One night I was casually browsing Instagram.
What attracted me to her page was her colorful and lively images from South Africa, in which I would be traveling to months from that moment. Then as I was looking more closely, I fell in love with the tidbits of stories she included in her caption for these images. That’s when I realized Tyler’s my spirit animal!
Fast forward to discovering her in a mutual travel blogger Facebook group, I added her, and now here we are, she is the latest feature on my Aspire to Inspire Black Female Travel Blogger Series!
Let’s learn why we have so much in common:
Tell us about yourself. What do you do?
Hi! My name is Tyler Janeé, creator of the fun yet straightforward travel blog ELSEWHERE with Tyler Janeé. I wear many hats ranging from education to social media management, but overall I like to consider myself an international educator. I teach English to students from all ages, educate adults on American politics, and even assume primary responsibility of international students on field trips all around the world.
What city do you hail from and what do you like most about your hometown?
I’m a California girl! Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, CA which so happens to be my favorite place in the world. My melting-pot of a city is full of exciting things to do, amazing foods to eat, and eccentric people to meet. I love that no matter how far I go, I can always come back to my city and find a new place to explore. My community of View Park (adjacent to the popular Baldwin Hills) is a predominately African-American community lined with palm trees and teeming with culture. It’s a world all on its own and a place I love to call home. Be sure to catch up on what to do in my city from my latest article.
Where were your favorite places to travel to in the world and why?
My top 3 places that I fell in love with were Cape Town, South Africa, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, and Cairo, Egypt. I loved Cape Town for its vibe. I had the opportunity to live there for several weeks, and it just felt like home. If you’re interested in visiting this unique city be sure to check out my article “11 Ways to Rock Cape Town.” Puerto Viejo, a Caribbean gem, caught me by surprise. It was this province in Costa Rica that was full of black people. When I arrived there, my senses were on complete overload from the sound of reggae and smells of incense burning and jerk chicken being cooked on makeshift grills. Cairo was unforgettable because it was my first time in the motherland and the pyramids just took my breath away.
Why do you think it is important to travel?
As a human being, I think it is essential to leave the confines of your neighborhood. In my opinion, traveling is anywhere outside of your zipcode. By venturing out, you start to notice your paradigm shifting and perspectives start to widen which is necessary to be a well-rounded individual. Just like Moana said, you never know how far you’ll go. As a black woman, it is vital that we travel and understand how powerful one connection with one person in some distant country across the world can change perceptions in an instant. I love having conversations with locals because it’s an open the door to cultural understanding. Some people have never met a black person and therefore only know what television shows them. I’m not saying to go travel and be a poster child for all people of color, but I am saying not to underestimate what one conversation can do.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I just want someone to see a photo or watch a video and be inspired to get out and see what this world has to offer, offering inspiration to as many people as possible is a lifetime goal of mine.
Anything else you would like to add for those who want to travel but aren't sure how to?
This is for the people who have been ready to travel but haven’t because their crew keeps canceling: GO BY YOURSELF!!!! I wish I could’ve had the opportunity to meet someone earlier in life who traveled solo because I allowed friends to keep me from doing what I wanted to do for a long time. Traveling solo isn’t for everybody but how are you suppose to know if you don’t give it a try? I know most of my solo travels started that way but ended with a crazy crew. Start off with a city in your own country. Believe me, once you start posting those Instagram-worthy photos and snaps (with your selfie stick or from that cute local), your friends will be dying to follow suit. By then, you might like traveling by yourself way too much!
Well there you have it! Were you inspired? I sure was!
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