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16 Must-Know Dubai Travel Tips

Travel Divas® flagship trip is Dubai which is located in the country of United Arab Emirates. We offer more than 10 trips to Dubai in a year so we are pretty much confident to say, that no one does Dubai better than us!

We wanted to pop in and give you some of our favorite tips on how to live it up in Dubai … of course, like a Diva.

One thing to remember is that Dubai is located in the United Arab Emirates and is a Muslim country, so be mindful of the customs.

Here are 16 other top things you need to know:

#1 – Just like you, Dubai’s smoking hot! Pack cool, airy and comfortable clothing that lets you breathe.

#2 – While the drinks flow at restaurants, Dubai doesn’t have liquor stores. Purchase your Diva-esque Dubai liquor bottles at a duty-free store in the airport near the baggage claim before you jet set outta Dubai!

#3 – Don’t forget your electrical travel adapter!

#4 – Visiting the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi? Cover yourself from head to toe and take your shoes off before entering to show respect.

#5 – Divas don’t just jet set; we train travel, too! Use the metro’s 2 lines to travel between Dubai’s 45 stations.
#6 – Plan ahead for a day trip if you’re heading to Abu Dhabi – it’s a 90-minute drive from Dubai.
#7 – Dressing like a conservative Diva in Dubai is recommended– no shorts, short clothing (that means no Daisy Dukes) or see-through clothing. If you’re heading to the club, cosmopolitan attire is OK and suggested.
#8 – Taking a taxi? Go for the metered ones only – private ones cost extra.

#9 – Bring prescription medicine in the original container – with your name, physician’s details and type of medicine. Be sure your medicine isn’t banned in Dubai. Let your physician know you are traveling to Dubai.

#10 – Brunch is non-negotiable in Dubai. Pick a place and make a reservation. Thank us later 😉

#11 – Bring out your bargaining skills at the Gold Souk. It’s fast-paced and you’ll need to bring your A1 negotiation skills. Oh, 18K gold is the norm here. Don’t take the first price – bargain, girlfriend!

#12 – Block out 4 hours or more to wander around the Dubai Mall. It’s extravagant, decadent, luxurious – it’s EVERYTHING!

#13 – Stroll down the beach boardwalk near the Marina at night. People watch (we won’t judge), dig your feet into the warm sand and invite a Diva to see it all with you.

#14 – Two words: Burj Khalifa. It’s the tallest building in the world and as a Travel Diva, you must see it. Hold your breath because the sight might snatch it away. Go in the morning for fewer crowds and spend at least 2 hours there.

#15 – Dune bashing Diva? If you’re going to put on your best safari outfit for an afternoon dune bashing but get motion sickness easy, take Dramamine with you at least 2 hours before you head out.

#16 – Bring Your Black Girl Magic! Don’t be afraid to try new things and experiences. Dubai is known for its extravagance, so let the Diva inside of you come out to play.

Got all that? Cool, now check out some of our favorite Dubai trips planned for next year.

Cozy Up to Switzerland: The Perfect Winter Wonderland for Divas

Listen, there’s no shame in our game: we love to curl up under a plush, weighted blanket with a cup of salted caramel hot chocolate, some buttery popcorn, fuzzy socks, and the remote stuck on the Hallmark channel when the cold weather rolls around.

But sometimes, do you ever wish you could go all Queen Latifah in “Last Holiday” and just jump straight into your favorite Christmas movie?

You might think warm tropical destinations are the best places for a Diva to travel when the temperature drops but the truth is, a winter vacation can truly be magical in the right location!

And that’s exactly why we’re headed to Switzerland, one of Europe’s coziest and most luxurious enclaves in 2023.

Come with us as we turn your Christmas movie dreams into reality with the most dazzling winter wonderland excursions and accommodations. Take a look at what we have planned in Geneva and Montreux:

Dine on Lake Geneva on a Cozy Evening Cruise

Bring your most stylish wool coat and over-the-knee boots, along with your Black girl magic, as you relish in the most decadent Swiss fondue dinner while sailing along the banks of Lake Geneva.

Delight in the Wonders of Swiss Watchmaking

The Swiss are known worldwide for handcrafting ultra-premium timepieces. Visit some of the most prestigious mechanical watchmakers’ boutiques as you learn about the ancient art of watchmaking – it’s more involved than you think!

Visit the United Nation Palace

Geneva, Switzerland is home to the famed and grand United Nation Palace where some of the world’s biggest decisions are made. The Swiss are known for keeping the peace, so your drama-free vibes will fit right in.

