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I Traveled To 6 Countries In 16 Days

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  1. Court says:

    This is something I’d do in a heartbeat also. My main question is how much would she recommend to save for the trip?

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    1. Pappy says:

      To y’all who don’t travel much, what I’m going to say will sound like hate, but I promise I’m telling you with good intentions.

      Travelling out of the country is expensive. So, if you are going to spend the money, then make sure you spend it on something memorable. You won’t remember much of your time somewhere of you must spent one or two days there.

      Seriously, this going around the world in 40 days stuff is purely for the sake of stopping in that many countries, not GETTING TO KNOW that many countries.

      I studied abroad for 6 mths in Spain. And I visited different countried while I was there. Some on day trips and some for 4 days or some. The memorable places were the places I took my time at. Seriously, I traveled to France and Switzerland on short trips and barely remember a thing.

      Do not waste your money trying to visit a ton of places in a short time.

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      1. Lola says:

        Very good advice. I’d like to live in a place for enough time to know its little hidden jewels. 🙂

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        1. Roody says:

          Great advice! I have done 6 countries in 3 weeks,it’s not fun. Very exhausting, and what fun you get from jumping from plane to plane. It’s good to go somewhere and be able to enjoy and remember the country! I didn’t like the complaint about the food in Thailand…..asians are known for street food,as a world traveler…you should have known that!

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      2. WhatMoreCanISay says:

        This adventure sounds amazing, and I’m exhausted just thinking about it. I definitely admire her spunk! Flying requires very little physical effort, but the process is draining. It takes some serious mental drive to take that many flights in that small window of time, and be able stay immersed in the experience. Thanks for sharing! A while back I bookmarked an article on CNNs site called “What are the world’s friendliest/unfriendliest cities?” that I use for a reference. I’m pretty sure Moscow was in the top 5 unfriendliest, so she’s not alone there! It’s a good list if anyone wants a reference point. I’m not sure if we can post links, but you can google the title. I’m dreaming of going to Capetown, Africa next. The pictures are gorgeous, and it was on the friendly list.

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        1. Polkadotty says:

          I live in South Africa and honestly speaking if you’re black cape town is not the best. Beautiful city but the people are too racist. If you want to visit a coastal town Durban is best. Johannesburg is great if you’re not into the seaside.

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        2. WhatMoreCanISay says:

          Wow. I hadn’t even considered that. Thanks!

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        3. WhatMoreCanISay says:

          It was more than likely White people that made the list….they would’ve had a completely different experience. I may need to rethink that reference lol

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        4. Leena says:

          I’d love to visit Cape Town too! It’s on my list for this year, going with a bunch of friends. Check out NubianneTravelClub.com for cool destinations for sisters on a budget:) I took a trip with this club to France last summer and it was amazingly cheap compared to other travel groups. The thing I liked about it was that you are not obliged to go everywhere with the group, visit the place at your own pace. And oh you can get payment plans!
          Anyone in for Cape Town? Get your tax refund coins and join us!!

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        5. coco says:

          Hey! So I traveled abroad for the first time to southern India, not sure if bangalore or any of the cities I visited is on there, but the people were SUPER FRIENDLY. Honestly, I was afraid to travel thinking racial tensions would be similar to how things are in the US, but there are so many countries with brown people, being african-american actually helps to just blend in 🙂

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      3. Kita says:

        As a flight attendant I disagree. You make whatever you want memorable memorable. I have seen many place in hours and continue to do it. I see your point but an adventure is an adventure. What you are talking about is vacation. Go ahead Michelle.
        – enjoy the friendly skies

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      4. Dominique S says:

        I disagree! I have lived overseas and also done multiple countries in a short time… Both provide you with an opportunity to experience something different and learn about cultures. Ultimately it’s about what you want you have the time, money, and taste to do! I just returned from a 7 day cruise and spent 9 hours in 4 countries back to back, and it was amazing. I ate local food, learned about local history, shopped, relaxed, and made a ton of memories. 2 weeks before that I came from living in Taiwan, were I was able to fully immerse myself in their country and customs. It was an opportunity to challenge myself & to open my mind and eyes to more than just US customs. I say do as much traveling, however you can get it, and in any way you can, all of it will change how you view the world!

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      5. PoshSocial says:

        I agree! My parents have been traveling with me since I was a baby. But I did 3 countries in 10 days last year, and to me that was a lot. It felt more like work than a vacation. My two cents to those that have never traveled…travel as much as you can…leave those designer bags and shoes alone and take a trip somewhere instead. You won’t regret it.

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        1. MzFitt says:

          hahahaha! You’re so right…I know women who have 15-50 pairs of Loubs, chanel bags, etc and their favorite place to go is Vegas and DR…LOL

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      6. AmbitiousJemz says:

        I agree. Thanks!

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      7. Loquacious says:

        Travelling out of the country is expensive if you don’t know the rules to the game. Ignorance costs. If one is interested in travelling, visit Travel Noire, Extra Pack of Peanuts and Spirited Pursuit. Planning and saving will get on you the path to visiting other countries.

        P.S. Travel Noire’s instagram page is the business!

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    2. Don't be naive says:

      If y’all want to know more, I suggest you lcontact her. Necole has attached her social page in the post.

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      1. DaiShanell says:

        who took her pictures? I would be so nervous to hand over my phone or camera to a person passing by.

