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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

Sunsets & Strolls: Santorini, Greece

Sunsets, strolling, and cheese! My fondest memories of Santorini. Roaming free through the towns of Santorini resulted in one of the most rejuvenating experiences of...

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...

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....

Things to do in Cartagena

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

How to see Sydney in Two Days

Sydney, the land way down under. No one in their right mind travels to Australia to stay for just two days, except me. Life is...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Why I’m not going back to Punta Cana

A few days in and I knew for sure I was enjoying Punta Cana. Then, the shit hit the fan in the most literal...

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...

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...
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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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