The thought of traveling to Tanzania is still a laughable joke. It was so spontaneous, I am very surprised with the turn that it took (Of course in a good way).

Initially, the plan was to visit Kigali in Rwanda. I mean we started planning this trip all the way in October of last year (2018). Ever since we had a lay over in Rwanda back in 2016 en-route to Dubai, we instantly fell in love and knew that this was a city that had to be added to the bucket list. Continue reading “Dare-salaam, TZ. 🇹🇿🌍”

You cannot visit London and not make your way to Paris. It doesn’t work like that and is completely un-natural. Paris is literally 2hrs away by train and even shorter by flight. During my Euro tour, these two cities were a must and literally the two main destinations.

I’ve always thought of visiting Paris in the winter time. Pictures and aesthetics wise, it just made sense in my head. Also the foodie that I am, I was eager and very excited to visit the cuisine capital. Paris is the capital of France. Just like London, it is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion,  and culture. Known for its major landmark like the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Continue reading “PARIS 🇫🇷”

Come through 2019. This year started off on such a high and positive note. Y’all know that traveling has always been my thing and by the time this trip came about, it felt like I was caged for way too long.

I spent my last days of 2018 and my first few days of 2019 living it up across the pond. I was fortunate enough to make my way to London during my first Europe tour and words cannot even describe how amazing it was. Continue reading “Across The Pond 🇬🇧🌏”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK🏙🗽🌆

It’s the city that never sleeps. From its vibrant culture and city lights to the hustle and flow mentality of every soul, New York might just be the next move.  I know I have always wanted to move out from my home state (Lowell, Massachusetts) and move to a place where I could finally plant my own roots and lay the foundation of my life. As scary and crazy as it sounds the big apple might be destined for me.

So this whole idea started when I recently went for a weekend to celebrate a friend’s birth day.   Long story short it was LIT. I am talking about from the night life to a day of sightseeing. We ended up renting an Airbnb in Manhattan for the few days we were there and commuted everywhere using subway or Uber.  Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to visit NYC several times but it was only this time round where I got to see NY for its true authentic self and I completely fell in love. They weren’t wrong when they said home is where the heart is. In the past when I visited, I only did the touristy stuff. Visiting Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and so on and so forth. But it was until I got to experience the culture is when I finally fell in love.

NY is well known for its diversity. It’s literally a melting pot of everybody from different cultures and all walks of all life. One thing for sure, you’re bound to at least meet every race and ethnicity. According to worldsrtides.com, More than 800 languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. 4 in 10 households speak a language other than English.

It’s crazy because everybody that I have told about the idea of moving to NY has basically looked at me crazy. They get this look on their face of ‘WTF’. The notion of NY being an expensive city and the fast paced doesn’t scare me at all. I mean it does a little bit but it’s in the sense of the fact that I am getting out of my comfort zone. But all in all the idea of proving everybody wrong and challenging myself on a different level of capacity is one of the few things that’s actually attracting me to it.

In this journey, I have made sure to check other parts of NY just in case this whole city thing doesn’t really work out for me. I had the opportunity to visit a good friend who lives in Albany, NY. Albany definitely shocked me. It wasn’t what I expected it to be. Meaning, I was expecting upstate New York vibes and a whole lot of countryside. (I apologize for my ignorance and bad geography skills.) Although being the capital for NY and way much smaller than NYC, it left a good impression on me. A city that’s way more diverse in every aspect than what I am used to still contributed to my love for the state as a whole. Let’s not forget the beauty of its architectural buildings and its rich history of the American people.

When I think of living in the big apple I picture myself like the likes of Janet mock the co-stars of the new show hustle in Brooklyn, Jessica Parker in sex and the city and some of my favorite people that I follow or look up to. From their career paths to the social lifestyle. Low-key, they have made it look easy but I am ready to hustle and grind to make it in this big city. Failure is absolutely not an option.

All in all I am not putting my eggs all in one basket. The whole point of this post is to put the idea out into the universe and let it manifest towards my end goal. Maybe New York will not work out. It might be a different city or town in Massachusetts or even a different country but am so ready to plant my seeds in a different garden. Wherever that maybe, I am ready to spread my wings and soar.

Cancun, Mexico 🇲🇽 🌴☀️

Let me just start off by saying writing on the regular or maintaining this blog is a work in progress. It’s not the lack of content but rather the time, motivation and energy for me to sit down and write. Of course when I do write it’s always therapeutic. Think of it as going to the gym. The hardest part is literally gathering all of yourself and going to the gym. But after you get there and work out, it’s the best feeling ever. So please bear with me and continue showing the love and support. I promise I will get it together.

So it’s the beginning of summer and Lord knows this had been a long time coming. Literally, this was my light and rainbow at the end of my hurricane.  This past winter season had truly been the test of time if it wasn’t already the lowest point of my life.  Afro-Flava wasn’t doing well, my minimum wage job that I had at the time wasn’t working out and having car troubles were some of the experiences life was throwing at me. I was basically trying to make ends meet. Paying my rent at the time was a mission and a half. Looking back, I am still stunned that I was able to push through and make it out. (Those are some stories for another time)

My friends and I had been talking about going on a tropical trip together to start off the summer. All those winter months of watching travel vlogs from the likes of Lydia Dinga, Est-Are and among many others, it was time for us to make our dream a reality. At this point, I had saved a little bit from the new job I had started towards the end of winter into spring. We originally had planned to go to Thailand but the flight prices were not working in our favour. Besides, the amount of hours it takes to travel to Thailand, one needs at least two weeks to not only recover the jetlag but to fully explore Thailand and some of the other Asian countries. (This is still goals). We then settled going to Cuba until last minute when we found out how one has to typically carry cash for the entire trip since debit cards from America do not work there. Let’s not forget the struggles of customs getting into Cuba. (Thanks Trump for ruining it for us after Obama had cleaned up the mess.) After intense deliberation, Cancun, Mexico was where it was meant to be. None of us had been there and some of the packages were within our budget.

