So I am sitting here anticipating the last day of school (which is Friday and I can’t wait), I’ve been thinking about traveling over the summer. I am also awaiting the arrival of my renewed passport. I have been doing research on sites like Passport Heavy, Travel Noire, Black Girls Travel Too, etc., and I’ve been doing research for places to travel in 2018. Traveling is something that is near and dear to me since I have been a little girl, having lived in England for a few years.
I have done some minor traveling like up and down the east coast of the US and cruises to Mexico, but never a trip where I had to take a plane and stay at a hotel in a foreign country. I have seen so many black millenials traveling around the world and I know that it is possible. I always thought that I had to wait until after my student loans were paid off, but now, I don’t have to wait.
I will start small this summer and then travel big next year. There are places around Texas that I haven’t been and I want to see different places and waterfalls. I’ve seen so many different places in Texas that are beautiful and to not know that there were places to go in my own state. I think travel is important and necessary especially for POC. I know many people my age (28) who have never been on a plane or even left the state and I find that sad because they don’t know what else is out there. There is a whole world out there just waiting to be seen and discovered.
I am going to make it a mission and a goal to travel as much of the world as possible in my lifetime, to visit every country and to have a passport full of stamps. I want to be well cultured. I don’t think I was meant to live in the US and work a 9-5 job until I retire. Many millennials are realizing this and taking advantage of the opportunity to be able to do it.
Once I receive my passport I know it will be real and I will start planning for travel over the holiday breaks this upcoming school year. I will also start saving. I do plan to travel by myself because I think that would be best for me. I think traveling by myself will help me to find what it is I want to do and where I want to live. Being stationary is so toxic and not conducive to a healthy life, in my opinion, and I am only speaking for myself. Having lived in another country, there is so much more out there for me.
If you are a POC and traveling, what has your experience been like and where have you been?