Packing for a trip can be stressful — making sure you have all the travel essentials. Don’t always rely on nearest store or mall for your travel needs, check out these Black-owned travel essentials companies.
While traveling in the summer, to a beach or an island somewhere, sunscreen is a necessity. Katonya Breaux founded Unsun in 2016 after she was frustrated with the lack of clean sunscreen products for women of color. The clean, no-residue products were made to be kind to the person using it as well as to the environment.
The Traveling Esquire
Attorney, global foodie and world traveler Tyra Hughley Smith created The Traveling Esquire as a way to share her travel experiences, tips and favorite destinations and adventures. Find one-of-a-kind travel accessories, such as luggage tags, passport covers, travel-themed t-shirts and mugs and much more.
Blended Designs is a 100 percent, Black-owned family business located in Jacksonville, Florida. Casey, the founder, started the company to create and sell products with a positive message; she was inspired to encourage others to love themselves. Whether you are looking for luggage, backpacks or apparel, this is the place to shop.
Brittany Kozerski takes pride in designing unique, yet simple swimsuits for women of all ages, shapes, sizes and color. The bathing suits are designed with luxe fabric with shape retention technology to smooth and sculpt the body. Jade Swim is a little more on the expansive side, but worth the money because they are durable and will last a while.
Tote & Carry
Invest in a luxurious leather travel set in a rainbow of colors. Tote & Carry’s co-founders Anthony Dennis and Tony Rey create any type of travel bag from cross-bodys to a messenger bag to duffels to backpacks. Get a matching set or just one bag in any color you can imagine. Tote & Carry also sells hats and face masks.
All airplane flights begin on the ground. An airport is the starting point, but airspace issues continue to expand from the terrestrial to the aerial. Altitude is no barrier when countries claim sovereignty from the Earth to beyond the stratosphere.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
Flanked by the ski resort-studded Balkan Mountains and situated directly downwind from the fragrant pine forests of the Vitosha mountain, Sofia’s gorgeous landscape and strategic location between Asia and Europe put it at a crossroads where business and pleasure intermingle effortlessly. In recent years Bulgaria’s capital city has ranked as one of the top 10 best places in the world for startup businesses, and the onslaught of new tax exemptions for businesses looking to invest in the country make it an attractive option for many corporations to begin operations within the city.
It’s been almost three years since Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the island and leaving most residents without electricity and clean water. Tourism, which accounts for 6.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product, took a beating, with hotels closed for year-long repairs, airlines cutting service and cruise lines shifting itineraries to other Caribbean destinations. Timing for the hurricane couldn’t have been worse, coming on the heels of the government’s announcement in May 2017 that it was unable to pay more than $70 billion in public debt and thus forced to file for bankruptcy. Large protests and a change of government would follow. Then, in January 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the south side of the island, forcing San Juan restaurants to close while power was restored. And as we write this story, coronavirus runs rampant across the globe with severe economic implications for all destinations, including Puerto Rico.
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Climbing along the coast, I was trying to snap pictures of the cool-blue Puerto Vallarta waters outside my car window (I know, it never works) when we started winding along stone walls draped in jungle-like foliage. Annoyed my view was blocked, I looked around to see where we were just as we were parking at Hotel Mousai — I audibly gasped. The all-glass, chic and incredibly grand entrance was so well-secluded, it somehow snuck up on me.
Noble House Hotels & Resorts debut Tropical Distancing, a newly trademarked term to connote social distancing in an idyllic setting at its U.S. beach properties, including San Diego Mission Bay Resort; Kona Kai Resort & Spa; LaPlaya Beach & Golf; Ocean Key Resort & Spa; Pelican Grand Beach Resort; The Portofino Hotel & Marina; Solé Miami; L’Auberge Del Mar; and Little Palm Island Resort & Spa.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
The 1985 song “One Night in Bangkok” mentions many of the overindulgences of this city. One of them is massage parlors. Today, however, a Thai massage is considered an activity that improves one’s physical and mental well-being. The city has shed its former reputation as a place of wild nightlife and decadence, over the past few decades emerging as a major center for international commerce, wellness initiatives and tourism.