Page 11234..1020..»

Category Archives: Seychelles

Paradise found: incredible and rare encounters to enjoy in the Seychelles – The National

Posted: October 20, 2019 at 10:16 pm

The noise is deafening. As the propellers spin and the pilots ready the plane for take-off, I lament my decision not to bring noise-cancelling headphones on this trip. The drone from the tiny 16-seater plane grows louder as we begin to move along the runway. A few seconds later, we are soaring high above Seychelless lush mountainscapes.

Whether the noise dissipates or whether I am simply too enthralled by the scene below to notice anymore, Im not quite sure, but a few minutes into the short flight to Praslin Island, I am completely engrossed in the grandeur below. As the plane soars over glassy waters, I watch the surface break every so often over the swell of an emerald-tinged island. The sun glints off the rippling shallows and waves crash against yellow bays, turning white as snow before rushing up coastlines and disappearing again beneath palm-fringed perimeters.

In the distance is the second largest island in the Seychelles archipelago. Flying over a cluster of thatched roofs, the pilots expertly navigate through the peaks and angles of Praslins tree-strewn landscape and we land a few moments later.

We head to Constance Lemuria, the spot we will call home for the next few days. Set on 101 hectares of land, the five-star resort has nature at its heart. Home to idyllic beaches, including one of the most picturesque in the country, Anse Georgette, it is a little slice of natural paradise.

I set out to explore and, wandering among the mammoth granite rocks strewn across the resort, its difficult not to feel as though Im on the set of a Jurassic Park movie. Im not surprised when I find out that a few million years ago, prehistoric creatures were thought to inhabit this area. Today, it is home to some of those dinosaurs descendants.

Aldabra giant tortoises are endemic to the Seychelles and, at Constance Lemuria, they roam freely, stopping to nap in the shade of a palm tree or meandering ever so slowly along leaf-strewn riverbanks. The tortoises are special, Markus Ultsch-Unrath, head of health, safety and environment project manager at Constance Hotels & Resorts, says. They are only found in the Seychelles and people say they originally came from the Aldabra atoll.

Aldabra is the biodiversity jewel in the Seychelles gleaming crown. Rivalling the Galapagos Islands in ecological importance, it is not only where the giant tortoises came from, its also home to manta rays, nurse sharks, lemon sharks, spinner dolphins and dugongs, among others.

Even before the islands were populated, there were tortoises here, says Ultsch-Unrath. What this means is that no one really knows how old some of the animals are. What we do know is that there are an estimated 100,000 left in the world. On Praslin, Leonardo is the eldest, at more than 100 years old and, at the hotels sister resort, Constance Ephelia on Mahe Island, that title goes to Dusty, who was born in 1909.

As I watch the tortoises walk idly across the grass, I cant help but think that the chilled-out island life of the Seychelles seems like a good fit for these creatures. Tortoises take life very easy, Ultsch-Unrath adds.

Making my way across the resort, I arrive at a thatched eco-hut a few metres from one of the resorts beachfronts. There, Robert Matombe, resident turtle manager, tells me about the resorts other VIPs. Every season, we have a lot of sea turtles coming to our beach to nest, he says. We have hawksbill and green turtles and the nesting period runs for about five months.

During this time, its Matombes job to ensure there is no light or noise pollution at the bays. He also monitors the turtle nests and helps guide hatchlings into the ocean. Its no small job, given that every season one female hawksbill turtle lays up to 200 eggs at a time. But hes not complaining. Compared to the turtles, he has it easy.

Its tough work, he explains. After mating, the female comes ashore to dig a hole about 50 centimetres deep in the sand. She puts about 200 of the eggs in there and uses her flippers to carefully camouflage the spot.

Most of the eggs will hatch, but how many hatchlings will make it to the ocean? And then how many will make it to maturity?

Strolling through the valley is much like walking through something from a fairy tale.

Even with help from the Constance Lemuria team, only 10 turtles on average will make it to maturity, which they reach at about 30 years old. Its because theyre surrounded by enemies, says Matombe. As well as predators, theyve got human threats such as fishing nets, fishing lines, plastic pollution and matchsticks. Plastic bags are the worst because they look like jellyfish, which is a sea turtles favourite food.

