“I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself,” James Baldwin, renowned author, and social critic, once said. 

Ciara Johnson, a travel influencer who quit her job a year ago to travel the world solo, shares these sentiments. “You have to travel to step outside of your comfort zone and learn about other cultures and even yourself,” she told ESSENCE. “Traveling can build your confidence in a way that will translate to every area of your life. You will be braver and start making bolder choices, taking greater risks.”

With over a year of full-time solo travel under her belt and 27 countries explored so far, Johnson has a few tips that will get you up and going to that destination you have been dreaming of. 


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