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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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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...

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...

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 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...

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....

How Brazilian wax in Hoboken led me to Blue Apron

Conversation topics during a Brazilian wax run the gamut. So, I wasn't taken aback when Blue Apron came up. After all, you need something to take...

Blissful nights at Hotel Spiwak: Cali, Colombia

Recently, I had a chance to stay at Hotel Spiwak while in Cali on my Colombian vacation. I loved the hotel! It was centrally...

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...

Start Here: Getting around Cultured Black Pearl

Welcome to Cultured Black Pearl! Cultured Black Pearl is a new digital platform featuring my perspectives from around the world as a solo female traveler. Be...

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,...

Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Credit Card

Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Credit Card is the perfect choice for my upcoming trip to Curacao and for anyone looking to earn Hilton...

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...

Mixed feelings after solo trip to Curacao

Many travelers rave about Curacao which peaked my travel addiction just in time for the annual North Sea Jazz Festival Located among the ABC islands...

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...

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...

Club Meliá • Is membership worth the reward?

Not sure if membership in Club Meliá is right for you? Here's how the program works and what you should consider before making the...

Hilton Curacao needs a Beyonce style upgrade

Hilton Curacao needs an upgrade, now! As a Hilton Honors member, I made an exception to stay at Hilton Curacao hotel having heard it...

Things to do and see in Barbados

No sleep in Barbados! The longest work week fell upon me. Working 18 hour days was for the birds. The busy season never seemed to end...

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...

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...
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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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