Vowing to do more to eradicate plastic bags from my life, I head off to discover another fascinating facet of life on Praslin, in the islands Unesco World Heritage site, the Vallee de Mai National Park. This area is one of only two spots on the planet where the coco de mer plant grows. Known for the voluptuous shape of its seeds, which are the largest in the plant kingdom, the coco de mer is a protected species with a remarkable nut.

Amid hundreds of trees, huge fronds shield me from the tropical rain as tour guide Angela prepares to explain more about the coco de mer. As we stop where a seed has ripened, at her suggestion, I pick it up and it takes all of my strength to do so. Apparently, the seeds can weigh up to a 32 kilograms each.

Strolling through the valley is much like walking through something from a fairy tale. As the light streams through shades of green, thick trunks, huge stems and spreading fronds bluntly obstruct my view.

Angela regales me with legends about the coco de mer. She says that some people believed it grew beneath the waves of the ocean; others thought its seeds were so huge because they were formerly dispersed by dinosaurs. One man, upon seeing the shape of the nut and the nearby four connecting rivers, proclaimed that Praslin must be the Garden of Eden.

True or not, on this island kingdom where rare creatures have a home and the seeds are worthy of giants, Praslin is definitely a paradise found.

Updated: October 19, 2019 04:07 PM

Go here to see the original:

Paradise found: incredible and rare encounters to enjoy in the Seychelles - The National

Posted in Seychelles | Comments Off on Paradise found: incredible and rare encounters to enjoy in the Seychelles – The National

7 things to do in Seychelles this summer – IOL

Posted: at 10:16 pm

Posted in Seychelles | Comments Off on 7 things to do in Seychelles this summer – IOL

Madhuri Dixit Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Seychelles with Forever Soulmate Shriram Nene – News18

Posted: at 10:16 pm

It has been two decades since Bollywood actress and Dhak-Dhak girl Madhuri Dixit got married to Dr Shriram Nene. Madhuri, who tied the knot with Dr Nene on October 17, 1999, celebrated her 20th anniversary on Thursday. The couple celebrated their special day in the most romantic way possible in Seychelles. Madhuri shared a slew of adorable pictures and captioned them, "Happy anniversary @drneneofficial (heart emoji) Here's to many more years of being in love & celebrating life! (sic)."

In one of the pictures shared by Madhuri, the actress is seen kissing her husband as they pose for the picture in a swimming pool. She captioned the picture, "Soulmates forever @drneneofficial #20Years"

Dr Nene also took to the photo-sharing app and posted a collection of pictures from their vacation. He captioned the pictures, "Have spent 20 years together living the dream. Have raised kids, brought down the house with laughter together, and built things for everyone. Looking forward to a lifetime with my soulmate, @madhuridixitnene and making the world a better place to live."

Madhuri Dixit and Dr Shriram Nene are parents to two sons - Arin and Ryan.

The 52-year-old actress was last seen in Kalank and has donned the cap of a producer for an upcoming Marathi film titled Panchak, which is co-produced by her husband.

Madhuri Dixit also judged the second season of dance reality show Dance Deewane 2.

Follow @News18Movies for more

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you in real time.

';$('#first-watch-box').html(response+titleHeading);}},error: function(xhr, ajaxOptions, thrownError) {console.log('Something went wrong..');}});} var playWatchVideos = false;$(window).scroll(function() {var ividFirstScroll = $('.alsowatch').offset().top - 100;var tagsScroll = $('.tag').offset().top;var topOffsetIvid = $(window).scrollTop();var topIviddistance = topOffsetIvid - ividFirstScroll;var finalScrollEnd = ividFirstScroll + 650;var holaPlayDivId = $('div.video-js').attr('id'); var holaPlayerObj = videojs(holaPlayDivId);if(topOffsetIvid>ividFirstScroll && topOffsetIvid

Follow this link:

Madhuri Dixit Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Seychelles with Forever Soulmate Shriram Nene - News18

