I am Helena, a First-generation African immigrant on a personal quest to explore as much of this wonderful world as I can! Having been to 46 USA states (and many countries) I often get a lot of questions from people. What can I say? TRAVEL IS AMAZING! We are each guaranteed ONE life to live – the one we’re currently in and there’s nothing quite like the thrill of setting foot in a new state, country or continent. From junior high, my favorite travel quote has been “The World is a Book, and those who don’t travel stay on one page.” – St.Augustine of Hippo.
Travel is the gift that keeps on giving, the investment that never expires and isn’t tied to status, relationship status or a job. The full story of my WHY: How it all began is multi-faceted but in brief, here are some cool stuff you will find on here. I will be sharing information and helpful tips around how to plan trips, travel extensively on a budget (or extravagantly), solo (or with other people), tourist attractions (or off-the-beaten-track), transportation methods and how to stay safe, regardless of where you are. Btw, also expect personal horror stories, travel bloopers, stories on what to NOT do and more…oohhhh weeeeee, I learned quite a few lessons. There are shortcuts and ways to avoid making common mistakes and knowing them will save you time AND money.
I didn’t always have such noble community motives. Chichitravel.blog began as an online memoir cum personal travel library. After my PC crashed twice, in Jan 2010 and December 2013 I regrettably lost gazillion pictures from many trips including Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland, London, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, around many states in Nigeria and the USA, etc. I hadn’t backed them up! 😭 Wipng up buckets of tears each time, I taught myself to archive my memories and media in slideshows and blog posts. My first blog started in 2009 way before blogging became “cool” and for me, writing is primarily a way to preserve, share and educate.
On the matter of Travel…this is Life. Many people love the idea of travel but few actually do it! If you truly can’t travel, I preach that there are alternative ways to experience other people, places, music, history and foods. So, Don’t wait to board a flight before you begin to experience different cultures. Start with what’s around you, talk with that coworker of a different tribe/race/religion and learn of events or places which embody the essence of their culture. Weddings, restaurants, museums, ethnic shops and neighborhoods provide cultural immersion experiences.
Not all of us can be an Anthony Bourdain but if you are curious, adventurous and open minded, this is a safe space. If you are not, welcome! 🤗
Mark Twain said it best in The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It:
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
One Love and Peace from Jah! Who de cap fit, let dem wear it…