Shop at the Montreux Noel Market

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a holiday shopping spree! Whip out your Amex for a magical stroll through this famous Swiss market after a beautiful day of indulging in Swiss culinary traditions, a guided tour of the Grand Theatre, and brunch in one of Geneva’s most elegant ballrooms.

It’s Giving Bond Girl Vibes at the Chillon Castle

Get dressed up for a night of adventure at an exclusive Travel Divas-hosted gala at the breathtaking Chillon Castle. Leave no stone unturned and no detail unnoticed with your outfit, hair, and makeup tonight!

We promise you’ll never go back to celebrating the holidays the same after you join us in Switzerland from November 30 to December 8, 2023.

Come sprinkle your Black girl magic in a winter wonderland with us here:


10 Reasons You Need Travel Insurance ASAP

We were 100% transparent with you the other day. Simply, you need travel insurance, Travel Diva.

It isn’t optional. It isn’t just nice to have. It’s a must. It’s the same way you need your passport and airplane ticket to get to your destination. You NEED travel insurance. 

YOU are your biggest investment. Travel insurance protects you, your hard-earned coin, your health, and your sanity.

Don’t let lost luggage, missed flights, health emergencies in a foreign country, a stolen passport, a bankrupt cruise line, a car accident, a sick relative, or some massive country-wide attack, outage, or major event stop you from doing just that.

I know … it sounds unlikely, but let’s be honest … divas don’t wait until the worst happens. They protect themselves ahead of time, so they can live their lives in peace knowing they’re secure.

We want you to be prepared. If you haven’t purchased travel insurance yet, here are 10 reasons why you need to:

  1. It’s 10 PM. You and your Black girl magic posse arrive at the airport so you can slide into your connecting flight. The problem? They’ve “kindly” informed you your flight is canceled but you still need to fly out now. 
  2. Your Rx meds were in the bag you checked. You go to pick it up and the airport has lost your bag. You need to locate your bag ASAP and get your emergency prescription filled. 
  3. Those pickpocket rumors in Rome ended up being truer than you thought. Your passport and wallet have been stolen, and you have no clue who to go to for emergency cash and passport replacement. 
  4. God forbid, but you’ve been in an accident and need more than basic first aid. Unfortunately, you don’t know who to call to get you evaluated and what type of care you need.
  5. Someone in your family falls seriously ill right before your trip. You need to cancel … but don’t know what happens to your non-refundable deposits or prepayments.
  6. You arrive in sunny, lush, melanin-rich St. Thomas … but your luggage doesn’t. You need reimbursement to replace or cover your necessities while they search for it. Who’s covering the cost?
  7. The cruise line, airline, or tour operator goes bankrupt, along with your non-refundable expenses and your way to get to your destination. 
  8. You got too excited pretending to be Naomi Campbell in the streets of Cartagena and twisted your ankle. You don’t speak Spanish and nobody around you speaks English, and you need a doctor ASAP.
  9. Three weeks before you’re scheduled to sprinkle your magic, a terrorist attack occurs in your destination city. You want to cancel and need to know who’s going to reimburse you.
  10. Another hurricane hits the coast while you’re sipping margaritas at a beach resort in Florida, and you’re forced to evacuate the resort. You don’t know who to go to for help or reimbursement.

The main trend in all 10 scenarios is figuring out who will help you should something go wrong.

Black Girl Magic

It turns out, that who is actually a what … travel insurance. We strongly suggest you purchase travel protection coverage along with your Black girl magic vacation package. 

Better to have and not need than to need it and not have it.

Here are a few vendors we’ve worked with. But check with your credit card company for options or Google travel protection. 

Cartagena: https://thetraveldivas.com/trip/cartagena-2024/

St. Thomas: https://thetraveldivas.com/trip/st-thomas-2023/

Rome: https://thetraveldivas.com/trip/rome-glam-2023/

One Rookie Travel Mistake You Never Want to Make

You’re excited about your trip, right? You’re ready to rip and run these streets and sprinkle your Black girl magic all over.

You’ve been busting your behind saving up your coin to treat yourself and get away from all the stress. So, there couldn’t possibly be a reason why a hardworking, highly intelligent boss chick like yourself would want anything to get in the way of that.

We’re all about keeping it real with you, so please don’t make this common travel mistake:  

Failure to purchase travel insurance.

