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Young Black Travelers

Young Black Travelers

By Young Black Travelers
The crew of YBT discuss topics related to a young black experience traveling. We hope to inspire many minorities to begin traveling and exploring their world!
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Season 5 Wrap Up!
Asshur, Krisan, Valone and Simone wrapped up Season 5 with a bang. They talked about all their favorite episodes, including Deanna 12 trips in 12 months to carnival coming back again with Joseph. We hope y’all enjoyed this season as much as we did. We are so excited about the upcoming year and the new and exciting travel stories we will discuss in the new season. Stay tune!!
December 27, 2021
Carnival & Costumes!!!!
Stella and Joseph talk about all things carnival costume design. We shine light on Joseph’s start of becoming one of the best carnival costume designers in Toronto, Ontario. Joseph shares his best moments, collaborations, challenges and future plans to take over the costume design world for the biggest cultural event in the world, CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL!
December 06, 2021
Melanin & Miles on Spain
Janelle from Melanie and Miles speak with Asshur and Krisan about some of her travels to Europe. Particularly her experience in Spain. Listen and hear her response to paella and many more.
November 18, 2021
Racially Profiled While Booking Airbnb in the Hamptons
On this episode of the Young Black Travelers podcast. Our guest Kelli and Maisha talk with Asshur about their experience being racially profiled while booking an Airbnb in the Hamptons. We were also joined by other guests such as Taurean who shared his experiences and also talked about the fun time we all had while celebrating a friend in the upscale, summer vacation town of New York. Find the resort that Maisha mentioned here,
November 08, 2021
12 Trips 12 Months
Deanna joins Asshur in talking about her year of travels. Travels that brought about self reflection and growth. A year where she recognized that she needs to put herself first, just like she has been putting others first. Deanna‘s experience is a testament of what it means to put one’s self first so we can become better and grow.
November 01, 2021
Flo Flo Florida!
Asshur talk to KiKi and Saf about their trip to Florida. They visited some theme parks, such as Aquatica. They talked about the wait times and cost to enter the park, etc. They explored a few other topics about Florida and most ironic was when Kiki, who lives in St. Vincent, described Florida as hot. Also we talk a lot about St. Vincent and started off the conversation with a recap on the volcanic eruptions in SVG.
October 25, 2021
Travel As A Bajan Expat
Simone and Krisan talk about Simone’s expat experience on her native island of Barbados. Listen for some tips and tricks! A conversation recorded earlier in the year around the eruption if St. Vincent’s volcano.
October 18, 2021
Hey Brazil, Kevin Loves Salvador!
Kevin and Asshur talk about Kevin’s experience in Salvador Brazil. They start to reminisce on Kevin and Asshur’s experience studying abroad and then move to talk about Kevin’s Trip to Brazil. Kevin sums up the conversation by saying that Salvador Brazil is his new favorite city in Brazil. Listen to hear why.
October 13, 2021
From Greece to Albania
Visiting the less Traveled islands in Greece. And going from Corfu to Albania. What an experience that was!
October 04, 2021
Season 4 Finale, Finally
And it’s a wrap on Season 4. So many enriching conversations. We delve deeper into some, like Juran’s and close out on others. While we take a break, do come back in October for Season 5!
July 20, 2021
Pura Vida in Costa Rica & Panama
Krisan drop gems with Ashley about her epic and adventurous 1st international solo travel to Panama and Costa Rica! Take notes!
July 06, 2021
Vegas Baby
Asshur, Jessica William talk about there trip to Vegas while in Covid! This is a hilarious episode! You gotta check it out!
June 18, 2021
A chat about Asshur’s recent trip to Quito and Guayaquil. JetBlue was the star of the show as Asshur talks about his Buddy pass experience. Asshur would not recommend Guayaquil but he certainly will Quito. Enjoy.
June 07, 2021
Medellin the Urban Jungle!
Asshur and Latoya talk about their experience in Medellin Colombia. They chat about how Medellin caught them off guard. It was a really good time. Check it out.
May 25, 2021
Nomads in Cartagena
Latoya, Asshur and Krisan talk about Toya and Asshur’s trip to Cartagena!! Ohhh the fun they had working remotely. They talked about their stay at airbnb Edificio Altamar and eating at the local restaurant near by, Barril y Cocina, amongst so many other topics from Cartagena! Listen, learn and enjoy!!
May 10, 2021
Digital Nomad in Colombia
Asshur and Krisan talk about Asshur’s digital nomad experience in Colombia. They chat about the necessities of WiFi to currency exchange, to Airbnb vs. Hotel. And oh, let’s not forget Asshur’s revoew of Google Translate vs. Apple Translate. So if you are looking for a destination to work remotely, maybe Colombia is it. Enjoy.