Posted in Seychelles | Comments Off on Madhuri Dixit Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Seychelles with Forever Soulmate Shriram Nene – News18

Madhuri Dixit shares pictures from her vacation in Seychelles with her husband and kids – Times of India

Posted: at 10:16 pm

Bollywood's 'Dhak Dhak girl', Madhuri Dixit has taken some time off from her work to enjoy her vacation with her husband Sriram Nene and her two sons Arin and Rayaan. The actress is currently in Seychelles and has been sharing the pictures from her vacation diaries.Now, she took to her Instagram story to share some pictures of herself pausing to enjoy the small moments in life. In the photos, she can be seen posing with a turtle, the caption of which read, "Meet my new friend!"And in another picture, she was all smiles with her husband with a caption, "Vacation mode activated".Check out the posts here: Meanwhile, on the work front, the actress was last seen in 'Kalank' starring Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha and Kunal Kemmu. Helmed by Abhishek Varman, the period film was backed by Karan Johar.

Read more here:

Madhuri Dixit shares pictures from her vacation in Seychelles with her husband and kids - Times of India

Posted in Seychelles | Comments Off on Madhuri Dixit shares pictures from her vacation in Seychelles with her husband and kids – Times of India

View: African islands in the Indian Ocean- Looking beyond Delhis strategic blindness – Economic Times

Posted: at 10:16 pm

By Darshana M. BaruahStrategic significanceDespite the recent high level visits to the region - Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to Comoros in October 2019, President Ram Nath Kovind visited Madagascar in March 2018- the western Indian Ocean continues to remain at the periphery of Indias strategic calculations. It is also a blindspot for the Indian Navy with limited presence and engagements despite the region marked as a primary area of interest in its 2015 maritime security strategy. Interestingly, it is not just Delhi but most of its partners - except France (traditional power) and now increasingly China (new rising power)- have overlooked the importance of this region.

The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) is a strategic sub-theatre of the Indian Ocean linking the Southeastern coast of Africa to the wider Indian Ocean and beyond. It is home to one of the key chokepoints in the Indian Ocean- the Mozambique Channel. While Comoros sits at the northern mouth of the Mozambique Channel, Madagascar borders the channel to its west. While the channel lost its significance post the opening of the Suez Canal, the recent hostilities near the Strait of Hormuz brought the channel back into focus as the original route for bigger commercial vessels (especially for oil tankers). Additionally, the growing importance of Africa in Indo-Pacific engagements combined with potential natural gas reserves in the Mozambique Channel will only continue to raise the significance of this region in wider maritime security. Keeping in mind the importance of geography for maritime power projection and naval dominance, there is little doubt about the rising significance of the islands in a new geo-political environment in the Indian Ocean. For India, engagements with this region will become critical as the Navy begins to strengthen its presence under its mission based deployments. Engagements with the region, especially with the islands- given their geo-strategic location- could become key in supporting Indian naval presence as well as furthering Delhis Indian Ocean engagement.

However, the foreign policy architects in New Delhi has failed to realise the geo-strategic importance of this region. The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) division in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) created under Modi led government in its first term is tasked with coordination of Indias engagements with the Indian Ocean islands and the region at large. However, Delhi left behind a critical sub-region- the Western Indian Ocean and the islands of Madagascar and Comoros while formulating an Indian Ocean vision. Its failure to include Madagascar and Comoros, the other two sovereign islands in the Indian Ocean reflects the lack of an actual coherent strategy for the Indian Ocean at large. Instead of perceiving the reality of Madagascar and Comoros as island nations, the MEA perceives the islands through a continental perspective with coordination through the East and South Africa division along with other continental African states. On the other hand, the neighbouring islands of Mauritius and Seychelles are part of the IOR division and are perceived as maritime neighbours. All four islands (Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and Comoros) are members of the Indian Ocean Commission and the African Union, i.e. they belong to the same geographic location.

