Travel Crushes featuring Brian Oliver
Updated: May 29
What do you do?
The name/concept of “Beyond Bmore” came to me while flying home from Thailand in November 2015. My desire was to highlight my travels while also promoting positivity. The image of a young black man from Baltimore, especially during that time was one of hopelessness and despair. I had traveled a few places that year and got reactions of shock and compassion. My city had been seen on the news during the unrest in April. Most people's perception of Baltimore was a place of turmoil, endless violence, and no direction. I was determined to be one of the individuals who helped to change the narrative.
Important links: www.beyondbmore.com
What's your current relationship status?
What are the three locations you'd like to visit with future bae?
In the future, I would like to visit Seychelles, Bora Bora, and the Maldives with my partner.
If people only remembered you for one thing, what would you want it to be?
My "just do it" outlook on life. If I desire to do something, I make it happen and normally don't let distractions or fear hold me back. Although I prefer traveling solo, my dream trip with ma bae would include Seychelles, Bora Bora, and the Maldives.
I've visited Accra, Ghana twice now but the first visit was one I'll never forget. I had always heard that it was the place to be and couldn't wait to get there. From the first day I landed, I felt a vibe I hadn't experienced before. Despite traveling to a large number of other countries including some in Africa, I finally felt at "home". I spent the next 10 or so days eating Ghanaian food, visiting historical sites and experiencing the nightlife. I made a ton of connections with people I still communicate with daily while back in the states. I spent my last day there which was a Sunday at Labadi Beach amongst the locals. They partied until the sunset and the trip ended on a high note. My ride to the airport was a bit sad and I couldn't wait to get a visit again.
Where to stay: I'd recommend staying in East Legon, The Cantonments, Osu or the Airport area. During my first trip, I stayed at the Highbridge Guest Lodge and the Accra Marriott during my second visit.
Where to eat: I enjoyed the banku and tilapia. The fufu and soup were good too! It's a must to eat the jollof rice as well. Just don't mention that you've ever had better jollof someplace else LOL. I recommend dining at Urban Grill and Chez Clarisse for sure.
What to do: Everyone should visit the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, W.E.B. Dubois Center, Independence Arch, and the Makola Market. A day or 2 should be spent outside of Accra in Cape Coast to visit the slave castles. No trip to Ghana shouldn't include it for first-timers.
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