May 03, 2021
The Volcano Erupted
Asshur and Krisan talk about the eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano in St. Vincent And The Grenadines. As well as share how you can contribute to YBT and UVCG Relief drive for SVG. ( Updated: To clarify in the episode, reference to Haiti is for the earthquake in 2010)
April 21, 2021
Food & Culture Jam'It Bistro
Asshur and Valone talk with Jam'It Bistro about the impacts food has on culture. Jam’It shed some light on their Resturant operation through Covid as well as help us understand how food connects us to travel. Happy listening!
March 15, 2021
Guess Amynah’s Airline!
Asshur and Amynah chat about her job with one of America’s big 3 Airline. Can you guess which one? She shares her journey to becoming a flight attendant. And talks about what the job entails, etc. BTW, hopefully you will get a moment of inspiration, just like Amynah did, while traveling from Paris. Enjoy!
March 03, 2021
Juran in Naija
Juran's joins Asshur as he talks about his trip to Nigeria! Was it for a Nigerian wedding or not? Tune in to listen to hear about Juran’s trip from London to the mother land.
February 15, 2021
Beyond BMore and BLM
Brian Oliver, Executive Director of BMore See More and owner of Beyond BMore joins Asshur and Valone to talk about BLM. On this season finale, we explored Braian’s drive to start his non profit.  The point that representation, especially for young in black men, was center stage in this conversation.  Brian closed with this profond phrase, "open your mind, open your mouth and watch doors open," which was a powerful statement to end such a wonderful season.
December 29, 2020
BLM a UK Perspective
Josh and Daniel join Asshur to talk about race and the Black Lives Matter movement. They speak about this topic from the British view, which lends a different perspective to the conversation. Their perspective provides some direction on some goals they hope the movement will accomplish for black British women and men. 
December 07, 2020
The Impacts Covid May have on Travelers' Mental Health
Silvia talks about the impacts that this pandemic may have on individuals who love to travel. Our take away from this conversation is that, sometime getting away from our problems, as traveling allows is not the best. We need to face some situations. Enjoy. 
November 30, 2020
Flying in the Midst of Covid
We know that many of you are considering hopping on a plane, as a result of Cabin Fever. We also know some of you have fears of flying in the wake of the Coronavirus. So, we wanted to share some information with you that will be very useful if you did choose to leave your locale, hop on a plane and explored another destination. 
November 23, 2020
Being a Flight Attendant with Patreka Brown
Patreka Brown joins Ainsworth to chat about working on a airline as well as her experiences flying to different countries. They later discuss being a visible minority in the airline industry. Patreka also shares her new business plans during the pandemic (COVID-19) she explains why she decided to start her own business during the episode.
November 18, 2020
Mimosa and Suya join YBT to talk about the #EndSARS movement in Nigeria.  We dove in dept about the meaning of SARS and its impact on the Nigerian people, as well as the traveling public. Also, we dove into some of the deep rooted racial issues. This one is worth listening to! 
November 02, 2020
Representation Matters: Chubby and Black
Chubby Diaries Founder Jeff Jenkins joins YBT team members Asshur and Krisan on a powerhouse conversation on the representation of plus-size black travelers in the travel industry. Tune in to learn more about Jeff's journey as an avid chubby traveler and how the travel industry can better accommodate the black and plus-size communities.
October 19, 2020
Keeping the Travel Industry Accountable
Aleah joins Asshur to discuss how we can keep the travel industry accountable. She shares one of her experiences with Discover Grenada, showing a lack of representation with influencers they work with,  which do not represent the demographic of Grenada.  Also, they touch on many other topics such as colorism, etc. This is a must-listen!
September 14, 2020
Holding The Caribbean Accountable
Award-winning journalist and Caribbean Correspondent Melissa Noel joins Asshur and Krisan in a heavy-hitting conversation on accountability of the Caribbean travel Industry amid racial tension and global pandemic. Listen in to hear more about their thoughts on the matter, and what the industry can do to better the experience for young black travelers and island locals.
August 11, 2020
Wellness with Regina
Regina Moesha joins Ainsworth to talk about wellness. She explains the importance of taking care of your body mentally and physically. We later talk about her moving from Jamaica to Canada from the age of 9 and discuss the cultural differences between the two countries. Regina tells us her favourite Jamaican meals and explains why she turned vegan.
July 27, 2020
Travel on the Cheap
Ariel Ross joins Asshur from YBT to talk about how you can travel on the cheap. She shares many helpful tips and tricks. So check it out!
July 20, 2020
Black Lives Matters From a Cuban Perspective
Reminiscing on a conversation Asshur, Awalda, Nadine and Stella had in a taxi, Asshur speaks to his travel buddies to Cuba to unearth the shocking taxi conversation. They cover issues from police brutality and inequality and racism as a whole, as well as reflect on the splendid time they had in beautiful Cuba. 
June 29, 2020
Travel Advantages for Tech Workers Post Covid
Ariel Johnson joins Asshur to talk about the opportunities that workers in the tech industry will have after Covie-19 passes. Amongst many other topics discussed, these two brooklynites also share some must visit Caribbean restaurants in the borough. Enjoy! 
