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The Power of Solo Travel: A Black Woman's Journey with Lajoie Bradley

Welcome to the Black Girl World Traveler community! Today, we're diving into the empowering world of solo travel with the incredible Lajoie Bradley. As a seasoned solo traveler for over seven years, Lajoie has not only explored the globe, but also transformed her life through her adventures.

Lajoie's journey is filled with ups and downs, and she's not holding anything back. Read on to discover how solo travel can transform your life, especially as a black woman.

Embracing Travel from the Start

Lajoie's upbringing as a military brat and her diverse family background exposed her to traveling from a young age. Moving around a lot made her long for stability, but after trying to settle down in Seattle post-college, she realized her heart belonged elsewhere.

The Pandemic Push

When the pandemic hit and Lajoie lost her job, it became a turning point. Instead of seeing it as a setback, she embraced the opportunity to travel solo. This led her to discover her passion for sharing travel experiences through YouTube and Instagram.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Solo Travel

Lajoie doesn't sugarcoat it — solo travel isn't always smooth sailing. She shares a harrowing experience of getting robbed and assaulted in a foreign country. Despite the trauma, she chose to stay and found solace in the support of locals and loved ones.

Practical Tips for Safe Solo Travel

  1. Know Before You Go: Research your destination thoroughly. Learn about local customs, safety tips, and places to avoid.

  2. Blend In: In certain countries, standing out as a tourist can make you a target. Dress modestly and try to blend in with the locals.

  3. Trust Your Instincts: If something feels off, trust your gut. Don't ignore red flags, and always prioritize your safety.

  4. Stay Connected: Share your travel itinerary with trusted friends or family members. Stay in touch regularly, especially if you're traveling alone.

  5. Build a Support System: Whether it's through online communities or local contacts, having a support system can make all the difference in challenging situations.

Finding Joy in Travel

Despite the challenges, Lajoie finds immense joy in solo travel. It's not just about visiting new places — it's about self-discovery and personal growth. She encourages black women to prioritize their happiness and embrace solo adventures, even if it's just for a short getaway.

Leaving a Legacy

As Lajoie reflects on her legacy, she envisions a world where black women feel empowered to prioritize their happiness and pursue their dreams fearlessly. Through her YouTube channel, Instagram, and free wellness resources, she's dedicated to providing support, inspiration, and practical tips for solo travelers. Lajoie's legacy reminds us that by investing in ourselves, we not only transform our own lives but also inspire others to do the same


As we wrap up, remember this: solo travel isn't just about seeing the world — it's about seeing yourself in a new light. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or just starting out, there's always more to discover.

Keep exploring, stay true to your journey, and remember that the world is yours to discover. So go ahead, take that leap, and let the adventure begin! Safe travels, queens!


Connect with Lajoie, the Solo Travel Queen, for more travel inspiration and tips!

Follow her journey on Instagram: @thesolotravelqueenofficial

Subscribe to her YouTube channel: The Solo Travel Queen

Access her Free Solo Travel Safety Guide: Solo Travel Now


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