Deirdre talks about how travel lead to a breakthrough in self discovery, breaking from the pack, and what traveling lead her to understand about perception, acknowledgement and affirmation, and the power of possibility.
Addie— the subject of a Korean documentary series, a participant in Seoul Fashion Week, and an international scholar par excellence— talks moving with ease along a spectrum of couture to street, and how adaptability has strengthened her travel experiences.
Kelvin Caldwell has the incisive intellect of a strategist, displayed in part by his rationale for studying in Korea. A paragon of the university experience, our discussion transitioned from humanities to liberal arts to guy talk.
Based in Seoul, Casey currently serves as the Director of International Relations at the Freedom Factory and is the Asia Outreach Fellow for Atlas Network, a D.C based non-profit. He blogs, and discusses all things North Korea with Yeon-Mi Park on their show North Korea Today.
Nathan Yungerberg is a playwright and photographer who splits his time between Oakland and Brooklyn. We met up in Harlem, where we’d planned to chat in a small café. But, as it was understaffed, we moved to a park nearby.
Rasheeda is a bona fide bon vivant, never far from song and lyric, continually pushing boundaries. We discussed, among other things, how a forward-thinking, independent woman could— as a visitor— handle the unchallenged male privilege of the Gulf kingdoms.
Sheikh Bahiyuddeen Ali reflects on his journey to Mecca, and the transformative power with which Hajj is endowed. He also talks about the importance of spirituality, purpose and prayer.
Bob is a Philly based musician and vocalist who can carry a conversation on any subject. More impressive is his ability to listen and respond if needed. His peaceful demeanor and natural inquisitiveness makes him the ideal travel companion.
Jesse Freeman wears many hats. Writer. Photographer. Filmmaker. Teacher. Traveler. Minimalist. Ikebanist. There will always be more he tries on for size. We talked minimalism, ikebana, film & the zen concept of mu.
Sumit has survived and overcome the trauma of being re-located to a foreign country at the behest of his parents on more than one occassion. He's learned to adapt and find consistency in the collage of places he's called home. It would be apt to call him a drifter.
We recently had the good fortune of catching up with Audrey Ebibie Nze in Libreville, Gabon. Audrey— who has lived in Vietnam, Paris, the US, Spain and Mexico— discusses her early formative years, which hardwired her for travel, and what it's like adjusting to new surroundings.
The Wanderlust Project founder Sheryll Donerson's travels have not only taken her around the world, they have led to tremendous amounts of self-exploration and discovery. Sheryll discusses her journey here, along with her love and apprehension of beauty products.
We reconnected with our old friend Martell Mason, who has continued a globe-trotting odyssey fueled by open-mindedness and curiosity. One may easily find Martell on a forest excursion in Malaysia, relaxing with shisha in the cafés of Cairo, or sharing vino with friends in NYC.
Kara Nottingham works extremely hard. But when the time comes, she plays hard— and her playground is intercontinental. Having traveled for a tetrad of work, school, volunteerism and play, and settling down in Geneva, Kara is the consummate drifter and a true global citizen.
This North Carolinian turned Seoul resident shares the impetus for his 12,000 mile journey to N.E. Asia, and how the aforementioned traits, no doubt embedded in him through his upbringing, have served him in his life as an expatriate, educator, and drifter.
Tania Menzies' experience drifting from country to country, in and out of situations and states of being, has given her a worldly sophistication and innate sense of spirit. Perhaps it's why she can identify with seemingly esoteric and underutilized concepts like transmutation and oneness.
Anwar Boyce jumps right in. Inspired by the film City of God, he moved to the favelas of Rio, planting himself firmly within their rich culture. Having recently moved back to LA, I got a chance to speak with the creative entrepreneur about his experiences living and working in Brazil.
Tempest Carter is the kind of person who enters a room full of strangers but leaves the room with new family. Her innate aptness and warmth is what helped her successfully navigate through life in a tiny Panamanian village during her time in the Peace Corps.
Oneika the Traveler™ is fearless and unstoppable. Having been to over 60 countries on 6 continents, Oneika is not one to sit around wondering what it would be like if. Life is too short for wonder. She lives to do, to go, to experience.
Stephanie O’Conner is the person you never forget. The person upgraded to kindred spirit status after one talk. She’s grounded, inspired & free-thinking; her photos reflect this ethos. We discussed her move to Jo-burg and the importance of cultural preservation.
Janan Shakur created Casa di Culture with her two sisters out of a need to translate a love of travel and culture into globally inspired products. As a brand, they represent a segment of society that considers the world its meeting place, music its language and culture its religion.
From the moment she entered college, Julianka B. knew she would spend at least one semester abroad. Initially having her mind set on some place in Europe, she realized she wanted to rediscover her mother’s genealogical roots. So she nixed her plans, opting instead for a 6-month stay in the Philippines.
We caught up with The Colored Boy, Alex Hardy, in Panama City, Panama and asked him 7 Questions pertaining to travel & culture! See what the dancer, blogger, Soulbounce contributing editor & writer, teacher and entrepreneur had to say!
Nubian Drifter had the chance to speak with the vivacious and fiery Dash Harris, a Journalist and burgeoning Documentarian, about NEGRO, being Black Latino, her work and travel lives respectively, and about how important it is for individuals to have a first-hand, well-rounded perspective of culture.