So there you have it, what started out as a frantic phone call to my mom saying “I can’t stay here” turned into another awesome trip in one of my favorite cities and a little one-on-one time with a dear friend. As for the buffoons… they turned out all right at the end.
I encourage people of color to go out and see the world. That is the only way stereotypes can be broken. I’ve often found myself gaining access to places and situations that I know I wouldn’t necessarily have had access to if I were white. I take pride in this and happily eat up all of these moments. This all being said, here are 10 places I’ve traveled that I was particularly well received as an African American woman.
It started with Grace Jones at a gala in Milan and ended in Italy’s Boca Raton. In between, there was a possible robbery, a strike and that glorious feeling of why not that can only be captured by Italian sprezzatura. Listen to this week’s edition of Never Date a Traveler and find out how I really detox after Fashion Month.
Now it’s time to focus on that other question that induces a headache this time a year, “What are we doing for New Years?” I say, take a trip! Here are my top 10 instagram-envy inducing locales selected from our ‘N A Perfect World travels of 2015.
It’s been a fast growing year of ‘N A Perfect World; I haven’t even had the time to put up half the content that I’ve wanted to. From just an idea to this, it was wonderful to reflect with Lucia and Vogue Italia about what I have accomplished and what my next steps are.
You never know what will happen! If I hadn’t have gone on a date with an Italian in NYC, then to the amfAR Gala months later to see Grace Jones perform (check it out, wrote about it for Paper magazine here), I would never have visited this little town on the Italian Riviera, Loano.
While beautiful, I’ve always avoided Florence because of the never-ending tourist season. However, after reading my friend Jordan’s Florence Guide on Medium, I’m definitely willing to give Michelangelo’s adopted city another try.