Eclectic Singapore

As I reflect on my travels in 2013, my trip to Singapore in July 2013 really stands out. It was eye opening and surprising. To be honest, I was nervous. I was nervous about travelling as a black girl to an Asian country. How would people react to me walking on the street, getting on […]

Joke Karibo

The World’s Most Dangerous Border

One Spring break, I decided to head to the unlikeliest of places – Seoul. I’d never visited Asia but had an old colleague move there 5 years prior and decided to visit her. I knew very little about Korea’s history but decided to do some research before I left New York. Korea is sadly the […]

Nicole Grimes

Bangkok Is More Than Pad Thai

Forget New York, Bangkok is the city that truly never sleeps. Each time I visit, I rarely get any sleep – maybe an hour at most. There is ALWAYS something to do or somewhere to go in this humid, crowded, tropical city. I’ve wandered through Khao San Road alone at night, been harassed at the […]

Travel Noire

Clothed in Culture

I felt like what I assume every bride feels like on her wedding day: elegant, excited and fortunate. It was always a dream of mine to do a photoshoot wearing a kimono and I was finally getting the opportunity to do so. The embroidered silk fabric would adorn my skin the same way it did […]

Travel Noire

Traveling While Black

I grew up in the Southern region of the United States. Contrary to popular perception, race was not a pervasive part of my Southern childhood. In fact, I never really thought much about it until I left for college. I attended Louisiana State University, a predominantly white institution in Baton Rouge, where I was often the […]

Travel Noire

Playing with Tigers

It’s never been easier to check “playing with tigers” off your bucket list. About an hour’s drive outside of Bangkok, in a province called Kanchanaburi, there’s a place called Tiger Temple. It’s a Buddhist monastery that partially supports itself and its animal residents (including a large population of tigers) on donations and visitor fees. Among the many activities you can do: bottle-feed tiger cubs; exercise adult tigers […]

Travel Noire

Vietnamese Smiles

The most remarkable thing about the Vietnamese are their unwavering smiles. In all of my travels, I have never known people to be so happy, so often. Despite any hardships, circumstances, how or where they live, they smile. Is this a sweeping generalization? Absolutely. But in my experience, the people of Vietnam are extremely pleasant […]


Black And In China

Having lived overseas and being integrated  into my school in Belgium as a child, I would say I am a veteran at confronting race issues abroad. Despite these experiences, nothing could prepare me for China. Bare in mind that China is a closed state and as such, they don’t get many outside visitors. Don’t get […]

Fedorah Philippeaux

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

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

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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Cheap Hotels

  4-star resort in Angkor Wat, Cambodia: $50. 5-star resort in Agra, India: $60. 4-star treetop resort on Phi Phi Island, Thailand: $32. Secluded bungalows in Ubud, Bali: $35. Catch the trend, here? I scored all of these amazing deals by doing one thing, and one thing only. I traveled off season. Traveling off season […]

Zim Ugochukwu

Homemade Indian Chai

It was nearing the end of my year long voyage in India and I hadn’t yet conquered the art of making masala chai. While crashing at the home of friends, they began the very intricate process of teaching me to make what is, in my opinion, the most heartwarming drink on the planet. There are […]

Zim Ugochukwu

Recharge: Take a Think Week

A Think Week is a seven day stretch (or more, if you like) of seclusion to recharge your thinking and focus on personal development. It’s a time where you can reflect on your past and your future, read about new ideas and make changes accordingly. Every year, I charter into unchartered territory to take a week long […]

Zim Ugochukwu

Five Minutes in India

Zim Ugochukwu