[Bitchie Travel] 'I'm 32-Years-Old And Have Traveled To 70 Countries'

I Am 32 And Have Traveled To 70 Countries

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  1. sugarhoney says:

    As someone who also travels, get a travel rewards card so you can accrue points.

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    1. A friend of mine (Nigel D over at Real Talk NY) told me three years ago to get a travel rewards credit card. I don’t know what took me so long to listen. I finally got an American Express Delta Skymiles card and let me say it’s been the best decision I’ve made in a long time. I believe they give you a mile or two per dollar spent, plus those miles go towards your medallion status with the airline which waives baggage fees and qualifies you for free upgrades. I use that card for almost every single expense, and obtain a lot of miles in return. I also make sure I chose the same hotel chain and sign up for their points programs as well. Points programs are LIFE!

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      1. Naomi J. says:

        I reallllyyy need to get on a frequent fliers program, it sickens me to think how many miles I’ve just given away, I’ve been to Asia and South America in the last 6mos alone. My problem is, I usually find the cheapest/best flights with different airlines. Oftentimes I purchase from Expedia, or mobissimo, etc… One way could be delta, another way jet blue. It doesn’t worry you guys that you might be paying looooads more for that flight just to get the points?? What if I don’t really have any loyalty to one airline yet?.

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        1. tt says:

          I usually compare prices and the prices aren’t too much of a difference so I stick with Delta unless another airline is extremely cheaper. I don’t fly US Airways because after 3/4 bad experiences they can’t have my money so it makes it easier for me…You can sign up for more than one program and you earn miles/points even when you book through sites such as expedia, etc…

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        2. Naomi J says:

          Can you recommend any programs that are not affiliated with credit cards? I am looking up Delta’s now… Thanks hun!

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      2. sugarhoney says:

        yes necole!!!! I have the same exact card!

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      3. Prizzy says:

        which level do you have? Gold or platinum? I want one but the annual fee is expensive.

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    2. Trish says:

      Wow I feel so un evolved I didn’t even know there were 70 countries

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      1. Kemi says:

        Beautiful pictures/ sceneries! Thanks for sharing your cultural experiences! I’m inspired to travel more…

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        1. For real says:

          Black Americans need to travel all over sub-Saharan Africa. There’s so much to see and enjoy!

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      2. Trisha says:

        Ummm…

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    3. Autumn. says:

      I think my main concern is safety. None of my friends are interested in exploring, and I’m tired of putting off my goals just because no one wants to do things with me.

      I know many people that have travelled alone, but I don’t have the balls to do that just yet…

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      1. sugarhoney says:

        hey autumn, do it!!!!!! you will meet so many great people along the way, they will eventually be your friends.

        contiki has some great travel deals and it’s solely for 18-35 year olds. You will be traveling alone but will be with other folks around your age who are also traveling alone.

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      2. islandgirl says:

        DO IT!!!! I went to Brazil by myself as a reward for getting into residency. One of the best trips I’ve taken so far. I was in the city (Salvador) with the highest murder rate at the time..alone.. and funny thing is…no one bothered me because they all thought I was brazilian until I opened my mouth and even then everyone was really nice. Just have to be smart!!

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      3. E.Crystal says:

        I am in the same position as you. Kind of scared to travel alone because my friends don’t want to do it or can’t financially afford…They should make a site were you can meet up with other people who want to travel but don’t want to do it alone but im jus going to go for it. I’m not waiting around on people anymore. I’ll just take Jesus with me and I should be fine.

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        1. Lolo says:

          Put your fears and just do it! I waited around for my girlfriends to travel with me for so long, i gave up and started traveling alone. I even formed a travel club to encourage people (women) to travel more. I know the desire is there but we are held back by fear and excuses.
          When people go on shopping sprees when they get their tax refund, guess what you can do?
          As I type this, I’m in Lisbon, Portugal, traveling solo. I don’t know a soul out here but last evening met 4 other travelers from Belgium, Mexico and 2 from northern portugal. We had dinner together and drinks…. And just like that *snaps finger* friendships are formed!
          When I’m not traveling alone I create travel itineraries (budget friendly) and host group travels.
          This year i have Cape Town, Dubai, Zanzibar, Sydney, Paris, London etc. in the works..

