife @qkids_teachonline @dada_social

housecleaning(@handy_hq ), dogwalking(@roverdotcom ), photo editor, online writing, virtual assistant, meal plans, affiliate marketing. girl the coin is out there!!secure the bag.i’ll be on a few of these bc i’m trying to aggressively pay off student loans but these side hustles can pay for your whole trip!! have you done any of these? share to inspire others!

comment 142 star 4,168 3 days ago

And one day she discovered that she was fierce, strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears 💫 •

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comment 76 star 1,195 6 days ago

One of my most frequently asked questions is “what’s is like travelling solo?…as a women” •

i take a lot of solo trips, my biggest longest trip to date was a solo trip! i love having the independence to move on my own time, explore whatever i want and just be selfish really. •

a lot of the time i actually never end up staying alone! i met clè on my first month of travelling solo in sri lanka! i have made so many connections because i was completely alone and took a leap of faith! and it has resulted in amazing friendships! •

travelling solo made me open to these friendships, these people, it made me open to new experiences which have changed me and my perspective on a lot of things! but the biggest thing it has taught me is to not allow fear to control my decisions. after all, a life in fear isn’t really living is it? •

a big shout out to some of the amazing people i meet on those travels! @alivelikethewind @hola @abnormal_fitness @arnoldfrancis_ @jubril8 @tatianamae @nylarobiinson @daialarie @letmehearyousingh @bellaworldwide @vagabond.jazz @cedinthecity 😇🙏🏽 @isaiah.mcneill @manar.tantawi @mobetta215 @hazelleitao @gavindantez @nathwild @ahmay_ahmoo @lifeofart literally so many people i can’t even tag you all 💖💖

comment 108 star 3,820 5 days ago

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comment 0 star 5 39 minutes ago

It’s been awhile since i traveled for my birthday, but today we booked the final part of my 30th birthday trip and i‘m so ready 😁 this will probably be our last international trip before we go home for good next year 😢 so it’ll be a special one, for many reasons! meanwhile:⁣
▪️ 1 month until atembe day 🤩 ⁣
▪️ 6 days until #atembruary!⁣
▪️ save the date: saturday, february 22nd is my birthday partay in seoul! #flirtynerdydirty30 🥳⁣

📍celebrating my 27th birthday @ ubud palace in bali, indonesia 💛⁣

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comment 2 star 22 50 minutes ago

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comment 0 star 9 1 hour ago

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comment 0 star 9 1 hour ago

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comment 0 star 6 1 hour ago

What they don't tell you about going to the maldives...the seaplanes (my face in the pic says it all 🤦🏾‍♂️)
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1) it is small. i mean tiny. if i recall correctly the planes carry no more than 12 persons at a time and is also limited to a number of suitcases. it is therefore advisable to only take 1 luggage per person to avoid items remaining in male.

2) the pilot and co-pilot wear shorts and are bare foot...yep no shoes. alarming at first but when you see them in action during take off and landing it makes perfect sense.

3) the seaplanes operate like a shared taxi service. so unless all the passengers are going to the same resort, the plane makes several stops. if your resort is further out like ours were, you will endure many stops before your final destination. we had 3 stops before we got to our island 😔

4) it is a seaplane so you would expect it to land in well duhhhhhhh the sea with a jetty at least right. wrong!!!! it lands on a small wooden barge in the middle of the ocean 😳 where a boat meets you to take you to your resort. the parents were not ready for this.

5) the seaplane only operates during the day for good reason. so if you get into male after 3pm you will need to overnight till the following day.

notice i haven't mentioned anything about the flight itself. let's just say i don't think i have ever seen my mom and dad so quiet. nobody spoke especially as we travelled through a patch of white rain for about 15mins. the magnificence though that awaited us on the other end of our journey was truly breathtaking. to date maldives is still my parents' favourite place. hoping we can go back someday. next time we may opt for a speedboat transfer instead thank you very much 😂

have you visted the maldives? how did you fare against the seaplane?

