Design Your Life
Traveler Of The Week: How Brian Let His Passion For Travel Lead The Way
By Travel Noire
Travel Noire has always been about showcasing black travelers that inspire others to see more of the world. Brian, a travel photographer from Toronto, shares how redirected his life to make traveling a priority and a career.
Travel Noire: When did traveling become more than a hobby for you?
Brian: Shortly after I turned 26, I began to long for so much more in life. I felt like I was only going to get that by doing something I hadn’t done before; traveling to a new continent. Little did I know, I had a gift for planning & photography and an audience on Instagram that was curious to learn the ins and outs of travel. That’s when I realized I should really be taking traveling a bit more seriously!
Travel Noire: What are your top three travel secrets that black travelers should know?
Secret #1: Flying for miles on end doesn’t get you free flights. Strategically opening up credit cards do though.
Secret #2: When searching flights, be creative with your starting and ending airports to get the best deals. You could save hundreds of dollars.
Secret #3: Invest in a good travel credit card and know the insurance coverage that comes with it. I’ve been able to recover over $3000 for trip disturbances that were out of my control.
Travel Noire: What has been your most inspiring travel moment?
I experienced this moment when I encountered some local Black village women in Fiji. They recognized that they were Fijians from an African descent! They pronounced their bloodline with so much conviction! I felt overwhelmed in that moment; just knowing that they still knew their history when the rest of the world had forgotten/hidden it.
Travel Noire: What advice do you have for black travelers traveling abroad?
Brian: Download Google offline maps. It’s a lifesaver! It will allow you to keep track of where you are at all times. You can even help direct taxi drivers from point A to B if they’re struggling to find your destination.
Travel Noire: Where are you off to next?
Brian: I haven’t quite figured out my 2018 plans yet. I’ve been to about 60 countries and I still feel like I haven’t seen much. Just make sure to follow me on Instagram @whereintheworldisb to find out where I’m off to next!
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