Dealing With Crisis Abroad

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Dealing With Crisis Abroad

We enjoy the foreign foods, exotic locales and rich cultures when traveling the world. Yet there are times when that experience is interrupted be the horrors of our world. Nomadness Tribe member CJ shares her recent dealings with crisis while in the midst of international travel. Take a look below at her thoughts then visit her site for more. 

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As soon as I had purchased my Eurotrip flight in May, I had been lusting over June 17 to come so I could finally see some cities I had been dreaming about.  It was officially the furthest I had ever been from home and also the longest time I had been away from the States.  I was extremely excited, but a part of me was anxious about an emergency happening while I was gone that I would have no control over.  Unfortunately, it took place a couple of times, directly and indirectly.

I am going to discuss three situations that made my chest hurt and my stomach drop.  They put a sour taste in my trip for a few days and while I am normally bold and confident, I felt helpless. I am going to be transparent with what I could have done within my locus of control and what (if anything) I would do differently the next time it occurred. 

I felt sick to my stomach to see Dallas in a state of panic.  It is never comforting to see cities "fall" for a brief amount of time (natural disaster, shootings, etc) but when it's where you sleep, it touches your soul in a different way.  I was worried about some of my friends that were in that very vicinity at the time of the first shot.  I got chills because if I had been back home, I could have been there myself.  I also did something stupid (i.e. reading internet comments of ignorant folks) while reading news stories and just kept to myself for two days. 

I did not know how to process what was going on. 

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Please check out the full blog post as CJ shares her emotional process in dealing with various crisis' overseas.

 

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Your Guide To a 24 Hour Panama City Layover

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Your Guide To a 24 Hour Panama City Layover

Panama City is the hub of the Americas and, because of this, I often get messages from people who have long layovers in Panama City and have no idea how to kill time between their flights. Most people know that Panama has a canal...and that's about it. However, if you immerse yourself in the city for even just one day, I guarantee that you'll fall in love.

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Black Exchange Student Shines in Korea

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Black Exchange Student Shines in Korea

Black Exchange Student Shines in Korea

As people travel the planet there are assumptions, people see you and often without ill intent they have ideas of what to expect from you. In this amazing clip a young Black exchange student is competing on a Korean talent show. Black people and singing isn't a new thing but when this young man sings in Korea's native language he shocks everyone within the sound of his voice. 

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Nomadness Prepares to Break Down All Travel Barriers with New Black Box

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Nomadness Prepares to Break Down All Travel Barriers with New Black Box

A Letter from the Creator of Nomadness:
 

'When I sat down and thought about the name for our travel course, nothing was sticking at first. I wanted something clearly travel oriented, clever, but not obvious. I was on the phone with Brittney (Social Media Maven) looking through terms, and I yelled out 'Black Box..that's it! It's where all the important information about a flight is housed. All the communication. It's where everyone, even the experts turn to for travel information.' It literally, was perfect.

It was exactly what I wanted to create. A course that breaks down the psychological, financial, and physical barriers that people have to travel. Because the truth is, everyone CAN do this! Not just me, not just Tribe. You, with your freelancing gig, or 9-5, or pipe dream and lonely bank account...your travel won't look the same, but it's still something that can be attained.

NMDNBLACKBOX.COM is a 6 month course that breaks down all the barriers of entry that you have into the world of travel. Period. It's for everyone...from the well traveled, to those who have never stepped foot on a plane. Period.
From finding your travel style, to getting over the fear of flying (a personal issue I had many panic attacks over...ironically), to traveling with food allergies, and what to sign up for so you are taken care of in case you have an emergency abroad. We are covering it all. Weekly, in 15 minute or less classes. ' - Keep Traveling, Evita

Check the video out, and sign up for more information at http://nmdnblackbox.com dropping soon. ‪#blackbox‬ ‪#whatsnext‬

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Huffington Post Black Voices - Vidoe Feature On Nomadness Travel Tribe

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Huffington Post Black Voices - Vidoe Feature On Nomadness Travel Tribe

Huffington Post's Black Voices decided to dive into what Nomadness is really all about. As the leader of the Urban Travel Movement, Nomadness creator Evita Robinson joined a collection of tribe members to share just what makes Nomadness the international force that it is.  

