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5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month 2020

This year with the horrific murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, COVID19, and now with #ENDSARS protest in Nigeria, the world has been forced to recognise the reality of racism and mistreatment towards Black people. Many would have ignored it before. However, this year many have decided to commit themselves educating themselves via social media, books, and more.

When is Black History Month 2020?

Black History Month begins from Thursday the 1st of October, to Saturday the 31st of October, 2020.

What is Black History Month?

Black History Month is celebrated in various countries around the world. It began as a way of remembering the importance of Black people and history. 

In the United Kingdom, Black History Month was first celebrated in October 1987. It started through the leadership of Ghanaian analyst Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, who had served as a coordinator of special projects for the Greater London Council (GLC).

This post would normally, have covered a list of events to attend for Black History Month. I thought and thought about ways to celebrate Black History Month this year, and I think the best way was to do this is virtually. 

Read on to find out a few different ways to get involved with Black History Month this year.

1. Write down what it means to be Black

As a Black woman, I sometimes keep myself busy. So busy that I don’t realise what is happening around me. It sometimes helps me block at the reality of things that are happening to people that look like me. It’s easy to forget how hard you are working as a Black person sometimes. Not to mention the horrific events that have gone on throughout this year – it can all be a bit much!

This year has hit our community the hardest – we are tired, hurt, angry, raging, and did I say tired? Sometimes I feel we are constantly fighting for freedom, equal rights; and to just live in a world that is everyday working against us.

Try and use this month to write something kind to yourself. Talk about why your skin shines, how your hair beautifully stands out in a crowd. Why your melanin is popping? Remind yourself how far you’ve come as a Black individual. 

If you are not Black, maybe write the work and struggle a Black person has to go through. It’s not for you to feel upset or guilty about, but maybe time for you to reflect on the fight we are forever fighting.

2. Do Black Pound Month

Black Pound Day simply encourages us to help Black business for a day. However, it doesn’t have to be just one day! Celebrate it the whole month heck make it a lifestyle!

3. Think of ways Black History Month can be brought into the workplace

Diversity in the Workplace

Let’s be honest the more diverse a workplace is the better the decisions. By taking value in diversity a workforce is required to be innovative and have a much wider perspective on policy, projects and more. It allows the status quo to be challenged. 

Work with your team/department to think of how Black History Month can be recognised this month – maybe organise for a speaker to come in, or organise a virtual event?

4. Read and Educate Yourself on Black History

I’m one that needs to get back on this. Start reading books. I’ve been reading Why I No Longer Talk To White People About Race for the longest time. Honestly, there are things in this book that have made me take a step back.

I am learning every single day, read, learn the history and don’t be afraid to ask questions and be corrected.

5. Don’t Pressure Yourself

There seems to be a lot of pressure sometimes to be seen doing something. Own it and celebrate it in your way and time. Being Black is not a fashion its a lifestyle. I wake up Black and go to sleep Black. 

Not to mention we are also living in a global pandemic so, please don’t put too much pressure on yourself. 

There are so many things you can do to celebrate, so many that I haven’t mentioned. Black Travel Creators are collaborating with Grenada Tourism Board to give content creators a taste of the Island – Grenada. Interested? Sign up here. We are also looking for Black Travel Content Creators that have a UK based audience. 

What will you be doing to celebrate Black History Month? Leave in the comments below. 

Day 1- Luce over at perselem and

Day 2- Beth over at thoughtsofarealredhead then

Day 3- Jessie over at wandererandtraveller

Day 4- Rhiannon over at mrssleejones and

Day 5- Haley over at introvertedcreativity then

Day 6- Karalee over at talesofbelle and

Day 7- Kim over at chimmyville then

Day 8- Kirsty over at kirstymarie and finally me

Day 9- Adebola over at mybreakingviews

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Bulgaria Bansko: My First Ski Weekend Trip

Bansko is great for a ski trip. It is a town in South-Western Bulgaria, located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains. It is known to be a popular ski resort for all levels.

I always wanted to go skiing but never did I think it would be me going this year in Bulgaria.

Despite the world outbreaks, I knew that I wanted to make 2020 my year of travels! So when Jess of Road2culturedom asked me to join WindCollective and MountNoireLdn on a ski trip in Bulgaria, I struggled to say no. I mean who says no to such adventures?

ski trip in Bansko
Adebola and Jess

Honestly, never in a million years did I ever think I would go skiing! I mean little old me that grew up in Swindon! hahah.

