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We don't know a single person who wouldn't want to incorporate more travel in their lives, and with the number of Black travelers growing every year the data supports this.
How though? How can you be the jet-setter you've always dreamed? We are here to help! Every Tuesday we interview our latest Travel Crush so you can learn a few tips and tricks, as well as get inspired to start booking those flights.
This week we are featuring Sash, a Caribbean Queen who in true Jamaican fashion has quite the laundry list of professions (fellow Jamaican here, doing it all too lol). This Financial Analyst, entrepreneur, fashionista, and travel influencer shared with us how she makes way for frequent travel.
Sash touched on everything from how to get started in travel influencing, how to save your coin during trip planning, trip recommendations and more. If you want to catch flights instead of feelings this summer, keep reading!
Tell us about yourself! Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do? What inspires you to travel?
I am Sash. I was born and raised on the most beautiful island in the world, Jamaica. Yes, I said that with my chest! I am a Financial Analyst at Google, a business owner, a fashionista, travel influencer and most importantly, someone that dances to the beat of my own drum. Growing up I wanted to be a historian but my Caribbean parents did not entertain that idea. I love history because I enjoy learning more about other people's ancestors, cultures, food and traditions. Traveling gives me an opportunity to accomplish my history bluff needs, as well as truly experiencing all the beauty that's in the world.
With the rise of people wanting to make full-time travel their lifestyle, there is a rise in people wanting to pursue travel content creation and influencing. How can these people get started?
Travel content creation can be a bit overwhelming especially if you don't see the expected results right away. My advice would be to start small, be consistent and be relatable. It's social media, you should definitely be social. Although social media shows us all the glitz and glam, it's important not to put yourself in debt trying to stunt for the 'gram. Likes aren't gonna pay them bills hunny. Speaking of bills, I'd highly suggest to be on the lookout for travel deals on skyscanner, Scott Cheap Flights and Groupon just to name a few. Do your research and create a lifestyle that you can maintain. There are so many ways you can save on flights and hotels. Treat traveling like a full time job and learn the tricks of the trade.
How can we ball on a budget abroad?
RESEARCH! I say this all the time and many people think I am joking. First step of researching should be identifying the low season of the location you plan to visit. During the low season you'll get more deals than during the high season - especially for hotels that offer complimentary upgrades. I am notorious for booking the cheapest deluxe garden view room, then requesting an upgrade to an ocean front suite when I arrive at the hotel. During the low season there are also more open rooms so your chance of getting upgraded increases significantly. Next, research your excursions. Find out if it's better and cheaper to book online or to find a local guide when you arrive. For example, if I wanted to go to Machu Picchu, I would book in advance because there is a limit on how many people can enter the park daily. However, if I wanted to do a snorkeling excursion in Mexico, I would wait until I arrive to book because I would get a much better deal from a local guide compared to the price I would pay online. I know this because I have done research on both. Last but not least, research your flight! Once you decide on a location, set up alerts with Google Flights and skyscanners to be notified when the prices to your destination decrease. You can also use Google flights and skyscanner to see the cheapest destinations from your local airport.
What is the most impactful lesson you've learned as a result of your travels?
The most impactful lesson I have learned as a result of my travels is to live in the moment. That might sound cliche but I had a random conversation with a elderly gentleman in Trinidad that I think about almost everyday. His main point was that people of our generation do not know how to live in the moment. Everything for us must be long term. He believes that instead of focusing on making every interaction last long term, we should focus more on enjoying people for the seasons they are in our lives, be it short term or long term. So go on that solo trip, meet new people! Their season in your life might be short term but those memories will last a lifetime.
Having visited 20 countries, which would you revisit and why?
Ghana! Again and again. History states that most of the slaves that went to Jamaica came from Ghana and after my first trip to Ghana, I believe it to be true. I felt at home in Ghana. I love the culture, the people, and the food. The vibes and energy are second to none. It's Ghana for me.
Where else can you find Sash?
Sash is currently rebuilding her website! If you would like to keep up with our TCT, giver her a follow on insta and keep a lookout for her website launch!
Here are some more of our favorite travelers and their gorgeous shots.
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