About

Hi! I’m Oneika (pronounced oh-KNEE-kah), and travelling’s kind of my thing.

 

 

I’m a gal in her early thirties who has an intense passion for travel, culture, and language. I have been to nearly 100 countries and am always the verge on planning my next trip. I grew up in Toronto, Canada (though, if you really want to get specific, I spent my extremely formative teenage years in Mississauga, Canada). I am currently a freelance writer based in New York City, but was formerly a middle-school Language Arts and French teacher at a private schools in Hong Kong, Mexico, and England. I am an aspiring polyglot who speaks English, French, and Spanish fluently. I met and married a lovely German guy, a few years back, so am learning Deutsch also. Yay for multilingualism! (Or should I say “ja”?)

My passports over the years. Two of them are missing!

 

How did I end up travelling to all these places and teaching half way across the world from where I grew up? The answer is a little long-winded. Basically, it all started in my second year of university, when I found out that French literature majors like me could study abroad in Nantes, France for two semesters once in their third year. Like a pitbull, I stubbornly clung to the idea of going away for a year to France and wouldn’t let go. I put in my application and was accepted.

My year in Nantes was fantastic and was punctuated by trips to Spain, Portugal, England, and Morocco. I had a blast, and upon my return to Canada after a year, I realized that I somehow had to find a way to get back to Europe. I missed France. And travelling. I soon found a way: an English teaching assistant program that offered 6 to 9-month teaching posts to native English speakers in public schools in mainland France and its overseas departments and territories such as Martinique, La Réunion, and Guadeloupe.

I put in my application once again and was accepted for a 7-month teaching post! Exactly a year after my return to Canada from Nantes, I was once again jetting off to France- this time to NiceFrench Riviera, baby! Woohoo!

The next 12 months were spent loving life on the Riviera and getting more stamps in my passport. I started this blog (which used to be called “Oneika does France…Again”) detailing my experiences ( see here and here).  I got used to the expat life and began to like teaching. I realized that this teaching- travelling thing was a pretty awesome thing to do, and once I discovered the existence of international schools knew that this was a career path that I’d like to pursue. Upon my return to Canada, I attended teacher’s college and got my Bachelor of Education, which certifies me to teach English Literature and French to students in Grades 4 through to 12.

Then, the job search. I attended a job fair for certified elementary and secondary school teachers who wanted to teach abroad just like I did. After undergoing a number of interviews, I was offered, and accepted, a teaching post in Monterrey, Mexico.

At my first real teaching job in Mexico… Back in 2007. So young! So green!

My time in Mexico was mind-blowing and I blogged (after the fact!) about some of the cool things I did and saw over there here. After a year, I headed back to Canada, thinking that it was perhaps time to settle down… But once back I realized that the travel bug was still alive and well. I ditched my French teaching job in Toronto after a year to go teach high school English Lit and French at an international school in Hong Kong.  After a two year stint in Asia, I spent another two years in London, UK.  However, Asia beckoned once more, and in mid-2013, I moved back to my beloved HK, where I taught for two and a half more years (bringing my time in Asia to a total of four and a half years!) before moving to New York City, which I call home now.  This is my 7th move abroad!

Join me for the ride!

Professional (aka “serious”) Bio:

Oneika Raymond is the voice behind “Oneika the Traveller”, an award-winning travel blog dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and empowering both women and people of color to see the world. She seeks to demystify travel for oft-marginalized groups in a disarming manner– often using her own experiences as a black female who travels extensively around the world to do so.

An international educator, writer, serial expat, and travel junkie, Oneika’s passion for discovery is boundless and her adventures abroad have taken her to over 90 countries on six continents. She has, amongst other things, trekked in Nepal, sailed in Croatia, and gone on safari in Botswana.

Her authoritative voice on travel and commitment to discussing issues surrounding diversity have resulted in her being a highly sought after orator. Her speaking engagements have included being a featured speaker at Miami University’s Symposium for Multicultural Students this past spring. In April 2017 she will give the keynote address at the Women in Travel Summit in Milwaukee.

Oneika was selected as a spokesperson and travel expert for Toyota’s “First Class” video campaign. The endeavor was wildly successful, with the video series garnering over 3 million views on Facebook alone. She has also been a brand ambassador for Coca-Cola.

Oneika has written for and been featured in major publications such as Condé Nast Traveler, The BBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Essence, Ebony, National Geographic Traveler, Buzzfeed, and CNN.

