“Not all those who wander are lost”
-J. R.R. Tolkien
Think of your top five things to accomplish before you’re fifty. I bet traveling is on that list. (and if it’s not it should be!) But in a world where apps such as Groupon and Couch Surfing put traveling at your fingertips, figuratively and literally; I can’t help but wonder where my magic dust will sparkle the brightest?
Below is a list based on beauty, culture, and its ties to African culture, that I believe your Black Girl Magic will be appreciated.
Ready, JetSet, GO!
First stop, you guessed it, the motherland!
- Giza, Egypt.
Known to the Ancient Egyptians as Kimet.
As the third largest city in Egypt, Giza is most well known for the great pyramids. The Sphinx, Valley of the Kings, Khafre’s Pyramid, and the Grand Egyptian Museum are among some of the marvelous attractions Giza has to offer.
Built by our ancestors, this historical city is a must see wonder if the world. The Nile river, largest river in Africa, is known as the proverbial mother to Ancient Egyptian civilization.
- Nice, France
Breathtaking landscapes? Artistic architecture? Nice literally has it all. Sea side beaches offering a perfect location to divulge in some good ole vitamin D. In the 1920s, during the Harlem Renaissance, jazz was born in France, as was its African culture. So today, it is not uncommon to see your brothers and sisters enjoying all that the French Riviera has to offer. For all things romantic, artistic, historic, and downright breathtaking, France is the place to be.
- Sahara Dunes, Morocco
When you imagine the Sahara desert, you literally picture of the majestic landscape of the Sahara dunes. Your melanin filled crown is sure to sparkle as you trek across the endless bright orange sands. Morocco is the African gem, located on the west coast of Africa, bordering the Atlantic in the Mediterranean Sea. Like Giza Egypt this city is too filled with ancient African history.
- Havana, Cuba
Now come on, we can’t travel to the French Riviera and the Sahara desert and not stop in the Caribbean! With the recent abolishment of the US embargo on the Cuban government, Havana is a travel hotspot. Besides being immersed in a culture of people who look just like you, Cuba holds its own special place in African-American culture. Assata Shakur, a Black Panther and African American activist, was granted asylum in 1979 from persecution from the US government. Cuba is also recognized as one of the best countries to receive your Medical a Degree, just to name a few. Cuba’s Afro Spanish culture, mixed with deep roots in African history makes it a Caribbean jewel.
- Brasilia, Brazil
Alright now, this South American country is filled with our melanin and brothers and sisters! Similar to Cuba, Brazil is home to an alluring Afro Brazilian heritage. Brazil is one of the most racially intermixed countries in the world. And with The country recently experiencing it’s own racial awakening, it’s an exciting place to embrace your black girl magic. I mean, it’s less Amazon forests alone should be enough to make your way south of the border.
Each of these locations offer not only a place for your magic to be appreciated, but a chance to immerse yourself in a variation of your own culture. From the sands of the Sahara to the French Riveria, don’t be afraid to spread your #BlackGirlMagic!