Arizona native Chanice a.k.a. Queenie is a New York State agency employee and the CEO of Fly With Queenie, a company specializing in curating worldwide experiences for travelers.
The 32-year-old mother of one is of Jamaican heritage and has traveled all over the world. Her most recent trip to Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya however, has been her most memorable trip to date.
“My first experience in Africa was in Morocco, but I didn’t feel like I was in Africa and I didn’t get that feeling of connection when I was there,” she told Travel Noire. “I spent a week in Kenya, where I saw animals I’ve never seen before on the safari, ate delicious Swahili food, and swam in beautiful clear water.”
In Kenya, Queenie also visited a Maasai tribe in a remote village about a four-hour drive from Nairobi. There she had the opportunity to learn about their culture and daily lives
“I learned that Masaai men have multiple wives and got to meet all three wives and the husband, which was pretty cool. It’s funny because although the family dynamics are very different from how we do things in the United States, when it came to marriage everybody was happy. The wives and all the kids were just so happy.”
“The Maasai people rely on very little to survive, which taught me the importance of simplicity. Unfortunately, the Maasai are a dying tribe. The dry seasons in East Africa are becoming longer due to climate change, and they are suffering from droughts and drying crops.”
Queenie encourages others to visit the Masaai tribe and support them to aid in their survival. A conscious traveler, she also visited an orphanage during her time in Kenya.
“I feel like there’s no way I can be blessed and not bless others, especially, in the land of my ancestors and where my brothers and sisters reside. I wanted to do an act of kindness so the kids could know that they are loved. It really takes a village and I want to be part of that village. Meeting the kids made me feel complete in a sense.”
“I danced and sang with the children and gave them lots of hugs. I told all the girls how beautiful they were and how nice their hair and skin was. Little Black girls often struggle at some point with their self image, so I wanted them to know that they were absolutely beautiful. My friends and I passed out items we brought with us from the States, like toothbrushes, toothpaste, toys, school supplies, hair items, candy, and more.”
Queenie returned home feeling like she needed to do more for the children. After receiving many messages from people who also wanted to give back to the orphanage, she decided to do a fundraiser.
With an outpouring of love and support, Queenie and her friends raised over $1,000 within 72 hours. This was enough to pay two months worth of rent, and purchase food and personal hygiene products for the children.
Queenie says one of the reasons she loves Africa is because of the sense of belonging she feels there.
“In Kenya I didn’t feel Black, I just felt human. I blended right in and I didn’t have things like people and systems constantly reminding me every day that I was Black. I could just exist as a human being.”
She encourages all Black people to visit Africa to learn more about their history and to dispel any misconceptions they may have about the continent by seeing and researching for themselves.
“When you mix the controlled media with the lack of true education in the school system you get ignorance. People are sponges who listen to the media and believe it because they assume a news outlet must be telling the truth. The failure to take initiative and do one’s own research is the reason people are so miseducated.”
As someone with a passion for studying and learning about Africa and Black history, Queenie was well aware that Africa was not what the Western media portrayed it to be long before she even booked her flight.
“I was just excited to showcase Kenya’s gems and show people that it is a luxury travel destination and more than just slums. To be honest, though, I never knew ‘hakuna matata’ was a real Swahili phrase. I thought it was a phrase that was made up for The Lion King movie.”
That is part of the beauty of traveling. You learn more about not only the world, but yourself as well. Queenie says she never realized she had a soft spot for animals until she experienced the Kenyan safari and saw animals such as zebras, giraffes, and warthogs up close.
For this year’s travels, Queenie plans to focus on seeing more of Africa. She has a trip every month and is most looking forward to exploring Ghana in August. You can follow her at @flywithqueen
Just off the east coast of the island of Madagascar, is where you can find some of Africa’s most pristine beaches and exotic wildlife. Mauritius, an island nation itself, draws in visitors from all over wanting to walk its soft-sand beaches
What if we told you that you could make this exotic island your home office for the next year?
Well, you can! The nation recently announced a new Premium Travel Visa program for non-citizens, looking to change the scenery as we continue to move through this new normal of remote work. The visa is valid for at least 12 months, with an option to extend your stay.
The new Premium Travel Visa for Mauritius is available to all non-citizens and valid for up to one year, though it can be renewed. Travellers interested in an extended stay must arrive to this island nation as a tourist, retiree, or as a professional traveling with their family and intending to work remotely.
Applicants must also show proof of their long-stay plans and have travel and health insurance coverage for the initial part of their stay. As with most programs in the new wave of long-stay visas, visitors in Mauritius are not allowed to enter the country’s workforce and must have a source of income outside of Mauritius. Other supporting evidence that must be supplied include details about the applicant’s purpose of visit and their accommodations, as well as other basic immigration requirements.
Once you arrive, you are required to quarantine for 14-days, as well as present a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Mauritius has been able to keep their cases pretty low throughout the pandemic.
The applications for the visa will be available soon. To learn more and to apply once available, visit; edbmauritius.org.
I recently did a DNA test with 23andMe and then travelled to Senegal, West Africa based on the results. If you’re thinking of doing a DNA test, this is my experience.
“Your reports are ready”.
My heart skipped at the sight of the four bolded words in the subject line of my email inbox. I hurriedly moved my fingers across the trackpad of my laptop, then double-clicked the message to open it.
By the time March rolls around, most people are ready for their first vacation of the year. You’ve recovered, both financially, and emotionally from the holidays and the weather is finally starting to pick back up. in short, the Ancestors trying to tell you its time to #TreatYoself
March is often the cheapest time to travel numerous destinations all over the world. Airlines and hotels are starting to feel the post-holiday hit and they’re looking to entice people to visit just before the spring break and summer wave of travellers begin.
From France, Guyana, and even Egypt, here are the best places to travel to this March for less than $350 round-trip!
San Juan, Puerto Rico For As Low As $92 Round-Trip
If you’re looking to round up some of your friends for a quick getaway, then San Juan is the perfect destination as there are plenty of
There are round-trip flights to San Juan from the United States for as low as $95. To no surprise, most of these flights under $100 round-trip leave out of Florida.
But one deal you don’t see too often is Philadelphia to San Juan for less than $100 round-trip. Spirit Airlines and Frontier have round-trip flights to San Juan for just $92 round-trip. Use March 10 through March 17 as your travel dates in Skyscanner.
Other Deals To San Juan
Port Au Prince, Haiti For As Low As $180 Round-Trip
There are various flights leaving the United States to Port Au Prince for less than $350 round-trip, including Los Angeles, Dallas, Charlotte, Miami, and Minneapolis, according to Skyscanner.
The cheapest flights leave Fort Lauderdale on March 11 and return March 18 on Spirit Airlines for just $180 round-trip.
Cairo, Egypt For $320 Round-Trip
For this deal, you have to be in New York City. Serbia Airlines have round-trip flights for $320 from March 7 through March 19.
There’s a layover in Serbia’s capital city Belgrade according to Skyscanner.
Georgetown, Guyana For $342 Round-Trip
Located in South America, bordering Brazil and Venezuela is the beautiful country Guyana. We found a rare deal to Georgetown for just $342 round-trip from Florida, according to Skyscanner. There’s a long layover in Panama City but it’s worth the rare deal.
From Fort Lauderdale, use March 18 through March 26 as your travel dates.
From Miami, flights to Guyana are the same price. The only difference is the dates. Use March 17 through March 24 as your travel dates.
Source: Travel Noire