Oneika also regularly appears on television as the in-house travel expert on CTV Canada’s nationally broadcast breakfast news program “Your Morning”.

An aspiring polyglot and former foreign language teacher, she speaks fluent English, French, and Spanish, and is currently learning German.

115 Comments

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    Efrutik
    May 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Wonderful intro and recap of what you have done thus far. Totally in for the ride with you on your new adventures 🙂

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      Lawrence
      June 19, 2012 at 7:48 am

      Fantastique!

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        Oneika
        June 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm

        Merci!

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          Tamika
          January 6, 2016 at 6:11 am

          Happy New Year Oneika! How can I email you or contact you. I tried the email on your blog but it is not working. I have a few questions about becoming teacher abroad. Thanks for your insightful post!

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      Paul
      September 8, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      look for people to sign up the the website that has expernce in world travel cultre

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        Oneika
        September 9, 2015 at 2:37 pm

        Email me!

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      Betty Hemphill
      January 1, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Hi Oneika,

      Happy new year! It is through your eyes that I get to see the world and I thank you so much for allowing your fans and family to travel with you like this. I love to travel as well, but don’t have the opportunity. I would really love to visit Hong Kong for so many reasons of pleasure
      . Always may God’s blessings be with you.

      Betty

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      BHemphill
      January 1, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Hi Oneika,

      Happy new year! It is through your eyes that I get to see the world and I thank you so much for allowing your fans and family to travel with you like this. I love to travel as well, but don’t have the opportunity. I would really love to visit Hong Kong for so many reasons of pleasure
      . Always may God’s blessings be with you.

      Betty

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    courtney loved
    July 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

    hi interesting blog, i hope you enjoy your time in london uk, im a south london girl born and bred!! the uk can be kinda scary sometimes but the majority of the time, its a great place to be, have fun,stay safe x

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      Oneika
      July 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Hi Courtney, thanks for dropping by and I hope that you’ll stick around! I’m an East London girl, living near Brick Lane!

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    Chan
    July 24, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Loving your travel blog! I love traveling as well and can’t wait to visit some of the places you’ve been to!

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      Oneika
      July 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Yay!! Glad you like it! Please continue to follow along!

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    Habeeb
    August 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I love your Bio! You are very dedicated and your curiosity has allowed you to explore at a very high level. Keep the hard work and keep traveling, the world is very beautiful. I’m inspired.

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      Oneika
      August 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks Habeeb!!

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    Ruby
    August 15, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Hi Oneika,

    Just came across your blog and I have to say you inspie me! I’d love to have visited all of the amazing places that you have. Currently I have a desk job and it’s not very exciting, stable maybe but it’s just not working out. I’m hoping to teach english in south korea next fall, any suggestions? I’ve been doing my research and there are so many different avenues to take. I wish you luck in UK and who knows maybe I’ll be traveling that way and we can meet up, that is when you aren’t exploring the world.

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      Oneika
      August 20, 2012 at 7:52 am

      I don’t know much about teaching in Korea, but I do know that Seoul is amazing, I went there a couple of years ago! Very cosmopolitan city! Let me know if you find yourself in London. 🙂

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      PG
      November 3, 2012 at 2:45 am

      Hey Ruby, I came to South Korea just over a year ago to teach English. I love it here. I’m staying for another year! There are always jobs here so if you’re ready for a change, follow what you’re feeling! 🙂

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        Rubella
        February 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm

        Hi PG very cool, thanks!

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    Jillian
    August 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    International Education is such a fun and amazing opportunity, my H is making the transition to it after years as a teacher and admin. Hope to join you in London soon too 🙂 I know you can’t say but I am curious what school you are at.

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      Oneika
      August 22, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      Very cool! If you make it here soon, people contact me!

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    b
    October 8, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    hey Oneika.

    I currently live in Mississauga and just discovered this incredible blog. I’m planning a trip to Europe in January and my first stop is London. I would love to find out what happened to that guidebook you were offering! As I’m sure I’ll likely need a copy.

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      Oneika
      October 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      Hi there! Unfortunately that giveaway is now over, but feel free to peruse my London posts for more info!

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    Haley
    October 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Hi Oneika! I did the TAPIF program last year and worked outside of Lille! Great to see that awesome things are continuing to happen for you after finishing the program. I’m hoping I can find a way to get back to France soon… (I’m currently here visiting for 90 days with my passport, hehe) but it seems hard. I look forward to keeping up with your adventures!

