By Ayah A – (Source: www.travelnoire.com) – Ashley Paige was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. The 36-year-old wife and mother of two started the BlackTravelGram Instagram page with her husband, to showcase Black travelers.
“We wanted to show that people of color can travel and do travel,” she told Travel Noire. “We wanted others to feel the same allure and wonder we feel when we travel the world.”
Both travel lovers, Ashley says she and her husband had each experienced multiple destinations before they met.
“Once I met my husband, however, I started traveling more seriously and more often.”
“After some time, we decided we wanted to explore the world together. We wanted to see all it has to offer, especially in terms of history, culture, and food. Every day is truly an adventure with him, and there’s no one else I’d rather share this journey with.”
Although she and her husband usually travel together, Ashley says she would never say no to a solo trip if her husband was unable to go.
“What I love about our relationship is that, while we are a unit, we are able to enjoy life and travel to the fullest— whether together or apart.”
“We woke up one morning and said ‘We’re moving to Mexico.’ So, we decided to sell everything, and that afternoon we started posting our stuff for sale.”
“So far, I have loved living in Playa del Carmen. It’s been so peaceful, and I honestly wish we would have done it sooner, because it’s the best decision we’ve ever made. The community of Black people in Playa del Carmen is absolutely beautiful. To see Black expats thriving in a new country is so magical.”
“For some, culture clash is a real thing. Sometimes we forget that we are in their country with their culture and should be accommodating just like we would expect them to be in ours. So, never let any one dissuade you from traveling to a country because of a bad experience!”
“I am lucky and blessed to have never felt unwelcome anywhere. That’s not to say my experience is all-inclusive. There are plenty of stereotypes about Black people in Asian countries, and I would easily go back to Asia in a heartbeat.”
“There are over 190 countries in the world, and we don’t plan on stopping. While COVID may have slowed us down a bit, we will be back out there better and stronger than ever, hosting trips for everyone looking to discover what the world has to offer!”
Follow Ashley at @msashq.