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comment 4 star 26 1 hour ago

I hardly ever do these challenges but when i saw that @oprah did it, i had to give it a try lol. it’s the #dollypartonchallenge i love what she said about it “get you a woman who can do it all 😉,” #dollyparton
this is so true!! we are all #superwomen and wear so many different hats! i know i do lol .
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comment 4 star 39 5 hours ago

Making it up the steep ridges in alpstein, switzerland.🇨🇭⛰amazing!
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comment 4 star 211 6 hours ago

Cus i can’t resist a #socialmediachallenge. #dollypartonchallenge #travelingblackgirlsaredope. idk bout you, but i’d swipe right 😏 •

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#tmc

comment 1 star 23 7 hours ago

When i tell you i went from sunny to freezing cold in a matter of minutes attempting to climb the cotopaxi volcano. which by the way, i absolutely didn’t make (not even mad). altitude tore me down, restricted my breathing, i was done, done!
look at that beautiful volcano 🌋 •



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comment 1 star 22 8 hours ago

Why @airbnbexperiences is the perfect addition to your itinerary (for solo or group travel)
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post interning in berlin i impulsively booked a bus to amsterdam for a solo trip. aside from eating as many pancakes as possible, i booked a solo photoshoot with @sandraherrerobayon via airbnb experiences. i’d been wanting to try it so why not, right?
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well i found they’re a great way to meet people, tour the place you’re visiting with someone who knows the area and you get some beautiful memories to take home with you (or post on the ‘gram later). plus there are various price ranges for your budget. i would definitely recommend one!
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but i do nooooot recommend the berlin to amsterdam bus. those 8 hours were brutal and hella uncomfortable, i think my back still hurts.
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have you ever done @airbnbexperiences ? if you were gonna do one, what would you do? a photoshoot? cooking or street art tour? let me know below.

comment 4 star 110 9 hours ago

Flashbacks, and for good reason. making future plans less than a week of being home must mean something. 🇰🇪💜

comment 8 star 90 9 hours ago

My moroccan roadtrip last year was amazing!⁣

my first stop was casablanca the “white city” and financial capital of morocco. i was there for one night. i visited africa’s largest mall and the beautiful mosque hassan ii.⁣

the next day i hopped on africa’s first high speed train al boraq and headed for the city of tangier. i almost didn’t make it to tangier because the moroccan police ganged up on me on the train and accused me of taking videos of passengers. i explained to them that i was simply videotaping the beautiful train. they told me it posed a risk to security. never mind the fact that there are tons of videos on youtube of this train. but i somehow posed a security risk. after a few minutes of back and forth they finally let me go. i spent the remainder of the train ride quietly in the train restaurant until we got to tangier. ⁣

i was so excited to arrive to tangier because this was the meeting point with my travel guides.⁣

imagine my surprise when i realized they were teenage boys! this must be a mistake i thought to myself. how am i suppose to spend 5 nights on the road with these boys?⁣

these young men were absolute gentlemen and amazing guides. we visited five cities including the sahara desert and they dropped me off in marrakech.⁣

i cannot wait to share our moroccan roadtrip with everyone. i’m looking forward to visiting again this year but i’m inviting some friends with me to morocco⁣

more on that later. ⁣

who has been to morocco?⁣

would you be interested in going?⁣

comment 10 star 50 10 hours ago

I’ve been traveling across the african continent since 2010! for me, it has been the decade of return :) ⇣


what makes my heart smile is the amount of people who came to the continent (ghana specifically) for the very first time and didn’t want to go home. ⇣ ⇣
didn’t make it 2019? let’s make this the #decadeofreturn as we revisit #ghana and other african countries! ⇣

who’s returning to the continent this year or visiting for the first time? what countries do you want to explore? ⇣ 👗@beam_bold
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comment 5 star 128 11 hours ago

Mood because i have a new youtube video out right now!!!!! #linkinbio

comment 13 star 150 11 hours ago

Traytableseatback 2020 thailand welcome dinner “green, no envy”
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comment 9 star 165 11 hours ago

@traytableseatback 2020 thailand welcome dinner “green, no envy”
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true confidence has no room for jealousy and envy. when you know you are great, you have no reason to hate. #traytableseatback _________________________
🎥: @ahmay_ahmoo

