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How to Travel Like a Cultured Diva: For the People

Experience a New Life
Experience a New Life

You see, as melanated women, we’re all about uplifting fellow Black women (and men) and showing them just how magical they are through the power of travel and exposure to new cultures.

Now, this doesn’t mean we aren’t proud of our own culture. In fact, one of our favorite parts of traveling is sharing our Black culture with others. There are so many messages we get in the world about our beauty, our brains and our Blackness. As Travel Divas, we say “nah, that ain’t it.”

You see, we believe the Travel Diva is an educated traveler who’s open-minded and proud of her roots, her hair, her body, the way she talks, the way she walks and the magic that emits from her fingers into the world.

That’s why we’ve curated the Juneteenth Collection – a collection of tees and travel merchandise that remind you (and the world around you) just how magical and melanated you are.

Take a sneak peek below: 

Melanin and Passport – If you could only bring two things on a trip, we bet you’d be good to go with these two. Remind yourself that your melanin is precious no matter where you go, and your Black is beautiful on every single page of your passport book.

MY HAIR – Major World Cities. Solange said it best, “Don’t touch my hair.” But this doesn’t mean our hair can’t touch different parts of the globe. This soft tee features some of the world’s most famous cities as strands of an afro. It’s perfect for a late brunch after you land.

Yes, let them read it twice. It’s sad we have to even say this, but sometimes we just gotta let ’em know. So, tell the naysayers without actually having to say a word and stay in your diva mode with this buttery soft cotton tee with a bold message. 

The magic doesn’t stop there, though. We’ve got tees and bags with messages like “My Black is Dope!” and “No Weapon Formed Against Me Shall Prosper.” No matter what you choose, we’ve got merch that tells the world you’re proud of your Black girl magic.

Browse the entire collection here.

Black Girl Magic Collection

Live the Yacht Life on the French Riviera

Yacht Life
Yacht Life

Travel Diva, what’s bougier than coasting down the French Riviera on a big old yacht? Yep, we couldn’t think of anything either.

That’s exactly why we’re setting sail to the South of France next year:

so hardworking Divas like yourself can soak up the ultra-luxe vibes of this playground for the rich and famous!

In the South of France, you’ll find that big, audacious, extraordinary abundance is the norm. From Nice to Saint Tropez to Cannes to Monte Carlo, we’re going all out to show you how to live the luxurious life all day, every day.

We’ve carefully curated excursions that deliver the best of the best. Think champagne brunches, private tours, winery visits and more. Here’s a quick preview of what we’ve got planned:

All-White Welcome Rooftop Dinner

Get your best whites ready because we’re toasting your magical self at a special rooftop dinner, overlooking a marina jam-packed with luxury yachts.

Floppy Hat Champagne Brunch in Monaco

Let’s toast to being bougie, rich and carefree! You’ll feel like a French socialite when you’re sipping champagne under your floppiest brim with your fellow Travel Divas, with the backdrop of beautiful Monaco behind you. Cheers, Diva!

Explore the Mouissone Gardens with a Professional Perfumer

Now, don’t blame us if you get accustomed to the finer things in life after waltzing through the French countryside with an expert perfumer as your guide! The French are famous for fragrance and our parfum connoisseur will lead you through the olive groves and flora with their expert nose to explain how natural elements are incorporated into your favorite smells.

Then, take your newfound fragrance knowledge with you when we hit the Luxury Triangle for some shopping. Girlfriend, grab your floppy hats and get your pinky fingers primed for an unbelievable experience on the French Riviera that says “this is the yacht life.”

The Divas love this trip so we suggest you book your reservations ASAP: https://thetraveldivas.com/trip/south-of-france-2023-2/

5 Things Every Diva Must Know Before Jet-Setting to South Africa

Wherever you are you are a diva

Isn’t it fascinating how far we’ve come? Everywhere you look you can find a magical Black woman doing her thing, living beyond her ancestors’ wildest dreams.

And yes, we’re talking about you, Travel Diva!

