THE BLOG

HELP A LOCAL STUDENT GO BEYOND BMORE!

Being from Baltimore, logging onto social media daily and skimming through your timeline can be one tough task. Posts filled with news headlines reporting yet another murder or serious crime taking place have become the norm. Our youth seem to be easily influenced and...

READY, SET, JET! 3 QUICK TIPS TO TRAVEL CHEAP AND SEE THE WORLD

When it comes to traveling, one of the questions I get most often from family, friends and readers alike is "How do you do it?" Most people automatically assume that myself and so many other young millennials you see on social media posing in Rome at the Coliseum, or...

THINK PINK – ONE TRIP CAN SAVE A LIFE!

As October begins and I prepare for my next adventure, I look forward to entering the month with not just excitement, but gratefulness and encouragement. I'm mostly enthused about revisiting the Motherland (Africa), the return of fall weather and getting through the...

5 THINGS HOLDING YOU BACK FROM LIVING THE LIFE YOU DESERVE!

At the end of the day, everyone wants to live what can be considered a "good life."  If you ask most people what's currently holding them back, you'd likely get a long list. Because of its length, many people would have no idea where to begin and simply give up before...

BEYOND BMORE’S TIPS & INFO FOR AMERICANS VISITING CUBA!

I was recently able to visit Havana, Cuba and it was an awesome experience. As I stated in my previous post recapping my weekend there, traveling to Cuba as an American was easier than I expected. I'll assume that if you're reading this page, you aren't the bearer of...

FROM PRESENT TO PAST: LET’S GO TO CUBA!

After many, many years of restrictions, travel to Cuba by Americans for tourism is finally happening again. Although getting there may be tricky, it isn’t impossible. The current easiest way is to fly into Cuba from another nearby country. My friends and I took...

KIA ORA – MY (MIS)ADVENTURES IN NEW ZEALAND

Kia Ora-an informal Maori language greeting often used by New Zealanders to say "hello." Prior to visiting Sydney, my friend and I went back and forth deciding whether to visit Melbourne, or to take advantage of being so close to New Zealand and take a quick trip...

DEAR AMERICA

Dear America, Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Brian Keith Oliver. I'm a 31 year old African American male residing in Baltimore, Maryland. I grew up in a middle class family who certainly had it good by society's standards. I attended only the best public...

G’DAY MATE! DOWN UNDA IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Visiting Australia; Sydney especially had always been a goal. I planned to someday go but never exactly planned a specific time. Imagine my surprise when one of my friends mentioned that their job would be possibly sending them to take a position in "Oz" for a few...

SLAINTE! AN UNFORGETTABLE ST. PATRICK’S DAY WEEKEND IN IRELAND

Brian:  a male name of Irish and Breton origin. It is possibly derived from an old Celtic word meaning "high" or "noble".  Ever since my friends and I began to participate in local St. Patrick’s Day/Weekend celebrations at home, the idea of actually visiting Ireland...

MOMBASA, MOMBASA, MOMBASA

As our time in Nairobi came to an end, it would have been wise to stay in for the evening and prepare for the next morning right? Yes, but this was Nairobi, and if you thought New Yorkers could go all night, take a trip to Kenya! After a night out with the locals, I...

FIVE THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM TRAVELING

MINDS ARE LIKE THE DOORS TO PLANES; THEY'RE MEANT TO BE OPEN It's way too easy to be closed-minded. I'll be the first to admit that there are many things my 20 year old self would turn my nose up at that my 30 year old self now embraces with open arms. We live in a...

JAMBO! WELCOME TO NAIROBI, KENYA

Back in April 2015 when a deal appeared on Jet Airways (operated by Etihad Airways) for an amazing $414.00 from New York to Nairobi, Kenya I knew that this opportunity couldn’t be passed up. Having already planned trips for most of the year, 2016 was the only option....

HUMP DAY ON BROADWAY

Back from sunny and warm Mexico for roughly 36 hours, I found myself once again on the MegaBus headed back to New York. In fact, this particular trip had been planned while on the bus during my previous trip to the city. The purpose was to see The Color Purple on...

ADIOS JONAS, HOLA MEXICO!

Before I begin, let me say this ... I HATE WINTER! I remember everybody at home saying how warm the weather was for most of December. We should've known that wouldn't last long right? As soon as the temperature began to drop my first thought was getting out ASAP. So,...

A WEEKEND IN THE “BIG APPLE”

2016 began on a really chill, relaxed note. I had juggled with a few different ways to possibly bring in the new year but in the end I decided to do neither. While bringing in a new year in another city is always fun, I knew that the following weekend I would be...

BEYOND BMORE GOES TO WASHINGTON, D.C.

As some of you may recall, when BEYOND BMORE was created I had much more in mind than just showcasing the various trips I’ve taken. I knew that besides just creating a travel blog, I had a much bigger purpose. While it is often easy to get so caught up in traveling...

FIGHT OR FLIGHT?

Fight-or-Flight response- a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival. Oh Baltimore… where do I begin? Should I start with the 344 homicides in 2015? How about the ridiculous property taxes, abandoned...

GIVEAWAY!- ENDED

WANT MORE out of life? GIVE MORE! So far your support has been OVERWHELMING and we want to keep this movement going strong! BEYOND BMORE’s first contest begins NOW!! Take a road trip with us Saturday, January 16, 2016 down to the nation’s capital to visit the Dr....

2015- YEAR IN REVIEW

If there’s one word to summarize the year 2015 it would simply be “AMAZING”. From the start to finish, all of the year’s events, adventures and accomplishments have left me feeling incredibly blessed and excited to see what 2016 has in store. JANUARY- The year started...