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    PG
    November 3, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Inspiring stuff! I only really started teaching English abroad last (I did a teeny bit in Peru before that). I really enjoy it and I LOVE travelling, so it’s a great combo. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I hope England is treating you well! That’s where I came here from. I’m returning London for a visit next month and I dreading the weather!!!

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      Oneika
      November 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Not going to lie, the weather is awful right now!

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    Desolyn Mason
    November 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Hi Oneika,
    Your blog inspire me.God bless you!!

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      Oneika
      November 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you!

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    Gato Solo
    November 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I must say that your mini Bio is wonderful, you seem like a very interesting person, very attractive as well. The whole teaching English abroad thing seems to be growing in popularity, I moved to Panama in 2011 and taught at Berlitz for a year it was great, how is your treatment in Europe where ethnicity is concerned? This is the underlying aspect of travel that is not really talked about like that I would love to hear your experiences. Stay beautiful and keep up the great posts

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      Oneika
      November 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      Gracias! Honestly, my race has never really been an issue while travelling. Yes, in certain places I get a bunch of attention, but it’s never negative. Europe is really diverse so people don’t usually look twice at me!

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        Nicole
        April 10, 2013 at 11:54 am

        this has been a concern of mine. glad to hear your reply. my daughter is 19 an has no clue to a major but she know that she wants to travel. i am going to share your blog with her, so glad to have found it! please keep posting! i just getting started reading!

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    Deme
    December 2, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    You inspire me as well. I just came across your blog by chance. I’ve been living in Germany for 10 years now with my German husband and kids. I’m teaching English privately and thinking about what to do next. I love living here but do miss my family back home but this is such a great experience!! I’m glad I found your blog!!

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    travelmakerkai
    December 22, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Wow! Oneika was a pleasure to discover someone so similar to myself exisits… and it blogging about it!! I’m also a black woman with a passion for travel. It took me a while to get the confidence to start a blog but I got there in the end!

    Its really nice to read your posts. You’re so well tavelled! I’m sure you’ve inspired lots of people to get out there and see the world!

    here’s a link to my blog: http://www.travelmakerkai.wordpress.com

    Would be great to keep in touch… Funny, just through reading your posts I feel I already know you!!

    Season’s greetings!!

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    Tammi
    January 21, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Hi Oneika. I stumbled across your blog and feel in love, again, with the idea of being a world traveler. Doing a study abroad in Nice this summer and looking for a way/ideas on being a traveler with family. Keep us updated on your adventures. Can’t wait to start creating some myself! 🙂

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      Oneika
      January 24, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Thanks for the kind words, Tammi!! I LOVE Nice, I lived there for a year! What type of program will you be doing?

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    Christina
    March 30, 2013 at 6:43 am

    This is Nice!

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    Nicole
    April 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

    love the bio. please keep posting!

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      Oneika
      April 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks!

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    Claire
    May 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Hey, I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award because I love your blog!

    Award guidelines can be found here: http://truetravelings.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/the-versatile-blogger-award/

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    Jo
    May 21, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Hi Oneika,

    I’m enjoying your blog. I would like to teach in France. Have just finished my degree in Community and Youth Work and am thinking of doing a TEFL course. Any tips or suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated.

    Jo

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    Toni
    June 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Do you every miss your family back home? This is the one thing that holds me back from living a life a travel or doing something similar to you. I’ve even contemplated just staying w/ my parents whenever I’m in the states instead of buy an apartment or home

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    Eddyne Barosy
    August 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I love your blog! Stumbled on it this morning while cyber exploring ideas of going to Israel. Hubby and I just had a baby and we need to plan a bit more in depth nowadays. Last year we visited Turkey, Germany, Italy, and Czech Republic for 2 months, but gone are the not so well planned days of travelling… I look forward to reading more on your adventures.

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    Pak Yin
    December 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Ms. Raymond, you are teaching us now, how do you still have time to travel around?

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    joanna
    January 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Hi there!
    Just like someone else, I stumbled upon your site. I have been googling for my solo trip to Iceland in June. I was actually wondering if you could offer some advice. I am going to be relying on public transport in iceland. I have 10 days there. I’m not sure how you got around? I wanted to at least book some of my hostels before I go but am not sure how easy it is to get between places. Any suggestions on good tours would be amazing too! Best wishes, Joanna.

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    Lauren
    February 10, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Oneika!

