I have always wondered what it will be like to travel the world as a black man. I am not a huge fan of the news but on the times when I do watch, the image of the black man is poorly portrayed. I know some amazing black men doing well in their space and I was on a lookout for a space I have a passion for- travel. When I found Brian’s Instagram, it was a breath of fresh air.
Empathy begins with understanding life from another person’s perspective. Nobody has an objective experience of reality. It’s all through our own individual prisms. – Sterling K. Brown
Brian’s visuals exude class, power, and diversity. I literally want to jet off everywhere he goes because he captures it brilliantly. I had a chat with Brian to give me the lowdown on what it is like traveling the world as a black man, the challenges, blessings, highs and lows. I wanted to know it all and I am glad he obliged to feed my curiosity.
It is a welcome coincidence that this post has come during Black History Month. I hope you enjoy this interview with Brian as much as I did. #RepresentationMatters!
Can you tell us a little about Brian?
What is it really like traveling as a black man?
In some countries, I am a definite specimen of sorts; they find my dark skin to be completely fascinating. – Brian
My most notable racist moment was experienced at the airport of Sydney, Australia. A security officer went out of his way to publicly harass/embarrass me because he had nothing better to do. The situation was completely uncalled for but sometimes, people just like to abuse the power that they’ve been given.
Where is the most fascinating place you have ever been?
If you weren’t traveling, what would you be doing?
It’s hard to imagine life without travel but if I wasn’t fortunate enough to do it then I’d definitely be more focused on other aspects of my life. I spend a lot of time looking for the next destination. I think would focus a lot more on photography and building my presence online in order to have another stream of income.
When was the ‘aha’ moment for you? The moment you knew you were going to travel the world?
My ‘aha’ moment definitely came when I did my first group trip to Europe. It was my first time ever crossing the Atlantic ocean and that in itself was pretty nerve-wracking. But the thoughts of planning a trip that wasn’t all-inclusive just seemed too overwhelming for me. Planning our Euro trip as a group was an amazing experience for me. I got to bounce ideas off two other friends to make sure we covered all bases in preparation for our trip so we could make the most of it.
What inspires you to travel?
What is the one piece of advice you would give someone, especially a black man who wants to travel?
What is your life’s mantra?
Born alone, die alone. So live for yourself!
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A big thank you to Brian for doing this interview with me. It’s great to see different perspectives from time to time and very encouraging knowing that people can choose their own paths and absolutely kill it while at it. If you’d like to see more of Brian and his visuals, follow him on Instagram here. All photos on this page are his.
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Until next week,
Peace, Love & Travels