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Black Men Travel Series: Brian From Beyond Bmore Travel Is The Best Form Of Education

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I always say that travel is the best form of education one can receive. You can have all of the degrees in the world, but you won’t ever feel as educated and wise as you will from the experiences you get traveling.

The Chronicles Abroad team is featuring Brian from Baltimore, Maryland, USA, the owner of Beyond Baltimore a website that encourages people to go beyond: beyond where they currently live, beyond the stereotypes and beyond other peoples expectations. On the blog, Brian also shares his personal travel stories and all of the things he’s learned while traveling the world.

What’s your favorite country and why?

This is very tough to answer. But if I had to pick just one, I’d say Ghana. I have never felt more at home. The people were all welcoming and friendly. It felt like a true connection from the time I landed. The history was enlightening and it’s been the one place I’ve left but couldn’t get off of my mind.

What’s on your bucket list?

To travel to as many African countries as possible! I plan to visit a good amount in 2019.

Tell us a little about your travel journey? (i.e. how many countries have you visited, how did you start traveling, are you a solo traveler or a group traveler).

I’ve visited about 48 countries so far. I first began traveling as a kid with my family to different states in the U.S. This continued throughout college and so forth. When I realized how easy and affordable it was to travel internationally I took advantage and haven’t stopped since.

How did Beyond Bmore come to be?

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The idea came to mind while on a flight one year to Bangkok, Thailand. While most people watch movies and play games on long distance flights, it’s usually where I have the most time to sit back and think and reflect.

I normally take advantage of the time by relaxing and brainstorming. During the flight, I had this “aha” moment and got to work as soon as I returned home.

What has been your experience traveling overseas as a Black man? Have you ever been subjected to certain stereotypes while traveling?

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I have generally been received with open arms everywhere I go. People seem to strike up conversations quickly and are always interested in learning more about me and where I am from. They’re especially intrigued when they learn of all the places I have been.

The only time I recall being subjected to any stereotypes was while visiting Cairo, Egypt. In a particular gift shop, the owner kept talking to us in slang and referring to us as “yo” and “homie”. He could see the disgust on our faces and the women in the group quickly let him know it wasn’t cool.

Women seem to dominate the travel industry, what do you think holds men back from traveling?

Planning and just the fact of not seeing many other men traveling. We are often motivated to do things when we see people who look like us doing them.

I think social media is opening the eyes of many men, especially African Americans and encouraging them to get out and see the world. I often get messages telling me how inspiring my page and posts are. Soon after, I see these guys boarding planes with their passports!

Why do you think it’s important for Black men to travel?

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I always say that travel is the best form of education one can receive. You can have all of the degrees in the world, but you won’t ever feel as educated and wise as you will from the experiences you get traveling.

The world can show Black men so many different things other than what we have been taught to believe or what we have experienced at home. I encourage every Black man I come in contact with to travel whether it be to another state or another country.

With today’s social and political climate, how has venturing abroad altered your worldview?

It is such a refreshing feeling to get away from The U.S. and all of the craziness that is constantly happening. I often feel safer and at peace in other countries than I do at home.

I’ve noticed that in the last few years most Americans seem to have an increased level of anxiety and depression. Getting away is a great way to take a break, regroup and forget about all of the issues temporarily.

What have you learned about other cultures through your travels?

At the end of the day, despite how different we are as humans, we are all the same. There are so many different cultures throughout the world but everyone seems to have the same end goal––to live a good life. The majority of cultures are all about the same thing. People are generally nice and have your best interest at heart.

What is the one piece of advice you would give someone, especially a Black man who wants to travel?

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JUST DO IT! The only thing we are guaranteed in life is death.

Don’t die with the goal of traveling. Put your fears behind you and get out and see all this world has to offer. We weren’t made to stay in one place.

Where can our readers find you on social media?

They can find me on Instagram @beyondbmore, on Facebook Brian Oliver and Twitter beyond_bmore.

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Comments (4)
  1. Hey Brian
    This is your great uncle Mike.
    I love this, live your life to it’s fullest. And keep educating everyone on your success as a traveling young black man.
    I love you nephew. And I’m very proud of you.

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