If you have been following me on my socials, you would have already seen a few snaps of my ski trip in Bansko. I have a few posts lined up for ya’ll, but today I wanted to focus on how my ski weekend getaway in Bansko really went down!

Why Skiing and not Snowboarding ?

To be honest with you I head snowboarding was so much harder than skiing, and I wanted to look cute while learning a new activity. So yes I choose skiing.

How much did it cost?

I managed to get a fantastic deal with WindCollective for £699 – bargain or what! This is what the trip included:

  • 4 days & 3 Nights shared occupancy ski resort and chalet accommodation*
  • Swimming pool, sauna, steam room and hot-tub
  • Breakfast every morning
  • 1 Dinner
  • Return airport transfers from Sofia Airport to Bansko Town
  • Flight arriving in the morning (before noon) recommended for the 28th Feb. Flight departing after 5 pm recommended for the 2nd March.
  • 2 day ski pass – access to all slopes
  • 2 ski lesson – 2 Hour Morning/Afternoon Lesson
  • Ski equipment rental – Ski boots, ski polls & skis/board
  • Games Night
  • A Wind Collective Photoshoot sessions
Please note flights were/are not included – I purchased my flights on my favourite website Sky-scanner

Day 1 – Arrival and Picking Up Ski Equipment

I landed early at Sofia airport for pick up at 1.30 pm. This was my first organised group trip, so I was a little nervous about meeting new people. However, everyone was so nice and welcoming, I was instantly put at ease and felt like I was with family.

I was already tired from waking up at 3 am to catch a 6.25 flight so was ready to have a nap on the coach to the ski resort. The drive from Sofia to Bansko was around 3.5 hours. We had a little break on the way there, where I was able to try some Bulgarian MacDonalds.

We arrived at our hotel – Bevelery Holiday Club and was assigned our rooms, dropped our bags and headed over to collect our ski equipment!

ski trip in Bansko
Tips: I was asked about my shoe size and how much I weighed for my skis. So I would suggest before you go skiing you know precisely how much you weigh and your shoe size.

The night ended with some good chat and dinner! With an early night for me!

Day 2 – First Ski Lesson in Bansko

Today I woke up at 7 am – an early start! It had snowed the night before, so we were instructed to wake up early for a photo-shoot with WindCollective! Here are a few photos from the shoot below!

After the shoot, it was time for breakfast and then a quick stop to collect our ski equipment for our first ski lesson!

The ski lesson was so much fun! At the end of the class, I can say that I just about learnt how to stop with a technique known as the pizza! However, I won’t lie and say I didn’t fall or crash into a few people to many times. Sorry!

We ended up having dinner in a lovely Bulgarian restaurant where I had a lush cooked dinner. The night didn’t end we headed out to the clubs! The club we ended up in was called Oxygen a disco-bar.

Follow me on Instagram to catch some of the clips from the clubs! I managed to get home around 4 am with only 2 hours sleep for our next ski lesson !!

bansko ski weekend

Day 3- Not enough sleep

I woke up 2 hours later to get ready for my second ski lesson! I was shattered! My whole body was shaking; I struggled to get up a little hill of snow! The ski class went pretty well despite no sleep! I learnt to stop better and only dropped once! I also learnt how to do a slight bend! Woop!

After our ski lesson, we had another photoshoot! OMG! This was like heaven – see below for some of the shots!

windcollective photoshoot
ski crew - black girls ski too

The night ended with a farewell dinner by WindCollective and MountNoire at a restaurant called Fondue Swiss Restaurant. It was so cute we had all type of fondue, cheese and chocolate for desert! I loved it! If you know me, you know I do enjoy me some fondue. The night ended with cute speeches and lots of laughter!

Day 4 – Farewell to my first ski trip in Bansko, Bulgaria

Another early start with some breakfast and a quick photo shoot in my swimsuit!

ski trip in Bansko

I booked an earlier flights than everyone else so left before lunchtime to get to Sofia airport.

And there you have it! My ski weekend in Bulgaria. I hope you enjoyed my quick spin on what went down. I will be touching on what you should know before you go skiing for the first time. So do yourself a favour and subscribe to be up in the mix!

I would like to thank Tog24 for my ski wear. It was absolutely amazing. 

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7 Things To Consider Before Moving Abroad

Now I know I haven’t moved abroad for work or anything, so I do feel slightly cheeky writing a post on things you should know before moving abroad.