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        1. AJ says:

          Thats why she started Shift Starter….motto is “doing it afraid”, stepping out of your comfort zone to allow you to take in more of what life has to offer. Interacting with new people and trusting (and probably a prayer or two) that they wont rip you off is part of that. She definitely wasnt trying to immerse herself in each country….like she said, long lay overs can allow you to take a sneek peek at places and then decide if you want to return later…plus have a mini adventure on your way to your final destination. Definitely contact her for more info and insights.

          So proud of you Mich!! Keep stepping out on faith and “doing it afraid”! Xoxo

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    3. Lola010 says:

      Yes!! I want to know as well

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      1. Lola010 says:

        About the price that is! 🙂

        And @Pappy- you are absolutely right. I am not worldly, but I’ve traveled more than the average person so I know what you are talking about. Visiting one country or exotic city for 1 or 2 days is simply not enough to really take in the culture. The woman who shared her journey was super adventurous and courageous so that it awesome, but there is no way I would want to spend 6 countries in 16 days. When you factor in all the flight time, she probably spent 3 days on a plane.

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    4. To answer your question, it truly depends on where you want to go. To make your money go further, I would start with countries that have a weaker currency than the US. The lady in the post went to a few countries where that was the case. Thailand is so cheap as is Hong Kong. Dubai is a bit costly on hotels/housing but generally everything else was cheap. I Did the desert safari that she did and total cost inclusive of buffet meal and snacks and drinks came to about $48 dollars for a full day trip and I had so much fun. I hope this helps.

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      1. Court says:

        Perfect advice on the countries with a weaker currency. I’ll start there. Can’t wait to visit Santorini, Greece also!!

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    5. Shanice says:

      I work at a family practice/ travel clinic in pa and let me tell you getting shots before you travel outside of country is expensive by itself because it depends on where and how long you are going to gone. A lot of insurance companies do not cover them because its not viewed as a necessity to them. It. Can cost between $300-1000 for each visit with and without counseling depending on what you need for the trip. But usually it is cheaper after the first visit. And Some shots you will have to come back multiple times to complete a series. I recommend that you check around your area for prices.

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      1. Philly's Finest!! says:

        Good Advice!

        I live in Pa (too) and Shanice is correct.

        Depending on which country you’re going to, you will need the shots. Insurance companies will not pay for it , you have to pay for it out of pocket, you also have to pay for the “yellow card” that the Physician fills out as proof of your shot,on he /she will fill out , it will have the day of shot and when you will need your next shot ( which could be a couple of years two or three), then it will be attached to your passport.

        If you’re given the chance to travel, out the country, or in the country (visiting another city you’ve never been to) “Just Do It” life is to short

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      2. NOLAM says:

        Stop discouraging people.
        I have been to about 50 countries, and only required shots twice, and that was for The Congo…which was covered by insurance, and a cruise that went to the Amazon…the innoculation was given in a tent next to the ship for $20.
        Visas can be pricey, however…the only countries that I have been to that require a visa are Congo, Brazil, Turkey (About $25 you purchase at the airport) and Australia (Electronic…online form, about $30).
        Travel is not that expensive. You can cruise from LA to Mexico for less than the cost of a nice pair of boots.
        It just depends on your priorities.
        I want to see as many countries as I can, even if it’s for a few hours.
        If you do your research online, you can absolutely immerse yourself in the local culture, hit the popular sites, ride the bus and mingle with locals.
        People ask why I’m not afraid to go to foreign countries alone…I figure, whatever happens to one person can just as easily happen to two.
        You only live once. Memories stay with you.
        #passportlife

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    6. Teach-Her says:

      It’s not as expensive as people think. You can lower airline prices through stopovers. I use a site called matrix ITA to check for cheap airline price where I can stopover in other countries without paying for multiple airline tickets. You can also find cheap lodging through AIRBNB —plus, some place in Asia just happen to be really cheap.

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    7. Michelle says:

      It depends on where you want to go, what you want to do once you get there and what season you decide to travel. Peak season is always higher costs. However, if you plan and prepare early enough you can save enough to have the vacation you want without skimping. I posted a blog on my website, http://www.theshiftstarter.com with more details on how I put this type of trip together.

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  2. She must still be recovering from her jet lag lol. Sounds like a nice adventure, but so rushed to go from one country to another and put in the sights and activities.

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    1. yupswp says:

      What in thee actual fvck?! This sounds amazing, AMAZING! Definitely out of my coin range currently, lol but this is a great idea that I’d do if I could.

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      1. C.NNAJI says:

        Oh, how great is it to LIVE. This is awesome.

        ::Revises Bucketlist::

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        1. tiffany says:

          one word….AMAZING!!!!!!!! i told myself i am going to travel alone one day, and i think i need to do that sooner than later while i have no kids or man, lol!

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        2. Cherise says:

          I feel so anxious to save my money now just so that I can travel like this! I’m amazed and excited for her experience

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    2. yep says:

      Travel Noire inspired post.*

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    3. Michelle says:

      There was a lot of flying time, but I wasn’t interested in spending too much time in one country. I brought in Christmas in Bali and New Years in Bangkok and spent most time in those countries…it was worth it!

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    4. Cynthia says:

      PERFECT POST!!!! I LOVED IT!

      Keep them coming, I love hearing other people’s travel stories

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  3. Deb says:

    Great Story.

    I am planning to spend a year traveling since I have sacrifice so much for my career and I think it’s time to focus on me for 2015. I love the fact that you went alone and Lord knows, that is a fear of mine. Every country I have visited has been escorted by someone so I guess I need to let go of that fear and live.
    Just so you know, there are endless traveling groups out there so if you absolutely need someone, you can make it happen!

    Maybe someone should start the NecoleBitchie Traveling Club!
    Just a thought…

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    1. Yaya says:

      Good idea! I would totally be down for that!