We got a package of about $700.00 per person that was all-inclusive (food and liquor, flight and accommodation for 6 days 5 nights). I don’t know about you but that’s a pretty decent deal. This was also the first trip of the year so the hype was very much anticipated. It was also the first time travelling with a big group which I was very selective in going just because the vibe had to be right.

Cancun is a Mexican city on the Yucatán Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea. It, is known for its beaches, numerous resorts and nightlife. Just Like every travel destination, Cancun is composed of 2 distinct areas. The more traditional downtown area, El Centro, and Zona Hotelera, a long, beachfront strip of high-rise hotels, nightclubs, shops and restaurants. Cancun is a popular destination for college students during the spring break period.it is also a very popular destination for black folks especially for memorial weekend

We stayed at Princess Yucatan Resort which is about 40 mins drive outside Cancun. A resort that I must say I will definitely go back. We also bought different activities beforehand so when were there we wouldn’t have had to worry about money or any surprising costs. Going to Cancun was the first trip I had done in terms of going on a full vacation resort. You all know that when I travel I like to experience the culture and learn the way of life. Unfortunately this trip was not one of those but at the same time you can’t blame me after the stormy weather I went through. All I wanted was to bask in the sun by the pool with my cocktails and relax.

This trip was everything and more. Not only was it much needed but it was a reward to myself. I am grateful I got to experience this trip and just like I imagined it did set the tone for the rest of the summer. Make sure to follow me on Instagram @Victor_4realzz and check-out my highlight for the full visual aspect of the trip because words cannot express the magical experience.

Dubai Chronicles🇦🇪✈️🌏

They say it happens when you least expect it. Around this time last year, my friends and I were dreaming of the day we would visit Dubai. Let’s just say the “Sex and the City” movie was not only the source of inspiration but it kind of planted the seed. Little did we know, the universe was listening in on us. Just this past week, we got the opportunity to fulfill one of our travel adventures which was to visit the capital city of the Emirate of Dubai. 

Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Located on the Southeast Coast of the Persian Gulf, it has emerged as a global city and business hub of the Middle East.

Some even call Dubai the trendsetter due to the many things you can ONLY find in Dubai. It is known for -:

* The tallest building, man made structure and free standing structure – Burj Khalifa

* The world’s only 7-star hotel – Burj Al Arab, Dubai
*The largest mall in the world – Dubai Mall
* The largest water cannon show in the world – Dubai Mall
* The largest artificial islands in the world – Palm Islands (The Palm Jumeirah, The Palm Jebel Ali and The Palm Deira) in Dubai and among many other things.

With the little background of traveling I have had, I’ve gotten the experience of travelling alone and travelling with a group of friends. Although Both adventures are completely different, they  still quench the thirst of the travel bug (The urge to travel and see the world). As much as I have enjoyed traveling alone and learning more about myself, nothing can beat the excitement and fun that comes with traveling with a group of close friends.

We were a total of four when we decided to take on this adventure. Sandra who I met in South Africa 🇿🇦 ,Natalie my best friend, Adam my childhood best friend, and myself. We Couldn’t have asked for a better crew because not only did each of us bring a different perspective and vibe but we also came with different personalities. 

We booked our flights through RwandAir not knowing what to expect since none of us had heard of it before. Not to be dramatic or over the top but when your planning for a vacation, the kind of airline you use normally sets the mood/foundation for your trip. If you come to think of it, your journey for your trip marks the beginning of your vacation.

To our surprise their services were pretty good. I am talking from the look of the plane to the actual presentation of the staff. Ofcourse my favorite part had to be the food🍲. Normally plane food is never anything to look forward to but RwandAir changed the game for me. I like my food to burst with flavor from the first bite and let’s just say the food that RwandAir served, did that and so much more.

 


Don’t be fooled though. Like every good service there is always a downside to it. RwandAir was not the best with keeping time. Our flights were delayed both when we were leaving for our trip and also when we were returning. This is just a precaution to those who might consider to use their airline. But in all honesty, I would fly with them again just because of their food.

We ended up staying at ‘Time Crystal Hotel Apertments’ in Bersha Heights Dubai. You would think that AB&B would be cheaper but in Dubai it actually isn’t. Hotel apartments tend to be less costly because you can accommodate a large group of people and also save costs by cooking your own meals. Although our location was not as close to the city as we would have liked, the use of uber and taxis made it easier to commute everywhere.

When in Dubai, there are just certain things that you have to do during your visit. We had the intentions of checking out the night scene, the desert Safari and ofcourse tour the city. A night out in Dubai is actually very expensive. Not only do you have to pay for a cover fee at the club but the alcohol itself is also quite pricey. Due to the fact that its a Muslim Country, they tend to have strict laws. Things like alcohol are one of the things that are taken very seriously.​

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I personally must admit the desert safari was the highlight of the trip. 

There’s nothing better than when you are speciafically dressed for an occasion that goes along with the theme. Not only does it set the atmosphere but you are completely embersed in the moment making the experience even more authentic than it already is. Being as outgoing as we are, we knew we had to go all out and dress the part with no apologies.

We got a package that included a late night dinner, hookah, camel ride and the best part, desert driving and dune bashing. Personally when vacationing especially with a group, it’s normally cheaper when it comes to doing activities. Most companies even give a better discount the bigger the group. Groupon (

 


Dubai has opened my eyes and raised the bar when it comes to travel destinations. In the words Gustave Flaubert, “travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”