    Your blog is fantastic and super inspiring. I’m also from Canada, just outside of Toronto on the other side (Durham), but I go to school at the University of Ottawa. I’m in my third year and studying abroad in Lyon, Fr. I love it over here and the travel opportunities are amazing. I can’t wait to see more of the world and will definitely be following your blog!

    Cheers,
    Lauren

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      Oneika
      February 11, 2014 at 5:54 am

      Génial! Merci d’avoir laissé un commentaire sur mon blog, ça fait toujours plaisir de faire la connaissance d’autre canadiens expatriés! I also did a study abroad in France during my third year at University of Toronto and credit it with changing my life! Enjoy and bonne continuation!

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    Heather Lee
    February 11, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Hey Oneika! I am a single mom that wants to travel with my biracial daughter when I graduate school. She is 6 and I would like to go to places that a both diverse and relatively at ease with children. Do you have any advise? Thanks

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    Melanie David
    February 27, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Your travel blog is really inspiring me to take the plunge to travel solo to Spain. I’ve always wanted to go to Europe, and since I’m hitting the big 3-0 this year, I’m thinking “why not?” I’ve asked several of my friends and 4 out of 7 of their opinions have been a NO on traveling solo to Europe (mostly for safety reasons, and the other because I don’t speak the language). Oh, and did I mention that it would be my first time there? I figured I’m very social and would most likely be able to go out and meet people too, but do you think safety would be a real high concern? I’m planning to go in April. 🙂

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    Maxime
    March 23, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Bonjour Oneika!

    I’m obsessed and fascinated with all things cosmos, outer space, Mars, the Moon, time travel, parallel universes, other worlds other planets! Since I can’t figure out how to get to the moon nor Mars, I was researching the Anacama desert and i just now stumbled on your wonderful blog!
    I loved reading about some of your adventures and seeing your gorgeous photos!
    Very fun and inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

    I was born and raised in Milwaukee, USA. Have lived and studied in Paris, France. I’m now living down under in Melbourne, Australia. I’m hungering to go exploring,and adventuring in art in Florence Italy for an extended period of time. The Netherlands…..Mongolia. Working to manifest that into being.

    I’ve traveled throughout the Australian outback from the Red Centre and can say parts of the landscape looks like Mars or the moonscape.

    Keep illuminating!
    All the super best on your continued travels bella.
    You’re definitely inspiring and motivating many.

    Mademoiselle Maxime

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    Reeree
    March 27, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Great blog. Loved your pictures

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    April
    April 6, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Really enjoying the blog, your travels and stories are so moving and enlightening to see. I hope you continue the blog and your travels and the routes you have used to still have your career and see the world. That is suppose important. To many Americans especially never leave they immediate surroundings. Keep up the great writing. I am trying to find my way as well.

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    Zheng
    June 4, 2014 at 4:02 am

    you are our best teacher! yayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayay
    Ms Raymond yayayayay

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      Oneika
      June 7, 2014 at 12:42 am

      Awww thank you!

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    Theresa
    June 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Oneika, I love your blog. After reading your blog, I plucked the courage to book tickets to Colombia for six months to live and learn the language. I am only 22 and this will be my first solo trip.I am very excited. Thank you for being such an inspiration!

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      Oneika
      June 6, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Thanks so much for the kind words Theresa!!!

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    Ray
    June 11, 2014 at 1:09 am

    You were featured on CTV News?!? How long ago? And where can we see this clip? I am a fellow Torontonian, so I just think it is pretty cool that our station featured you about travel and travel blogging I am assuming.

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      Oneika
      June 20, 2014 at 6:47 am

      I was indeed, last July! I appeared in a segment about the Royal Birth and talked about the general atmosphere surrounding it in London from the perspective of an expatriated Canadian. CTV producers found me because of my blog. 🙂 Sadly, the footage wasn’t archived so I have no clip to show for it!

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    bahadur
    July 6, 2014 at 8:29 am

    hiiii

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    bahadur
    July 6, 2014 at 8:39 am

    hello Oneika
    my name is bahadur you can call me baha i m 23 year old born in Tanzania and i am also a student pilot. my dream is to travel and travel around around the world you have seen beautiful landscape and explored your self to an adventure.
    i would like to share idea’s with you lol it looks strange lol

    https://www.facebook.com/bahadur.anwar

    above is my fb

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    errol
    July 8, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I live in Hong Kong, I am sure we have met while you were visiting lantau Island.