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      1. sky says:

        I would love to be a part of a traveling group..I’ve always wanted to cruise the Mediterranean or go abroad to visit various countries..but none of my friends are available..and I thought about traveling alone; however, i’m warned against doing that as a woman…I wanna take a memorable trip with a travel group!!

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        1. Belle Gray says:

          me too!!! I just said that. lol. will be soo much better.

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        2. Leena says:

          Check out Nubianne Travel Club @NubianneTravels

          Created by a sister for sisters on a budget 🙂

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        3. Freda says:

          Check out Nubianne Travel Club! By a sister, for sisters… Quite affordable and they allow easy payments.

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    2. Time to get over that fear. Travel groups are ok, but i prefer traveling alone. I do my research beforehand, I have no problem taking public transit or getting a rental car and driving in various countries. It is a fun and independent experience that really gives you a great experience if you embrace it. I type this sitting in my condo in Chiang Mai, Thailand where it is 6:47am and the sun just came up. I am here by myself and have loved it. I also did Hong Kong and Dubai as the other lady just over a much longer period of time. I wish you the best and the courage to go on at least one international trip by yourself.

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    3. Silent Bitchin' Reader says:

      I Have been reading this blog since my junior year in high school … I am not about to graduate college lol I say that to say that I NEVER comment but I would LOVE to be apart of the Necole Bitchie’s Traveling club!!

      & ummm Ms. Necole when are you going to update your personal blog!?

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  4. hmm pessimist says:

    Nice trip. Though I’m not buying she went alone, people are offering these fabulous stories and leaving out the finr details, she probably is a writer and probably had a companion from work; a photographer or other reporter. Who else captured these pictures. Nice to encourage others but give us the facts. So some young woman is not out there becoming a tourista victim. Russian is known for it’s rampant racism abd brutality against black people.

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    1. Cultured says:

      I am a young black female and I travel alone ALL the time. Simply because I refuse to sit and wait on someone to travel with me. If you wait on people you’ll end up waiting your entire life.

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      1. Bhb says:

        I did the same thing last year for my birthday. At first, I had mixed feelings because I experienced wonderful things that I wish I could share with anyone BUT I am so glad that I did not wait on anyone to take my trip. I’m doing it again this year. First stop, Istanbul:)

        By far one of the defining experiences of my life. Do it black girl!

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        1. NOLAM says:

          Make sure to use the restroom before you go to the Blue Mosque.
          Sometimes there is a long line and the public restroom there is GROSS!

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      2. Autumn. says:

        I am always begging the few friends that I do have to go places, but it never happens. Is it lonely traveling alone?

        Another concern of mine is safety…do those of you who do travel alone go places only during the day time? I’m terrified of being in a new country by myself.

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        1. Bhb says:

          Hmm. It was my first time so I had a few moment (not going to lie) BUT I figured the only option would be not to go. And that would be a regret! I feel you. I have the same problems with my friends. To the point where I am fed up and refuse to wait on anyone any longer. Start off with popular countries like France and England. People speak English, so it’s easier. I didn’t drink at all while abroad so that solved many of my safety problems. Stay alert and safe travels! You can do it

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    2. Me says:

      Your name is perfect .it is ahhhmazing how people will be negative about anything …I bet if someone tells you good morning you respond “I guess what’s so good about it”….. Anywho very fun person enjoying life …God created such a beautiful earth it should be admired

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      1. GoSoloBolo says:

        Lol I totally agree – I did it too and it’s not the biggest deal, damn!!!!

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        1. GoSoloBolo says:

          I mean I traveled alone across the world too.

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    3. Kay says:

      I hope you are one day able to get out and travel alone, it really is life changing. You will learn so much about yourself & others cultures. You’ll also learn that is Is very well possible for one to travel to different countries alone.

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    4. Ms. Pessimist, I meet women who travel by themselves all the time for both business and leisure. I always travel by myself as I prefer it that way. As for the photos you can ask someone to take your photo for you. People do it all the time. Not to mention, when you go the tourist route, for example, on the Dubai desert safari there are photographers there taking your photo and printing them onsite and you pay them if you want the photos.

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  5. Sb386 says:

    I find doing things by myself can offer solace and peace. Moving at your own pace and making the decisions you like.
    I have much respect for traveling a far distance as a woman in different cultures.
    I watch too much locked up abroad and would be scared as hell. Lmao. Looks like you had fun!cute pics!!!!!

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    1. Drea says:

      LOL I love that show. But every time I’m in the airport, I’m super paranoid that someone will slip drugs in my bags. I do not want go to prison.

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    2. As long as you are doing nothing wrong you typically have nothing to worry about. It is all about what you focus on. Also, it doesn’t hurt to always know where either the US Embassy or US Consulate is in the city you are visiting. 🙂

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  6. FauxDeaconess says:

    I’m encouraged. Wonderful story, I admired your bravery. Travel agency? Estimated cost, ball park?

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    1. bunny says:

      I am currently in college and will be graduating in May and would love to travel a bit before I go back to school again. I would love if she could provide information on price and maybe some information on how to get around, that would be amazing! She is gorgeous too and so at peace and fun!

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      1. Nubianne says:

        Also check out Nubianne Travel Club, I took my first trip solo to Istanbul after my last exam to celebrate my 7 years trying to finish college lol!
        Good luck, hang in there and do reward yourself!!

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    2. GoSoloBolo says:

      It’s better to plan it on your own. AirBNB is a good way to save money on a place to stay. It obviously depends on where you want to go and how long you want to stay but at least $3K is a good starting budget (including flight, lodging, food).

