What is holding you back from traveling to Africa?

Africa is a continent comprised of 54 distinct countries whose shores kiss major waterways such as the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Guinea, and Mozambique Channel. Whew! That’s a lot of water! I am always stumped when people ask me which country is my favorite one to visit. […]

Music Tourism

Music has a powerful effect on the brain, according to hopkinsmedicine.com listening to or playing music can help your brain stay engaged throughout the aging process. It is also said listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, pain, as well as, improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory. How many of you are […]

Ugly American or Miseducated American?

According to the Urban dictionary, an “Ugly American” is an American citizen who visits a foreign country and views everything from an American standard, refusing to acknowledge local culture and standards. As a result of this ethnocentric viewpoint, Americans are often perceived as ignorant or rude due to being dismissive of local culture. Do Americans […]

Africa: Red, Green, & Gold

There are approximately 204 countries on 7 continents throughout the world. The continent of Asia is the most populated continent with 60% of earth’s total inhabitants. Africa is the hottest continent, so it is no wonder it is home to three deserts with the Sahara occupying 25% of the total area of Africa.  North America […]

Travel Tales: Dakar, Senegal

Travel can be described as people moving between geographical locations by foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, bus, airplane, ship or other means, with or without luggage, and can be one-way or round-trip. Travel can be comprised of short sojourns between sequential actions. The purpose of travel may vary, whether for recreation, research, volunteering, business, or mission […]

Soul Food

Soul Food is a term coined by the African American community to describe congregating with your family over a meal and reminiscing about the old days. In all the various African countries, eating time is family time, so it’s not a surprise Africa has a major food scene. There are several cities in Africa known […]

Chocolate: The Bittersweet History

The cocoa tree is believed to have originated millions of years ago in South America. In fact, the modern word “cacao” is derived from “kakaw” and is of Olmec origin and the first recorded use of the term was in 400 BC. According to historians, they believe the Olmecs were the first people to consume […]

The Art of Negotiation

In the US, negotiation is permitted and expected when purchasing a home, car, insurance, at swap meets/flea markets, on eCommerce sites, and other establishments. A home is a major expense and the final purchase is often based upon location, number of days on the market, supply and demand, size, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, condition, […]

Le Musee des Civilisations Noires: The Museum of Black Civilizations

It was the first President of Senegal, Leopold Sedar Senghor who first had the vision of a museum celebrating African culture. Senghor was born on October 9, 1906 in Joal, Senegal. He studied at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand and at the Sorbonne in Paris where he discovered African art’s impact on modern day painting, sculpture, and […]

There is something about warm weather, clear blue water, and sand between your toes

According to AAA, an estimated 88 million Americans planned to take a family vacation in 2018. Many of these destinations will be warm, while 35% of travelers plan to visit an international destination. Americans love to travel to islands and tend to visit places like Hawaii, Mexico, The Caribbean, the Florida Keys, and countless other […]