January 8, 2020

I once wrote that travel is not my escapism. And now I feel like a hypocrite.

April 2019

My mom came to help me get settled into my new apartment. I’d spent a week lugging all of my belongings down the stairwell of the building I’ve lived in for going on 5 years. I only...

January 14, 2019

Those that engage in sustainable tourism seek to lessen their negative impact on the environment and local culture, while helping to generate economic opportunities for local people. You can use these three sustainable tourism principles when developing your next trip...

November 19, 2018

What is Afro-Latin America?

Afro-Latin America comprises the regions of Latin America where significant groups of people of known African ancestry are found. This includes the regions of America that contain nations that were colonized by Spain and Portugal.

See below fo...

February 5, 2018

Transformative travel requires an intention, and often times, requires significant efforts in planning. Transformative travel will not just happen. It requires the right environment, open mindedness, and the will to be moved.. If all-inclusive resorts allow you to be c...

January 5, 2018

Faking it is a form of practicing and signaling. By emulating the roles, actions and demeanors of that person that you want to be, you inherently practice a specific behavior and it signals to others that they should treat you as if you were who you aspire to be. And s...

October 10, 2017

Much of my research happens on the ground too. I believe in engaging with locals in order to create the greatest travel experience. Think about it: travel guides are sometimes years old. Restaurants and hotels listed in them often change, or shut down by the time you g...

September 21, 2017

AfroBuenaventura and ROAM Magazine have partnered together for the September and November issues that will feature AfroBuenaventura's content, including articles and original photography! On pages 16-19 of the September issue, you can revisit my journey through the bla...

August 14, 2017

Everyday during summers spent with my dad, we'd get up with him as he headed off to work. When my sister and I got into the car, he'd lead us through a series of affirmations. "I am as good as the best, and better than the rest!" was one of our favorites. Starting our...

July 24, 2017

Update as of 10/6/17

If you like this story and are intrigued by the story of Yanga, join me in February 2018 to celebrate Carnival in Veracruz among Afrodescendant communities. More details here.

Intention Meets Confirmation

Coming off the heels of slight disappointment...

July 11, 2017

Update as of 10/6/17

If you like this story and are intrigued by the story of Yanga, join me in February 2018 to celebrate Carnival in Veracruz among Afrodescendant communities. More details here.

Every time I approached a representative at the local tourism office kiosk...

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