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    3. No travel agencies as they charge additional fees. Book it on your own. Figure out where you want to go and then then start the planning. I never book airfare through sites like Orbitz. I only check them to get a feel for what the airlines are charging for my trip. The reason I don’t book through Orbitz or any site like it is because the airlines show NO mercy for travelers on those specifc fare, not one single inch of leeway. I book directly with airline and I use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to change my IP location for international trips so that I will get better rates.

      When I went to Hong Kong, I changed my IP so that It looked like I was booking from within Hong Kong. You get the airlines HK site and all flights are listed in HKD currency. Comparing booking through regular US IP and HK IP I saved $300 on airfare for same trip including currency conversion fees. Just a thought.

      As for housing, I swear by Agoda.com as I have found rates there that are not even available on the actual hotel site. Hotels are a bit more forgiving in terms of who you book through. There is also airbnb.com and couchsurfing.com if you dare. Ballpark $2K to $3K to start and truly depends on where you want to go. I hope this helps.

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      1. Kyla says:

        Wow you’re good, you do all that? I’d be way too scared to try changing things, dang.

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    4. SheIsAStar says:

      Leena, I’m signed up for Dubai with Nubianne Travel Club after reading about Necole’s trip! So excited and nervous at the same time.
      Have fun in Cape Town, give us reviews, I will too!

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    5. Leena says:

      If interested check out Nubianne Travel Club. There’s a breakdown of the itinerary for each destination and overall cost.
      You only pay for the flight, but if you need help with that they can assist you.

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    6. Michelle says:

      I have never used a travel agency with any of my global trips. If you plan in advance, you can map out and budget for your trip very efficiently. I provide more in depth tips on how I put this 16 day trip together on my blog at http://www.theshiftstarter.com.

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  7. Ste Fanie says:

    I am doing this, and more things like it! Speak it into your life!

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  8. just passing through says:

    Wow! This is so cool! I would love to do this but I don’t think I’m brave enough to go by myself first. I haven’t traveled much and this is a great inspiration to get out and see what amazing things the world has to offer. What a great post. Thank you Michelle for sharing your trip with us!

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    1. Some times you have to do the thing that scares you the most. Maybe you could start with Canada or Belize (English speaking), or even Costa Rica just to get your confidence and experience up.

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  9. Ladycancer721 says:

    I am so inspired by her story. However, I am so excited that Necole has added this feature to this site! As I read her story trers came to my eyes and I felt so inspired! I love Eat, Pray, Love and my story is similar to hers as far as me having been so co-dependent waiting for others to accompany me.

    This year i decided to go for it and step out of my comfort zone and see all that God has in store for me and see the world He created no matter the cost, my daughters and all the other excuse I have made over the years! My daughters want to and will be traveling with me and God will make provisions!

    So, to you Necole I say a huge thank you! For being an inspiration and now giving us your readers a spce to share our experiences which will in turn inspire others! This will also help others like myself know what to expect and where to go and save some money! On top of a lot of other life changing details. This is a start to something big and I can see people how much change this bring to this world as far as unity goes. My story and photos are soon to come! Again, thank you for inspiring me and keeping my desire fresh in mind! Its my time! As I pray for you please say a Prayer for me.

    Continual Blessings

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I really do appreciate the encouragement and support! I’m so inspired by all of the stories that have come in so far and can’t wait to post and share.

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      1. Zsa says:

        Love the entertainment and celebrity gossip, but stories like this give me LIFE! Keep it up! 😉

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  10. ummmmm ok says:

    This sounds like it was an amazing experience. I have not been our of the country (yet), but I am planning on doing so here soon. My husband has been deployed twice so he has gotten a chance to see other countries. His favorite was Dubai. I took culture classes. I was amazed at how some of the things that we do in America are considered rude in other countries. Did you brush yourself up on other cultures before you visited?

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    1. It never hurts so that you at least have a basic understanding of the culture and the nuances thar differentiate it from the US. It would endear you to the locals as well.

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  11. shaye says:

    She is amazing!!!!! Such an awesome experience! Something she will never forget!

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  12. Realistically says:

    I love these stories (and this concept) but it’s frustrating that no one mentions how they pay for such an adventure. Idea! Along with each “Bitchie Travel.” can you include a “Bitchie Travel Tip” that provides practical advice for how to save, airline/hotel deals we may not be aware of, etc.?

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    1. Ne Ne aka [email protected] says:

      ok, they always leave out he most asked questions
      COST, LODGING, FLIGHT INFO, HELPFUL APPS …IF ANY

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      1. I’ll update the post with her answers or have her respond to everyone. In the meantime, I want to stress the difference between planning early and last minute trips. A friend of my sister’s booked a trip to Dubai in June for December (she was there the same time as us ). Her flight was around $500 or so. When I booked in October, it was around 1500-1700 depending on airline, and the next week, it went up a grand before going back down to the 1500-1700 range. This means, my sister’s friend had an extra $1000 to put towards activities, food and hotel. Now, if you go with friends, then you can split lodging costs which is the upside to traveling with people versus going alone, but I can imagine how freeing it is to just go someplace you’ve never been alone.

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    2. I posted this for someone earlier, so I am copying for you.

      No travel agencies as they charge additional fees. Book it on your own. Figure out where you want to go and then then start the planning. I never book airfare through sites like Orbitz. I only check them to get a feel for what the airlines are charging for my trip. The reason I don’t book through Orbitz or any site like it is because the airlines show NO mercy for travelers on those specifc fare, not one single inch of leeway. I book directly with airline and I use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to change my IP location for international trips so that I will get better rates.