But. And there is always a but!

I still believe my points are worth considering from my experience as a study exchange student. Plus, I do plan to move abroad again, one day. And I think it’s always wise to have some tools before you consider moving abroad.

As you’ve heard me say a million times before ‘moving abroad was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made’. I feel like it was a period of my life that I learnt so much about myself. It’s when I felt like I became whole and really believed I was capable of doing absolutely anything.  

7 Things to think about before moving abroad  

THERE WILL BE A LOT OF SELF DOUBT  

Unfortunately, this is inevitable. When I moved abroad, I always doubted myself, mainly as a young black female. And (at the time) had never even lived out of her family’s home before. I was first worried about how I would be taken in Singapore. Everything I did caused doubt.

China Town

Honestly, moving abroad was and is one of the most humbling experiences. I was forced to come out of my shell overnight with very little support (that’s my opinion – which I am happy to discuss at a later date).

But moving abroad is an experience to meet people and live after a while the self-doubt will literally disappear.

MAKING FRIENDS MAY BE DIFFICULT 

I personally didn’t have a massive issue with this because as you can imagine, everyone wanted to be my friend haha! I’m joking moving abroad can be quite daunting when you don’t know anyone on the other side.

As an adult or young person, should I say, making friends can be somewhat much more tricky, and if you are an introvert even harder – in my opinion? There can also be lots of misunderstandings, you know people learning about themselves. I had this trouble while living in Singapore, and it caused a bit of friction between a few friends and me. 

Tip: I would suggest starting with an interest, I was surprised how music was an icebreaker for me when making friends in Singapore. I seemed to find similar interest with people that loved Beyonce! If you can, I would also suggest using Instagram and Facebook.  

N.B don’t be afraid to ghost someone; people appear their best selves when you first meet them. If you don’t think you click with someone, do not hesitate to keep it moving! 

YOU’LL GET FRUSTRATED LIKE ALL THE TIME  

Anyone who tells you that moving abroad is easy is just lying! Moving abroad can be quite overwhelming, and if you lose your cool – it’s understandable. If you are moving over as a student, this can be reasonably straight forward, but if you’re doing this on your own – it can be quite frustrating!  

It doesn’t stop there you then have to think about getting a new sim-card (if you already have a phone) then signing up to a new bank, the money you need to spend. Not to mention time difference. This can really test you – honestly, there were times I’m sure people thought I was just a spoilt brat! Things didn’t seem to go my way when I moved to Singapore, and I just wanted to come home!  

However, despite the little hiccups, I learnt so many things. I reminded myself that it was all a learning process. As cheesy as it sounds, you really have to take a step back and just breath! All these annoying things definitely made me a more patient person. 

YOU WILL BE SPENDING MONEY LIKE YOU’RE BARCLAYS BANK  

Let me be real with you. Unless you have some fantastic benefits, you will be spending a lot of money. The first thing I did when I landed in Singapore was head out to IKEA. I wanted to feel like I was at home, and I couldn’t do that with no bedsheets.  

Singapore money

Get ready to save some money before you go and then spend it once you get there.  

YOUR STEREOTYPES WILL BE CHALLENGED  

THIS IS SOMETHING PEOPLE LIKE TO IGNORE. PLEASE DON’T!

Sometimes as human beings, we have preconceived notions of how people behave or how they will perceive us. You can even have presumptions of how a place might be and more. Moving abroad wholly change everything for me. Not only did I learn so much about the culture in Singapore, but I was continually learning about other cultures and countries. I met people from America, Malaysia, South Korea, Sweden, Denmark, New Zealand, Canada and more. At first, I can honestly say it was a huge learning curve, but an enjoyable one where I felt like I gained so much from people. 

IT’LL BE THE BEST DECISION YOU’VE EVER MADE  

As I will always say and continue to preach! Moving abroad has and will always be the best decision I ever made. The decision to get out of my shell and see the world really changed me for the better and I wouldn’t change it for the world.  

If you’ve ever had a thought that moving abroad is something you want to do, I’ve got one piece of advice for you – DO IT! If you are in uni/college, please consider. 

What about you have you ever thought about moving abroad? What’s holding you back?  