June 16, 2020
Troy The Traveler
Toronto photographer and influencer Troy Visuals comes to the table to discuss things he is working on within the city and Toronto culture. Also joining the table is Phillip Grant who is a new member of the YBT team. During our conversation Troy compares Toronto culture to LA and tells us the differences between the two cities.
June 01, 2020
The Airline Industry Post Covid
American Airlines pilot Leo joins Asshur to talk about the state of the airline industry after the Coronavirus. One thing is sure, and that is the travel industry will look very different from how it currently look.  With that said, are you ready for higher ticket prices?
May 18, 2020
Peru & the Prestigious Fulbright Experience
Fulbright Scholar, Simone Gordon shares her experience in India as a Fulbright Scholar. We also discussed her experience in Peru and Argentina, destinations she pursued after completing her term with the Fulbright program. 
May 08, 2020
Meet Ains & Toronto
We get a chance to meet the newest member of the YBT team, Ainsworth. Through our conversation we learn much about him, Toronto and Canada. Tim Hortons or Dunkin' Donuts? 
April 13, 2020
Corona and Teaching in Korea
Naomi join Asshur to talk about her experience teaching English in South Korea. She talked about traveling while teaching in Asia and also the global pandemic, Covid-19, which first hit South Korea, among other Asian countries such as China.  
March 30, 2020
Just Cruisin'
Cruise expert Victoria Baker drops in to share some insight and tips on what she believes is the cost effective way to see multiple destinations in one trip!
March 18, 2020
From Thailand to Jamaica
Latoya join Asshur and Ashley to talk about her time in Thailand and Jamaica. Most interestingly, was the fact that she traveled to these two destinations one after the next.  Listen in for this exciting conversation, so electric that it caused latoya to lay down a twerk or two. 
March 02, 2020
A Korean Wedding Experience
Stanton talks with Asshur about his experience attending a wedding in Korea. See blog for his pictures of this cultural encounter. Enjoy! 
February 17, 2020
Changing Perspectives
Twenty-two-year-old flight attendant Trai joins Asshur to talk about how his travels have changed his perspectives. His perspective on Africa is inspiring and could help many of us see Africa in the beautiful light in which it should be portrayed. 
February 03, 2020
Mental Health & Travel Cont.
Phadia is now back from her trip to Bali, India, and Dubai and she continues the conversation on Mental Health and Travel with YBT's Valone and Asshur.  Among other points in our conversation, we discussed how the beach can possibly be a relaxation tool for some and how acts of nature, such as rain, can have a positive effect on mental health.  
January 27, 2020
Assessment in Alabama
Asshur and Ashley talks with Keishorne and Julia about their free trip to Alabama, to perform assessment work with the Jefferson County Commission.  
January 15, 2020
Black in Taiwan
Safiya talk to Asshur about her trip to Taiwan. They discuss the black experience in Taiwan and Saf shares some of the highlights and surprises from her trip. 
December 06, 2019
Playing Sports Internationally
Our guest Lorenzo talks to YBT's Asshur and Ashely and guest Lori about his experience playing baseball in Austria, as well as his travels. He shares many tips that can help youths who have a passion for sports to consider an alternate avenue, which may not mean the NBA, MLB, NFL, etc. Enjoy! Note: Lorenzo said that Austria does not have a bobsleigh team, however we found out that they do.
November 20, 2019
Mental Health & Travel
Young Black Travelers team members, Valone and Asshur, is joined by Phadia, a licensed Social Worker to talk about Mental Health and Travel.  Phadia touched on topics such as study abroad and it's importance in showing her social work from the Swedish lens. Happy listening. 
November 01, 2019
Tech & Travel
Elizabeth joins the YBT team to discuss the use of technology while traveling. We explore topics from mobile connectivity to the ability to communicate to locals in other countries, using certain apps. This conversation will provide insights into how you can maximize your money as well as your time, so you can travel more and have enhanced travel experiences, all because of technology. So, sit back, listen and enjoy!
September 30, 2019
Dr. Osasu Asemota joins YBT's Asshur to discuss their experience at Caribana 2019 as well as her experience in the Dominican Republic, which comes on the heals of countless media coverage on the deaths. Osasu talks about experiences like her mother’s spotting of the House Wives of ATL stars, to being stopped by the police while driving to Toronto . This episode is indeed a must listen!
September 05, 2019
Travel Last Minute, This Summer!
Maybe you haven't traveled at all this summer, or maybe you have but need just one last fix. Well listen.... And maybe you will get  inspiration and information. 
August 20, 2019
Meet the Travelers
Young Black Travelers talk about our love for travel and how it was introduced. We also explore topic such as study abroad. As well as discuss some of our most memorable trips. Hope you enjoy.
July 02, 2019