          Join us if you like! Tell your friends to tell their friends and tag along 🙂
          Good luck!
          Twitter: @NubianneTravels

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        2. Naomi J. says:

          Solo travel is a. Must! Especially for a young black woman. The me time is GOLDEN. Solace, clarity, brainstorming, etc.. And it’s sooo much fun. You meet so many more ppl when you’re not latched on to a friend. It forces you to make new companions. Just last week when I was in lima, Peru, I went to lunch by myself and before I had even ordered my food a group of 3 invited me to their table. I ended up having a nice little romance with one of the guys ::blushes:: spending my last 2 days in the country with him… <3<3 And one of the girls and I are planning a road trip together, as she's originally from a city near me.

          Doooo it doooo it!! @naomi.nocampbell, I'm here if you need aaaanny more encouragement :*

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        3. dee says:

          You can find travel groups where single women link up to travel. Try Meetup online. Good luck!

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    4. WhatYouSay! says:

      This is inspiration!

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      1. chococherry says:

        Yes it is but i think I’ll have a panic attack on a long flight. Im scared of heights but i want to do it so bad.

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  2. Janay Tiarra says:

    This is so amazing. Her story has really inspired me to lessen my emphasis on the materialistic things I value such as where I live or where I dine and invest that money into traveling. I have never been out of the country and I’m 27!!! Very inspiring. Good for her!

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  3. Ronnia says:

    This is so beautiful! Exactly what I needed 🙂
    We do need to see more examples of Black travelers.
    It is my goal to do the same thing so thank you for sharing.

    I’m currently using Trevolta.com to fund a trip to S. Africa.
    It’s like the Kickstarter/Indiegogo for travel. Great resource.

    (No, I’m not spam LOL just a nerd for travel & tech)

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    1. Lady says:

      Why don’t you just save your money and pay for your own trip? Raise money? Come on…

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  4. Amazing! I follow Oneika on her blog! She’s one of the people who inspired me to begin traveling and start a travel club to inspire others!
    Just do it guys! Travel and see the world.
    NubianneTravelClub.com

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  5. Iamro says:

    She’s prestigious
    Hook us up with her contact info

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  6. Rae B says:

    I love HER!! She’s my favorite travel blogger! I now travel as often as possible..if I have a free weekend I’m out and all summer I already plan to visit 5 countries! Live life to its fullest everyone !

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  7. Love her zeal for life & travel. Those travel tips are awesome!

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  8. the anti idiot says:

    Very very inspiring! I am headed to Taiwan to find a husband lol. Well done Miss!

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  9. Philly's Finest!! says:

    The earth is spacious! There is nothing wrong with traveling

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  10. Sitting. Pretty.Witty.Wise says:

    I absolutely love it! I am a travel addict as well. Your tips were perfect. Safe travels!

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  11. Jbaby says:

    Wow this is amazing!! I am a traveler at heart and will continue to fulfill my desire to travel. I recently went o DR and I will make sure to plan my next trip accordingly.

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  12. Becca says:

    I mean, this is wonderful and all but many of us have children, jobs and missing the financial resources to do this. Ladies and gents do it while youre young and single! It will be a lot harder later on in life. If you have the money to visit over 50 countries thats awesome!

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    1. Lotus says:

      I travel locally now, but when my kids finally leave the house, believe me! I’m gonna drag my husband all over the globe.

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      1. Lotus says:

        Instead of locally, I should of said around the country.

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      2. Black Bella says:

        I have an old coworker who would save up every year for a family trip to a new country with his kids. I hope to do that when I have kids. My point is I think it would be great to be able to share some of those moments with the entire family. Don’t put off travel until your kids are out the house, because next it’s going to be retirement, and more and more excuses (I hope that doesn’t come off as rude, not my point). It’s nothing to take a shoe box and put a few dollars a day/week (let’s say you decide to skip lunch or carpool) in it. Soon enough you will have enough money to take a least one trip. Traveling to the Caribbean is pretty inexpensive. And if your kids are almost out the house and you really just want it to be you and ur husband, I sure you can leave them at home for 3-4 days and take a nice vacay with him 🙂

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    2. blasian says:

      Please take your kids if possible! Almost all of Europe have significant discount prices for children! Many times free! Even if you have babies and preschoolers. You’ll find that the rest of the world loves children! I have 3 kids born in 3 different countries and I always take them with me. It helps with raising them as global citizens.