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    geo
    August 27, 2014 at 6:33 am

    hi,

    i have a friend who has 3 days in Hong Kong – extended layover – she is 70ish – Could you recommend where I might send her to have a dress made as a gift to her…. Just an every day kind of dress – not evening or wedding.

    tah,

    geo
    sydney

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      Oneika
      September 1, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Hmm, I’m not sure as I get clothes made in Shenzhen, but she could try Manhattan Tailors in TST.

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    Rachel@safari254
    September 2, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Just stumbled on your blog, the name Oneika sounds Nigerian. Nice to connect with a fellow travel blogger. You can check me out on http://www.safari254.com/.

    Cheers!

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      Oneika
      September 2, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      It is a Nigerian name but my parents are Jamaican! Thanks for dropping by!!

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      Oneika
      September 16, 2014 at 5:59 am

      It is a Nigerian name! My folks are Jamaican though. :-0

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    Bridgett
    October 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Hello Oneika!
    I stumbled upon your blog after googling “sore throat Hong Kong “. Happy accident indeed!?? We’ve just relocated here from London (however we’re American/Canadian family). After having also lived in Tokyo, Singapore & a few other places!
    Would be nice to meetup…chat?
    Cup of tea? Maybe even over a bowl of rice and peas… Lol. I’m still perfecting my cooking hand!
    I’ll stop by again soon!

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    Tatenda
    March 7, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I’ve just discovered your blog and I love it. Wanderlust is washing over me again… Uh Uh. Thanks for sharing your exciting adventures 🙂

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    Marie
    June 9, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    You’re awesome. Really. I love all your adventures.
    As English non-native, I really need to read in English more and more.
    And your blog your blog is a real pleasure to read!

    And Honk Kong looks terrific! Need to check things out there!

    Super blog! Merci 🙂

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    Bethan
    June 22, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Hi!

    I am thinking about travelling to Marrakech in September, and was wondering if you had ever been?

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      Oneika
      June 23, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      I have been, twice!!

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    mizenglish
    June 28, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Hi, just stumbled across your blog while planning a trip to Europe. Your name caught my attention too because it’s a popular name in the Caribbean it seems. I thought you were Trinidadian, like me. Awesome stuff you’ve done. I’ll keep reading. Best of luck and safe travels.

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      Oneika
      June 29, 2015 at 3:30 am

      Thank you!!

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    Dave
    July 7, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Oneika, stumbled across your blog as I am Canadian currently living in Antigua (I have lived and been to 44 countries and counting) I am headed to Belize next week as my Guatemalan girlfriend has never left the country or seen the Caribbean these things need to be fixed! plus my 3 months is running out so I have to leave and come back.
    I googled Guatemalan Caribbean Coast and your blog was one of the first hits, I have been to Livingston a few times but it is not your typical Caribbean paradise, as you may or may not agree, so that is how i came to read one of my first blogs.
    I mostly travel in Latin America now, and after 7 years Guatemala may be as permanent a home as I have had. as I love the culture, I am in a great relationship and want a second language, and I am enrolled in school here, oddly my French comes back the more Spanish I learn, It seems we have been to a lot of the same places, I lived in Monterrey around the same time you were there it is sad what is going on in Mexico and kept out of the media, I still enjoyed Mexico and would not hesitate to go back, but I saw some things that I wish I had not in Monterrey.
    Yours is my first blog, I have always avoided them but I enjoy yours, well written and very interesting. Too bad about your Pacaya hike, I had a vastly different experience both times I went up, it is quiet now but Vulcan Fuego has taken it’s place and is putting on a frequent light show all you have to do is step out the door at night.
    I read your post about Charleston and I do not understand your hesitation about writing your opinion, I do not have a blog but I have been to Dachau it would be impossible to go there and not write about it, Racism is alive and well and sadly flourishes all around the globe, I think a blog has to contain your thoughts both good and bad.
    I will read more, I hope you are well and keep up the great work!

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      Oneika
      July 18, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks for your comment! Interesting thing about Vulcan Fuego, why has it taken Pacaya’s place? It’s more popular now, you mean?