New power dynamics There is no doubt that the political and economic environment in Madagascar and Comoros differ from its neighbouring Indian Ocean islands. The islands of the Mozambique Channel have suffered from long drawn internal political crisis leading to serious economic issues. However, as with most nations across the Indo-Pacific, Madagascar and Comoros too are waking up to the importance of maritime security in great power politics. There is a renewed enthusiasm within Madagascars political class in rebranding its foreign policy engagements through the maritime lens. The newly elected government of President Andre Rajaolina seems to send one message out- it is time the Malagasy people turn to the ocean to solve both its economic issues as well claim its position as an island nation in a geo-strategic location. Similar sentiments exist in Comoros.

Building on its key location, the island nations are looking towards its blue economy potential and strengthening its maritime capabilities. While France has been the dominant player in the region and a traditional partner for collaborations, the islands are enthusiastically looking East, toward Asia, to help build its maritime role. Whether it be training for its officers, building ports, acquiring new assets or enhancing its capabilities to monitor its coastal waters, Madagascar and Comoros are enthusiastic in building a maritime relationship with Asian countries. The islands nations are keen to expand its partnerships beyond European nations and are particularly looking to India and China as the new rising powers in the Indian Ocean region. Along with India and China, the islands are keen to strengthen their relationship with Japan, Australia and the US. However, China appears to be the only new actor responding to the islands interests in extending collaborations through military training, infrastructure construction and financial assistance among other initiatives.

India in the Western Indian OceanAs Madagascar and Comoros look East to build its maritime capabilities, India should play an active role in building the maritime capacities of the islands. Delhi has already begun significant new initiatives with the neighbouring islands of the IOR. It must now look beyond Seychelles and extend these initiatives to Madagascar and Comoros integrating the Indian Ocean region as one theatre in its policy engagements. For example, first, India must extend its Coastal Surveillance Radar Network to these islands under its capacity building efforts as well as maritime domain awareness collaborations.

Second, as India continues to deploy its P-8i to Seychelles and neighbouring islands, it must sign a similar agreement with Madagascar and Comoros to help patrol and monitor the waters around the islands significant Exclusive Economic Zone.

Third, Delhi must consider placing a defence attache in one of the islands in the Mozambique Channel to monitor and understand security developments in the region.

Finally, Delhi must respond to the interests of the islands in having an Indian presence in the region through the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC). Despite the IOR being the Indian Navys primary area of responsibility, Delhi has no formal engagement with this regional institution whereas China holds an observer status.

Extending Delhis network of maritime initiatives to Madagascar and Comoros would only strengthen Indias own outlined priorities and interests in the region. In the Indian Ocean, Delhi must be able to understand its own advantages and significance of geography as it continues to place greater importance in the affairs of the region.

The writer is Visiting fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Nonresident scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Read more from the original source:

View: African islands in the Indian Ocean- Looking beyond Delhis strategic blindness - Economic Times

Posted in Seychelles | Comments Off on View: African islands in the Indian Ocean- Looking beyond Delhis strategic blindness – Economic Times

New EU Ambassador to Seychelles accredited – News – Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles

Posted: October 11, 2019 at 6:44 pm

08 October 2019 | Foreign Affairs

The new Ambassador and Head of the delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Republic of Seychelles, H.E. Mr Vincent Degert, presented his credentials to President Danny Faure at State House this morning.

The President congratulated Ambassador Degert on his appointment and noted the appreciation of the Government of Seychelles for the long and fruitful relationship shared with the European Union. He said that the Government of Seychelles greatly values the partnership and is committed to enhancing it further.

"I would like to thank the European Union for all it has done for Seychelles. It has stood by us in good times and in bad times. We look forward to working with you in existing and also new areas of cooperation. The EU is like-minded, and we share a lot of common values, such as the utmost respect for democracy and rule of law. I look to the EU to continue providing the necessary support in terms of capacity building to consolidate what we have achieved together, said President Faure.

During the meeting, President Faure and Ambassador Degert discussed areas of common interest and value to both Seychelles and the European Union, such as the fight against terrorism, maritime security, trade and investment, financial stability, climate action, and environmental conservation. Furthermore, they talked on avenues to broaden their cooperation.

Speaking to the national media following the accreditation ceremony, Ambassador Degert said that during his mandate he will try his best to raise the level of cooperation between countries in the region.

