The Unearth Women podcast celebrates travel through the stories of women. Nikki Vargas, Editor of Unearth Women, catches up with Jessica Nabongo, the first black woman to visit every country on earth, all before the age of 35. They discuss racial diversity in the travel space, passport privilege, and lessons learned from Jessica's record-breaking trip.
Today’s episode is adapted from an Instagram Live interview first aired on the Unearth Women @ Home series. Unearth Women is a publication founded by women, for women with a mission to celebrate travel and report on women's stories. Learn more at unearthwomen.com. Liked today's episode? Please make sure to like, share, and subscribe.
Unearth Women: @unearthwomen
Guest, Jessica Nabongo: @thecatchmeifyoucan
Host, Nikki Vargas: @niknakvargas
IG Live to Podcast Producer, Elise Fitzsimmons: @elise_fitz
In this episode we discuss:
(1:46) Jessica discusses living in Detroit and how she is coping with quarantine during COVID-19.
(4:10) Inspired to see every country around the world before the age of 35, Jessica touches on where she found the spark, and how she balanced unique experiences with seeing over 135 countries in just two years.
(6:34) Hear the most surprising country Jessica visited during her travels.
(8:20) Jessica discusses how to form genuine connections and make an impact when traveling.
(11:40) Looking back on her around-the-world trip, Jessica discusses the challenges that she faced.
(13:49) Jessica discusses passport privilege and why she travels using both her American and Ugandan passport.
(19:50) Jessica talks candidly about the challenges of traveling while black and as a woman.
(29:29) The recent push for diversity in every industry, including travel, often feels performative. Jessica discusses ways in which she thinks brands can be anti-racist and allies without being pandering.
(35:20) Jessica discusses the importance of marketing in the travel space and how, despite the massive purchasing potential of black travelers, campaigns remain white-washed.