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  13. thumbs.down says:

    I’m waiting for the story of how someone pulled off traveling with children. Younger ones. No negativity, just want to see its possible. I’m so afraid to dip into my funds because i know if something happens, no one will aid me. Idk.

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    1. Noodlebug says:

      That’s my goal for when I have children so I’d love to see that as well. There was one where it was a single mom and she was traveling but I can’t remember the blog.

      Anyway…I love this girl!

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      1. chococherry says:

        That’s my thing, i wouldn’t feel right if my kids couldn’t experience it with me. I want all of us to go.

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  14. or Jordan’s lol

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  15. By next year travel is my goal

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  16. How many people with real jobs are rocking Louboutins? I’m a teacher and those shoes are almost a month of pay for me.

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    1. Tonia Foster says:

      Hardly any and if so they probably splurged to get them.

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  17. What is our lives about right now? Lauren Holloway Nia Levy

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  18. Janet Ross says:

    I tell people this all the time. I just started with my travels pretty much the same as her. I was a certified shopaholic until I reunited with a couple of friends that travel every year. I got my first taste with a trip to Paris and Ive been hooked (and traveling) ever since. A year before I went there was NO thought in my mind I would be standing in the middle of the Louvre. I go anywhere any celebrity can go. And I do it on a budget. My friends showed me a way of life that was WAY more fulfilling than shoes and handbags. So I changed my life, my priorities and my spending habits. It can be done if you really want to do it. YOU just have to believe that you can do it. I am proof that with a little bit of determination and sacrifice, your wildest dreams can be a reality.

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    1. Janet Ross says:

      Nope. I work a mid level paying job in a college library. And I’m at work (mostly) everyday LOL. I earn the average 10 day vacation per year.

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      1. Lolo says:

        I was in college, working part time when I took my first trip abroad.
        When I got my tax refund check, I bought a plane ticket. In the summer, worked two jobs, used that money to book accommodation and spending money.
        Every year I did this to travel to a different country. Still at it 😀
        Twitter: @NubianneTravels

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  19. I don’t think anybody that’s complaining about not being able to afford to travel is buying louboutins

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    1. Thank you, why do we always have to throw -off at others to make a point?

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      1. chococherry says:

        Yall missed the point. I got her comment and very well said dear. Why do some people always have to be negative, what was wrong with what she said?

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  20. Prizzy says:

    Check out Globetrotting Mama. She has a site and FB and talks about traveling with kids.

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  21. Kristie Rudd says:

    Never purchased Louboutins and probably never will! I hope I can afford to travel abroad at least once in my life.. You go girl! 70 countries? #awesome

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  22. Kylha Moore says:

    Very inspiring

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  23. blog queen says:

    Wow..so nice…I am inspired..
    My friend set up a blog theglobebird.blogspot.ca to share people’s travel experiences, suggestions,photos, tips and other things to encourage people to travel check it out guys and please email theglobebird @gmail.com with yours

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  24. Jo C. says:

    I’ve been to 53 countries and I’m 31 but have been to all 7 continents by the time I was 19!

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  25. I don’t understand why traveling is so coveted. Maybe it’s because I was a military brat and I’ve moved most of my life, but it was never really that high on my priority list…

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  26. Allynn Diaz says:

    The way my mortgage payment is set up… Lol! More power to u girl! I’ll get there one day 🙂

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  27. NOLAM says:

    Necole,
    Can you add her to your Bitchie Travel staff?
    She definately has the credentials.
    Let’s go. Where to next?

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  28. Shay says:

    Now this is life!!! I’ve been to Brazil and Africa before I turned 20. I am looking to travel to so many more places now that I joined Paycation. I get 75% commission on all of my traveling and even some of my trips will be free. I also have the AE sky miles reward card. I just don’t know where I want to go first but I’m thinking Dubai.

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  29. Over it! says:

    Incredibly inspired and jealous at the same damn time!

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  30. Candy says:

    My kind of girl!