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    Lisa Enright
    July 16, 2015 at 1:47 am

    I came across your blog quite by accident – and what’s even a bigger coincidence is that I am currently in your home town of Mississauga! I am here on business for a week and was on the internet searching for best places to stay for solo female travellers in Toronto as I am spending 2 nights there this weekend! Like you I love to travel and have lived and travelled all over the world and use my work base as a platform to travel to surrounding countries. I am originally from Ireland, currently work in London but live in Barcelona and work takes me all over the world. Don’t get me wrong I love travelling with other people but I don’t think twice about adding a few days on to the start and/or end of a business trip to explore my new surroundings! For example, I took the opportunity to fly from London to Toronto via Chicago to stop over for the weekend and opted for Toronto this weekend. Maybe you can give me some tips on the best neighbourhood to stay in this weekend – lately I have opted for Airbnb as I have met some great hosts thru this site but am not averse to a hostel.

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      Oneika
      July 18, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      That’s so cool that you’re in Mississauga! And you’re lucky that your job allows you to travel for business and pleasure so much. 🙂
      I haven’t lived in Toronto in a number of years but the areas around Eaton Centre/Dundas Square and Queen’s Road West&Spadina are always lively!

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    Marcel
    July 28, 2015 at 2:26 am

    Hi Oneika,
    I apologize about the random ‘H’ above lol (testing to see if it would actually post). I’m from Jamaica and have been living in the U.S. since age 14 with a love for international travel and learning about new cultures. So far I have visited most of the Caribbean and 3 countries in Latin America and needed your insight on an upcoming trip. I found your page because as a black traveler I do a lot of research to test the racial sensitivity climate of the countries that I visit to minimize the risk of having a bad experience. I think more black people would travel if they KNEW they would feel welcome at their destination instead of being a spectacle or viewed as inferior due to pigment. Your confidence resonates in all the photos you post regardless of where you are and you seem quite at home with the locals. I want to get there…

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      Oneika
      July 31, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you! I decided long ago that I wouldn’t let my race or gender hold me back from doing the things I want to do!

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    Julie
    August 15, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Oneika
    thank you for your blog on Hong Kong bespoke suits. I am planning to take your advice and visit Manhattan Tailor to have a male suit made. Could you advise me on a reasonable price to pay for a nice quality suit made in Hong Kong and have you discovered any new highly recommended tailors in HK?

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    Karen
    September 15, 2015 at 10:00 am

    It s great to know there are adventurous souls out there like yourself. I am also from Toronto and haven’t lived there for years since leaving after university. I have also taught in Asia, Europe, and now I am teaching and living in Abu Dhabi. Enjoy your time in Hong Kong and I look forward to reading your future posts!

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    Cyn
    September 30, 2015 at 5:09 am

    Hi Oneika
    Enjoyed reading about your travel & adventures. I am at a point whereas I would like to teach abroad and or just see the world. Ive taught for 20 years & I’ve hit a brick wall. My hesitancy is being over 50, starting over. But I’m also excited about the possibilities. Any advice would be appreciated.
    Keep inspiring!!

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    Kemi
    November 5, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Greetings!

    I have just stumbled upon your blog and am very intrigued. I am currently a senior majoring in Elementary Ed and Special Ed with a minor in American Studies. I plan to go to grad school and get my TESOL , so that I can travel abroad and teach. You truly are my inspiration and I just wanted to know any tips for an aspiring traveling teacher.

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    Dawn
    December 5, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Love the Bolivia post. How can I email you?

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      Oneika
      December 7, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you! You can reach me at oneika[at]oneika-the-traveller.com 🙂

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    Jay R
    December 8, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Oneika meeting and chatting you up this summer was great! But delving into your blog, your shared story and experiences has awoken a once fading desire to get out and see more of the world! Love reading and following keep up the great work. The Bolivia pictures are A1!

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      Oneika
      December 11, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      Jay Reader!! Thanks for hailing me up!! Was great to meet you this summer!!

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    O'neeka
    December 12, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    So I’m listening to my Pandora station , when I heard my name, I immediately stopped and ran to the laptop to see if I what I heard was right. Sure enough they mentioned your name and I said ” I am going to look her up and if she has Instagram, I am DEFINITELY going to follow her. I am so inspired by you . We have three things in common. We are both teachers (Kindergarten), We LOVE to travel and our names! This is awesome (pardon my excitement)!

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      Oneika
      December 18, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      Oh cool!!!! Nice to meet you, Ms. O’neeka!!! There aren’t that many of us around!

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    Tamika
    January 8, 2016 at 3:35 am

    Good Evening Oneika!

    My best friend has raved about you for years and I just subscribed to your blog and I love it! You are wonderfully honest and right on the money about the African American traveling experience as well as how to become a teaching professional.

