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B. Hoop Travels

B. Hoop Travels

By B. Hoop.
A continuing conversation regarding the intersection of travel and just about everything else that matters.
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Black Men Who Travel-Interview With Dr. Vincent Willis.

B. Hoop Travels

Jackson Hole, Wyoming
I’m back! Catch up with me as I talk about Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Eastern Idaho. These are impossibly beautiful parts of our country with more to see and do than one may imagine.
January 11, 2022
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Brian talks about Guanacaste Costa Rica and criticizes the bougie spiritual journey trips where privileged folks use vacation spaces to do their healing. But he also talks about how he went to Costa Rica to do something similar. Is he being hypocritical? Or is it a nuanced type of discussion?
May 07, 2021
I rave on and on about our experience in Western Montana and why I call spaces like it my spiritual refuge. I provide some insight regarding the Covid protocols for entry into the United States.
April 09, 2021
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Honolulu strikes the perfect harmony of a tropical pristine aesthetic and straight up commercialism. After a day of sun and relaxation, I could walk over to my choice of familiar corporate managed establishments. The moment we landed on Oahu, I knew I’d love it.
April 08, 2021
Western Montana
I rave on and on about our experience in Western Montana and why I call spaces like it my spiritual refuge. I provide some insight regarding the Covid protocols for entry into the United States.
January 29, 2021
B. Hoop tells you how to do Sydney and muses about traveling to Australia at the beginning of the pandemic, along with a discussion about whether one should travel during the pandemic.
January 08, 2021
Napa Valley, California
It’s been awhile but I’m back with a podcast about how to navigate the California wine country.-It helps to be be semi-sober. But do what you can and be safe! I catch you up on what I’ve been up to and speak (only briefly) about Covid and travel-to do or not to do?
November 19, 2020
Buenos Aires
Brian talks about the city that made him fall in love with international travel: Buenos Aires. He muses about all the things he loved about his experience there: the food, it’s verve, and the passion of the Portenos (Buenos Aires residents).
August 25, 2020
Auckland, New Zealand
Season 3 Opener! B. Hoop muses about his thoughts about the state of travel and Covid. He talks about their trip to Amelia Island, Florida last month. Auckland is the primary destination for today’s podcast. It’s a physically breathtaking place that feels peaceful and easy.
August 13, 2020
Black Men Who Travel-Interview With Dr. Vincent Willis.
Dr. Vincent (and fellow Morehouse brother class of ‘03) and I discuss his travels to Ghana and South Africa. He broadened my perspective regarding the beauty, the complexities, and challenges of modern South Africa. May of these complexities and challenges aren’t different from the ones in the United States.
June 18, 2020
Black Men Who Travel- Interview With Winston Flowers Consummate Adventure Seeker
I continue this special series with Mr. Flowers about his connection to nature and his impressions of Pompeii, Italy. We shared a few laughs and mutual adoration for this fascinating ancient Italian city.
June 18, 2020
That Time We Almost Died In Cartagena, Colombia
We were seduced by visions of white sand beaches, azure colored water, and the Caribbean sun. But no one told us about the 50 minute boat ride of terror. I will tell you all about our harrowing experience on the Caribbean high seas.
May 28, 2020
Traveling while black
I share some of my stories when traveling as a black man became problematic.
May 26, 2020
Black Men Who Travel-Interview with David Whitaker owner of Soul Food House-Tokyo, Japan.
I talk to David about how he ended up in Tokyo and what lead him and his wife to open the only Soul Food Restaurant in Tokyo-Soul Food House. He talks about how soul food has been received there and what it’s like to be a black American ex pat. He and his wife have been featured on the popular Netflix show, Ugly Delicious and host a cooking show on a Japanese network. The Whitakers’ hustle, drive, and fearlessness is something we can all admire.
April 27, 2020
Mississippi Delta
