This article about professionals traveling came my way just in time. Every working woman needs to take time for herself!
I just returned from a weeklong trip to the sunny (ok, most days cloudy) and beautiful island of Barbados.
Some may be wondering why I chose this title for my post. Well when I told people I was going alone, some eyes popped open as if this is a new phenomenon. Hey!! BLACK GIRLS TRAVEL TOO! And yes we too can do it alone. I’m 33. There are things I should just be doing by now in my opinion. Solo travel is on that list.
Hi. My name is Tiffany. And I use the selfie stick.
How it went down….
Found a flight via The Flight Deal
Googled the island for red flags
Scoured Airbnb for rentals
Was pleased with all I saw
Ticket and rental purchased
Why pay a travel agent when you can do the dirty work yourself?
The trip was booked for the day after my last day of work and I was packed days before that! This is one teacher who ain’t playin’ with summer break. Let the fun times begin as soon as they possibly can!
It’s another reason I chose to go alone. Of course traveling with my girls would’ve been ideal, but I had a short window of time as to not miss the deal and no time for others checking calendars, transferring funds, ‘n such.
Solo dolo and loving it!
I also didn’t care to plan with others and have to compromise on what I wanted to do. Though I knew sitting on the beach EACH. AND. EVERY. DAY. would’ve suit me, I couldn’t utilize my passport to simply beach bum it everyday. I used the time between booking and departing to create an itinerary with possibilities. Now, I didn’t create a straight up schedule because vacations for me don’t have to be rigidly planned. I searched the hashtags #Barbados often on Twitter and Instagram to see what people were saying about it and to get an idea of what was available. I heavily searched Trip Advisor as well (I value reviews in this site).
Through social media, Trip Advisor, and suggestions of friends who had been before, I had a strong list of things to keep me busy before and after checking to make sure the Caribbean Sea and sand were still in tact….and please note, I checked on them each and every day.
I didn’t do everything on my list, but did do most in addition to things I hadn’t considered thanks to the suggestion of the hostesses for the guesthouse.
Bamboo grows taller than I could’ve expected!
Bus ride from Bridgetown, the capital.
9 responses to “Black Girls Travel (Too) | Barbados”
This is so inspiring and fun to read. With such a flexible work schedule I’ve often thought of doing more extended solo travel but never committed. I think hating research is also what deters me. So lazy. And like you said you do what YOU want!!!! This was so interesting to read. I felt I was right there with ya. Thanks for the inspiration cuz.
AWW thanks for reading!! And yeah you can work from anywhere so I’m surprised you don’t do more solo trips.
I so enjoyed reading your recap, Tiffi. Reminded me of me back in the day. Although most of my travels were work related, I did take advantage of those “alone” trips where “hassle free” was da bomb. No schedules or trying to meet other folks expectations. Sleep all day or stay up all night. No alarm clocks for bus tours or meeting to sight see stuff I didn’t need/want to see. I hope (and look forward) to see you again on another viral trip ALONE AND HAPPY. Add Punta Cana to your list.
I am glad you enjoyed my home land. #Ilivewhereyouvacation I followed you from IG here to read the review. Next trip get more recommendations from bajans since we never steer you wrong. If you are up to it I can show you a bajan day with some different activities. Come again !!
Awesome write up Tiff! Definitely makes me want to go to Barbados. 🙂 I am all for traveling solo too, as long as it’s safe, I’m with it!
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Thank you SOOOOO MUCH for posting this!!!!!!!!! I am thinking of places to visit for a pre-medschool solo trip and was interested in finding out about what it could be like to visit Barbados from the perspective of a young BW. Yours was one of the few and certainly the most thorough overview I’ve found. Gonna book my tickets by the end of the week! I’m so excited!
Hi thanks for reading! Sorry i just noticed the comment. I actually went back this past March with my daughter. It was another great trip!
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