Our accomplishments seem even more monumental when we journey back to the homeland. Traveling to South Africa can be one of the most life-changing, soul-stirring trips you’ll ever take.

Whether you’ve been Pinterest-dreaming about South Africa or you’re counting down the days until your departure, every Diva needs to be prepared.

That’s why we’ve gathered a few important tips to keep in mind before you head to South Africa, so you can have the best time of your life!

Tip #1: Book During the Off-Season.

You might think Africa is hot year-round, but the continent is too big to put any country inside that thought bubble. South Africa does experience seasons, but the warmest time to visit is December through February. Plan your trip for a time outside of the South African summer so you can experience everything South Africa has to offer without too many tourists or too much melanin-burning sun.

Tip #2: Don’t Forget to Tip!

While some countries frown upon tipping, South Africa isn’t one of them. Be sure to pack cash (credit cards are widely accepted but we always recommend cash on hand during international trips) and tip at least 10-15% in accordance with the service you receive.

Tip #3: Be Mindful of Water Usage.

A few years back South Africa suffered a drought, so be mindful of your water usage. Another thing: Even in more remote locations such as on a game drive, water filtration systems are in place to make tap water drinkable but be sure to bring bottled water just to be on the safe side.

Tip #4: Opt for Buses, Transit & Private Car Services.

Hop on a Greyhound or a Trans-Lux bus to get around the inner city or grab an Uber or Bolt when you need to take a cab. Metered taxi cabs can be hit or miss as some drivers do not possess a valid license so err on the side of caution here!

Tip #5: Learn Local Phrases.

Did you know South Africa has 11 official languages? That being said, English is commonly spoken. You’ll see all road signs and official forms in English. However, it’s always helpful – and appreciated – to learn local phrases.

BONUS TIP: Slow Down.

South Africa is a developed country, but if you aren’t in the bustling streets of Johannesburg, know that the pace slows down significantly. Dinner is earlier than in much of the rest of the world and attractions close down earlier, too, so keep this in mind when planning your day.

And if you haven’t booked your trip yet, you can reserve your spot and see all the ways we’ll pamper you for a magical South African adventure right here: https://thetraveldivas.com/trip/south-african-tour-2023/

Wherever you are you are a diva
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Living my best #RichAuntieLife with @traveldivas. Too bad you couldn’t be here!

It’s giving unbothered, hop-on-a-plane-cus-I-feel-like-it Rich Auntie Vibes.

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It’s giving grown, glowed, pretty and paid. Period! 💁🏽‍♀️

 Get your own #RichAuntie t-shirt: https://www.thetraveldivasstore.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/rich-auntie

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Drop Top, Rooftop, Sipping Something Nice: The Best Bars in Nice, France for Sitting Pretty

First off, look at you! If you’re reading this it’s because you’ve either already done the Diva thang and treated yourself to an overdue vacation in the most bougiest of bougie places – Nice! Or you’ve been eyeing this uber-luxurious destination for your next getaway.

Pat yourself on the back, girlfriend! Rejuvenation is a MUST and when you join us in Nice, France, let us tell you:

We play no games when it comes to pampering you and refilling your cup! Speaking of cups, one of our favorite ways to let the drama and stress go is to sip a lil’ something on a hotel rooftop bar with views for days.

Here are some of our go-to spots in Nice to do just that!

Hotel Monsigny

Three hundred and sixty-degree views of the entire city? We’re down for it! Sip a cocktail as you overlook the Liberation district and unwind from a long day of living your best life!

Calade Rooftop Restaurant

Palm-tree-lined avenues, the dazzling Mediterranean and city lights glistening in the distance … the Calade’s chic rooftop terrace is where it’s at if you want stunning views. Situated right above the famous Promenade des Anglais, you’ll be sitting pretty sipping a specialty French cocktail from an ideal vantage point.

L’EssenCiel Bar at Hotel Splendid

Okay, have you ever heard of a rooftop bar that has 3 floors? L’EssenCial Bar comes through with the ultimate Diva status and uninterrupted views, no matter what floor you’re on. Play some pool, lay up in the jacuzzi or watch some French TV in a trendy, plush lounge. Or hit the top floor for breathtaking sunsets and a good drink!

