If you’ve been following Glam Africa for a while, then you’ll know that we’re totally obsessed with all things travel and lifestyle, so every week we’ll be sharing one of our favourite travel bloggers/content creators, whose content keeps up in the vacation mood all-year round.

In the UK, most of us have barely left our homes over the past 4 months, as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on and the lockdown continues, so it’s nice to have a fresh reminder of what the world looks like beyond the radius between your house and the local co-op.

Jessica Ufuoma is a travel and lifestyle blogger whose sharp-edged, brightly-hued snapshots from Indonesia, Cuba and more fun destinations, will leave you feeling like you’re right beside her in the centre of the excitement! Congratulations to our first ever Traveller Of The Week! Keep scrolling to see our favourite selections from her remarkable travel collection.

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When people think about their next destination, they think about it in terms of a “country” first. (e.g I want to go to Thailand next.) That’s not bad but what that does is box you into whatever it is Thailand has to offer. That’s not how I choose my next destination. I think about my next destination in terms of an “experience” first. (e.g what kind of experience am I looking to have?”) If I want a beach getaway, will there be a reason to visit Paris and then start searching for a beach? I always first figure out what experience I am looking for and then find a country that best fits that description. For Guatemala, I wanted zen and nature and serenity and it ticked all the boxes.

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Learning at the feet of Ngurah, a Balinese priest in Sidemen (Pronounced See-day-man) village was one of the most humbling and moving experiences. The crew and I drove east, far away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud to a quiet and serene village on the Karangasem regency. There, we met Ngurah and his beautiful sisters who welcomed us with ginger tea and led us on what they called "a divine trek", which in case you are wondering, lived up to its name. We hiked the Gunung Merta mountain and observed as the temple priest, Ngurah offered his rituals and prayers. Ngurah, sensing a religious difference, made sure to remind us that we didn’t have to pray, we could just watch and that's what we did – we just watched – respectfully and without judgment.⁣ ⁣ People are people – irrespective of religion, skin color, language or location barriers. I love how travel is powerful enough to break barriers and open us to new experiences that we've never before seen. I am forever humbled to have the opportunity to learn, immerse in a new culture, grow and have more empathy.⁣ ⁣ Of all the things I experienced in Bali, this was my favorite.⁣

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