Diary of a Black Expat, is a blog based on a community of black expats’ collective experiences, adventures, and travel tips. I got the honor to collaborate with them on my perspective of growing up abroad.
Check out my story of growing up aboard and how it changed my life. To view the full story click on the link at the end of this post to their site.
My parents moved to Bahrain in the Middle East when I was born, where I lived for 12 years. During that time we were used to traveling all the time to Gambia, U.K. and the United States – which got me used to always being on the plane.
I fell in love at a very young age, my father is a pilot and he used to take us with him sometimes when he flew to different countries. He used to tell us about the people he met and the history of the country. He truly motivated me to create my own experiences.
My Motivation to move abroad again
I lived in the Middle East most of my childhood, so going back wasn’t as hard. Once I graduated college and started working, I realized something was missing from my life. In April of 2014, I went to visit my parents in Qatar for the first time. Knowing I always wanted to learn Arabic, I enrolled myself for fall classes and moved that September.
However, I quickly realized languages were not my strong suit 🙁 , but the friends and experiences made it well worth the investment.
Connecting with our Black expats
When I was living in Qatar, I made friends with people of color through daily activities like at work or outings. I would say before traveling or moving to any country, try and join a meetup group so you can start making friends, and see what events/activities you have an interest in attending. Meetup.com is a great place to start, and it is widely used all over the world.
Facebook is also a great place to connect with people from all over. I recently joined Nomadness Travel Tribe group, which is meant to bring black travelers together to share their travel stories and tips. Members post where they are going, to see if anyone wants to link up or provide guidance. This is a good way to find people in the area you are traveling to.