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Black Bloggers Matter: PT.1 Pre & Post Corona Traveling

I'm so excited to announce my new series called Black Bloggers Matter where I showcase black travel bloggers who travel the world and share their experiences for the world to see. Collectively we are all inspiring each other to start or to continue to live our ancestors wildest dreams regardless of follower count and can all learn from each other.


Black Bloggers Matter will be an ongoing series highlighting different black travel bloggers and discussing a variation of travel related topics.


I have selected 5 travel bloggers who you ALL should be following and they talk about their favorite trip of 2019 and how they are dealing with not traveling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are what these 5 amazing travelers have to say about their favorite 2019 trip and how they are dealing with not traveling at the moment.


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Name:Barrington Scott

IG:@b.thetraveller28

Favorite trip of 2019? Ahhh! It would have to be Bali! Yea I know I know “Bali” but wait! I have some gems to drop. Seems as though everyone has visited Bali at some point, for most travelers it’s almost like a rite of passage. After visiting Bali a second time I found there was still plenty to do and for me this experience was different because it turned out to be a group trip which normally I ride solo. Before my friends arrived I decided to treat myself to one of those bubble hotels which I’m sure you’ve seen floating around the gram. That within itself was an experience between having a private fenced area along with a secluded beach, I couldn’t help but to cross streaking off my bucket list. What made the trip most memorable was really getting off the beaten track and witnessing the beauty, culture, and picturesque scenery that I missed out on during my first visit to this beautiful country and sharing that experience with my close friends.

Corona really came from out of nowhere and messed up plans big time but being the adaptive and resilient person I’m known to be I rolled with the punches. Started my morning with a daily 3 mile jog followed by some yoga, reading, meditation, daily workout and self-care. Okay, no I didn’t do most of those activities but I would have loved too. However, I did spend time self-reflecting and sleeping most of the time away, don’t judge me! I’m over feeling guilty, when will we get this time again before we’re back to our regular scheduled program? Right. The time I didn’t spend sleeping I put towards honing in on my photography and editing skills, who knew lightroom and photoshop would have such a learning curve. These last few months have been a bit weird but I’m hoping once covid-19 dissipates and the travel ban lifts I can get back to exploring because my passport and I are starting to collect cobwebs.





Name: Mariah Harris

IG: @Mariahstravelguide_


2019 was an amazing year of self-discovery, reflection, and having amazing excursions around the world! My most memorable excursion would be going to Dubai and then flying to The Maldives. This trip was the most relaxing, eye-opening, and the longest flight that I have endured. In Dubai I was able to understand and experience the culture which I loved as a graduate with a History major. I went to the tallest building in the world, The Burj Khalifa. It has over 163 floors. This tip was memorable because I faced a lot of my fears and it is elevating me to greater heights in my travel career. The Maldives was extremely relaxing and expensive but a dream vacation for many. I enjoyed staying in the over water bungalows and seeing the clear blue water every morning. I encourage everyone to travel it is a passport to self-discovery.


2019 was an amazing year of self-discovery, reflection, and having amazing excursions around the world! My most memorable excursion would be going to Dubai and then flying to The Maldives. This trip was the most relaxing, eye-opening, and the longest flight that I have endured. In Dubai I was able to understand and experience the culture which I loved as a graduate with a History major. I went to the tallest building in the world, The Burj Khalifa. It has over 163 floors. This tip was memorable because I faced a lot of my fears and it is elevating me to greater heights in my travel career. The Maldives was extremely relaxing and expensive but a dream vacation for many. I enjoyed staying in the over water bungalows and seeing the clear blue water every morning. I encourage everyone to travel it is a passport to self-discovery.





Name: Pernell Whitfield (PJ)

IG: @Kwesispassport


My favorite trip of 2019 was definitely going to Japan for the first time. Everything was so new -- the language, the culture, the architecture. Kyoto introduced me to the traditional side of Japan as I explored many temples and shrines like the red gates of Fushimi Inari. Tokyo showed me the fast-paced side of Japan as I walked through the crowded streets of Shibuya filled with flashing lights. Japan definitely pushed me out of my comfort-zone as a traveler. It challenged me to capture and document my experiences differently so I that can effectively share the beauty with my family and friends. This is what lead to the creation of my travel stories on Instagram infusing my photography, education, and of course some good music to give viewers the full travel experience.


