3. Where did you dream of traveling when you were a child?
[Jay] I hadn’t really thought about raveling beyond the city limits of Chicago. I had no idea that most of the country didn’t look like my hometown – I was shocked when I first saw cows in Illinois during a road trip to Carbondale. This is the mindset I’m working to change – not just with children but with adults as well.
4. Did you travel as a child?
[Jay] See above
7. Why should Black people travel?
[Jay] The world is a beautiful, ugly, exciting, relaxing, sensual, dangerous and wonderful place! By experiencing other environments, cultures and customs – you will likely enhance your own life in some way; whether that be the memories of visiting an amazing location, learning a new language, becoming a better conversationalist – the list is endless.
8. What was your first trip?
[Jay] My first trip outside of the state of Illinois was to Disneyland in California with my mother. My first trip out of the country was to the Bahamas (I’m ignoring my 2 min stay in Windsor, Canada)
9. How did you plan for it?
[Jay] I didn’t plan for Disneyland, I was a child. The Bahamas trip was a cruise I won from my job, so very little planning there as well.
10. What was your experience there?
11. Was your travel experience what you expected?
[Jay] Overall, it was a good experience.
13. What is your voice as a Black travel blogger?
[Jay] My motto has become “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness”.
14. Where do you dream of traveling now? Why?
[Jay] My remaining Bucket List is Vietnam (I’d like to see both Hanoi & Saigon 40 years after the war) and Antarctica (because it’s the only continent I haven’t visited).