Hello and welcome to my blog, my name is Raven and i am The Nubian Traveller. I am a first year Graduate Medical Student in London, and during a particularly stressful period of my undergraduate degree, I discovered that travelling away for short/long breaks, was an amazing way to take some time off, and rejuvenate myself, mentally, physically and emotionally. So, I created this blog to encourage people to travel, and to share my travel experiences as a young black woman, and the many ways travelling has helped me.
Whilst here, you’ll find information on:
- My travel stories and experiences as a black woman
- Travelling and Money Saving tips
- Mental Health and other benefits of travelling
Over the last few years, I have been travelling to a few different cities, as a very effective stress reliever during difficult and stressful periods. However it has also led to a lot of new and incredible life experiences, and self-discovery in ways that I could have never imagined. All of that led me to create this blog and share with you all my experience of travelling around the world as a young black woman, the importance of positive mental health and the health benefits (and risks) of travelling, but most importantly, to hopefully encourage and inspire others to be open minded, travel around and leave their comfort zones, and reap the many benefits, wonders and beauty of it.
Whats the difference between this and other travel blogs you may ask? Well firstly, there are no sponsored contents here. Anything I recommend are things that I have either used/experienced for myself, or i have independently and extensively researched. All the trips that i go on are paid for independently using savings, which is why you’ll also find content on money saving tips, budgeting, and travelling on a limited budget. That being said, I always choose comfort over savings so I don’t necessarily use the cheapest flights or hotels, but rather the most comfortable at my price range.
Secondly, you’ll find a lot of information here on Travelling and mental health. One of the main reasons why I enjoy travelling so much is for the many health benefits that I have personally experienced from it. I have experienced periods of low mood, anxiety and feeling burnt out in the past, and whenever I was at my lowest, there was nothing quite like travelling and experiencing somewhere new to bring everything back into focus. I’m not saying it’s a cure, but it can push you out of your comfort zone, stimulate and inspire your mind with new experiences, people etc, bring about self reflection/self realisation by giving you some time to think, and it can just be great fun. Also, as a black person living in London, it’s an effective way to get some much needed vitamin D
I have an interest in the brain and mental health, and I even went as far as majoring in Clinical Neuroscience, behavioural medicine, and psychology and Psychiatry of the mind during my final year of my undergraduate degree. So be assured that I share information with a level of understanding. For those interested, I will also be launching another blog, on being a black woman in STEM, getting into medical school, graduate entry medicine, study tips, and life as a medical student. Studying medicine as a second degree has given me a unique perspective and understanding into the subject. And as it my second time studying a higher level degree, I feel I have learnt what helps and what doesn’t in regards to studying efficiently, and student life and i want to share tips and things that worked for me, and could possibly also work for you. Thank you for visiting,
The Nubian Traveller