Like, don’t even think about traveling without travel insurance. These times are not like when you might’ve traveled in the past. With cancellations, delays, and all types of service disruptions happening more often and the last thing you want to do is lose out because you didn’t think you needed travel insurance.

Stay Ready

One thing a Travel Diva always does is stay ready so she doesn’t have to get ready. So be a Diva and purchase travel insurance right now, if you haven’t done so. And do your research and get good insurance that covers you for things you don’t even think you need to be covered for because you just never know …

You’ll thank us later!

Catch that tea, sis!

Feel free to gallivant and check out a trip you could use it for.


6 Ways to Sprinkle Your Black Girl Magic in Ghana

Here at Travel Divas, we’re firm believers that luxury experiences don’t have to happen solely in Europe.

No, you see, there’s a different kind of “je ne sais quoi” you’ll find when you venture out on the road less traveled.
And the culturally rich country of Ghana is no exception. In the land of jollof rice (though the Nigerians may fight us on that one), this west African kingdom is brimming with Black girl magic.
While you could spend weeks on end exploring Ghana’s gems, we’ve put together 6 quintessential excursions you won’t want to miss when you visit the Motherland with us in 2023.

Let’s dive in:
#1: Receive Your African Name
There’s a reason ex-pats travel from across the world every winter to return to Ghana. Besides the sunshine, there’s nothing more heartwarming than being welcomed home. And you’ll fit right in after receiving a traditional Ghanaian moniker at our exclusive African Naming Ceremony.
Your new name will remind you that you’re part of something bigger, a global family ready to welcome you with open arms.
#2: Visit the Door of No Return
This symbolic door is a powerful part of history, representing the last glimpse of Africa many enslaved people saw before being ripped away from the continent. Bring the tissues, sis. We can’t promise your makeup will stay intact, but we can guarantee that you’ll never be the same after your visit.
#3: Shop at the Largest Open-Air Market in Ghana
Lighten up the mood with a bit of shopping at Kejetia Market, the largest open-air market in West Africa. With over 10,000 stores (yes, 10K!), the market is bustling with Ghanaian culture. Put your haggling hat on and keep your eye peeled for the finest African fabrics and handcrafted goods here.
#4: Go Royal at Manhyia Palace
Visit the official residence of the Asantehene of Asanteman – the king of the Ashanti. Now a museum, you’ll be amazed by the large amount of historical African art displayed on its walls.
#5: Leave Your Mark at Elmina Castle
This UNESCO World Heritage Site was one of the first trading posts built by the Portuguese in the late 1400s and was a key stop on the Atlantic slave trade route. Restored in the 90’s, visiting one of the first European constructions on the continent will give you an inside view at how trade shaped the world.
#6: Visit the Birthplace of Adinkra Cloth
Ever see colorful African attire with those bold, powerful symbols stamped on them? That’s Adinkra cloth. And when you come to the village of Ntonso with us, you’ll learn more about their origins and watch how local artisans create the legendary cloth from scratch.
We’d keep going, but by the time we’re done sharing all the ways you can sprinkle your Black girl magic in Ghana with us, the few remaining spots we have left will be sold out.
Get all the details and book your trip here:

Yeah, Mon! Find Your Groove in Jamaica

Imagine yourself in the tropics, surrounded by white-sand beaches and swaying palm trees. The sun is shining and the clear-blue Caribbean waters are as refreshing as the rum punch your private butler just delivered.
Now, this may sound like a scene out of your favorite beach read a romance novel, but this groove is real when you join us for Jamaica 2023, Part 2 at the Hideaway at Royalton Negril, a luxury resort nestled on the north coast of Jamaica.
This amazing resort offers spacious suites with ocean views and a wide range of luxurious amenities. You’ll enjoy world-class dining, top-notch service, and plenty of activities to keep you busy, from swimming and snorkeling to yoga and meditation.
So, let’s take a peek at what this trip has in store for us, Divas!
Luxurious Accommodations
Hideaway at Royalton Negril has “soft life” written all over it! From the rain shower and spacious soaking tub in your modern and luxurious suite to your private terrace where you can take in expansive views of the lush Jamaican countryside, the Hideaway is a slice of heaven.
And if that’s not enough, we’re going all out and making you a Diamond Club member while you’re there. That means access to a private beach and pool, personalized butler service, and members-only treatment at the resort’s restaurants and spa.
Get ready to turn your Diva levels all the way up – you’ll be spoiled rotten by the time we leave!
Exclusive Diva Events
The best part of any Travel Divas trip is the moments we share together as a group – and there will be plenty of those when we arrive in Jamaica!
We’ll start with a private welcome event where you’ll meet the crew and keep the fun going at our “RED” Swimsuit Pool Party! The poolside pics are sure to be HOT.
Then, meet us at the Floppy Hats Champagne Brunch and an All-White Cocktail Reception where we’ll sip a little something nice, as our Jamaican hosts would say. Might we suggest a local rum?
Girlfriend, our Jamaica trips always sell out. Book your trip today and come see why: https://thetraveldivas.com/trip/jamaica-2023-part-2/