    I am a 40 years old African American woman with a 13 year old I am open to a career change because my true passion is to travel and work with multicultural groups. I do not have a teaching degree however, I have been recognized as a trainer and facilitated several training courses. Recently, I have been thinking seriously about teaching oversees to business professional but, I am not sure how you can do that. My countries of interest are Spain, Italy, France, Hong Kong or Shanghai, China.

    My questions are: 1) How can I begin teaching business professionals English? Are there any job positions to support that career choice? 2) How can my child get sponsorship in order to be with me in my country of interest? 3) How do I enroll my child into a international school in that particular area? 4) How much does an average teacher get paid yearly? Is it enough to sustain myself and my child? 5) From your experience as an international school teacher, do African American children adjust/transition well both socially and intellectually particularly for their first experience.

    Your guidance would be much appreciated in this matter. I have tried emailing you personally to give you more about my professional background at oneika@oneika-the-traveller.com however, it is constantly being returned back to me. I have read other comments and this is not the first time this issue has occurred for others.

    Again thank your for support. Please keep blogging and supporting women travelers with insightful, honest approach to information

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    Sarah
    February 12, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Hi Onieka,
    I lived in HK as a child and am currently in Australia working as a nurse and midwife…I am doing a postgraduate degree in teaching this year with the view to moving over and teaching in HK at the end of next year… my question for you is: in order to get a job in an international school (I need the most pay possible as I have a husband and kids moving too!), do you think my chances are good as a newly qualified teacher? I am hoping the fact that I already have a masters degree in nursing etc will help…
    Thank you for creating this blog, its so nice to see that other people go out and get what they want! Life is short..

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    Athena
    February 26, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Lovely seeing a fellow Canadian, and proud Mississaugan, teaching in Hong Kong. You break a mindboggling number of stereotypes. I came across your blog when a friend shared your post ‘Stop pretending everyone can travel’. 😀

    I’ve moved on to Tokyo now, but will be visiting in early May! Would love to just exchange experiences, and I’m curious as to your experience in the city. Hong Kong’s such a fascinating place when it comes to national and ethnic identity.

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    rosalind williams
    March 16, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Thanks you for this very interesting seleciton of information about black owned travel businesses.

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    rosalind williams
    March 16, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Obviously, I got caught up is a few typos..I wanted to say that I loved your selection of travel businesses and look forward to reading your blog. I’ve lived in Madrid since the summer of 1968…originally from San Francisco, born in New Orleans.

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    Mel
    April 7, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Very cool! I am teaching English abroad in South Korea this upcoming year. I loved the idea of teaching abroad but didn’t love the limited destinations that the ESL program offers. Do you recommend teaching at international schools? Have you written any posts about it?

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    Paulo
    April 30, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Hi Onieka,
    I think you are fantastic and brave,I too share your travel bug my parents
    Are also from Jamaica but I had to follow my heart like you and give in to my love.
    I am now a polyglot speaking fluent Japanese,Spanish,Portuguese,English,Tagalog.

    You go girl you are amazing

    Regards

    Paulo

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    Edward Amagyei
    May 20, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    could be the best travel blog i have encountered. obsessed by traveling myself, dear Oneika, i acknowledge all the fun and adventure you’ve had on your journeys but i dare say you aint seen nothing else till you visit GHANA, WEST AFRICA. i would volunteer to be your tour escort if you don’t mind. LOL, i love this blog. Big ups Sis.

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    Dwayne
    July 9, 2016 at 7:11 am

    OMG, YES! I am truly inspired and can’t wait to set out on my journey with the TAPIF program! Also…are you of Guyanese heritage?
    I am loving the blog and looking forward to rewinding your travel tales and learning of the new ones. Stay blessed!

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      Oneika
      July 14, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      I’m of Jamaican heritage 🙂

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    Fadumo
    September 19, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Are you fluent in Spanish, too?? How long did it take you?? I’m looking to study Spanish and live in a Spanish speaking country.

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    Lalitha Priyadharshhini Mahalingam
    November 5, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I love your blog. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. 🙂

    You can check the award nominations at
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    Amber Primdahl
    February 14, 2017 at 1:24 am

    I just came across your blog and am so far really enjoying it! I also live in Mississauga (but also just tell people it’s Toronto, too much to explain to people unfamiliar with the area). If you ever come around for a visit I’d love to grab a coffee or something and chat about travel! 🙂

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    July 12, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I want to take a group to south africa
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