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As women of color, we can experience travel (and most things) differently than other races. But, our experiences are what makes us stand out. I want you to imagine that you are speaking to a younger sister, who is interested in traveling. Imagine that you are responsible for instilling in her, valuable information that can help her to be a better, more informed traveler.

I asked two amazing bloggers, and they showed up and answered the call to help empower women of color who are #TravelingwithBlackGirlMagic. I want to thank Tiffany of Tiffany Travels and Kemkem Casinelli of The Next Bite of Life.

The below questions are to spark the conversation, leading you to give your best advice to her so that she’s an informed traveler.

What was the first trip you took and how did it fuel your desire for travel?

Tiffany H. – My first international trip was Ghana. I such a great experience with the women on the trip, we are still friends 10 years later. It also introduced me to a world where people appreciated and celebrated my plus size.
Kemkem C. – I was 13 and it was to the United Kingdom with my mother

What advice would you give to women who are #travelingwithblackgirlmagic (women of color)?

Tiffany H. – I would say just do it. Book a trip and go. Don’t wait on your friends, family or significant other.
Kemkem C. – Have fun discovering new places and things

What countries would you recommend for women of color to explore? 

Tiffany H. – Ghana, Thailand, South Africa, Mexico City, Cuba
Kemkem C. – Great Britain, Japan, Mexico and Krakow off the top of my head

What was the worst thing you’ve experienced while traveling? 

Tiffany H. – I seem to get travelers diarrhea. I know to make an appointment with the travel department before each trip to obtain a prescription in case of stomach issues.
Kemkem C. – Forgot my luggage at home and having to replace everything in Marrakesh

What was the best thing you’ve experienced while traveling?  

Tiffany H. – Meeting with other people from the place that I am visiting. Hanging out with the locals give you a perspective that you wouldn’t have if you come as a tourist.
Kemkem C. – Friendliness of locals and new food discovery

How did these (best & worst) shape your view of #travelingwithblackgirlmagic?

Tiffany H. – Every time I travel it makes me hunger for new destinations and meeting new people.
Kemkem C. – You really can’t travel with preconceived notions. Get out there and discover the world

How do you feel about solo travel for women of color? And where would you recommend for a first-timer? 

Tiffany H. – I think that you should travel solo, it allows you to discover elements about yourself that you may not learn if traveling with other people. I would recommend Thailand.
Kemkem C. – I think it’s great. I started traveling solo way before the internet and still enjoy it. Spain, even the United States are great places to start.

What’s your best budgeting practice(s)? 

Tiffany H. – I utilize credit cards to earn miles for free trips. I also stay in Airbnb or Hostels which are much cheaper than a hotel. I also use Digit, it’s an app that helps you save money on a trip.
Kemkem C. – Put a little aside each payday to fund travel. I don’t like travel on credit.

What things do you wish you would have known prior to your travel ventures? 

Tiffany H. – I wish I had known to join travel groups so that you can meet up with other fellow travelers.

Kemkem C. – Use ATM’s once on ground as they tend to have very good rates

Anything additional you would love to share with us? 
Tiffany H. – Black Women YOU Rock

Kemkem C. – Travel Responsibly! Don’t get too wasted because you need to have your wits about you. Safety first.

Blog: www.tiffany-travels.com

Twitter: @sweettiffys
Facebook:@sweettiffysinspirations
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My name is Tiffany. I am an alumnus of Cal State Long Beach and Howard University.  I love to travel the world, act in theater plays and write on my travel/ lifestyle blog. Professionally I am a social worker who loves to help other people.
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Twitter: @nextbiteoflife
Kemkem is a licensed pharmacist and published author of fiction, self-help ebook, and guide to settling in Malta. She is a freelance writer who travels often with her photographer husband after selling most of their belongings in the United States. Currently based in Spain, they slow travel and document their lifestyle on their Nextbiteoflife blog.
Check out Kemkem’s article: How To Spend a Day in Madrid Spain
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Check out this amazing TedTalk by Evita Robinson, empowering people of color to travel!

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Travel is our lifestyle; our luxury tribe – where we come together as one collective, united and driven by the desire to experience the best of the best, rooted in the freedom of possibilities – abundantly available through luxury travel, with beauty, as our canvas, and style as our artistic tool.

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  • Great tips from experienced travelers. I always wished I started traveling when I was younger.

  • Evelyn Reese

    Wonderful tips for travelers. I would love to travel more and I will certainly utilize these tips.

  • Amazing tips for travelers. I loved my first solo trip to Malawi and Zambia a couple of years ago, and I’m looking forward to more international travel with groups and my husband in the future! Thanks for a great interview!

  • The first time I traveled out of the country alone was amazing. I had the best time and met so many new friends. One of my best friends today was met on a trip to Central America.

  • Lia Miller-Spicer

    Love this and the best thing is just to do it, don’t overthink it. Pick a place you’ve always wanted to go, do your homework, and go! Solo travel is bomb!

  • Carissa

    Great Tips and Amazing Interview! I have never been on a solo trip, so I think I need to add this to my bucket list for sure!

