Photo Credit: @leadnglady @jevon_davis
From the shores of Africa to the streets of New York City and beyond, Black love has moved mountains, saved lives and birthed nations – basically, our love conquers all. That’s why when it comes to love, we here at ESSENCE unapologetically celebrate it, not just on February 14th, but all 365 days of the year.
This Valentine’s Day we caught up with a few married couples who have taken their love around the world, to find out their advice on how they keep the flames of Black love burning hot as they explore with their forever friend. These photos will give you “Teenage Love Affair” vibes and remind you of the power and strength of Black Love.
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Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Anquan and Dionne, married 9 years: "We travel together because it is a passion we both had that connected us initially. When we were younger we would always talk about the places we dreamed of visiting. We have now explored most of those places together. Making the things that we love to do together a priority helps keep our marriage healthy and exciting."
2 of 33 Photo Credit: @TeandToine
Antoine and Shaunté, married 4 years: "Don’t marry someone who makes you feel tied down. Marry someone that makes you feel like you’ve been SET FREE."
3 of 33 Photo Credit: @dealducessla @shaud04
Rashaud and Mahogany, married 2 years: “Slow down and savor those private moments.”
4 of 33 Photo Credit: @cheekycelie
April and Reggie, married for 8 years: "Never stop discovering each other and respect each other’s different ideas of what makes a great vacation."
5 of 33 Photo Credit: @alwaysDMYR @kohesive_ace_klub
Alton and Dori, married 10 months: "Make sure to compromise on the agenda and enjoy the moment!"
6 of 33 Photo Credit: @eatsdrinksandtravels
Crystal and Adrian, married 11 years: "Eat, Drink...and Travel!"
7 of 33 Photo Credit: @honeybee513
Teddy and Ashia, married 13 years: "Live in the moment—everything else can wait."
8 of 33 Photo Credit: @MeetTheRays
Dane and Anna, married 4 years: "Our travel motto is forever newlyweds."
9 of 33 Photo Credit: @Kendra.Adams.92 @kenjess85
Jessie and Kendra, married 33 years: "Leave work behind, do something new and always pack a “surprise” for your spouse."
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Tee and Wiz, married 20 years: "Live your best life."
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MJ and Omar, married 10 years: "Leave the kids at home!"
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Crystal and Kurt, married 5 years: "We always travel with a list of places we want to visit once we reach our destination, but we decide once we are there where we will go each day. This way our focus is on each other and exploring a new place instead of maintaining a rigid schedule."
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Karyn and Torre, married 4 years: "Travel light and be willing to go with the flow."
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Holly and Gerard, married 22 years: "Take a trip with just the 2 of you once per year."
15 of 33 Photo Credit: @dj_len1224 @raylenrene
Len and Raychellet, married 21 years: "Keep laughing at each other, and everyone else."
16 of 33 Photo Credit: @morchell
Seychelle and Andre, married 18 years: "Pack your patience and live in the moment."
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Shon and Shevvi, married 25 years: "Always find the fun and humor in any situation. Having a partner there to recount your crazy travel stories with is the best."
18 of 33 Photo Credit: @simply_jams
Jamilah and Dontá, married 4.5 years: “Travel often, if able. It resets our relationship and allows us to focus on us.”
19 of 33 Photo Credit: @StephF1
Stephanie and Laron, married 32 years: "Life is short, just go and don't sweat the small stuff."
20 of 33 Photo Credit: @them0nal1sa @jasonsjackson77
Ramona and Jason, married 2 years: "Buy the ticket and figure everything else out later."
21 of 33 Photo Credit: @ms_toni_ @joebiam
Andrew and Toni, married 3 years: "Have different travel styles? Try having one experience that feeds each of your travel styles. Beach days are purely for my spirit; adventurous outdoor activities are for his. But sharing our favorite things with our favorite person makes it all much sweeter."
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Jason and Sereetta, married 8 years: "Don't sweat the small stuff."
23 of 33 Photo Credit: @dare2bebold @Mr_Cockings
Marsha and Christopher, married 4 years: "Comprise and laughter are all you need!"
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Musa and Summiyah, married 16 years: “Leave the kids at home at least twice a year!”
25 of 33 Photo Credit: @wonderland316 @alldakingshorses
George and Marenda, married 6 months: "Travel with someone you can laugh with. Not that chuckle-y laugh either. That we-cant-breathe-crying-laughter kind of laugh. Every time that happens, I’m excited to have married the person with whom I know it’ll happen again."
26 of 33 Photo Credit: @mstilah @poormarty
Martin and Shatilah, married 2 years: "Always be ready for an adventure."
27 of 33 Photo Credit: @toolbelt_diva @meltx2000
Melvin and Eve, married 9 years: "Take time to actually enjoy your vacation. The best plans have hiccups so relax, exhale and go with the flow!"
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Jessica and Alvin, married 13 years: "Marriage and travel are both a journey; the key is to love along the way."
29 of 33 Photo Credit: @honeycombmoms
Lauren and Donzell, married one year: "Planning is all well and good, but remember to go with the flow a bit too. That's where the memories happen."
30 of 33 Photo Credit: @seivwrig
Veronica and Roy, married 20 years: "Just enjoy life."
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Pray and Bai, married 3 years: "Be as intentional about laughing and enjoying each other at home as you do abroad."
32 of 33 Photo Credit: @lyndsiew
Lauren and Jonathan, married six months: "Traveling is an adventure, don’t be afraid to let your plans change. But still, plan ahead and be prepared."
33 of 33 Photo Credit: @ktlristina @aceliburd
Kristina and Ace, married 2 years: "Always remember while the marriage lasts longer than the trip so be fair to both."
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