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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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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...

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...

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...

Things to do in Toronto

A snap decision and request for my presence landed me in Toronto for a fun-filled week of shenanigans. They say Toronto is the mini...

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...

Things to do in Cartagena

Located off the Caribbean coast of Colombia is the lovely town of Cartagena. It’s old charm hasn’t flooded with tourists yet, so, I highly...

i-to-i TEFL review

So last summer I decided to kick my job to the curb. I'd had enough of corporate politics, couldn't use my vacation time, and...

Walled City of Cartagena

Strolling through the streets of Old Town Cartagena with no agenda is surely the best way to experience the Walled City. The main attraction...

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...

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...

US Virgin Islands: St. Croix

Looking for a quick island getaway but wanting to stay in the US, I found myself in St. Croix, Virgin Islands. My friend from...

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...

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...

YouTube Travel Videos

https://apis.google.com/js/platform.js YouTube travel videos highlighting my travel journey! Velassaru Maldives Water Villa Fresh off a month long birthday vacation in Maldives and the Velassaru Maldives villa exceeded...

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...

Mystique: Luxury Collection Hotel

The luxurious Mystique hotel was a warm welcome after sailing hours across the sea from Mykonos. Possibly more attractive than the view is the luxurious affiliation...

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...

Win a travel getaway

Here's your chance for a travel getaway on us! So many people think they can't afford to travel and we get it, travel can be...

Planning solo trip to Bali, Australia, and New Zealand

It’s Bali time! I cannot believe how quickly time ticks. When I agreed to meet a college friend in Indonesia a year before, I didn’t...
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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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