La Terrasse at Hotel Meridien

Divas only do the best and that’s why La Terrasse is on this list. As one of the highest rooftop bars, it just gives. Spectacular ocean views … yacht feels … gourmet fare … tropical drinks. It’s a must-visit along the Promenade des Anglais.

The Moon Bar at Hotel Aston La Scala

Sure, all these hotel bars have panoramic views but what they don’t have is a view of the Nice carnival parade and ferris wheel – perfect if you’re traveling during the winter holidays. Make your reservations for this one ASAP because word on these Nice streets is it’s the place to be!

Speaking of places to be, how come you’re still at home reading this instead of jet-setting with us to all the rooftop bars we just shared?!

Come with us to Nice so we can spoil and pamper you like the Diva you are. Just tap the link below for all the deets: https://thetraveldivas.com/trip/south-of-france/

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South of france
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Finding Yourself: Restore Your Black Girl Magic in Bali

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When you’ve been hustling day-in and day-out to hit your goals, all that hard work can take a toll and wear the sparkle right off your Black girl magic.

And if you ask us, the best way to get your magic back is with a hard reset. Treat your mind, body and soul to restorative remedies often to honor your inner Diva. She deserves it!

Now, you’re not just any kind of Diva. You’re a Travel Diva, honey. So what better place to put a little polish on your Black girl magic than on a trip to the lush, tropical paradise of Bali?

Take a peek at what true rest, relaxation and rejuvenation looks like when you join us in Bali:

Instant Zen

Unwind from a long flight as you settle into a cozy bed at the luxurious Westin Resort & Spa Ubud. With a private balcony that overlooks thousands of palm and bamboo trees, you can revel in the quiet of nature, laze away the hours with a good book or just daydream.

Serene Spa Treatments

Elevate your well-being with an endless array of spa treatments on the premises. Lounge in an aromatic bathtub filled with warm water and flowers to soothe your senses. Let hot stones sway your muscles into releasing every last little bit of tension. Let Bali’s finest masseuses allow your mind to drift while they care for your body.

The Ultimate in Relaxation

Have you ever heard of a floating breakfast? While it may seem like the stuff of Instagram dreams, here in Bali it’s par for the course. That’s why you’ll be served the most mouthwatering, decadent breakfast on a gorgeous, handcrafted tray while you lay up in the pool. It’s the epitome of “don’t do anything, we’ve got it.”

Journal Your Way to Enlightenment

Once you’ve indulged in Balinese delicacies and ultra-luxe spa treatments, it’s time to dig deep inside your heart and soul by journaling. Pull out your Travel Divas® Proud Member notebook and get in tune with yourself. What are you grateful for? What kind of life do you want to live? How can you get yourself closer to your ideals without all the hustle and overwork?

Diva-Level Views

Inspiration is truly everywhere in Bali. Drake may have wrote the album in 2016, but his “Views” haven’t got a thing on Bali’s. With volcanic mountains, iconic beaches, coral reefs, temples, palaces, markets and more – you’ll be blown away by the tranquil yet culturally powerful sights Bali has to offer.

But, no need to keep reading. Come see it for yourself with us in Bali: https://thetraveldivas.com/trip/bali-2023/

Say a Hawaiian Aloha to a Baecation You’ll Never Forget

Couples in Hawaii

Now, let’s be honest, Love Jones is the epitome of Black couple magic, and while you’ve been cooped up in the crib with your boo thang for the last two years, you’re ready to live out the real-life version of the movie somewhere far away from home.

Someplace tropical… someplace magical… someplace where you and your honey can get away from the world and fall in love with each other all over again.

You don’t want to travel to the Caribbean, but you still want palm trees, umbrella drinks and warm weather, so you can soak in all the Black couple magic vibes.

And you can do all this and much more when you sprinkle your Black couple magic in Hawaii, in 2023! 

