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Cultured Black Pearl is a travel and lifestyle blog featuring solo female travel & lifestyle perspectives from around the world by a woman of color. My full-time travel journey began three years ago and within that time I’ve been able to experience the world up close and personal, one destination at a time. Through my travel blog, you can join my intimate journey around the world across land and sea.

In addition to educating, inspiring, and entertaining you, I hope to fill the diversity void in travel & tourism. I highlight safety and ease of travel abroad, share authentic cultural experiences, travel tips, GPS-enabled travel guides and more here on my travel blog.

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Pampered Travelers Escape to Ani Villas for Luxury • NYT Travel...

The New York Times Travel Show returned this year with record-breaking attendance for the longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America. The...

Videos from my solo trip to Bali

I’m back from wonderful Indonesia. It was an amazing journey. Here are a few videos of Bali, Indonesia from my solo female trip. Enjoy...

North Sea Jazz Festival Curacao Review

Landed safely in Curacao just in time for the annual North Sea Jazz Festival. Labor Day festivities kicked into high gear when I met...

I’m going to Punta Cana

I'm going to Punta Cana and can't wait! My travel plans for November were all over the map thanks to storms throughout most of the...

Yacht Experience: Santorini, Greece

Add a private yacht experience to your list of things to do while in Santorini! We stayed at the lovely Mystique and there's a...

Cayman Islands + Solo Female Travel Tips

Cayman Islands remain my favorite go-to destination in the Caribbean. After traveling the Caribbean Sea, I'm home in Grand Cayman. Sade sang it’s never as good...

Not all who wander are lost

It is amazing how others perceive you when you express a desire to travel the world. The immediate thought is you must be crazy....

10 Hiking Tips for Your Next Trip

Planning ahead before hiking is essential for success. Spare yourself drama and consider these 10 hiking tips on your next trip. Water. No brainer,...

Warung bejana • Restaurant Review

bejana is an authentic Balinese restaurant offering a journey through Indonesian Archipelago. Located in Badung, the open air restaurant is perfectly situated on a...

The Buccaneer: St. Croix, Virgin Islands

November is my birthday month and I travel a lot during this time. Each year, I set out to find a relaxing and memorable experience...

Simple Hiking Tips for Every Season

There are several good hiking tips in the blogosphere. In this post, I focus on seasonal hiking tips:  Seasonal Hiking Tips for Summer Hike before...

Traveling while vegetarian • quick meals

Traveling while vegetarian takes some planning but is getting easier as more establishments recognize the diverse dietary needs of travelers and tourists. I like...

How I prep for solo female travel

Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason. I get the urge for travel, pick a destination, and head for the hills or sea. When getting...

GPS Guided Travel Article: Turks and Caicos (Free Promotion)

gps guided travel article apps Have you ever read a travel article and wished you could take it with you as a guide or itinerary...

How to see Sydney in Two Days

Sydney, the land way down under. No one in their right mind travels to Australia to stay for just two days, except me. Life is...

New York Times Travel Show 2017 opens tomorrow

The New York Times Travel Show 2017 opens tomorrow and Cultured Black Pearl has your coverage! The largest consumer travel and trade show in North...

Jazz Legend Al Jarreau Dead at 76

Jazz Legend Al Jarreau Has Died The sudden news that Al Jarreau died this morning hit hard. Rewind back barely seven months ago and I was...

Barong and Keris Dance: Balinese Cultural Dance

Check out the Barong and Keris Dance while in Batubulan village. The Barong represents a good spirit and is a mythological animal. The dance...

Spicy Peperonata Pasta

Cooking my first meal with Blue Apron was so much fun! The first dish was a savory and tangy Spicy Peperonata Pasta. Being vegetarian...

Things to do in Cali Colombia

Going back to Cali, Cali, Cali! Had a blast in Colombia for a trip that wasn't planned. Cali reminded me of San Diego. It was safe and...
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Uganda Travel: Sipi Falls Things to Do

Making fresh coffee in Sipi Falls, Uganda Time to get away from the city and explore...
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Post-trip debrief: Uganda Missionary Trip

Reflections of mission trip in Uganda I volunteered in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa! The opportunity to...
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5 Tips for Finding the Right Mission Trip to Support

Pray about your mission trip A mission trip is different from other humanitarian work. Often faith-based....
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Solo Female Travel in Kyoto (and Osaka + Tokyo)

Outside of cherry blossom viewing, my solo travel to Kyoto included a flexible itinerary. Yearning to...
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How you can legally travel to Cuba + Trump’s Cuba Policy Explained

With travel rules to Cuba constantly changing, many confused American travelers are unaware of how to...

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