A native woman born in Detroit Michigan to Ugandan parents has set a record most people can only fantasize about. Jessica Nabongo became the first African-American woman to travel to 195 countries. On October 6, on Instagram Jessica posted she arrived safely in Seychelles the last country on her list.
After college Nabongo landed a six-figure gig at a pharmaceutical company and bought her own spot in the D. She was not fulfilled, so she rented out her condo to make money and she set off into the world. Her first stop was Japan where she taught English, it was then on to London to teach grad school at the School of Economics. She then landed a job working at the United Nations, where she visited Benin and Italy. She then made the choice to give it all up and become a travel blogger.
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ALL ABOUT ENERGY I love Ghana because I LOVE Ghanians. I met @nanakonamah in South Africa and immediately fell in love with her energy. We became fast and DEEP friends in less than one year! Fast forward and we’ve hung out in Ghana, Nola and now again in Ghana for the @akuapemodwirafestival. The best part of the festival was the people and the joy and happiness that was in the air. I can’t wait to return next year and hope some of you will be coming too! Something beautiful happens when you come into your own, you’re confident about who and what you are, when everything you do has pure intention, you start to draw like energy to you and REPELL other energy. Sometimes you lose friends you’ve known for years, or become distant with people whose energy you don’t vibe with and people take offense, but what you gain… WOW WOW WOW. I feel like in the last three years I’ve really found my stride and it has been reflective in the growth of my circle (⚪️🔵⚪️⚪️🔵🔵⚪️) and the beautiful souls that I am constantly colliding with and sticking to. So many new relationships have changed my life in ways these people may not even know. One thing about energy is you cannot force it. If you meet someone you’ve been wanting to meet and it doesn’t go how you imagined, it is ok. You cannot force any relationships or interactions. Find your wavelength, sit in it, then begin attracting that like energy to you. I have so many beautiful experiences in new countries and environments because I am focused on my positive energy and the wavelength I am operating on and the universe has been kind and generous putting me in the same space with beautiful souls all over the world!! So how do I stay safe while traveling in “dangerous” countries? Positive energy. How do I manage to stay safe while traveling solo? Positive energy. How do I keep healthy while on the road and eating street food? Stomach is coated in positive energy. How do I manage to convince the airline to let me check in after the desk is closed AND get an upgrade? Positive energy! It is a long hard process but you can do it too!! Find your frequency then find your tribe! #catchmeinghana #catchmeonmywavelength
Read here for more on my journey to every country in the world and proof of all of my visits! https://t.co/UX5f2DuLVN
— Jessica Nabongo – The Catch Me If You Can (@TheCMIYC) October 10, 2019
Jessica founded a company called Jet Black to help fund her travel ambitions. The organization customizes itineraries for small groups of people traveling to Africa. She also sells travel gear such as t-shirts and passport covers.
Nabongo told CNN Travel in 2018; “Navigating the world as a woman can be very difficult, I’ve had a pretty wide range of experiences, I’ve been accused of being a prostitute. I’v had men chase me before. I’ve been assaulted on the street.”
Miss Nabongo said her quest was not just about crossing countries off a list, but was about changing the perception of female travelers.
Please watch and enjoy the video below as Jessica talks about her experience
(Image Courtesy Of Bella Naija Style, Instagram and Twitter, Video Is Courtesy Of 4 WDIV, Source CNN)