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10 Things You Don’t Need When Backpacking

Yep, you read that right! You DON’T need these things.

1. Jewelry and Valuables

The only thing, i brought on my travels was one pair of earrings, studs and one necklace my evil eye. You really don’t need any of these things when you’re going on a backpacking adventure. It keeps unwanted eyes off of you and one less valuable to take care of. Interesting enough, when i lost my one pair of studs (I lost them in the Adriatic Sea) I decided to buy some homemade earrings from a local. Once I lost those… I just gave up haha.

Me, watching my stud fall to the bottom of the sea.

2. Full Toiletries Bag

I promise, you do not need a full bag. I went down with basics (extra toilet paper) and I ended up not needing as much as I had. There were so many 7/11’s or stores that would sell it and I was always able to restock.

3. Multiple Cotton Cloths

Yes, cotton clothes are very warm but depending on where you’re travelling it is not necessary to bring 4 shirts, 4 sweaters! You only need a few items. Would you be interested in a “What I pack to travel” post? let me know in the comments below. The reason why you do not need multiple cotton clothes is because they can get extremely heavy when there are wet and the key to backpacking is travelling light.

4. More than one pair of jeans

You don’t need it! Trust me, I went backpacking in Europe and Asia and I only brought one pair of jeans for both trips and I was gone for over two months! You learn to recycle outfits and make it look different with different styles of wearing it. I,e, rolling up the bottom or using a scarf as a belt. I got super creative.

5. Bulky Towels

Two Words – Microfiber towel! I purchased this one and it worked fantastic. It was also large enough to cover my entire body and become a curtain when I didn’t have drapes in some hostels.

6. Large Camera

This one is situational because some people vlog using a big camera. I often used my Iphone 8 at the time and it worked fine. I also purchased a “Go-Pro” from amazon and the footage was phenomenal and captured all my adventures. You can shop my link here for that Go-Pro! If you purchase through my link, a small gain is made and supports me. Please let me know if you purchase it, I can walk- you through the best settings.

7. Full Makeup bag

You do not need a full travel makeup bag. Bring the basics especially if you are going to a hot country. You’re going to get that full on glow! without having to try! I always brought mascara but I did not end up needing it. I just got exhausted. I kept all my toiletries in this bag and I still have it to this day!

8. Those Nice shoes

You. Dont. Need. It!

1 pair of sandals, 1 pair of a ‘fancy flip-flop’, 1 pair of runners. The best way to go is either black, white or grey. It matches everything!

9. If You Think “What if…” or “For this one occasion” When Packing This One Item

When I was backpacking outside of my mom yelling at me not to go. There were moments when she said “what-if”. By the time, i was finished with what if’s I realized i was overweight. I took everything out. You do not always need to think the what-if when packing an item. 8/10 You wont need it. Which brings me to the last note…

10. Things You Can Buy There

YOU CAN BUY THINGS THERE! HELLO! There were so many things I packed that I could of bought while in that particular country. But, you live and you learn!

If you’ve made it this far.. I wanted to tell you exciting news! Given all the feedback, I’ve finally made an “Amazon Store”. Where you can shop all my travel favourites. Usually, I post the direct link and you can purchase and shop through there. The support means everything to me, xoxo.

2020

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Best Countries to Visit in a COVID Era

Backpacker Edition

Long time no talk friends! A lot has been happening within the past four months and COVID has and has not played its part. I unfortunately lost my grandma at the end of the year and it has really taken a toll on my mental health. Not to mention, I can’t back-pack anywhere so I feel really stagnant in my life. That being said: a lot of other good things happened this year. For instance, i started this blog and I never would have thought it would reach countries world-wide. This by far is still my favourite post if you haven’t gotten the chance to check it out please do !

Now, let’s get into this! You know me I like to make these post short and informative! COVID is not going anywhere, which is why a few weeks ago I made this post about ‘10 Countries with Covid Level 1 or No Risk’. Granted, as countries reopen, travel is going to look a lot different, thanks to new safety, testing and cleaning practices. This is the new reality for travelling. Not, to mention the importance of have a negative covid test and mandatory quarantine days. But the new face of travel is also going to have a silver lining. Not only will once over-touristed destinations be less crowded, travellers will be opting for more isolated places.

