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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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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. Busy season never seemed to end for...

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 Black: Detained in New Zealand

New Zealand started off with a bang! A few years ago, I met a lovely guy in Santorini who insisted I add New Zealand to...

London Eye

The all-seeing London Eye was a fantastic ride. This ferris wheel is the largest in the world and offers spectacular views of London. You...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Touring Eiffel Tower

From New York to Paris! It didn’t matter that we’d flown all night, lacked sleep, and couldn’t check into our rooms. The W was not...

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...

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...

Seared Cod & Summer Succotash

Seared Cod & Summer Succotash is simply irresistible. This Blue Apron recipe doesn’t call for much seasoning yet packs a punch full of flavor....

Where to stay in Cartagena, Colombia

I might be a bit of a snob. But in the best way, I promise! At some point, I got a taste of the suite...

Eating healthy while traveling

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...

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,...

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...

Fun Things to Do in Bali for Solo Travelers

There's plenty of sightseeing in Indonesia. Here's my short list of 5 fun things to do in Bali as a solo female traveler. Padang Padang Beach  On a...

Roasted Eggplant Pitas and Farro Salad

Roasted Eggplant Pitas with Tomato, Cucumber & Farro Salad, my latest Blue Apron creation something new Blue Apron exposed me to delicious vegetarian meals and spices...

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...
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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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