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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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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...

Cooking Couscous Stuffed Zucchini

Back in the kitchen with another Blue Apron recipe. This time I'm making Couscous Stuffed Zucchini with Goat Cheese and Summer Squash Salad. The...

Rosario Islands: Worth the hype?

Having been on many beaches across the world, most of which have been private, I’ve turned into a beach snob (but in the best...

Luwak Coffee Experience in Bali

Before I arrived in Bali, I said I wouldn't do it! Try a cup of Luwak Coffee that is... They call it “cat poop” coffee and...

The irony of trying to pee straight after a Brazilian bikini...

My first Brazilian bikini wax experience and what happened next... It was a typical hot summer day in New York City. I walked down 3rd...

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...

Where to stay in Athens, Greece: Crowne Plaza

Looking for a budget-friendly hotel while in Athens? Then check out the Crowne Plaza in Athens City Center. It’s the perfect choice for affordability,...

Ky-Mani Marley Performs at Farm Up Jamaica Festival

Over the weekend, I watched Ky-Mani Marley perform in South Jamaica, Queens for the first annual Farm Up Jamaica festival. The festival is actually a...

Uganda Travel: Sipi Falls Things to Do

Making fresh coffee in Sipi Falls, Uganda Time to get away from the city and explore the mountainside. So, I headed to Eastern Uganda for...

Bali perspectives after the trip

Bali perspectives after the trip offers a glimpse into my experience. My travel journey to Bali was beyond surreal. The culture, people, and food were all amazing....

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...

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...

Ports of Call Resort Turks and Caicos

Ports of Call Resort, located in the heart of Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos, was a great stay for my recent trip to...

Riu Ocho Rios Hotel Review

In dire need to relax, I was glad to arrive at Hotel Riu in Ocho Rios since that would force me to sit still....

Eating healthy while traveling solo

Being on the go can take a toll on your body, especially if you’re not eating healthy, not staying hydrated, and skipping exercise. As...

Traveling with friends • Is that drama on the road?

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve known your friends when it comes to traveling on the road for any period of time even 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...

Post-trip debrief: Uganda Missionary Trip

Reflections of mission trip in Uganda I volunteered in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa! The opportunity to serve the community and vacate appealed to me. I...

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...

Periods, Snorkels and Sharks in Diamond Head Crater

My longest flight at the time (nearly 15 years ago) was to Hawaii. My mother and I embarked on a getaway to the Big...
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Candle + Spa Subscription Box Review

Hey, Traveling Pearls! I just returned “home” after nine months straight on the road. I actually...
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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...
How to travel to Cuba

How to travel to Cuba right now and tips from a solo female traveler

In this travel article, I share my experience visiting Cuba over the holidays and a...

By Night in Havana with Meiby • Arts Immersion Experience

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VbNsyMDFw8] The decision to spend Christmas in Cuba came as a shock to many friends...

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