Also present at the accreditation this morning was the Principal Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Marina Confait, EU representatives and Officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

See more here:

New EU Ambassador to Seychelles accredited - News - Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles

Posted in Seychelles | Comments Off on New EU Ambassador to Seychelles accredited – News – Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles

Club Med to Open First Resort in the Seychelles – RusTourismNews

Posted: at 6:44 pm

It is now confirmed that work that started well over a year ago to transform the 87 room Beachcomber St. Anne Resort into a whopping 295 room Club Med is now nearing completion.

It was in late 2017 when the announcement was made that Club Med would take over though the ownership of the property would remain with Beachcomber for an initial 12 years lease and management. The present rebuilding, enlargement and upgrading will, when completed, bring the Sainte Anne Resort & Spa into the Club Med 5 Star segment at a cost of at least 80 million US Dollars. The resort, located on the island of St. Anne, is a 15 minutes boat ride away from Mahe with shuttle services leaving from a dedicated jetty. The 220 hectares large private island is surrounded by one of Seychelles marine national parks.

The Seychelles Minister responsible for Finance, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne said recently that he was hoping to see the reopening of the Ste Anne Resort in mid-2020 during the islands settlement celebrations that in earnest started on the island of Ste Anne itself.

Source: Saint Ange Tourism Report

Read the original post:

Club Med to Open First Resort in the Seychelles - RusTourismNews

Posted in Seychelles | Comments Off on Club Med to Open First Resort in the Seychelles – RusTourismNews

President Faure receives Assistant Secretary of the United States Treasury – Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles

Posted: at 6:44 pm

08 October 2019 | Finance

President Danny Faure received the Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing at the United States Department of the Treasury, MrMarshall Billingslea,for a courtesy call at State House this morning.

MrBillingsleaand his delegation are currently in Seychelles to further strengthen the relations between the United States of America and Seychelles in the financial system and see how they can assist in improving the countrys laws that deal with anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism, among other areas.

President Faure welcomed MrBillingslea and his delegation to the country andreaffirmed Seychelles commitment to further advance the relationship with the U.S.A, a solid bilateral partner, and explore new avenues for collaboration.

During the meeting, the discussion between the Head of State and MrBillingslea centred on how Seychelles and the United States of America can intensify their cooperationin fighting money laundering, drug trafficking, marine security and other threats affecting the country.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, MrBillingsleadescribed the relations between the United States of America and Seychelles as very close and positive. He said that the economy of Seychelles is very strong. He said during his time in Seychelles he would be meeting with the Governor of Central Bank about expanding digital technology in the financial sector and getting the banking system fully digitised.

Continue reading here:

President Faure receives Assistant Secretary of the United States Treasury - Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles

Posted in Seychelles | Comments Off on President Faure receives Assistant Secretary of the United States Treasury – Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles

The Top 10: Parliament buildings – The Independent

Posted: at 6:44 pm

Thanks to Allan Faulds, who compiled a heroic Twitter thread of the buildings housing the lower house of parliament of all 193 countries of the world, which is well worth reading in full and very funny. Here, in no particular order, are my 10 favourites.

1. Hungary(above).As Allan says, This is it. This is the parliament. A legislative building without compare. Gothic. Tick. Dome. Tick. Red. Tick. He also says it is unutterably gorgeous inside too, and Ill take his word for it.

2. Romania(see slideshow below). This also featured in my Top 10 great buildings in 2014. Its vast, and vastly impressive. Started in 1984 and unfinished by the time of Ceausescus death in 1989. Its finished now, but 70 per cent empty.

From 15p 0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras.

3. Trinidad and Tobago.Allan comments: One day, some guy who loves the colour red is going to review parliament buildings, and when he does, we will be ready with the Red House.

4. Armenia. Now that he has mentioned it, Allan is right about the mild university campus vibe, but it is a beautiful building, grand, symmetrical and the grounds look lovely.

