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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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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...

Seychelles Islands should be on your bucket list – NYT Travel...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSo0G40P9AI] Seychelles are some of the most beautiful islands in the world and a favorite destination as a solo female traveler. The fastest way to...

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 Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport – Hotel Review

Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport exceeded expectations My international flight into Bali landed in the middle of the night. It was hot and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

San Felipe de Barajas Castle

Some part of me blames Disney for creating a false perception of what a castle truly looks like. The illusion in my head resembled...

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...

The New York Times Travel Show 2017

  The New York Times Travel Show brings together travelers and industry professionals from around the world for a fun weekend of excursions in New...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Uganda Mission Trip 2017 (Trip Planning)

I’ve always had a philanthropic heart. Helping others at home or abroad brings me joy. And, I don’t serve for accolades. Being blessed to...

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...

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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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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