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What I Learnt on my Solo Travel to Vegas

If I were to say to you that I travelled from Los Angeles to Vegas on my lonesome by bus, would you believe me? Being the traveller that I am, I’m used to taking solo flights across country by myself with the small exception of someone always waiting for me on the other side. This year, I decided that I was going to attend Coachella with some friends who live America, who would then have to go back to their respective homes after the weekend festivities – unfortunately for my dear friends, Americans don’t get the best annual leave entitlements.

One thing I knew for sure though, after an 11-hour flight, a weekend just wouldn’t be enough for me and I wasn’t about to go home that quickly. I decided to stick around and travel solo to Vegas.

From then on, I knew I was going to have to do some travelling alone….

Now don’t get it twisted, I can admit that I may have been slightly dramatic about it at first, I had so many thoughts rushing through my head like, “isn’t it weird to travel by yourself?” or “what good is travelling if its not a shared experience?” let me not forget my personal fave, “who’s going to take my pictures?”which actually didn’t turn out to be too bad, who would’ve known the world had so many budding photographers, believe me when I say they did better than some of my closest friends (I know my friends won’t take offence LOOL)

There is something truly special about traveling alone, I feel like I had enough me time to think through a lot of things, things that would be beneficial to myself, and others around me. It was a refreshing experience and I would like to share the seven things I learnt whilst travelling solo.

When you’re travelling with friends, you tend to spend too much time on entertaining each other rather than socialising and meeting new people. 

Travelling solo brought new confidence within me as I had to encourage myself to speak with the locals, I found that people tend to be more open and friendly when you tell them you’re from abroad and travelling by yourself, they would suggest cool and funky places I should visit during my time there.

Disclaimer – I wouldn’t suggest telling everybody that you are travelling by yourself, remember stranger danger, and not everybody is your friend. Use your discretion wisely.

5 Reason to Travel Solo

Do what you want to do, when you want to do it

Sometimes with friends, you aren’t able to do everything you would like to, as you would also have to take into consideration their wants and needs, which could prove to be difficult to coordinate in a short space of time. There seems to be an endless amount of planning (boring!) then you have those with the ‘assigned/ unassigned’ roles, you have your leaders, your followers, and the unbothered’s who just go with the flow. Travelling alone made me be all of those at once. It was amazing, when I wanted to go home, I went home; I went wherever I wanted to, whenever I wanted to, it was just GREAT!!

It’s empowering

When you travel alone, you can’t rely on someone else to read the map or carefully organise your day, you must do it all.  And it’s easy. you will find out very quickly at every step, that you can rise to the occasion. You have no choice. By making your own plans and caring for yourself, you’ll find you come away stronger, more confident and self-reliant.

Alone time is good for your soul 

Alone time is so therapeutic, naturally, I am an introvert and so is my boyfriend. We have always agreed that this sometimes can be a negative trait. At home, I’m a very distant person, that sometimes it can feel like it’s you against the world. However, when you are alone in another country, you can have time to really connect with yourself away from the bullshit reality that we live day in and day out. It forces you to search your soul. Then come back home with dreams you never knew you even had, its like a deeper spiritual feeling.

New friends are not that hard to come by

Being in America with a British accent really worked to my advantage. It can sometimes be intimidating speaking with new people but if you never try, how will you know where your conversation could lead you. On my way to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, I met a lovely lady and her mother who took me under their wing for the day. We had such a great time and I don’t regret plucking up the courage to speak with them. I have now met someone who I am very much likely to carry on speaking to for years to come.

Thank God for Social Media

My friends always knew where I was, we made sure to have quick check-ins. Despite being in different countries I knew that if my friends didn’t see an update on social media for more than 48 hours they would begin to worry; a definite plus was that I was in an English-speaking country so no language barriers, and being Daddy’s girl. My dad who also lives in the states was always checking up on me, making sure I wasn’t getting up to no good.

You were born in this world alone, you will die alone, so what’s stopping you from exploring the wonders of this world alone

It may sound a bit harsh but I mean this in the nicest way possible, I feel like people need to remember that you cannot rely on anybody but God and yourself. One of my realisations whilst travelling solo was that I was going to be fine by myself, and guess what I was, I met some beautiful people that I would now consider lifetime friends.

So GO ahead, take the leap, It’s time do real things by yourself, for yourself; If you have a place you’ve wanted to go. Don’t know anyone to go with, look no further, just do it, by yourself and travel solo.

What about yourself, would you ever travel solo, where?

Leave a comment in the description box, and let me know about your experience.

Also Read: How Did I Travel To 15 Countries In 7 Months??

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