      When I went to Hong Kong, I changed my IP so that It looked like I was booking from within Hong Kong. You get the airlines HK site and all flights are listed in HKD currency. Comparing booking through regular US IP and HK IP I saved $300 on airfare for same trip including currency conversion fees. Just a thought.

      As for housing, I swear by Agoda.com as I have found rates there that are not even available on the actual hotel site. Hotels are a bit more forgiving in terms of who you book through. There is also airbnb.com and couchsurfing.com if you dare. Ballpark $2K to $3K to start and truly depends on where you want to go. I hope this helps.

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    3. I hope this helps some:
      I spent around $4k total for a 12 day trip to Portugal (Lisbon) and Spain (Barcelona and Ibiza). This included all flights, lodging (I stayed in hostels…they were all wonderful), a big music festival, shopping, and food. I DID splurge on some things and I did spend a lot on the international flights (booked only 5 weeks in advance during busy season) — I mention this to say that there are most definitely ways you can manage a European trip around the same length for less.

      For ex:
      – Bookmark TheFlightDeal.com (you may even want to make it your homepage to keep a daily eye on the short-lived flight deals)
      – Consider staying in hostels (most cater towards the 20-30 crowd. research them on hostelworld and tripadvisor…there are lots of nice, clean, comfy ones
      – Look out for free walking tours, inexpensive activities, and discount websites for your excursions once you reach your destination
      – Consider traveling certain countries in Southeast Asia, South America, Eastern Europe (a lot less expensive than your typical hotspots)

      Not to just promote my own site or anything but I broke down my Spain/Portugal budget in one of my blog posts if you want to take a look — it’s in the Barcelona/Lisbon sections. (click my name)

      Also have another post breaking down 5 of my favorite travel planning apps/websites:
      – Vayable (app/website)
      – Tripadvisor forums
      – Trover (app)
      – Trippy.com (website)

      Absolutely looove Travel Noire too…check out their YouTube vids in particular for amazing travel tips!

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    4. Michelle says:

      Thank you all for mentioning if you plan early enough, you can set a very realistic budget and travel leisurely. I give more in depth tips and answers to the looming questions of cost on my blog at http://www.theshiftstarter.com

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  13. Audrey says:

    Wow! This is wonderful! This woman has inspired me <3 May her travels continue to be full of awesome experience! <3

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  14. Don't be naive says:

    To my fellow Blacks, do not visit Slavic countries (by yourself). They’re not friendly to us. You immediately become the black sheep when you put your foot in one of these countries. It’s too risky and not worth it.

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    1. KITA says:

      Just said this! Stay out these East European places.

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  15. I definitely look forward to planning a solo trip. However a few hours isn’t enough to really experience a city. But considering she hated Moscow I guess that wasn’t a bad thing

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    1. You should definitely give yourself more time but depending on how your flight is booked, sometimes you have a long layover and rather than just sit in the airpo for hours, store your luggage and go explore the city as best you can. Many major airports have luggage lockers so that you don’t have to lug your luggage around. They do charge you but it is worth it to me.

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    2. leeeadurham says:

      I studied in Russia & spent weeks in Moscow for the summer after the semester. She is not lying. However, I will say not everyone is like that. I was on the train & a old Russia lady cursed me out 4 no reason. Another day an old lady offered me a seat next to her cause I was standing.People there are ignorant & very racist (but not all) & ugly people can’t take away the beauty of Russia. I have been other places but Russia was my favorite. I didn’t let people get to me, kept a smile on my face & did me. When you travel you have to remember that other people don’t make your trip YOU do.

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  16. KITA says:

    I LOVE traveling. Especially to West Africa. Her travels are marvelous but it pains me that more of us (black americans) don’t go into Africa. I loved visiting my friends family in Mali. So fun! Russia has had a lot of racial murders lately, wouldn’t go there or Germany…

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    1. Yaya says:

      My goal this year is to visit South Africa.

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      1. KITA says:

        You HAVE to! Girl you will love South Africa!

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    2. GoSoloBolo says:

      I really want to check out Ethiopia and South Africa too for an annual major fashion show. The fashion game there is sick! So many great designers. Thanks for the reminder.

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    3. South Africa, Namibia, Morroco, Ghana, and more are amazing places to visit. As you already know, they all have major developed cities, even Rwanda. It is not only what is shown in the media. I, like you, wish more people would go.

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      1. frenchblackguy says:

        don’t forget Ivory Coast Abidjan has a crazy nightlife , Nigeria Lagos is impressionant , Senegal has sick beaches, and Angola for me Luanda is like the new Rio De Janeiro .

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    4. frenchblackguy says:

      i’ve traveled numerous times in Germany without any problem , as a black you can enjoy this country especially the big cities such as Berlin , Düsseldorf , or Munich .

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  17. cece says:

    wondefuuuuuuullllll!!!!

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  18. ShakilaKelley says:

    I wonder how much the travel and accommodations cost? Did she have an itinerary or did she wing it?

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  19. Mrs Mamoa says:

    I traveled to Tokyo and Bali last year and it was a life altering experience.

    I met up with a group in Bali but was in Tokyo on my own and it really does open your eyes to see what you can do on your own. I had an amazing experience in Tokyo where a Japanese man, seeing that I looked like a confused tourist, reached out to me to help me.

    We ended up spending the entire day together and never really said a word because he spoke absolutely no English and I no Japanese.