*Please remember to check all COVID/ Safety regulations before booking any of these places. Be safe and Enjoy.

10 Best Places to Travel in 2021

  1. Greece

From Santorini to Athens, theres something for everyone here and a must see on a bucket list.

2. South Africa

Looking for city life? vineyards? and wildlife all in one place. Take an amazing tour and really dive into the culture and people of this country. Travellers can head to the bustling hub of Cape Town for its dynamic food and design scene, experience historic sites in Johannesburg.

3. Bodrum, Turkey

This is the new St. Tropez, and the best part is its a back-packer love! With scenic outdoors and less busy pace its great for catching sunsets and scenic walks.

4. Puglia, Italy

I have such a soft spot for Italy. I truly fell inlove the last time i went and quite-frankly Italy is very easy to navigate as #backpacker. If you’re every wondering how my time went in Italy or my favourite place. Check out my post here where I share photos from the beautiful Cinque Terre– this alone will make you want to visit Puglia.

5. Egypt

Yes you better believe it. Egypt is one the most beautiful places to backpack and it’s cheap. Theres long days of sight-seeing and culture so its defiantly worth the trip going!

6. Slovenia

I had a short stay here, but i found this was a great place for backpackers because it was within a connect spot. So you can easily go to Croatia or Italy and other neighbouring countries.

7. New Zealand

Let’s talk about this HOTSPOT of a place. They were one of the best countries to deal with COVID and is estimated to be the top travel place for 2021. I know its hard to imagine a life with travel right now. But this country is a must for us backpackers.

If you made it this far, thank you so much for reading! If you’re interested in a part 2. Leave a comment below! I miss you all so much.

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you in the next post, With Love, xoxo

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10 Countries with Level 1: Covid Risk or Lower

I am going to start off by saying, in no way am I encouraging you to travel during these times. That just simply wouldn’t sit well with me. I think it is very important that we be responsible during these unprecedented times. Despite, all the benefits that solo back-packing has, its important that your health comes first!

That being said; perhaps when things calm down you can head on over to visit these gorgeous countries. So of these I have already done, but there is more on my bucket list! These countries/islands are also Black/women friendly!

If there is ever a week where I missed a post, please dont worry one will be coming! I am currently teaching Grade 1 Virtually and its a learning curve for all. Not to mention my nights look like a never ending Christmas carol.

This week I am bringing you 10 Countries/Islands with Level 1: Covid Risk or Lower.

1. Cayman Islands

2. New Caledonia

New Caledonia is a French territory comprising dozens of islands in the South Pacific.

3. New Zealand

4. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

5. Thailand

6. American Samoa

7. Berumda

8. Fiji

9. Loas

10. Micronesia

If you made it this far in the post.. I appreciate you! I decided to give a bonus two

11. Montserrat

12. Palau

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you in my next post. With Love, xoxo

2020
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A DAY IN TROGIR, CROATIA

Trogir, is located between Zadar and Split and is the perfect place to go for a day trip or too spend 1-2 days. With it being a small town, you avoid the inevitable travel crowds and not surrounded by tourists coming off cruise ships. It is the best place to enjoy the atmosphere as the locals do. If you’re a lover of photography, this is the place for you.

At every corner in Trogir, you find beautiful architecture, stunning sea views, high views to see the city above. Not to mention Trogir’s Old Town was voted best city-island in the world by National Geographic in 2015.

Today’s post is a mixture of a #photojournal in my series. Check out Zadar, Croatia’s here. And also a ‘What to Do in Trogir’.

Enjoy the Sea Views

Catching the Most Perfect Spots for Sea Views

Kamerlango Castle

At the tip of the town, lies Kamerlango Castle. A 14th-century fortress, this castle still stands proud at the waterfront. The structure was built by the Republic of Venice to guard the city and control access to the harbour.

