I Don’t Know Where To Go
Based on the questions I was asked on my most recent trip and addressing “Why American black people don’t travel internationally more?” People wanted to know how I selected the places I travel to. Personally, when I plan my international travel there are a few factors I consider: how much time I have, how many places can I visit during that time and cost.
Typically I have a week for travel and my goal is to go to as many places as I can in that amount of time. I am usually pretty aggressive with my travel schedule and I use the Skyscanner App as my personal booking agent. It’s Skyscanner that actually determines where I go. The app allows you to put in a starting point and select “Everywhere” for the destination. From this, I choose a destination. The key to Skyscanner I am willing to go anywhere - are you?
How Much Does It Cost For International Travel
International travel does not have to be expensive if you are willing to go destinations within your budget. The budget for my most recent international travel was $500, that’s not a typo. Using the Skyscanner app I am able to get the best available airfares. I typically start in Iceland as it’s a hub for international travel and my jump off point to Europe.
World Tour 2019 started with a round trip ticket to Iceland. From Iceland, I was able to go to London England, Athens Greece, Milan Italy, Barcelona Spain, Malaga Spain, Ceuta Africa. All for under $500. I have found over the years that travel gets much cheaper once you get Europe.
What if I Am Scared to Travel Internationally
I was amazed at how many people said they were afraid to travel internationally. I am a solo traveler and I would think women would be more afraid to travel by themselves over men. But I was very well mistaken. Just as many men reached out to me and said they were afraid to travel solo abroad as women. When I asked why it was simply, fear of the unknown.
In actuality, most countries are actually safer than the US. I have always wanted to travel the world and when I finally pulled the trigger and said I’m going to just do it I don’t believe I ever thought about the safety factor. But what I did do is look at the State Department Travel Advisory Website which lists countries that are not suggested for travel at any given time. I also register my travel itinerary with the State Department, just in case.
In summary, I believe if you have the opportunity to travel internationally you should. The experiences that I have gained traveling internationally has been life-changing. Visiting different countries and seeing ancient ruins that I studied in school and cared nothing about now have new meaning.
I would like all black Americans to have the opportunity to travel the world. Therefore I have dedicated this section of the blog to share what I know so that you will have the tools and the knowledge to begin your global explorations. Make sure to register to the blog and join the mailing list to be updated and receive exclusive information direct to your inbox.