    For everyone that is wondering how much it costs to travel and how to save, my best advise is to plan out all of the details of your trip: how long you will stay there, where you will stay, activities, etc. From there just price everything out and add a few hundred dollars for cushion/emergency/splurge money and whatever money you can put aside when you get paid put it aside. As you have the money saved start purchasing things, confirm your flight, book the room, etc. Most of all, be strict in your spending and check yourself if you want to buy a pair of shoes or go out to the club.

    Clubs will close, shoes and close will wear out but your memories of traveling will always be with you!

    I really love this type of post Necole!

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    1. GoSoloBolo says:

      You and I went the same places last year! I was there in Aug when Bali has that annual white party. Very unique countries. I took my teenage daughter with me. She disliked Bali because of various reasons but loved Japan.

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    2. I agree with you. Also, people need to know that the luggage weight when traveling is different once you get outside the US. Leaving US was pure luxury when checking bags. Leaving Dubai, was forced to do some creative repacking even though I was flying the same airline, Emirates. Leaving Hong Kong, I paid $400 in excess weight charges for the same exact luggage with no extras checked. They are a stickler on weight. In two weeks I leave Thailand and even purchased additional “checked bags” to knock off any possibility of more excess weight charges. Just my thoughts. I had more flexibility in Europe and in South America on certain airlines.

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  20. Onakachi says:

    This is something I would totally love to do. My only concern is safety. I’m scared that some crazies will notice I’m alone and get me. So, if anyone has any advice on how to stay safe while traveling alone, I’m all ears.

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    1. GoSoloBolo says:

      Go somewhere where you know someone so that y’all can meet up. Or go somewhere where they have tons of respect for people, such as Japan, and it’s highly unlikely for you to encounter any issues. Just gotta do your research! Good luck.

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    2. People will know you are American when they see you for the most part. It is really just using common sense that you already use in your every day life. Also, it is a good idea to know the location and phone number of the US Embassy or US Consulate in the city you travel to. Also, more and more major cities have “Tourist Police” that are there to help you and speak English as well. You will be fine. Embrace the experience.

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  21. Kay says:

    Being that I am someone who has traveled by myself – its best to figure out what you want to do and where you want to do it, (don’t worry about culture shock – its good for you). Pick the continent and find the countries that are nearby that you are interested in. In each country decide the city, and thus the hotel that fits your budget. Depending on the time allotted you can either fly, take a train or boat to get from each destination point. Like anything else there are ways to keep it affordable (and safe) or to “ball” out.

    For anyone curious about how much it costs…… If you can take a trip by yourself you should at least be able to plan and budget for it yourself as well.

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  22. Lavished_Dreams says:

    I want to travel so bad and it has always been a dream of mine. I know this may sound crazy but I always wanted it over settling down and having kids first. I get bored with being in one place to long. I pray I can one year just travel. Necole any tips for me would be appreciated lol.

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    1. It is never too late. Start looking at countries that have a weaker currency than the US dollar as your money will go further. Set a goal with a deadline for the first country you want to visit, research cost, plan, and save. You can make it happen. 🙂

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      1. Lavished_Dreams says:

        Thanks for the encouragement

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  23. naijababe says:

    So Jealous, i love to travel, i have been to many places, nice pics. Sigh!!! what i will do to take a break and travel…… tired of wake up, work, go to sleep and do it all over again and again and again and again arrrrhhhhhhhhhhh

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  24. ByKrisB says:

    Now this is living. Way to go girl!

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  25. mrsdavis says:

    Love this story. Now if I could just get to Africa.

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    1. South Africa and Namibia are calling your name 😉

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    2. Leena says:

      Nubianne Travel Club has three African trips planned so far, Tanzania, Morocco and South Africa.
      Check them out, travel plans are available!

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  26. dj says:

    Did you use a credit card or mostly cash?

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    1. Depends on where you go. Certain countries with Asia or South America and others cash is King as they rarely take credit card. Of course countries in Europe and With Australia and New Zealand do.

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  27. Breeee says:

    I just booked my trip to Bali, Singapore, and Tokyo this morning!!!! June 2015!!! Too excited!

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    1. GoSoloBolo says:

      CONGRATS!!!!!! You’ll have a BALL, trust!!!

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  28. Daph says:

    Great Article. I love that you’re posting on topics like this and book clubs etc. I find this more interesting than the usual celeb gossip. Love your site.

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  29. Cornelia Smith says:

    Lets get that necolebitchie travel group together. That and the book club is your calling. Every woman/girl from a house wife, business women, to a single college girl can use a good book, a good trip, & good company outside her everyday crowd (bestfriends, sister’s, boyfriends, husbands)

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  30. GoSoloBolo says:

    She’s offering up great tips, especially when she mentions the benefit of booking a trip with a long layover. It’s a great way to get more bang for your buck. I went to Bali, Indonesia too and was able to stop in Japan on my way there and on my way back. The cool part was that I stopped at a different airport each time, so I got to see different parts of the country. Plus, it’s super clean and they have showers at Haneda Airport that are really cute and include lush body products! You can store your luggage there, hop on the train, and check out the cities. Also, the first time I went to Indonesia I travelled alone and it was one of the best experiences ever. I did have friends who I met up with once I got there but I definitely agree with her. Try traveling solo – I’ve never regretted it.

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  31. Cornelia Smith says:

    Lets get that travel group together. That and the book club is your calling. Every woman/girl from a house wife, business women, to a single college girl can use a good book, a good trip, & good company outside her everyday crowd (bestfriends, sister’s, boyfriends, husbands)

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  32. Tae says:

    Eat, Pray, Love is also one of my favorite movies of all time. I always watched it and wished I could do something like that, but never thought in a million years I would be brave enough to do so. After reading Necole’s story after the new year, and this one I think I am finally ready to do it!