Kamerlango
Inside the Castle
Inside the Castle

The Cathedral Of St. Lawrence

The Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Church that was constructed in the Romanesque-Gothic style, which can also be found in other parts of Dalmatia. This church is also listed as a UNESCO site, as well as the whole town, in 1997 as a world heritage site because of its Venetian architecture.

Inside the Church

Pantan Beach

I didn’t get to go (over- beaches). But this is a must see place .

Local Farmers Market

Located 100 meters from the bus station you’ll find a beautiful market with local vendors selling all types of goods and trinkets.

Photo Journal

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you in my next post, xoxo.

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Top 10 Backpacker Myths I’ve Heard and People (Still Believe)

10 Backpacker Myths

Welcome to my new followers, it’s so nice to have you reading! This week’s post is all about Backpacker Myths that I commonly hear. Most of these comment I’ve heard from conversations explaining to people why they should solo travel. Some of these myths do not extend to all people, but I think it’s important to know that all people regardless of their gender/sexuality and ethnicity should travel. There are so many lessons from solo travel/ backing – So why not try it out!

1. It’s Unsafe

I think I’ve heard this one the most. The truth is, backpacking is very safe in fact I felt safer at times in foreign countries than I did at home. You’re more aware of your surroundings and most people you find are actually good humans.

2. I Could Never Do it

I absolutely hate the word cant. Although… I do tend to use it haha don’t @ me okay we all have our days. You can defiantly do it. Just change that mindset and you will see that somewhere in the world theres beauty waiting for you to discover.

3. All Hostels are Dirty

Uhhhhhh. I admit I was a sayer of this, until I swallowed all my thoughts and booked my first hostel in Bangkok, Thailand and it started the journey of Somewhere in the world. I also started a ‘Hostel Series‘ to debunk this myth. The truth is most hostels are amazing and resemble in many ways hotel for a fraction of the price. Such as my experience in a hostel in Zadar, Croatia.

4. I Can’t Afford It

This is a big myth, backpacking is budget travelling and thats why I created this blog. To help others travel without burning their bank account. There’s many ways to save for an adventure and I constantly post tips on How To Save on my IG and on here.

5. That’s White People Stuff

I didn’t know there were things in this life that were strictly for white people or strictly for Black people. But, this is a myth and absolutely not the truth. I encourage Black women to Solo travel especially by Backpacking! And for those of you who live off this statement, Check out things Black women Travellers want you to know.

6. It’s only for Men

Not True. There are soo many women travellers. Check out the hashtag #femaletravellers #womenbackpacker #femalebackpackers to see where the party is at!. We are here and we are travelling !

7. You Can Only Do It When You’re Young

False. You can backpack at any age. I’ve met people who were 15 all the way to 65.

8. You Can’t Shower

Another solid False: Every hostel has a shower that you can use… The question is… Are you going to use it? Most of them are very clean so there isnt any worries other then you may not get the hottest of water which you end up getting over.

9. Everything at Home will Change and I’ll Be Left Behind

One of the biggest realizations I came upon when I returned from my first backpacking adventure in Asia is that no matter how long you’re away for, no matter how much you change and how many amazing things you experience along your joinery – you’ll return home and hardly anything will have changed. The only thing that would have changed would be yourself. You learn so much, you come back a whole different person.

It’s like the whole world is put on hold while you travel – people are still in the same jobs, relationships and stuff you left them in!

Don’t let the fear of being left behind stop your from backpacking, let the fear of not going anywhere force you to do it! ALWAYS remember to make memories that will last a lifetime.

10. It’s Hard to Plan

For a beginning, yes! this can be partially true but there are so many resources out there to help you have a successful trip. I also offer free travel help! if interested just leave a comment below and we can get in contact! I also wrote a post on how to start your adventure, as well as tips to find cheap flights. I got you covered for everything!