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Never stop exploring ☀️

comment 9 star 302 12 hours ago

It's never too early to start planning your 2020 summer vacations, and you know i believe it's never too early to start saving for those vacations. ⠀

what are you going to do differently this year to add a few more days of peace to your life?⠀

whether that's more vacation, an upgraded vacation, a staycation, or a career break - if you don't make a plan, you'll never meet your dream. ⠀

so, it's your turn. what are you going to do differently this year to get more you-time?⠀

i'm going on facebook live at 9 pm est tonight to talk about budgeting for a career break, so if you're thinking about taking a career break in 2020, follow my fb page (link in bio) and join me at 9.⠀

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comment 8 star 47 13 hours ago

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.swyd and help me wish my son a happy 8th birthday daddy loves you and i thank god each and every day for you i'm glad i'm able to enjoy this wonderful day with you #prouddad #greatdad #gods #gift #to #me .
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comment 1 star 21 14 hours ago

Have you been to this small african kingdom in the sky? #lesotho ❤️
yes, lesotho is also known as the kingdom in the sky because the country’s lowest point is 4,593 ft above sea level.

comment 1 star 36 14 hours ago

What travel questions make you cringe?.
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panama 🇵🇦 .
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4 questions most avid travelers hate:
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1. which place is your favorite? .
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the next one. the thrill of not knowing what to expect: food, culture, history, the locals. my destinations are chosen by my mood at the time of booking the flight. some places will be better suited to a person’s needs than others. anyone with the heart of a traveler feels most at home when they’re on the move.
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2. doesn’t traveling get old?.
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nope! once you get the travel bug, you’re hooked. i’ve met senior travelers and 20/30 something hermits. the travel bug doesn’t discriminate; age ain’t nothing but a number. it doesn’t matter if your b***s sag to your ankles; your brain is not too old to plan a vacation.
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never! a travelers definition of settling down may differ from the norm. we get married, have kids, buy a house and commit to a full-time job, but we cannot change what we are – which is travelers. pack a bag for the family and use the vacation days. it’s all about prioritizing your needs and wants. .
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yes, we do! well most of us do. i think what is annoying are the general assumptions people have that they can’t travel or do the same for themselves. you know, like yes, it may take more planning or saving, or smaller trips, or going alone...but the opportunity exists for most people. .
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another reason is these comments, “her man must be paying for this”, “she has a sugar daddy” newsflash: we have jobs *definitely not hating on those with sponsors* just sayin 🤷🏽‍♀️
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comment 19 star 139 14 hours ago

I’ve been hiking the sacred valley for the better part of two full days with 35 lbs of love in my back. my body is basically on some “but did you die though?” and my heart is holding an attitude of gratitude despite the altitude. #peru














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comment 16 star 58 15 hours ago

#africanfoodyummy: fufu x light goat meat soup is on the menu via @nyonyogh 🇬🇭|| if you grew up eating fufu, foofoo, fufou depending on location, then you will appreciate this video! tag the weird person who eats their's with a fork😃
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comment 12 star 250 15 hours ago

🎥behind the scenes🎥
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i’ve spent 4 years honing my craft.
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creating a path for myself that was different than the norm was hard af.
there was no blueprint for what i wanted to do in the travel space!

i spent years researching and asking myself “what do you really want to do with all this travel knowledge?” i went from
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- creating content on budget travel
- podcasting *i dabbled a lot *

it took a minute to find my niche and to prove that i offered value as a business.

i never gave up on myself and even if i felt like it, my family didn’t give me that option lol

my tribe was always there to support me even when i had no clue how to support myself
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💜key takeaways
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1. if you’re still struggling to find your lane, you may have to create one.
2. find your tribe of people who won’t let you, give up on you
3. stay consistent even it feels like no one is watching.

comment 6 star 74 15 hours ago

France is always a good idea 😉🇫🇷

comment 36 star 913 15 hours ago

Unapologetically melanated
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Ring the fire alarm. i see fire 🔥🔥🔥🔥
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@traytableseatback 2020 thailand welcome dinner “green, no envy”
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Walk into every room as if you own it ... #traytableseatback
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I wanna be seen green
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comment 21 star 186 Yesterday

That look on my face as i was trying to get the eiffel tower in the picture. i will always ❤️ paris!

i had to tilt my cell phone just to get the entire eiffel tower in the picture! who is the selfie queen out there? what tips do you have for taking selfies on vacay?📸

comment 3 star 42 2 days ago