Get your hips oiled for hulas and your mind right for unforgettable memories during these breathtaking moments:

#1: 6 Nights at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki

With late-night soaks in hydro spa tubs, a terrace with views of the Pacific Ocean and the most comfortable sheets you’ve ever slept in, the time spent in your couple’s enclave at the Hyatt Regency in Waikiki is guaranteed to be one you and bae reminiscence on for years to come.

#2: All-White Reception

Nothing says relaxation, leisure and the beach more than an all-white affair. Bring your best all-white ’fit and get ready to be welcomed to Hawaii in style since our all-white reception will be one for your travel history books. 

#3: Luau All Night

Witness a traditional Hawaiian luau with hula, music and Hawaiian staples including poke, salmon, beer and more during your excursion to the Polynesian Center. Before the night begins, learn about the rich royal history of Hawaii, before it became a U.S. state. 

#4: Love Jones Dinner Party

Put your black and red on and get ready to party all night with your fellow Travel Divas and their partners during an exclusive VIP dinner party. The drinks will flow and magic will rain down as you talk that good talk and enjoy a decadent dinner and party-till-you-drop dance. 

Ready to spend some well-needed couple time together – away from the house and the responsibilities of life? Do just that while laying out on the beach sipping Piña Coladas and basking in the sun when you and bae come with us to Hawaii!

Get all the details and book your reservation here: https://thetraveldivas.com/trip/couples-in-hawaii-2023/


Hawaii women dancing

Treat Yo’ Self, Sis! How to Pamper Yourself in Morocco

Sure, the Hive is out here handing in their resignation letters thanks to Bey’s new song, but you? You’re still putting in that work every day.

But that doesn’t mean a Diva doesn’t get tired of the hustle. A boss lady has to replenish her Black girl magic every now and again! Our suggestion: book a flight to one of the most miraculous, cup-filling and colorful places in the world – Morocco!

Now, jetting off to faraway destinations is a gift in itself. Some might say it’s the ultimate “treat yo’ self” moment.

And when you let Travel Divas show you around these Moroccan streets and then pamper you with hot cups of Moroccan mint tea, extravagant dinners and adventurous excursions like camel riding, you’ll see how rewarding this rich culture can be.

But just because you’ll be soaking up the Moroccan sun, doesn’t mean you have to let yourself fall to the bottom of the gift list! We’ve rounded up some of the best treats you can scoop up in Morocco so your trip to this north African wonder can be the gift that keeps on giving.

Let’s get into it:

Handcrafted Leather

Listen, we know Italian leather is the bomb.com, but Moroccan leather gives it a run for its money every single time. Head over to the famous Chouara Tannery to get your buttery soft, tanned Moroccan leather goods for when you’re back in the States.

Moroccan Argan Oil

The small things sometimes feel like the most wonderful indulgences. And when it comes to our crowning glory, our hair, nothing is better than a hot oil treatment! Calm your scalp after a long day in the Saharan sun with an argan oil treatment. Argan trees are native to Moroccan, so you’ll get the all-natural, unprocessed and most potent form of the oil.

Rugs & Carpets

We don’t know about you but those Mediterranean carpets feel like we’re living a real-life version of Aladdin. Bring your Arabian Nights home with you with handmade rugs and carpets that will instantly add a pop of color and culture to your home. Just get ready to negotiate a bit!

Colorful Pottery

If there’s one thing Morocco is known for besides its bangin’ food, it’s the colors! The hand-painted ceramics are no joke here. Whatever shape, form, color or size you desire, you’ll find a carefully crafted piece of pottery that can serve as a daily reminder that you sprinkled your Black girl magic all over Morocco! Our favs are the colorful teacups.

Babouche

Rock a pair of traditional Moroccan slippers (babouche or belgha) to add some comfort and vibrancy to your wardrobe. Expertly-crafted footwear gives a brand new meaning to the term “house shoes.” Now every time you hop out the bed and slide your feet in, you’ll be reminded of that one time you went to Morocco with your fellow Divas!