My dad just passed away. This one is for you, Dad. We go to his birthplace on this episode. I am gonna set you up for the ultimate Mississippi Delta adventure. People want authenticity and cultural richness. Well, this is it, y’all.
April 14, 2020
Black Men Travel Series-Interview with music exec Omari Bashir
In the season opener, I talk with Mr. Omari Bashir talks about what motivates him to travel, inspiring other black men to travel, the global impact of black American culture, spreading his mother’s ashes in King Tut’s tomb, and that time we saw Babyface in the mall.
April 12, 2020
EX PAT Chronicles: Eve Kim South Korea Part 2
We couldn’t get everything into one episode, so I invited Eve Kim back to record another podcast. We mused about the virus that has shut down China, more about the culture of perfection in S. Korea, and more about teaching English there.
February 01, 2020
The EX PAT Chronicles with Eve Kim in South Korea
In my first podcast interview, I talk with my friend/high school classmate about how she navigated South Korea. Her experience was wasn’t all peaches and cream. It was hard work. It was life changing. It was stressful. But it changed her life.
January 21, 2020
Salt Lake City
I survived skiing. And I’m not sure if it is my favorite thing. But I like the vibe in Salt Lake City. Yeah, and I’m surprised by that. It’s an outdoorsy kinda place that is surrounded by snow capped mountains. I begin the episode talking about the brush fires in Australia (it’s bad y’all)and President Trump’s unilateral decision to kill an Iranian official (God help us).
January 06, 2020
Amalfi Coast
Me musing about the glorious Amalfi Coast and it’s obsession with lemons. It’s fancier than me. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. Thoughts about Ghana and the return. And how Afrochella was both a boom and a bust-(that’s what I heard)
January 06, 2020
Savannah, Georgia
Brian talks about one of his favorite cities in the world he has been visiting for twenty years. It’s the breathtakingly gorgeous city that was the back drop for his wedding day. Learn where ti eat, what to do and where to stay in Savannah.7
December 20, 2019
November 27, 2019
November 27, 2019
I call Boston an “open air museum,” because really that’s what it is. History lives on every single corner of this All-American town. It has a way with being pretentious and folksy at the same time. Oh and I finally got into Harvard!
November 20, 2019
Milan, Italy
I will tell you why Milan is an Italian City that matters more than you have been previously told. And I’ll tell you what happened when someone tried me on B. Hoop travels Instagram page.
November 20, 2019
Most folks haven’t even heard of Martinique. But that’s ok, I am about to tell you.
September 16, 2019
New Orleans
New Orleans is a life experience full of flavor, rhythm, and verve. It is what happens when you blend France, Spain, and West Africa. Lucky for you, I’ll tell you where to eat (beignets are messy)what to do (spend the least amount of time on Bourbon Street) and where to go (don’t forget to use the street car).
September 04, 2019
Smithsonian National Museum Of African American History And Culture.
My detailed account about my moving experience at the NMAAHC. Tips on how to effectively navigate this space that celebrates and curates the African American experience. Hear my shock and surprise when I was told the museum cafeteria serves fried chicken but doesn’t do dark meat.
August 23, 2019
Why Mexico City Is One Of The Greatest Cities In The World
Listen to Brian explain how he navigated the mega metropolis known as “DF.” And altitude sickness. It was an experience where a lot of cool things happened. B. Hoop wants to tell you all about it.
August 13, 2019
All About Cape Town Part 1
My wife and I share our experience in Cape Town, South Africa: how we did it; what we thought about South African Airways; the food; and much more.
August 01, 2019
Don’t get locked up abroad!
Did you know you can go to jail for chewing gum in Singapore? I can tell you ways to avoid jail abroad. Oh, I will tell you about the travel-ish tv programs you didn’t know you needed.
July 18, 2019
The Introduction and how travel saved me.
This is me saying hello to you all and telling you a bit about myself and how travel has transformed my life. And how travel has even saved me and has lifted me out of some dark places. Travel is an act of self-care. I talk about Cuba and the new Trump Administration policy changes and what it means for us. Also, I talk about my top five favorite places I have been.
July 13, 2019