I just discovered your blog thanks to a random google search. Your life is very inspirational for me. So is your writing talent.
I’m a 21 year old black woman who would love to travel to other countries. Perhaps I could even live abroad one day like you. Fear of not being accepted has a hold on me. I was raised in south Louisiana by a mother who had the 70’s mentality of the world hating blacks. I’m not sure how true it is, but I’ve always been terrified to travel to new places. I lived in Atlanta for 8 months, and even then I did all that I could to stay around people of color. I would hate to be on the receiving end of anyone prejudice.
 I would love to visit Asian countries as well as the other countries in the world. But I have heard horrible stories about blacks in Russia. Then I have heard about Chinese and Japanese hating blacks. I know that India has the caste system that discriminates against skin tones as dark as mine. It seems as if all of the odds are against me in my desire to travel, as I am single, female, and black.
In your experience, how difficult is it to be a black woman abroad?  Thank you for your time,
–Afraid to Travel
First, I want to thank you for your email and for reading my blog.  In regards to you wanting to travel to other countries and the fear of discrimination because you will be traveling while Black; basically it depends on where you go.   Every country has good and bad people, but some countries are more accepting than others.  However, it is never to the fact that you would get physically hurt.  I think that mostly happens in the states because of our history with discrimination.When you travel around the world.. people usually don’t see you as black ,they mostly see you as American, because there are Black People all over the world in every country.

Most European countries are a little more accepting of people with darker skin because they have many people of various backgrounds in their countries also.   Societies like China, Japan, Korea… they are a little less accepting only because there are so few people around that are different; so we stand out a little.   But they dont physically hurt you .. in any way...(in most cases.. I am sure there are a few exceptions to the rule, but nothing to worry about)  Being American has a lot of advantages when you travel, at least in China you are kind of protected.

If it is your dream to travel around the world.. I suggest you put your fears aside and do it.   Just plan ahead and do your research.  You don’t want to be stranded in any country; no matter your skin color.

Start small and go to Canada, England or Mexico… then work your way up to places farther away.. once you travel to the first place, the rest will be easier and easier. It will calm a lot of your fears.   People in other countries are not a cruel as you think.  I have met some of the best people in the world from other countries.

I hope this helps calm some of your fears..The only thing stopping you from following your dream to travel abroad is you…