Those are just a *few* of the ways you can treat yourself when you’re in Morocco with us. But first, you have to book your trip!

Get all the accommodation + excursion details on the other side of this link: https://thetraveldivas.com/trip/morocco-2023-tour-3/


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The Table Bay Hotel: A Black Girl Magic Overview

The Table Bay Hotel
The Table Bay Hotel

Listen, it could just be us, but we love looking up a place before we get there. Restaurants, stores and coffee shops all get the once over on Google or Yelp before we visit. And especially hotels! Now, here at Travel Divas, you never have to worry about looking up whether a hotel is the bomb.com or not.

We only book crème de la creme Diva-worthy hotels to serve as your home away from home.

And The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town – our top choice for your accommodations when you sprinkle your Black girl magic with us in South Africa in 2023 – is no exception.

With over 1,500+ 5-star Google reviews and 3,000+ 4.5-star TripAdvisor ratings (it’s labeled a Travelers’ Choice Hotel!), The Table Bay Hotel can best be described with a single word:

Stunning.

Located on Cape Town’s historic Victoria & Albert waterfront, you’ll awake to dazzling sunrises and celebrate breathtaking sunsets with champagne as you chat it up with your fellow Divas at some of the hotel’s finest dining establishments.

There are over 70 restaurants within half a mile and the hotel is attached to the mall, so you’re in the perfect spot to indulge in spectacular shopping and food.

From Portuguese fare at Mozambik V&A Waterfront to South African specialties at Karibu and a full Japanese kitchen at Willoughby & Co, your tastebuds will be delighted by the wide array of culinary choices available.

Now, we can tell you allll about how the hotel’s understated luxury is where the magic is at, but truth be told, it’s the stellar customer service!

Take a quick look at any of the reviews and the first thing you’ll notice is that everyone is treated like royalty at The Table Bay.

You wouldn’t expect anything less from Travel Divas, right?

Now, we love top-notch service, but with ocean views, saunas, hot tubs, spas, heated pools, private balconies, massages and even butler service – it’s hard to pick which hotel feature is our favorite.

(Though, if we’re being honest, the marble bathroom sinks and heavenly whirlpool baths come reaaaaal close.) 

Now, here’s the thing: if the hotel you’ll stay at when you come with us to South Africa is this poppin’ … you won’t believe how lit the actual trip is gonna be.

See for yourself right here: https://thetraveldivas.com/trip/south-african-tour-2023/


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The Table Bay Hotel - South Africa

Splurge on World-Class Shopping in Cape Town

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “luxury”?

You probably imagine material goods – iconic brands, designer clothes, premium handbags, pricey shoes and ultra-expensive cars.

And while that’s part of it, luxury is so much more than that.

If you ask us, true luxury is really about experiences that go above and beyond the ordinary. Here at Travel Divas, that’s our specialty – curating elevated travel experiences that you aren’t going to find anywhere else.

One way we take your experience over the top? Shopping! A Travel Divas shopping trip is more than just a few stops at an upscale boutique here and there.

And when we take South Africa in 2023, we’ll whisk you away to a world-class shopping expedition along the Victoria & Albert Waterfront in Cape Town. Now that’s luxury!

Kissing the coast of the Atlantic at Table Bay Harbour, this waterfront complex is a shopping mecca that draws over 20 million people every year just to see the breathtaking views!

With over 450 stores, you can do what all Travel Divas were born to do – shop till you drop. From the brands you love to local ones you’ll fall in love with, there’s something at V&A Waterfront no matter what you’re in the mood to swipe your credit card on!

Michael Kors.
Dolce & Gabbana.
Jo Malone.
MAC.
Pandora.
L’Occitane.
Polo.

The list goes on and on. And of course, you can take a break with a decadent meal at Makers Landing, a ride on The Cape Wheel or on a chartered boat ride.

And that’s just one day of luxury and leisure in South Africa. Come see what the rest of the week looks like and secure your spot to join us here: https://thetraveldivas.com/trip/south-african-tour-2023/

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