Completed in 1904, the neo-Gothic Hungarian Parliament Building is currently the largest building in the country

Getty/iStockphoto

The Palace of the Parliament in Romania is the heaviest building in the world. Started under communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1984, it was completed in 1997 after his execution

Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Red House, the Beaux-Arts style parliament of Trinidad and Tobago was the site of the 1990 Jamaat al Muslimeen coup attempt

Random 00021/Wikimedia

The National Assembly Building was designed by Soviet architect Mark Grigorian and completed in 1950

Getty Images

The new National Assembly building was inaugurated in 2015

David Stanley

The Capitol was completed in 1800 and remains one of the most famous government buildings in the world

Getty Images

The Sansad Bhavan, or Parliament House, was designed by the British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. Completed in 1927, the building is inspired by the Ashoka Chakra, the wheel of the dharma

AFP/Getty Images

The Gothic revival Parliament Hill is currently undergoing a $1bn renovation

Getty Images/iStockphoto

Solar panels were recently added to the Seychelles' National Assembly rooftop

National Assembly of Seychelles

Bhutan's parliament hall features frescoes depicting the country's traditions and Buddhist values

Getty Images/iStockphoto

Completed in 1904, the neo-Gothic Hungarian Parliament Building is currently the largest building in the country

Getty/iStockphoto

The Palace of the Parliament in Romania is the heaviest building in the world. Started under communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1984, it was completed in 1997 after his execution

Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Red House, the Beaux-Arts style parliament of Trinidad and Tobago was the site of the 1990 Jamaat al Muslimeen coup attempt

Random 00021/Wikimedia

The National Assembly Building was designed by Soviet architect Mark Grigorian and completed in 1950

Getty Images

The new National Assembly building was inaugurated in 2015

David Stanley

The Capitol was completed in 1800 and remains one of the most famous government buildings in the world

Getty Images

The Sansad Bhavan, or Parliament House, was designed by the British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. Completed in 1927, the building is inspired by the Ashoka Chakra, the wheel of the dharma

AFP/Getty Images

The Gothic revival Parliament Hill is currently undergoing a $1bn renovation

Getty Images/iStockphoto

Solar panels were recently added to the Seychelles' National Assembly rooftop

National Assembly of Seychelles

Bhutan's parliament hall features frescoes depicting the country's traditions and Buddhist values

Getty Images/iStockphoto

5. Angola. Again, if you like domes, symmetry, red buildings and gardens, and Allan and I do, this is another perfect parliament.

6. United States of America. I didnt include the Palace of Westminster on grounds of familiarity and I work in it, but the Capitol is so good that overexposure cannot bleach out its greatness.

7. India. Huge circular building the circumference is a third of a mile designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, built in the 1920s, with three semicircular chambers and a dome inside.

8. Canada. Ridiculous Disney castle design. I love it.

9. Seychelles. Allan calls it a beach resort parliament building, which is a compliment: I like the open veranda and balcony, and it does have solar panels.

10. Bhutan. As Allan says, the shallow gabled roofs may be standard in Bhutan, but they are pretty and also red with small gold pagodas on top.

Next week: Unlikely things named after battles, starting with balaclava.

Coming soon: You Havent Thought That Throughs, after Flick Drummond the Tory former MP said Boris Johnson was incredibly popular like the Pied Piper.

Your suggestions please, and ideas for future Top 10s, to me on Twitter, or by email to top10@independent.co.uk

See the article here:

The Top 10: Parliament buildings - The Independent

Posted in Seychelles | Comments Off on The Top 10: Parliament buildings – The Independent

She Just Became The First Black Woman to Visit Every Country In The World – Because of Them We Can

Posted: at 6:44 pm

Jessica Nabongo, a Ugandan-American Black travel influencer, just became the first Black woman to document her visit to every country in the world, Pulse Nigeria reports.

Nabongo had already been bitten by the travel bug, beginning her travels in 2009, establishing herself as a travel influencer. But in 2017, she set out on a quest to travel the entire world. She was in Bali, Indonesia and had already traveled to 60 countries before embarking on her new journey. She decided to commit to this quest by visiting all 195 countries that are members of the United Nations.

The Detroit native said her love for travel began early. My parents normalized it in advance. I think this turned into wanderlust because my parents never made a big deal out of travel [it] wasnt something to be fearful of, she told Airbnb Magazine.

