Traveling While Black

  • I Lust For Adventure: Barcelona + Marrakesh

    “I lust for adventure.” These four words invaded my mind as I gazed at the Instagram pics, as I watched the YouTube recaps, and most recently (in 2016), as I read Darnell’s Blackpacking post. The feelings that engulfed me were a potpourri of thrilling and terrifying. My wanderlust peaked...
  • Johannesburg: Nom Nom + Chug Chug

    While these are some of my favorite places in Johannesburg, it’s important that I tell you that customer service in South Africa is…well…hmm…lacking. Not everywhere, but in more places than not. So show up knowing this, and you shouldn’t have a problem. Although, most of these places are top...
  • This Water Tells My Story

    This Water Tells My Story from Darnell Lamont Walker on Vimeo. The cruise to Cozumel, Honduras, and Belize gave me a chance to reflect on everything I’ve learned this year, my life progression, and compile a list of things that need to be accomplished in the near future. It...
  • Intersections & Second Chances & Good Food: Paris

    As a wanderer, I love getting lost. The way my heart beats when nothing around me is familiar is amazing. Strangers must become friends for a few minutes, and everything in sight becomes a tool that might be needed in the escape. After the ticket is purchased, I rarely...
  • Saving Black Boys, Fixing White Girls, Partying, and King’s Day

    I’m sitting in the hostel lobby, knowing if I had a bigger, thicker coat, I’d hit the streets and walk until a stranger gave me a ride back. But it’s fucking cold, and I’ve had too much food over the last few days, and too many milk products today...
  • Oslo, Norway?! No Way!

    A bad play on words, I’m aware. But wow! No way this city is this amazing. Where is the ugliness? The parts that remind me of summers in Detroit (not on my grandma’s street, but those streets me and my cousins would bike just to feel good about out...
  • Dubai. Findings. Days. A Secret Door.

    First giving all honor and glory to whoever and whatever caused the glitch in the system that allow me and 7 friends purchase $187 roundtrip tickets to Abu Dhabi. Second, to the other black folk on the flight from JFK with us who simply responded with “the nod” when...
  • Flying Standby

    The Thing About Flying Standby. Patience, as the cliché goes, is a virtue. Get to the airport an hour or so before the very first flight headed toward your destination, and be prepared to be at the airport all day, hoping and wishing. Things to know: 1. Show up...
  • Dominican Republic: I Told You So

    “I told you so,” is all that came out, though I kinda wanted to say something like “Awww.” A keystroking, pencil-pushing friend of mine had a nice little lump of vacation time saved up and wanted to take a trip. But where would she go for 9 days to...