Here's a short excerpt from Huffington Post's latest on Nomadness. 

The black travel and tourism industry is growing. In 2013, it reached $40 billion and it’s on track to continue.

Tribe member Tiffany Aliche also spoke to HuffPost about the power of being able to connect black people with these opportunities.

“People of color generally do not travel, or they weren’t, and here was this space where not only did you have people who like travel, but they could show you how to do it if you were interested in it,” she said.

Check out the full article now on Huffington Post!!!

 

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Welcome To Shenzhen

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Welcome To Shenzhen

One of our Nomadness Tribe members, Yvette Santos Cuenco has recently touched down in China for a new career opportunity. As she begins her latest international counselor role she's sharing the various elements of her ongoing acclimation to her new home. Here's the first of many entries as she arrives in Shenzhen.

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Welcome To Shenzhen

I arrived in Shenzhen three days ago and so far, so good.  The settling in process takes time and plenty of energy.  In the next few posts I will be sharing my Shenzhen experiences and dropping a few pro tips along the way!

THE GREETING

Like with every international school orientation, it is information OVERLOAD and a major hit to the senses - new sights, sounds, smells, language, culture, etc.  I am sure my fellow newbies would agree that the school nailed their role in making this transition as worry-free as possible.

Here is what stood out to me:

  1. Much like my school in Uzbekistan - greeted at the hotel by admin.
  2. Welcome bags full of creature comforts - snacks, bread, peanut butter, wine, beer, soda, etc.
  3. Cellphone w/ sim card. I took the sim out and popped it into my unlocked Android phone.
  4. Phone numbers of all admin and administrative assistants who are reachable at any time.
  5. Most importantly for me - It's a community that HUGS. There's truly nothing like coming off a plane after dealing with the dog, delayed bag, etc. and being greeted with warmth and friendly faces.

THE HOUSEHUNTING

After that first night, we toured the Elementary campus and were taken to different returning teachers' apartments to truly get a feel for the potential of spaces we'd call home.  Living in Tashkent and Bangkok, prepared me well for the lack of uniformity in the apartments I would see.  For some background - modern Shenzhen is really only 30 years old. It is a young city compared to Beijing and Shanghai.  Despite it's "new-ness", thanks to oil and tech - it is incredibly WEALTHY.  I did not expect to see so many BMWs, Teslas, Mercedes Benzes, etc. and I've only explored one district - Shekou.

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If your curious how Yvette's new life in China is going, hop over to the full post on her site The Roaming Filipina.  

 

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New Zealand Culture Shock

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New Zealand Culture Shock

Dear Kiwis,

I’d like to thank you! But, in order for you to understand my gratitude, I first need to give you some context. I grew up in the US, in a home where we never locked our door.  Some, including myself, thought this was odd, but my parents didn’t think it posed any real threat so we learned to accept it.  Although my family lived in a rural area, we were certainly the exception to the American rule at the time. My youth was unfortunately shaped by after-school TV specials, high-profile child abductions, high school shootings, and America’s Most Wanted – which combined would make my parents and I think that danger was lurking around every corner.  At some point, I’m not sure when, trust stopped being freely given. If and when it was given, it was given from a safe distance.

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THE NOMADNESS PROJECT | THAILAND - PART 2 [SEASON FINALE]

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THE NOMADNESS PROJECT | THAILAND - PART 2 [SEASON FINALE]

In our final episode of the season, the intersection of personal and business become very real for Evita. Leaving Southern Thailand, the whole crew heads up north to Chiang Mai, a place Evita lived five years prior. She hasn't been back since and the reunion with her Thai Mom and Dad proves to be very emotional. The Tribe is by her side, as they explore the suburban areas that truly represent Thailand. They journey up the unending steps to Doi Suthep Temple, and culminate with tens of thousands of people to finally celebrate the enchanting Loy Krathong Lantern Festival.

Created by Evita Robinson. Check out both seasons at youtube.com/issarae

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Impressions of Santorini

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Impressions of Santorini

Santorini is a place I have always only dreamed of going to. I used to always say that if and when I get married that I wanted to go to Santorini for my honeymoon. I have always seen pictures and would always imagine myself in Santorini soaking in all that the Greek island had to offer. 

