Myleik Teele is the founder & CEO of curlBOX, an exclusive, affordable and effortless way to explore hair care products delivered to your doorstep each month. Zim Ugochukwu is the creator of Travel Noire, a digital publishing platform that creates tools and resources for the unconventional, savvy black traveler. We are usually living vicariously through both their Instagram accounts as their travel the world. Myleik is usually somewhere fabulous lounging by the pool, and Zim is usually somewhere a bit more obscure taking in a new culture. They have different travel styles, each fabulous and inspiring in their own way. They recently partnered with Carol's Daughter and sat down to explore their different travel styles and to share a few tips for solo travel with us.
1. Pick Your Destination
Destinations for me are all about price. I want to know that I can get to a place and not have to break the bank to enjoy myself. If the hotels are cheap, if the Airbnbs are pretty good, if the food is good then that's typically how I chose my destinations.
I am usually going for sun. I usually weather. I'll have my cellphone out and I'll have the weather the iphone and I'm scrolling for where it's sunny and gorgeous.
2. How are you getting there?
So, when it's time to book my flight, there are a couple of tricks I use, that not a lot of people think about. Price-line Negotiator is a really really great tool, it's how I'm able to get my last minute flights when I need to hop cross country and the tickets are $1200.
Go for loyalty...Figure out ways to build loyalty. Loyalty pays! Pick and airline and stick with that airline. Even if the fares may go up and down, work on building up your status with the airline.
3. Where do you stay?
So, for me, I am such a huge Airbnb fan, I will scour the interwebs and look. Sometimes I pick my destination based on the architectural design of a certain city, Amsterdam has beautiful clean lines and I would look at some of the lofts and villas and they go for a third or fourth of the price of a hotel. And you really get a local experience, when you have a host whose lived there their entire life. It's a great way to give back to the economy, and it's also really authentic.
Call the front desk of the hotel, after you've searched their site and got your rate, check on hotels.com and check that rate. Call, not the reservation line but the front desk line. Give them the story of you're going to be in town, you're so looking forward to staying at the hotel, and you're calling to get the best rate possible.
What are you doing?
I'm on this new thing, where I rent a car in the destinations that I go to. A lot of people don't know this but to get your international license is only $15, just go to your AAA, you're in and out in 15 minutes. I typically rent a car, it's the best way for me to get off the beaten path.
If you're staying at a fun glam hotels, pick a place with a sexy hotel bar. You can put on something cute, and go sit downstairs. I promise you, you'll meet someone.
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