Not being able to travel this year has definitely hit me on a personal level. For me, traveling is more than sight-seeing and an international turn-up. It is a chance for me to continue to expand my narrative as an African-American male and also connect with the world. Like many other travelers, I had trips lined up internationally as well as domestically. Of course those plans did not happen. I also work in Study Abroad and had many students set to travel this summer. Programs were cancelled within a matter of days once the pandemic was officially declared in the US. I will admit, I did not take it so well in the beginning as all things travel related were snatched away so fast. What has helped me get through this challenging time is connecting with other travelers. We are all experiencing that longing to explore. One thing for sure is that we know this will eventually be over one day and we’ll be back in the air heading to new destinations.






Name: Duranda Minus

IG: @kimthetravelistaa


My most memorable trip of 2019 was Kenya. It was literally a dream come true. I travelled on Air Kenya on Christmas Eve and got bumped up to first class! The service, the flight attendants, the food, everything was amazing. I arrived into Nairobi on Christmas morning and spent my trip staying at the Giraffe Manor and the Sasaab Lodge which are properties booked through The Safari Collection.

The Giraffe Manor was literally a whole mood. Its architecture and the warm and friendly staff was like no other. I literally had up close and personal encounters with the Giraffes where I petted, fed and kissed them during afternoon tea and breakfast.

During my visit, I also flew in a private exclusive airplane to Samburu, Kenya, where I stayed at the Sasaab Lodge. This lodge was secluded in the wild and really allowed me to be one with nature.


It also offered some exciting activities, such as Camel riding at Sunrise and Day and Night Safaris, which I participated in, and saw 2 of the big 5, a cheetah and a black leopard and many other animals on the game drive. Fortunately, I also got to visit the Samburu village, where I interacted with the Samburu men, women and children and even got a chance to tour inside one the homes, which are tiny huts made from mud, hide and dry mats.


This trip was definitely an experience I will never forget. Due to the effects of COVID on travel, I do experience bouts of sadness at times. However, I keep reminding myself that this will pass over soon. I keep myself sane and content by reminiscing on my 2019 and 2020 travel pictures and videos every other day.




Name: Deanna

IG: @dee_abroad


Based on overall experience i can definitely say i have two destinations that i felt were the best for me in 2019. Those destinations were Cartegena, Colombia and Capri, Italy. Capri was only a day trip but it was amazingly fulfilling. I went with my boyfriend and we were blown away by the beauty at every corner of this Italian island. The food was great but the scenic views were even better! We made sure we tried the infamous Limoncello cocktail at a restaurant along with personal pizzas. I couldnt get over the views especially when we went to the garden at the highest point of the island. Capri was well worth it. Colombia was a different vibe especially from a cultural standpoint. We were able to check out the touristy areas along with getting a taste of the culture. While there we were staying at the holiday Inn where we befriended an older couple from Bolivia who spoke Spanish, we all decided to get a cab for the day at a decent price and go to the El Tutomo volcano, pink sea and a


We were able to check out the touristy areas along with getting a taste of the culture. While there we were staying at the holiday Inn where we befriended an older couple from Bolivia who spoke Spanish, we all decided to get a cab for the day at a decent price and go to the El Tutomo volcano, pink sea and a local market. We stayed in Cartegena for 6 days and what I liked most was the food, hospitality and culture. If I was to chose between the two I'd go back to Cartegena in a heartbeat.


I have to be honest, I am a huge "wanderer" at heart and I would love to say that taking a break from traveling is easy but its not. Travel is more than just a hobby or something that i do in my spare time i feel deeply that it is a part of me and a major part of my purpose. We have a toddler who travels with us and he is so used to being on the go as well so keeping him busy is a job in itself. Looking back at old pictures and videos is a way i try to ease my travel blues. All in all I look forward to traveling again and connecting with people around the world



How are you coping with COVID-19 and not being able to travel and what was your most memorable trip of last year? Comment and let me know and be sure to like and share this article.


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xoxo,


Queenie!