    This series is so refreshing Necole. Thank you for bringing something fresh, new and inspiring to your blog. Looking forward to reading more stories like this.

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  33. Simply Me says:

    For people who are concerned about prices,I wwould suggest visiting a place where the US dollar goes a long way. I went to South Africa, it was expensive to get there, but I had the time of my life. Everything was so cheap/affordable. I even got my hair braided in box braids for $30.

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  34. fck.yo.thumbs says:

    Man this just makes my heart swell with desire. I really dream of traveling all over Africa and seeing for myself the lifestyle and diversity. I also want to go to Paris really bad. Me and a friend planned to travel once we graduated high school, but she passes shortly after giving birth. I have since had 2 children myself and i feel as though is so far out of reach…smh i really hope i can find a way to do these things while still “young”.

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    1. Meleesa says:

      You can! I started traveling when I was in college, broke like a joke.
      I akways used my tax refund check to buy a plane ticket, so that was around March and then work my tail off for spending money for a trip booked for July/August. I was able to take a trip or two every year.

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  35. Tstar says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey. Very inspiring! Even though many people can not fathom the idea of traveling to so many countries in a short amount of time, I think one thing we all can appreciate is the idea of conquering your fears, stepping out of your comfort zone and just doing it!

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  36. HUMAN says:

    Traveled nine countries in six weeks with a child in tow, ‘just the two of us.’ Took public transportation in each country. Found that it was much more economical to do it in one go than to do each trip individually on separate vacations.

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  37. Kyla says:

    You all are very brave. Thanks to my family and their love of true crime shows, any time I think of doing something like this I have flash backs of certain episodes.

    I’m not afraid to travel with one or more people but terrified to do it alone. Plus I enjoy having company so don’t think I would want to take a major trip on my own.

    I turn 25 next year and I’m definitely going to plan a big trip and visit as many continents/countries/cities as I can.

    Can’t wait for the next travel post!

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    1. SAi says:

      I traveled for my job for 4years.. New location(state/city) every 3months all solo. I even drove cross country by myself..My father always checked in and played the ‘concerned’ parent all while knowing him & his wife sit and watch True Crime to Criminal Minds… I to became a faithful watcher of CM and them slowly became semi paranoid… Saying that to say the power of media and negative visuals can change our view and potentially do more harm then good… Needless to say I stopped watching things that added fear to my spirit and started LIVING without waiting for someone else to live with me…. Living for me still means staying alert, watch my surroundings at all times (I’m a NYC girl) while I have Faith in God I will be protected ….

      LIVE LIFE FOR YOU… if you truly need/want others during your journeys the more the merrier but I pray you don’t miss opportunities due to fear of doing it alone.

      Step out on faith and see the world!!!
      *i know Michelle and am VERY happy for her 6 in 16, I also purchased her book ‘ The Invisible Chameleon’.. Time to ‘Shift’ into Positive, Happy beings in 2015.

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  38. Dave says:

    It is fun to travel alone, and really explore and do stuff alone. You learn so much, and just exploring new things by yourself is truly, liberating, and energizing. It’s a beautiful thing. YOu seem like you had an amazing trip! When I get my monies together, I gotta do this. I went on a trip as apart of this People to People Student Ambassador European Heritage trip where we visited 5 countries in 3 weeks. My grandma funded it, and though I fought (Against it, lol, not fighting my grandma physically), it was one of the BEST experiences on my life. Before hand I was like, but my friends not going, I don’t wanna be away from family. Shoot, even the 1st 3 days I was crying to go home, then I had a memory pop in my head from one of my friends “David, have fun. Make friends, don’t be so closed off.” And I took her advice, I opened up, I made friends, and after 20 days, I WAS NOT READY TO GO HOME! lol. Glad you got to go on the trip, and what you said is true. And what Cultured said is true, if you sit there and wait for everybody to do stuff with you, you’ll miss out on so much in life. I think the thing that most people miss and never truly explore is living for themselves, loving themselves, and doing stop by themselves.

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  39. Ms. B says:

    Thanks for sharing this post….I luv it.
    My father picks up and travel the world by his lonesome, and he always enjoy himself…
    My problem is I’m always looking for someone willing to enjoy the experience with me, and end up not following up with my plans bcuz of the lack of partner ( friend, relative, etc) to share the experience with.

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  40. Nina says:

    Thanks for this post Necole!!! It was so on time, I’ve definitely wants to do solo travel but was afraid. But this gave me great encouragement, so thanks to Michelle for sharing! I’d love to see her responses to some of the questions, I definitely had the same questions as a lot of commenters.

    Also, an NB traveling group would be amazing! I’d definitely participate! Would you or someone you trust ever consider it? You’ve already got a few members in this post alone

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    1. AmbitiousJemz says:

      A NB travel group is an amazing idea for people who want to travel and not be alone!

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      1. Meliciousmelo says:

        Yes to the ravel group idea Necole!!

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  41. pookie says:

    ugh. I guess this shit isn’t gonna happen for me then. I Just found out that i only made $4,100 this goddamn year at my job.

    :sigh:

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  42. Electro says:

    Being in the military I’ve been able to do some international travel. It’s really cool to see how others live around the world.

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    1. melimeli329 says:

      Thank you for serving our country Electro.

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    2. Thank you for your service!