The Name of This City Gives “Divas Only”

Tucked away on the magical Arabian Peninsula is a country most don’t even think to visit. That’s their loss, of course, considering Jordan is a gem we simply can’t allow you to miss as a fellow Travel Diva. 

You see, when a country is home to a destination like “Red Rose City” – you already know it’s Diva time. No need to daydream – just come with us to sprinkle your Black girl magic as you relax under the stars, ride through the desert and release all your stresses in Jordan.

Here are a few enticing highlights of what the full package includes:

8 Nights of Absolute Luxury

From the St. Regin Amman Hotel to the Movenpick Petra to the Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea, you’ll be treated to the most upscale accommodations Jordan has to offer. Get ready to lay up in complete comfort and leave all the world’s woes behind.

Go Glamping at Luxury Wadi Rum Magic Camp

Sleeping in the middle of the desert might not sound like something a Diva does, but that’s because you haven’t done it like we do. Come glamp with us for a night under the stars on the finest linens and with ALL the amenities you need to sleep like a Diva.

Revel at the Dead Sea

You may very well be familiar with the beautifying effects of all that comes from the Dead Sea, but it’s another thing to see this historical body of water up close. Due to its extreme salt content, a swim is more like an out-of-this-world, meditative floating experience you don’t want to miss.

Hammam Bath

Have you ever heard of a Turkish Bath? This decadent bath is part massage, part cleansing and all parts relaxing and rejuvenating. Your skin will glow and so will the part of you that forgot how good it is to not have a care in the world.

Rome is great. Tokyo is wonderful. The Caribbean? Magic. But Divas don’t just visit the same countries everyone else does.

So go ahead and reserve your tickets now and come be different with us in Jordan in 2024. https://thetraveldivas.com/trip/jordan-2024-trip-2/

Grab Your Boo and Escape to Dubai

Real talk, there’s absolutely no place in the world quite like Dubai. Where else can you find chic, modern architecture, layers of rich history, a millionaire lifestyle, and totally unique attractions around every corner? 

That’s why we’re so excited for the Divas and their partners to take a couple’s trip of a lifetime!

In Dubai, you’ll be living large and there’s no one better to do it up with than your partner! From breathtaking excursions and sumptuous brunches to the exhilarating nightclub scene, we’ll be showing you how to soak up all the glam that is Dubai. 

Every trip to Dubai is something special and as always, Travel Divas is here to show you the best of the best. Here’s a peek at what we have in store: 

Couples Welcome Dinner
Step into your finest attire and kick your trip off in style. We’ll be dining together on fantastic food, sipping elegant cocktails, and getting to know the incredible couples we’ll be exploring the city with! 

Stay at Sheraton Mall of the Emirates
When we say this hotel has it all, we mean it. Just a short trip from downtown, you’ll be close to iconic attractions like Jumeirah Beach, Wild Wadi Waterpark, and Ski Dubai. From the 24th-floor infinity pool, you’ll be taking in spectacular views of the city before hopping down to Vantage for drinks. 

Sightseeing Excursions (with a Side of Shopping)
There’s a lot to see in this city and we don’t want you to miss a thing. On our guided tour of Dubai City, you’ll learn about all the highlights from those who know it best. Of course, we’ll be visiting Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, and the Dubai Frame, a stunning observatory and museum. 

And it wouldn’t be a trip to Dubai if we didn’t fit in some serious shopping! We’ll be hitting up spice and gold souks for a hefty dose of glitz and glam. 

Couples Events
Put on your new swag and spend some quality time living it up as a couple! We’ll be hosting a LUXE Afternoon Tea Event so you can bask in a little luxury and enjoy some of the finest teas the area has to offer. You’ll also be able to de-stress in the Dubai sunshine and enjoy another gourmet meal during Couples Beach Day with a Brunch. 