Thank you so much for reading! Have you read my most previous post? Check it out

As always with love and I’ll see you in my next post,

2020
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How I Eat, Prayed, and Loved My way through Bali and Pai

Let me start off by saying, I am teaching grade 1 virtually this year and gosh, am I ever busy. This has been the first time i can sit back and write something other than lesson plans. Im happy that this comes easy to me. Hopefully all of my posts have been helpful thus far, i have so much more coming for you! Anyways, here we go:

I never thought i was ever going to go Julia Roberts and eat/pray/ love my way through a place. However, the moment I got to Pai, Thailand i just KNEW this is what was going to happen. Pai is a town in the Mae Hong Soon Province of northern Thailand. It sits in a valley on the banks of the Pai River. It’s known for its nearby gorges, hot springs like the Tha Pai Hot Spring and waterfalls like Mo Paeng Waterfall.

Pai, Thailand

Here it Is… How I Eat, Prayed, Loved.

I never thought it would of come to a Julia Roberts vibe however, one thing is clear I had everything I needed at the time and I relatively still do. I wasn’t leaving a toxic relationship or having a career change. Nothing like that, it’s just the moment I got to Pai, something happened. I had a realization… that I was so focused on ‘Whats Next’ in life I never appreciated how I got the moment of my life I was in. Anyways, it started like..

I Ate…

I ate so many different foods, i explored the culture and I even explore American cuisine with a twist. But, I also took a cooking class (I wasn’t trying to loose the skill haha). I also ate foods that made me happy. While at home, i tend to eat on the 80/20 rule and that has worked tremendously. however, on this trip I wasn’t being so health conscious, i wanted to let myself be free and learn to love food whole- heartedly.

French Toast with Toasted Banana’s in Bali
Cream-Cheese Salmon Bagel in Bali
I drank Poo Coffee (YES Luwak Coffee is POO )
I swam in Ice-Cream
I took a Balinese Cooking class

I Prayed..

I prayed.. I prayed a whole lot. Not for specific answers- more so for direction or a little sign about myself. I wanted to know if i was heading in the right direction and if I wasn’t i was heading at least somewhere that would bring me comfort. Every so often, i received these signs of hope and they were little things such as, a dove, or a colour that reminded me about a time in my life. Praying on my trip opened the doors for #mindfulness and #gratitude and really finding solace in my own company. Being alone for me was never lonely because I was always with my thoughts and I often caught myself putting to rest some demons that were constantly in my mind.

PRE-COVID (WOW): I took a Spiritual Holy Water Bath
Holy Water Temple
Coffee In Love in Pai
(Praying in Random Places with great views)

I Loved..

THIS right here, is where it was at. I LOVED.. I learned to love myself for who I am and my independent thoughts. I even learned to love the parts of me that require deep growth. Backpacking for my is like therapy, it’s an experience that typically involves a lot of self-reflection and consciousness because you’re alone with none but yourself. But, the greatest thing of all of it, is that you learn how amazing you can be without the materialism items or the partner or the career.

I learned to love my friends a little deeper, life a little stronger, and learn to love moments for what they are. See below some of the moments where I Loved..

Enjoying my Little pockets of Peace in Pai at #CoffeeinLove
My best travelling girl, Alexis we for sure fell in love with each other during this trip.
#GatesofHeaven
Mount Batur. We took an exceptionally hard route and I cried the entire way and complained and had a bunch of asthma attacks. But when I got to the top, and looked back at all the struggles. I knew there was more to life than the struggles and that at some point the view will all be worth it as long as I appreciate the journey it took for me to get there.
Moments of Peace in the Mountains, Pai
Trusted myself with a Motor Bike and SURVIVED – Pai

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you in my next post! Leave a comment below what you’ve been doing!

2020, Stay Safe
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Hostel Series: Zadar, Croatia

The month of October! What a year it has been! This month I am focusing on highlighting some of the hostels I’ve been in with my hostel series. How do you even Survive a Hostel? Well, I went into a lot of details for you all in that post. So, today we’re starting of talking about Downtown Boutique Hostel.

This place exceeded my expectations and really set the bar high for hostels. I hope to come across to this place again in the future. Good news is they are currently open during COVID times however, with a different set up in place.

This hostel is one of the best, I think you’ll ever stay in. The reception is so friendly and theres a map provided to direct you around town. They also offer day tours and there is a nice kitchenette perfect for backpackers and a chill vibe.

