June is “No Borders” month at OkayAfrica. That can mean a lot of things and we’ll get to that, but one thing we wouldn’t want to miss out on is the sheer joy of travel. So, to honor the carefree black traveler we’ll be posting new photo diaries from a wide range of African and diaspora super-travelers of their favorite places and why.
Born and raised in Toronto with a Jamaican bloodline, this travel enthusiast from the 6ix is poised to become a trusted figure in the travel industry. His innate desire to travel the globe was first realized at the tender age of 13. However, due to financial restrictions and catering to the fear of the unknown; this dream was never materialized until he turned 26. Since then, he’s been on a quest to see every continent. Even at 51 countries and six continents visited, he still isn’t satisfied. His impressive list of countries visited also includes many of the most arduous destinations to get to. We asked him a couple questions about his love for African travel.
OkayAfrica: What countries have you visited in Africa?
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Below check out some of his favorite spots around the globe:
Giraffe Manor, Kenya
“Throughout my travels, I’ve done a lot of excursions but never once have I had the opportunity to eat breakfast with giraffes as part of my hotel stay. How could I ever pass up on that opportunity?”
“Santorini was one of those places that I would always see in a magazine and wonder if the place was even real. It seemed too picturesque! Aside from being aesthetically pleasing to the eye, the people, food and vibe are reasons that brought me back there for a second time!”
“The Maldives may boast the purest body of water of I’ve ever laid eyes on. It truly is a dream to be in one of the overwater villas with the Indian Ocean at your footstep. I’ve never seen that many stars before. It was an outer space experience to say the least!”
“The pictures of the hot-air balloon flights that I always saw on Instagram were so captivating. It’s a place that makes you Google it to see if those pictures are real or not. Well, seeing is believing and now I am a definite believer! It’s an unreal experience to be floating 500m above naturally made fairy chimneys.”
Coco Island, Seychelles
“Massive, smooth-looking, granite boulders are really the major draw of the Seychelles; and for good reason! They look photoshopped even when taking the pictures from the worst cellphone camera. I like to call this place, Jamaica Junior. Everything about the vibe of the island reminds me of Jamaica. The reggae music and rastas definitely help out with that image.”
Moorea, French Polynesia.
It’s like Bora Bora’s little sister. It’s just as beautiful but not as costly to stay on the island. If anyone has the opportunity to visit Tahiti and Bora Bora, then don’t miss out on this place. It’s the true definition of a hidden gem!