Discover History
Dubai might be most famous for its modern marvels but it’s truly an area with a deep, rich history. We’ll be taking it all in with a tour of Old Dubai and a visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Plus, we’ll go on a traditional desert safari complete with camel riding, henna tattoos, water pipes, and much more!

This is one of our absolute favorite trips, so don’t miss your chance to explore this incredible city with your partner. You’ll be talking about this one for years to come! Head here to book your spot now: https://thetraveldivas.com/trip/couples-in-dubai-2023/

Girlfriend, You’ve Never Seen Australia Like This Before

Now, we don’t know about you, but when we were kids, you could always find us playing in the water, sprinkling Black girl magic with every droplet we splashed.

Wouldn’t it be magical if you could experience that same freedom and uninhibited joy in a faraway land – away from the hustle and grind?

Well, here’s the thing: when you travel with us to the Land Down Under, that’s exactly what you’ll do!

This country-continent surrounded by water is bustling with all kinds of fun ways to relax.  

Here’s a sneak peek of what an Australian getaway done Diva-style looks like:

9 Nights of Intra-country Jet-setting & Luxury

When your accommodations are the Four Seasons or Shangri-La, you know it’s gonna be the bomb dot com. You’ll appreciate the five-star attention to detail, ultra-luxe spas and hotel restaurant options, especially after our journey from Sydney to Cairns and back.

Great Barrier Reef Catamaran Tour

Listen, y’all know that Australia is the Queen Diva of coral reefs, right? Trust us when we say those snatch-your-breath-away photos of life under the sea pale in comparison to the awe-inspiring experience you’ll get first-hand.

Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail Tour

Do what Divas do and take a tour in the skies, looking down at Australia’s majestic rainforest in Cairns, Queensland. Three words: Lush. Peace. Serenity!

Glam Welcomes, Dinners & Swimsuit Days

Rock your red swimsuit at Bondi Beach one night, then dress in all red at our Flames of the Forest Cairns dinner. Next, glam it up in pearls and luxurious attire at our wine tasting and Shades of Nude Farewell penthouse dinner. Translation? Dress AND dine like the Diva you are!

Cape Tribulation, Daintree & Mossman Gorge Tour

Embark on an epic adventure at Cape Tribulation, where clear waters and history collide. Get lost in the serenity of the Daintree rainforest and let the sweet sounds of the Mossman River whisk your stress away.

And of course, we’ve left some time in your busy Diva schedule to explore Sydney on your own, plus added a few special touches, gifts and more to make this dream vacay truly fabulous.

Thing is, this type of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity gets booked up like nobody’s business, so if Australia is on your travel bucket list, let us take you there Diva-style.


It’s Lit! You’re Invited to a Travel Divas Happy Hour

Alright, alright, now we know you saw the title of this blog and got hyped – and we can’t blame you!
You see, when you’re a magical Black woman, there’s nothing that keeps that magic flowing like being in the presence of other like-minded women who are all about excellence, leveling up and collecting passport stamps.
Now, we’re famous for bringing those vibes on our extravagant trips to faraway destinations. But sometimes you need a pick-me-up a little closer to home. And when you join us at the Travel Divas Mixer on November 15 in Atlanta, you’ll get just that!
Meet us at Suite Lounge – 375 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30313 – on November 15th from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. for an experience you don’t want to miss.
(Trust us – once you see the photos and videos, the FOMO will be too much to bear.)
Listen, this is the first time we’ll be hosting an event like this at home, so we’re pulling out all the stops.
Translation: this isn’t your run-of-the-mill happy hour!
Now, if you live in or have visited the A, you’ve probably heard about Suite Lounge. It’s an upscale spot where the grown go to unwind, connect and turn up in downtown Atlanta. With lush digs and a swanky rooftop space, Suite is definitely up to the Diva standard.
Our community, clients and fans of the Travel Divas movement are invited! So, come meet new friends, business connections and travel partners. Plus, the Travel Divas team has already RSVP’d and can’t wait to meet YOU.
We’ll also have some bougie swag you can win and of course, no Travel Divas event is complete without a good photo op! Our photographer and videographer are pulling up to capture every moment of this fabulous mixer.
Now, the Suite Lounge may be big, but our community of Divas is bigger, so seats are limited.
So, if you’re down to come hang out with your fellow Divas, RSVP right now to secure your spot and let’s sprinkle some Black girl magic together: https://bit.ly/3My5yij