You also receive a discount to the restaurant beside the hostel. In addition, breakfast is offered at 8 Euros.

Rating on My Scale:

Security – 10

Atmosphere – 8

Cleanliness – 10

Facilities – 10

Staff – 10

Location- 10

Value for Money – 10

Overall Score: 9/10.

I unfortunately didn’t get a photo of the front lobby, but I did get photos of all the important things!

Right when you walk in you’ll notice the Hostel Sign which will have their WIFI Passcode and Name. Usually, you’ll find this everywhere in all the hostels.

Front Entrance Sign

Then, you’ll typically find the lounge right away where you can make friends/chill out in the evenings. This lounge also had a small kitchenette to make breakfast in the morning which was nice.

The Common Lounge

Some hostels give you keys, others, give you cards. For this particular hostel, the entrance to your room was the 204- fob and the Key was for your locker.

Locker Key and Room Fob

Now, we have what you’ve been wondering about… The bed SITUATION honestly, this has been the best room I ever stayed in. Although… when i think about it the Wombat Hostel in Venice was very nice as well.

6- Female Bedroom, with windows that looked towards the streets.
My Bunk was the Bottom, I LOVED that this hostel had drapes for each bunk.
MASSIVE LOCKERS! To store all your belongings
The Shared Washroom with the floor. (There was more on the other side)
This hostel was very accommodating, they had both an elevator and stairs for people on the top floors.
The Hallways
Me excited for sleep after a Morning of Travelling

Overall, I really enjoyed my stay here while in Zadar, Croatia. I will for sure be back in the future.

If you enjoy reading my Hostel Reviews, please let me know below in the comments to keep them coming!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you in my next post. With Love,

2020

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Photo Journal: CAPTIVATING CINQUE TERRE

After seeing photographs of this beautiful area of Italy for years, I finally got a chance to go and witness it myself. On the seaside, you can find five towns that are filled with beauty, food, color, history, and culture . It’s one of the loveliest places I’ve ever been, and of course I fell in love with it. I thought, I eat, prayed and loved my way in Pai. But it turns out I did the exact same thing here. Even with the odd rainy day, I wished I spent a longer time here. A special shoutout goes out to Franco my hostel host for creating an amazing experience and making everyone feel like family. Enjoy these shots of this picturesque region of Italia.

If interested in a Part 2: Comment down below, I love hearing from you wonderful people.

If any of these photos fancy you: Pin it to you Pinterest Board. I appreciate all the love.

Thank you so much for reading and I will see you in my next post, don’t forget to like/comment it means the world to me.

Where in the World are you right now?

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5 Reasons Black Women NEED Solo Travel

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Let’s talk about solo travelling for Black women. The fear of sticking out, facing racism or fetishization makes solo travel especially daunting. Today, I want to encourage you to travel alone as a black woman by sharing 5 reasons why you should. To be honest, travel is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, it can be really empowering.

As a matter of fact, solo travel has the power to transform your life. Case in point: traveling solo in Thailand opened my eyes to travel and inspired me to take chances and blog my entire experience. Head over to my instagram to see my Bus Chronicles which often shows the reality of backpacking and dealing with buses haha.

1. There’s Not Many of Us

Our voices, our stories, and our experiences deserve to be heard. I challenge you to take a scroll through instagram and search hashtags such as, #backpackers, #femalebackpackers #femaletraveller #girlstraveltoo and what do you think? Hear me out though, I LOVE that women are doing the damn thing. That being said, it is important that Black women and Women of Colour are exposed to these spaces too.

2. You Deserve to be a Trailblazer

Imagine, what the first female backpacker felt? Imagine what the first black female backpacker felt? Probably nerves, shoot! Everyday as a women we have to become trailblazers in our communities. I encourage women to be Trailblazers in their own communities/ families.

When, I first decided to solo travel and told my family- the reaction was not what I expected. There was a lot of questions and my mom was NOT on board. But eventually, everyone was amazed at my journeys and were inspired by the courage I had to change the path in my life. You can travel as a Black women and you can inspire other young Black/women to follow in your foot steps. Encourage young girls to DREAM BIG and to TRAVEL and see what this beautiful world has to offer outside traditional norms.