She was already running a full time travel agency called Global Jet Black when she made the decision to travel the globe and used her own funds to get started. But in order to begin, she stepped back from her agency and started documenting her excursions full time via Instagram @thecatchmeifyoucan and her blog of the same name. She began using her skills as an influencer to fund her new endeavors. Utilizing various brand partnerships and the money she made as a freelance writer, content creator, United Nations consultant and help from a GoFundMe she created, she was able to make her dreams a reality.

View this post on Instagram

ISLAMAPHOBIA Firstly, Islamaphobia is steeped in racism. It distorts the religion and gives it an Arab face. And while the origins of Islam (and Judaism and Christianity) are in the Arab world, most Muslims do not live in the Arab world, in fact only 20% do. 13% of the worlds Muslim population is in Indonesia. Around one third of Muslims live in South Asia e.g Pakistan, Afghanistan etc. They are not Arab though often mistaken to be. There are large populations of Muslims in Africa, Central Asia and Europe. More than 50% of Bosnians and Albanians are Muslim! Islam comes in many shades and nationalities, it isnt just the Arab boogeyman weve all been taught to fear. Ive traveled to nearly every Muslim majority country in the world, my first being Oman in 2012 and my most recent being Pakistan. I only had to cover my head the entire time in Afghanistan, Iran and Somaliland. I have had to cover my shoulders and legs and always keep a scarf handy just in case. There is a common misperception that traveling in a Muslim country for women is dangerous. This has not been my experience at all. While I have certainly been uncomfortable because typically most public spaces are dominated by men, it was not them making me feel uncomfortable, but rather my own reaction to being, the only woman in a space. Ive noticed substantially less harassment in the Muslim world versus traveling in Europe or North America. Of course this does not hold true for everyone as Ive heard stories of foreign women being harassed in Muslim countries as well. I have seen many women say they will not travel to the Muslim world because of the oppression of women, but that typically only refers to Arab countries, but not Morocco, UAE and Egypt because fave tourist destinations. There are bad people everywhere in all religions, but what traveling to 191 countries has taught me is that most people are good. Much of what is shown on the media around Islam is propaganda. I think it is best to travel and see for yourself and dont let the media scare you. Have you ever been to a Muslim country? What was your experience? @projectfairplay

A post shared by Jessica (Jess) Nabongo (@thecatchmeifyoucan) on Aug 19, 2019 at 9:23pm PDT

Nabongo told CNN Travel that she wanted to travel the world to bring diversity to the landscape of travel. Its about changing the perception of female travelers, of travelers of color and of anyone who doesnt have the option of passing for a local in a given community. Racism is a thing. Theres nothing we can do to get around that. History has made it that way. I exist as a Black person in this world and Im not going to let that hinder me from going anywhere I want to go. Namely, everywhere, she said.

She uses her platform to document her voyages as well as shed light on important causes in various regions of the world including endangered species and environmental issues. Nabongo said her mission is important because representation is important. We see Instagram, the travel industry and we are just not seeing enough people who look like me traveling as extensively as I am. So I think its really important for me to be doing this for other people that look like me, she told BBC.

In the beginning, Nabongo set a goal to finish her mission by May 15, 2019, her 35th birthday. But she eventually changed the date to honor her late father, setting a new date of October 6, 2019.

My Dad passed in the city in 2003. What I decided is that for my last country which is Seychelles, were going to land on October 6th, which is his birthday. He hasnt been here for most of this journey but were able to bring him in the fold by getting there on his birthday. The reason I picked Seychelles is because it is in Africa, she said.

On October 6, 2019, Nabongo landed in Seychelles, a group of islands in East Africa off the coast of the Indian Ocean, completing her mission of visiting all 195 UN member countries.

Congratulations Jessica!! Keep inspiring us!

Read more here:

She Just Became The First Black Woman to Visit Every Country In The World - Because of Them We Can

Posted in Seychelles | Comments Off on She Just Became The First Black Woman to Visit Every Country In The World – Because of Them We Can

Page 11234..1020..»