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The NOMADNESS Project | Thailand - Part 1

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The NOMADNESS Project | Thailand - Part 1

The Nomadness Travel Tribe starts off in the Southern Thai city of Phuket, diving right into the culture. Night one includes the both traditional and controversial art of Muay Thai Kickboxing. After getting acclimated to their house and neighborhood, the crew catches a ferry to the famous island of Ko Phi Phi, for one of the most serene aesthetics the Tribe has ever encountered on a trip. 

Created by Evita Robinson.

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Airports Where You Won’t Mind Having a Long Layover

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Airports Where You Won’t Mind Having a Long Layover

Layovers have always been a part of a traveler’s lifestyle. For one, flights with long stopovers are often less expensive than direct ones. In spite of this aforementioned savings, some passengers are more than willing to shell out a bit extra just to avoid added hours in the airport. No one can blame them, actually, as every minute of travelling is so vital. 

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‘Wandering Mom’ Tanai Benard Talks Leadership and Giving Her Children the World

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‘Wandering Mom’ Tanai Benard Talks Leadership and Giving Her Children the World

One of the great aspect of Nomadness is that there are so many different types of travelers and traveling perspectives represented within our tribe. From solo backpackers to globetrotting couples there is a lane for anyone. Our own Tanai Benard recently chatted with Black Enterprise to share her travelers tale and the importance of giving the gift of travel to her kids. Check out a snippet from part 1 of Tanai's ongoing series with BE.

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Tanai Benard is, in a word, fearless. A devoted mom who makes no apologies for leading boldly from the front, her commitment to family has spurred a global movement that has changed the landscape for single moms and their children forever.

In 2013, in the midst of marital strife, Tanai and her husband planned a move from Texas to the Arabian Gulf, along with their three children, in hopes of a fresh start and a better life. What’s more, Tanai had just accepted a position as a teacher in Abu Dhabi with numerous perks, including, among other things, housing. On all accounts, the transition was destined to be a fortuitous one. Unfortunately, however, their marital woes took a toll before their departure, causing their marriage to dissolve weeks before the move. With her back against the wall and a new life challenge before her, Tanai stood firm. Armed with little more than the courage of her convictions, she moved forward and traveled across the globe with her three minor children ages 5, 6 and 8 in tow. Little did she know, the best was yet to come.

***Hop over to Black Enterprise for the full story and the follow up series parts!!***

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The NOMADNESS Project | Amsterdam - Part 1

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The NOMADNESS Project | Amsterdam - Part 1

It's easy to take a city for face value. Amsterdam is always highlighted for the Red Light District, and cafes. Yet, the Tribe starts their trip off diving into the historical underbelly of Holland's slave trade.

 

Through various museum visits, and particularly the Black Heritage Canal Tour, the Tribe gets a perspective on Amsterdam rarely seen by tourists. Created by Evita Robinson.

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THE NOMADNESS PROJECT | LONDON - PART 2 (SEASON 2)

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THE NOMADNESS PROJECT | LONDON - PART 2 (SEASON 2)

After a medical scare, the Nomadness Tribe heads north toward Kirkby Stephen. Surrounded by greenery, and calm, the crew finally arrives at the real reason why they traveled to London...to stay at Augill Castle. The Tribe took over the entire castle and learned of the story the castle has to tell. Created by Evita Robinson. 

After viewing this episode make sure you check out the special media feature that resulted via Mashable

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The NOMADNESS Project | India - Part 1

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The NOMADNESS Project | India - Part 1

The Nomadness Tribe travels to Northern India and sets sites at Pink City, Amber Fort (in Jaipur) and check out Monkey Temple. Here's part one of the Tribe's much-anticipated trip to India.

The Nomadness Project follows a group of young travelers (the Tribe) as they share experiences all over the world; the good, the bad and the ugly. Created by Evita Robinson.

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The NOMADNESS Project | London - Part 1 (Season 2)

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The NOMADNESS Project | London - Part 1 (Season 2)

It's the first time the Tribe is hitting up the United Kingdom. This episode sets the London stage before the crew heads to Augill Castle. From hip hop karaoke at The Social, to the London Eye, and Tower Bridge, we are hitting all the stops...until one of our members ends up being rushed to the hospital. 

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