  • KoKoa Magazine

    I hope to join the travel abroad ranks soon. Thank you for sharing these women and their journey. I definitely want to see Great Britain so glad it’s on the list.

  • Alli Smith

    My husband and I usually travel together. I did travel solo to Israel once and it was a wonderful experience. I always enjoy learning new tips from seasoned travelers and the interview was very informative.

  • Robin Rue

    What a great interview. I have never really traveled solo (except for a few press trips for my blog in which my itinerary was all planned out for me), but I don’t know if I would be brave enough to travel abroad all by myself.

  • I totally want to travel abroad at least once in my lifetime. I have a list of places that I really want to visit, and they all happen to be overseas some place.

  • Terri Huggins

    I love that tip about visiting the travel department if you are prone to getting diarrhea. good to know.

  • I like this, both ladies shared great perspectives. I need to travel solo at least once. I’m going to commit to a weekend getaway.

  • Candy Kage

    Very first trip overseas was Greece. I had the opportunity to live in The Netherlands for 4 years and travel around the different countries. Love to travel.

  • I would love to travel more. I used to travel more often before we had kids. Once they get a bit older, I hope to do more sightseeing abroad.

  • This was a fabulous interview. I wish I could travel more but my kids are in school, so it makes things tricky. Plus my husband is in the military, so getting leave can be tough. But we try to go somewhere every year!

  • Vyjay Rao

    These are inspiring words of wisdom from seasoned travelers. Always great to read about the experiences and perspectives of fellow travel bloggers. So as one of them mentions, Just go ahead and do it! The world awaits your footfalls!

  • What a great read! I loved the tips that were given. I have yet to travel abroad, but hope to one day. There are so many places that I want to check out in Europe, Africa, and Asia. I have two young daughters and want to help them explore the world and experience all different cultures.

  • Tomi_C

    I love Tiffany’s advice to “Just do it”. We’ll spend time making plans for others to join us and those plans fall through and then we’re just stuck. Not me. I’m all about the get up and go. Great advice.

  • Fun Q&A. I love reading about travel experiences.

  • Bernetta

    I need to book a trip and just go! This is great advice, and I hope more people read this.

  • WEMAKE7

    This article is so cool! I love these Q & A type of posts. Thanks for sharing.

  • Pam

    This is a great pst for women of color who want to travel. Traveling is such a good way to expand your point of view.

  • This was a great Q&A. There are so many places I still have to visit. Travel groups are such a good idea!

  • Claudia Krusch

    This is a great interview. I can not imagine forgetting my luggage and having to buy everything I need. I love all the great people you meet while travelling.

  • magz_dc

    I enjoy reading Q&A’s because you can get the answers in an instant. And, meeting people is the best part too.

    Agnes Dela Cruz

  • Rosemary Anderson Palmer

    I once forgot my makeup back going for a weekend wedding. My husband didn’t realize how much it takes from cleansing to full makeup. Thankful for makeup counter samples.

  • Amy @ MI Savings Mama

    I couldn’t imagine leaving my luggage at home, but at least you got a new wardrobe out of it. I’ve had my luggage misplaced by the airlines before, and that was nerve wrecking.
    I have yet to get over the fear of flying solo. I want to, but I don’t know what is stopping me.

  • chubskulit

    I am originally from Asia and I sometimes get the stare from other people when we travel but I don’t mind, we “just do it”. These are great tips!

  • Gemille Sleweon

    As a young black woman who wants to start traveling a lot more once i graduate college (May!), I found this interview very interesting and informative. I was not too sure about traveling to another country solo, but from this interview I see how rewarding it can be. Thanks for these tips!

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer

    All of these places sound like amazing places to travel . I love this interview. It was full of information. I have never traveled out of the country by myself. Maybe one day.

  • Kita Bryant

    Just going is good advice. We always have an excuse, we just need to do it and stop thinking so much about it.

  • I am a black girl who travels and I love it! I agree do NOT wait for friends/families just go and explore just be safe.

  • what a nice interview to learn more about you! i use credit cards for points and miles too – its genius 🙂

    Sher
    shershegoes.com

  • Anosa Malanga VA

    I am glad you have this on your blog. I love reading other peoples experiences and how traveling fuel them up. This makes me inspired more and learn that its normal to have some lapses and bloopers when you travel.

  • Our Family World

    I love reading about their adventures. Awesome advice from KemKem. “Travel responsibly” is the best advice I’ve read so far. I can only dream to accomplish what they have done. Maybe someday, I too can travel extensively.

  • Karlyn Cruz

    Great interview! It’s always good to know the experiences and thoughts of travelers. Funny you say you get diarrhea. Must be the water. It’s in the stuff you eat, the ice … hard to avoid even if you choose to get bottled waters. All great advice.

  • Nikki Ansari

    I am a black woman who travels! So excited to become a part of this. I’m trying to conquer at least two places a year kid-free.I just joined a travel group and I’m excited to see where the next adventure will be. Great read.

  • Holly

    Loved the Q&A. Great to know what other people deal with.