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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...

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...

Basque Style Cod and Freekeh

Basque Style Cod with sweet pepper, tomato sauce and Freekeh is my latest Blue Apron creation basque style cod Blue Apron continues to expose me 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...

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....

Pampered Travelers Escape to Ani Villas for Luxury • NYT Travel...

The New York Times Travel Show returned this year with record-breaking attendance for the longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America. The...

The Carlyle Penthouse • South Beach Miami Hotel Review

The Carlyle Hotel in South Beach Miami is in an amazing location. Located in the center of South Beach on Ocean Drive right across from...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Post-trip debrief: Uganda Missionary Trip

Reflections of mission trip in Uganda I volunteered in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa! The opportunity to serve the community and vacate appealed to me. I...

The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, Punta Cana Hotel Review

The week before Christmas I had the bright idea to get away to Punta Cana. I'd never had a desire to visit the Dominican...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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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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