One World. One Tribe. Why I still believe in Travel.

Last week I participated in a panel at the National Association of Black Journalists’ conference in Boston, Massachusetts. While I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my personal and professional experiences with travel with the group in attendance, I was even more excited to hear from my fellow panelists who had incredible stories and insights to share. (Charisse Jones from USA Today, Donna Battle Pierce who is a food editor at Upscale Magazine and the brains behind  and Hilary Crosley-Coker, a co-founder of Parlour Magazine were funny, smart and all around great people to spend some time with.  You should definitely peek at their work.)

In preparation for the panel I tried to put together a short video that would help to convey how I feel about travel in 2014. I wanted people to get a sense of how incredible the people on this planet can be. The news of late has been grim. I’ve heard from many people who are angry at one country or another; who are now afraid to fly; who question whether travel is still “worth it.”

Most of you already know how I feel about it, but I wanted to somehow,  in the few moments I had with this group, find a way to share that feeling – to show them that they should go despite the negative news and the fears that were holding them back.

The end result was this slideshow.

I hope you enjoy it.

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{ 13 comments… add one }

Verra B. August 9, 2014, 11:08 AM

I enjoyed your video.


JessieV November 17, 2014, 12:06 PM

I absolutely LOVE this video.YES!


Heather November 25, 2014, 6:11 AM

Thank You! It was fun to put together. Some great memories. :)


Colleen Lanin November 21, 2014, 3:23 PM

Lovely video – and great song choice!


Heather November 25, 2014, 6:11 AM



Allison November 24, 2014, 5:07 PM

Our world is an amazing place. How wonderful that you’ve been able to show so much of it to your children!


Heather November 25, 2014, 6:10 AM

I agree Allison. It has been incredible seeing it with the kids.


h1Z1 crack December 6, 2014, 10:25 PM

They feel threatened facing those situations, situations that caused
the original fear and they simply tend to avoid them as much as they can. The benefits of physical activity in children is
unmeasurable. As baseballs are dropped, they
are bounced and then hit on the way back up.


Ursula February 12, 2015, 3:27 AM

Nicely done, Heather! Travel has always had hazards, but it remains the best education – for children and adults. I was blessed to have parents who thought the same way.


Heather February 12, 2015, 11:06 AM

Thanks Ursula. Hoping one day my kids will feel the same way!


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