NUBIAN DRIFTER is a travel-centric site that aims to participate in and contribute to exhilarating, ever-evolving conversations surrounding travel, culture, and other areas in our lives directly influenced by travel. We seek to discuss ways with which we can become better travelers and culturally competent citizens of the world. We explore culture, share personal experiences, engage in discourse with other travelers and offer advice to novice drifters— all through a lens of curiosity and optimism.
Like the ensō— a hand-painted circle made in one or two brushstrokes (in the zen buddhist tradition)— we believe travel provides one with a moment when the mind is free to let the body aim without worry to create beautiful, lasting experiences. Travel also strengthens, and can bring enlightenment. We want to incite a feeling of wanderlust within you. We hope you go out and create meaningful, deeply personal, exciting travel realities— and may the bliss you experience permeate your day-to-day.
We feel strongly about youth empowerment, and recognize the value travel can have on an individual's life— especially a young person. We have visited an array of schools, both domestically and internationally, to speak with students and share with them the benefits of travel and how to understand and appreciate world culture. We hope to do much more.
In 2012, we joined newly-formed delegation, The Afripolitans, and traveled to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea for the 9th Leon H. Sullivan Summit. As delegates, we were given the task of meeting and engaging with young African leaders. The expected outcome was for discourse to be sparked between these young leaders and young leaders of color in developed countries; this would hopefully create conversations around real, systemic issues plaguing the African continent , and create a shift, or sense of societal empowerment among the diaspora. While in Malabo, we also visited Orfanato Nuestra Señora de la Almudena (Our Lady of Almudena Orphanage). As this part of the trip was pre-planned, NUBIAN DRIFTER was able to raise the funds to deliver a substantial amount of learning tools, first-aid kits and other supplies that would benefit this small community of children, nuns and caretakers.