Ballin’ on a Budget

Let’s keep it real. Most of us aren’t bringing in the big bucks. And as much as we love seeing the world, trying to plan that dream vacation can burn holes in our pockets. While some people are fortunate enough to fly first class and stay at pricey hotels and luxury resorts, many of us […]

Danielle Pointdujour

Dreaming of Seville

Seville, Spain is the most handsome city I’ve been to. After four days of exploring its narrow pathways, strolling the grand avenues, and getting lost in conversation with its residents, “handsome” seemed the most fitting description I could drum up. At first glance, beautiful was the word that came to mind. That seemed to describe […]

Travel Noire

Phuket || The Land of Smiles

Beautiful doesn’t quite do it justice. I wonder if there are any words to adequately describe Phuket, Thailand (pronounced pu-ket). Paradise, perhaps? Located in the Andaman Sea of southern Thailand, Phuket’s name, according to some sources, is said to be derived from two Thai words, phu (mountain) and ket (jewel). Seeing this beautiful mountain jewel […]

Tammie McGee

Belgium: A Hidden Gem

The small country of Belgium, bordered by The Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, and France is well-known for its high quality chocolate and its Belgian Waffles. What is rarely spoken of however, is the hospitality and generosity of its people. Having lived there for five years, I can honestly say that the people of Belgium are among […]

Fedorah Philippeaux

Golden View Firenze || Florence, Italy

Prior to my trip to Florence, I had never had a blow-your-mind type of dining experience. I arrived in Florence with no expectations, other than simply wanting to have food, food and more amazing food. Safe to say: After being in Florence for a few days, I was intrigued enough by a brightly lit restaurant […]

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San Francisco: A Dreamer’s Paradise

Dense clusters of billowy white clouds blanketed the ceiling-to-floor window walls half-way around my room on the 23rd floor of San Francisco’s cool blue tower. The clear view of Bloomingdale’s from a day earlier — completely masked. “This fog generally burns off around noon,” a housekeeper passing me in the hallway assured as I stood […]

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Discover Belize

  This story was curated by Divine Bradley.

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Lessons in Business Travel

Over the last couple of years, I’ve gone from someone who rarely traveled to feeling like the airport is my second home. Below are some of my biggest business travel takeaways that will help turn your travel experiences from mundane to enjoyable!   1. Join all rewards programs! Make sure you get points for every […]

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A Trip of a Lifetime

On December 24, I embarked on the journey of a lifetime. I traveled on the Jagriti Yatra, an annual 7,500 km chartered train ride that takes highly motivated young Indians, as well as a few international participants under 25 years old, on a 15-day national odyssey to meet with and learn from entrepreneurs who have […]

Zim Ugochukwu

The Money Game

It’s vacation time!  Your plane tickets have been purchased, bags packed and the camera fully charged.  There’s just one thing left to handle before you embark on your adventure…money.  Figuring out how to get and spend money when it’s in U.S. dollars is easy, but figuring out money issues in a foreign country can be a […]

Danielle Pointdujour

Napa Valley in 24 Hours

Sometimes we find ourselves battling against the clock on our travels.  Either we pack too much in or don’t even have the time to spare in the first place to get everything checked off of our proverbial travel “to-do” list. With some careful planning, you can capitalize on some of the world’s best cities in […]

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Be That Beautiful

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson I spotted an interesting post in the Expat Women of Color Facebook Group a while back. This group is designed to educate and provide resources for women of color who desire to […]

Tammie McGee

72 Hours in Bangkok

Three days–that’s all I had during my first trip to Asia. I was set to take off just a few days after spending 3 weeks traveling to Sri Lanka, the States and the Bahamas and I was dead broke. A few months earlier, I found out that I had won a free flight to Bangkok […]

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Whenua – New Zealand.

“Turituri” is a Maori word meaning be quiet. My initial inference was that the word meant to refute clamour with the invoking of quiet.  I learned that Kiwi schoolteachers especially use the word to quiet down noisy classrooms: “Turituri, turituri!” I suppose you can say I adopted the term for myself (…in touristy enrapture tainted by my writer’s […]

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The Must-Have Travel List

Travel is a lifestyle, not a luxury.  Nothing has accelerated my personal growth and expanded my horizons more than traveling around the world.  With that being said, I spend a ton of time on planes–and with each trip, I find things that I simply can’t live without.  No matter how near or far the destination, a […]

Danielle Pointdujour