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  43. Belle Gray says:

    Love this so much. I think Necole should have a travel club, where her readers can partner up and travel!!!… I will so much love to see places. Because of Necole’s article on her Dubai vacation, I booked my flight to Ghana, West Africa. Coming up on Valentines Day.

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  44. keisha says:

    I will say this. I am currently in the Navy and have been to Thailand, Hong Kong, Yokusuka, Bahrain and will be headed to DUBAI, England, Singapore, and Australia. The countries I have visited were awesome and I loved every minute of learning about the different cultures, and tasting all the different food. I get the great pleasure of sailing around for 9 months and visiting these countries and not have to pay for it, but if I had the option of doing so as a civilian I definitely would.

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    1. melimeli329 says:

      Thank you for serving our country Keisha.

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    2. Thank you for your service!

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  45. Shayla says:

    Kudos to you & the staff Necole for this post idea! In my years as a daily Bitchie reader, this is by far the coolest post I’ve seen thus far! As far as Michelle, I’m in awe of your courage, positive attitude, drive & your ability to save $ for such a feat! I’m not this brave or disciplined. You are a Baddie! Much love & blessings to your future! Amen.

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  46. Mocha says:

    QUESTION – How did she financially prepare for this trip? Did you know how much things would cost up front (hotel/activities/transportation)? Did you save money once you researched the countries you wanted to visit? Great post! I look forward to getting a response!!

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    1. Michelle says:

      Hi Mocha,
      It took me about 8-9 months to plan, budget and save for this trip. I did a follow up blog post on my website http://www.theshiftstarter.com with more tips of how I put this trip together.

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  47. TRUTHHURTS2131 says:

    I applaud her for going by her self out of country no less. I just started flying to get over my fears. I went to florida to catch a cruise to Bahamas and the 2nd time I went on another cruise to Belize & New Mexico. both times with two of my sister. I am 42 in march & I want to do so much in terms of traveling . Never thought of going out of the country by my self I think my mother would have a stroke ,LOL but 2015 I vowed to travel some where by my self just to get over that fear. I was thinking Florida for my first time by myself. She seem to have had a great adventure.

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  48. AmbitiousJemz says:

    I’m glad to see this post because traveling alone to somewhere far away has been on my mind heavy lately. I’m glad she enjoyed herself and she was safe.

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  49. As a travel/city-life blogger, I REALLY appreciate this series Necole. Amazing post, I’m so happy to see more young black people traveling. It’s been a passion of mine ever since I can remember — my parents always brought me along on trips, which cultivated this curious spirit.
    I think traveling abroad isn’t just a luxury, but it is necessary. It’s mind opening, educational, and not to mention fun as hell. There are so many young African Americans who have rarely, if ever, even been outside of their hometown. Sometimes it’s not even due to lack of discretionary income, but simply because they see the flashy cars, jewelry, and homes of their favorite rapper, and aspire to spend their money on the fickle material items.
    Travel brings so much more fulfillment, in my opinion. I think that traveling to other countries for a few days, maybe a week or two, is definitely nice, but I’d prefer to travel longer. It’s the only way you really get to know a city. I’m planning on moving abroad very soon (I cannotttt wait!) to pursue my dreams of living in another country, working for myself (location independent), and being able to travel on my own terms. Who wants to wait until I’m old and unable!!!???

    =)

    P.S. Check out our site! Peachesbeachesandurbanistas.com

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  50. Meliciousmelo says:

    Wow this was an awesome post! Thanks Necole!!

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  51. Teresa says:

    Oh wow! My daughter hipped me to this article and I’m so glad she did.

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  52. yvonne says:

    This was an awesome story and I can relate to it! I have traveled all over the world and you take in as much as you can sometimes within a short amount of time! There are so many amazing places to see. The next time you go to Bangkok make a stop to Tiger Temple near the airport and in Dubai a must stop is a quick visit to Abu Dhabi and the gold markets!

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  53. Dionne says:

    I LOVE THIS! We are definitely one in the same. I have traveled alone for years as I got tired of waiting for people to get their schedule and budget together. It is so freeing isn’t it??!! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful journey.

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  54. Alicia says:

    I have the same passion for traveling and seeing the world. Unfortunately I have the same issues when it comes to finding someone to go with. I’m trying to work up the courage to go alone, I wanna go to Punta Cana.

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    1. Michelle -The Shift Starter says:

      Hi Alicia,

      I promise you, if you just book a trip and go by yourself…you will find out how much fun you will have. Then you will kick yourself for waiting to book so long! 🙂

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  55. Alicia says:

    Thanks, I’m going to before the week is over bc i already have the money saved up.

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  56. nina says:

    6 countries in 16 days seems like a nightmare. Of those 16 days, she spent 68 hours (nearly 3 days) traveling–not to mention the jetlag from location to location. And also, riding an elephant is irresponsible and unethical. The fact she called it “fun” to be on top of an elephant who has been beaten and abused into submission and forced to carry a heavy wooden chair on its back is ignorant. Please do your homework–riding an elephant should not be on anyone’s bucket list unless you want to contribute to animal abuse.

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  57. MissClaneouss says:

    Ahh! This sounds incredible! I would love to do something like this! It’s so easy to say I would like to as opposed to packing your bags and making it happen! Thanks for sharing. xo

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  58. Rano says:

    Why are you not visiting African countries? Which are cheaper, and more adventurous

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    1. Michelle -The Shift Starter says:

      Hi Rano,

      I did visit South Africa a few years prior and spent a week in a safari in the Western Cape. I had not been to Asia so I wanted to check it off of my list. I am planning on visiting Africa again within the next few months.

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