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  31. LadyB says:

    Love these travel and vision stories they are so beautiful and refreshing to see

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  32. lala says:

    Great series Necole!!! This writers experience is awesome.

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  33. Esme says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with a lot of this- I can never buy a Prada bag or Louboutins because every time I get a decent amount of money together I book a plane ticket! Gaining new experiences and learning about different cultures, taking it all in is absolutely priceless and to me far outweighs a pair of red bottoms…

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  34. Ann says:

    Another way to travel on the cheap is cruises. U can take a short cruise no more than 3-5 days.

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  35. Mia says:

    Love this. Thanks for featuring her. Soooo glad to hear she’s doing what they think we don’t (although I know many blacks who love to travel like that… Myself included :). She reminds me soooo much of myself (X a few thought… I haven’t been that many places). Living abroad is one of the best ways to start. It’s a lot cheaper to travel certain places. Do it all before you settle down and buy a home, as it is harder once you have fixed expenses like a mortgage and/or kids. Although, never let that stop you. Travel has changed my life, my views on the world and the people in it, and really helped me to find myself.

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    1. Lolo says:

      I couldn’t agree more! Well said.

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  36. Miranda says:

    Well I can’t speak for everyone but as for me personally I can’t afford to travel at all. I’m saving up money to move out. Traveling is an awesome adventure and kudos to those who can do so but some of us simply cannot. There’s a lot of people struggling to pay bills and keep food on the table. Perhaps if I was young and beautiful someone would help me out but alas I’m tired and old. I love seeing black women living their lives to fullest and I love Necole Bitchie you rock girl!

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  37. Stacey says:

    This is awsome, I like to travel but I always feel that I don’t have enough funds for it. This article put a whole new perspective about traveling

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  39. Jaygee says:

    The way I got introduced to travel was through school. I went to a HBCU undergrad and don’t believe there were opprtunites for travel. For grad school I wanted to go to a PWI- just to get a comprehensive “experience”. I say this to say- I was able to (currently) do a semester abroad in Cape Town. The school paid for my flight, I stay in the house with my 17 students and have a car to drive with a 5k stipend. I’m the RA.

    You have to put yourself out there for opps. Talk to your advisor and see if there are any aboard opps available. Check a year in advance. Most of these white kids have been all OVER! I want our people to experience that. Don’t let fear hold you back! When I told people I was coming I heard the most ignorant comments from MY people. “You gon live in a bush?- you gon catch Ebola”. ( more people in America had Ebola then in SA- but whatever) Just uninformed opinions. It’s such a big world out there- please don’t be physically and mentally confined to your block, Burrough, or neighborhood.

    This took access and agency I will admit. Having sought out post-graduate eduction- but as the author explained it takes some sacrifices. Get off Collins in Miami and branch out! Peace and blessings

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  40. brittany says:

    this is amazing and inspirational <3

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  41. Zipho says:

    Impressed a lot! I also consider myself well travelled but she trumps me big time,. I’m a lot older now but most of my travels were done at a young age like her. Well I’ve been on four continents born in Africa visited Asia , Europe seen South America and now live in the US

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  42. MissClaneouss says:

    Travelling is LIFE. These days it isn’t reserved for people with money and it isn’t elitist. There’s so many ways to travel on a budget so ‘having bills’ isn’t a good enough reason not to voyage! Don’t get it twisted, I moan about my rent and the tax man but I still make sure I put some money aside to get up and go when I want. I took an impromptu trip to Morocco a few weeks ago and loved every single minute of it! Furthermore, my flights were ridiculously cheap! Ladies, when there’s a will – there’s a way.

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  43. This is so excellent! Do you have a follow-up article that speaks to how you were enhanced personally or professionally as a result of all your travels? So wonderful that you have been able to see this much of the world.

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  44. Thistoryhistory is so excellent! Do you have a follow-up article that speaks to how you were enhanced personally or professionally as a result of all your travels? So wonderful that you have been able to see this much of the world.

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  45. staceecakess says:

    That booty in that Caribana picture thou 0_0

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  46. Monica says:

    I’m a physicians asst and still studying to do more and invest my money. Traveling is nice but who has that much time. Ladies invest and plan quality vacations and travel. It’s not the quantity that matters.

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