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AN INCREDIBLE VISIT TO THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS: ORCAS ISLAND GUIDE

AN INCREDIBLE VISIT TO THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS: ORCAS ISLAND GUIDE

As mentioned in my San Juan Island recap, I was honored to be selected and explore the San Juan Islands in partnership with the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau and the Black Travel Alliance. The two islands I visited were San Juan Island and Orcas Island. Following...

AN INCREDIBLE VISIT TO THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS: SAN JUAN ISLAND GUIDE

AN INCREDIBLE VISIT TO THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS: SAN JUAN ISLAND GUIDE

When the average person hears the words “San Juan Islands”, they usually immediately think of Puerto Rico. I will admit, I was once one of those people as well. When I first learned about the San Juan Islands located in Northwest Washington, I knew I had to visit. The...

THINGS TO DO IN BUFFAL0- HOW TO SPEND A WEEKEND IN THE CITY

THINGS TO DO IN BUFFAL0- HOW TO SPEND A WEEKEND IN THE CITY

The second largest city in New York has a long and rich history. Once filled with booming factories, wealthy entrepreneurs, and the world’s most impressive buildings, Buffalo had certainly seen better days. Faced with a declining population and mass exodus of...

MY PERFECT WEEKEND AT THE CINCINNATI MUSIC FESTIVAL

MY PERFECT WEEKEND AT THE CINCINNATI MUSIC FESTIVAL

For years I have had the desire to visit Cincinnati, Ohio. Known as The Queen City, Cincinnati's strategic location in the Midwest serves as a gateway to the region. The city has a vibrant cultural scene filled with a ton of history, restaurants, bars, and breweries....

WELCOME TO STEEL CITY! AN INCREDIBLE WEEKEND IN PITTSBURGH

WELCOME TO STEEL CITY! AN INCREDIBLE WEEKEND IN PITTSBURGH

As a lifelong resident of Baltimore, Maryland and a huge Ravens fan, I have pretty much grown up being taught to dislike everything about the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Embracing anything about your rival’s hometown including the people, culture, and history is...

The City With Soul! Top Reasons to Visit Jackson, Mississippi

The City With Soul! Top Reasons to Visit Jackson, Mississippi

In an effort to discover and explore the black history and culture of more cities within the US, my travels have led me to some pretty fascinating places. The real gems have proven to be those cities that quietly lay under the radar, yet over deliver on the...

A Perfect Weekend in Hampton, Virginia

A Perfect Weekend in Hampton, Virginia

Looking for an East Coast getaway in a city with an old soul and youthful enthusiasm? Make sure Hampton, Virginia has a spot on your list! As millions of Americans return to traveling, the potential destinations are endless. After a rough few years, it’s safe to say...

All In Tempe! The Small City That Packs Big Charm

All In Tempe! The Small City That Packs Big Charm

While I’ve been fortunate to visit nearly 60 countries around the globe, I always mention my desire to explore more of the United States. With most of our must see destination lists filled with major cities, it’s often the small towns that sneak under the radar and...

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

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...

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

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!

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!

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 – 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

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

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

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

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

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...