My sister & I on an Adventure in Ontario

3. Despite Racism, YOU CAN

I talked about racism in a previous post but, I wanted to emphasize this again. Racism will always be around. We cannot control how people treat others unfortunately but we can control, our responses. Some people will always be ignorant and that’s a fact.

However, with all the ugliness in the world there is beauty and often times on my journeys, I wasn’t faced with racism. Questions at time yes, but not that much racism. I learned to love the world again by back-packing because there are still good people out there waiting for you.

To sum this up- WE CAN TRAVEL LADIES

Chiang Mai, Thailand- Surviving the Sleeper Train

4. To Find Your Purpose

Everyone deserves to find their purpose, including you sister. Now, I am not saying, that I ‘found’ my purpose travelling, i simply found the answers to key questions in my life. Such as, what I wanted to do career wise, what my goals were, why I tried to please everyone around me. Often times, Black women are warriors in our communities taking care of everyone and forgetting to give the same amount of energy to themselves. I encourage you, Black women and all women to also give yourself that 110% energy you give everyone around you. I promise, it will do you wonder’s.

5. To Make Make Memories That will Last a Lifetime

Wether it is solo travelling within your own country or deciding to travel abroad, it is important that you make memories, that will last you a life-time. I unfortunately lost my cousin Chantel in February of 2020 and if there was one thing that she taught me it was to make memories that will last a lifetime. We as Black women have so many barriers in our lives and anxieties to worry about. But, the one thing that brings calm is making those memories to bring us back to a place of comfort. It is so important that we travel the globe and share our stories and then create memories that remind us that we are Superhuman’s in our own way. That we too are trailblazers and most important Human.

My Cousin Chantel, Rest in Paradise My Angel

If you have anything to share to fellow Black Women thinking about travelling please comment below!

Thank you so much for reading, don’t forget to like/ leave a comment. I will see you in my next post!

2020

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How Am I Surviving During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Thanks to COVID the travelling world has been halted/changed forever. I for one, am very nervous about the travelling industry and what this means for hostels/hotels. I know things wont go back to the way they were but, hopefully they will become better! These are some things I’ve been doing to keep myself sane during these unprecedented times.

Ways to Ease Your Wanderlust During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Plan your next adventure

While nobody knows how long this is going to last and how long there will be restrictions on travel, nothing stops you from having fun planning your next adventure. Perhaps order yourself a scrapbook and make a wanderlust book. Make lists of all the places and things that you would like to see, print off some pictures and place it in a journal! This will help you narrow down where you want to go!

Eat international food

Satisfy your appetite for wanderlust! If you can’t go to the destination of your dreams, bring the destination of your dreams to you! I would recommend searching for family owned businesses that specialize in their country cuisine this can really satisfy your ‘belly wanderlust’.

Sort out the practicalities

Why not get everything ready so that when you can travel again, after the covid-19 pandemic has passed, you are prepared to go straight away. Perhaps your passport needs renewing – why not see if you can do that now? 

And let’s say (because this is the truth) COVID doesn’t disappear research what other countries are doing to keep their residences safe and see if this aligns with your worries. This is a great time to research and see if the country you’re planning to go has proper safety protocols in place.

Watch Must See Video’s

This is a great time to research “MUST SEE VIDEO”. Where people post the top must sees in specific places. Have you seen my ‘5 MUST SEE’S IN VENICE?’. Check them out and let me know what you think.

Read travel blogs

That might have brought you to me.  Well, if that’s the case WELCOME and thank you so much for reading and following my blog. By reading travel blogs, you can always find new information such as, new places to visit or new destinations you would of never have considered to visit before.

During this time I have been reading a lot of travel blogs, this is the perfect way to get a hit of travel and ease your wanderlust. Stay tuned for my new series I started with ‘Photo Journaling’ places in the World.

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you in my next post! Leave a comment below what you’ve been doing!

Check out my latest posts below and take a read, xoxo