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January 16, 2024

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December 28th, 2023

Ninety9 at Protea Skyz Hotel


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June 15th, 2022

New York City
Barnes and Noble Union Square

June 16th, 2022

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June 20th, 2022

Washington DC
Four Seasons

June 23rd, 2022

Green Street Studio
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July 2nd, 2022

New Orleans
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July 7th, 2022

Los Angeles
Barnes and Noble at The

July 11th, 2022

Oakland, CA
Sweet July

August 15th, 2022

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For armchair travelers or readers planning a trip around the globe, this arresting collection will awe and inspire!

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About the Book

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Beautifully illustrated with many of Nabongo’s own photographs, the book documents her remarkable experiences in each country, including:

  • A harrowing scooter accident in Nauru, the world’s least visited country,
  • Seeing the life and community swarming around the Hazrat Ali Mazar mosque in Afghanistan,
  • Horseback riding and learning to lasso with Black cowboys in Oklahoma,
  • Playing dominoes with men on the streets of Havana,
  • Learning to make traditional takoyaki (octopus balls) from locals in Japan,
  • Dog sledding in Norway and swimming with humpback whales in Tonga,
  • A late night adventure with strangers to cross a border in Guinea Bissau,
  • And sunbathing on the sandy shores of Los Roques in Venezuela.

Along with beloved destinations like Peru and South Africa, you’ll also find tales from far-flung corners and seldom visited destinations, including Tuvalu, North Korea, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic. Nabongo’s stories are love letters to diversity, beauty, and culture―and most of all, to the people she meets along the way. Throughout, she offers bucket-list experiences for other travel-lovers looking to follow in her footsteps.

This Post Has 38 Comments
  1. I wanted to go to most countries but some countries are harder to get into like North Korea and some other ones.

  2. I recently learned of your global peregrinations and immediately bought your book! Inspirational! A fellow traveler until 2020 and retired geography educator I look forward to seeing you someday In northern New Mexico, Santa Fe or Taos. A kindred spirit.

  3. Hi Jessica – Looking forward to catching you tomorrow evening in Chicago. Have had the opportunity to see Kilimanjaro, Everest, Pamplona, and now plotting to run the Bhutan Dragon Marathon in 2023 (or 4). Would love to hear any Bhutan experiences tomorrow. Thank you for hitting Chicago.

  4. Have you planned any Canadian tour dates? Look forward to ordering your book. Congratulations on such a momentous achievement😊

  5. I just purchased my Tix/Book for Chicago!
    🙂 One of the few events I’ve planned to attend this Summer…#SummertimeCHI
    Travel is LIFE <3

  6. Hello Jessica!

    Congratulations on the launch of your book. Thank you for sharing your travel experiences and inspiring more of us to get out there and see the world. I’m looking forward to reading your book , looking at all 300 of the pictures, and buying a copy for my mother and partner.

    Is there a stop in Texas (specifically San Antonio) scheduled on your tour?

    I’m the Executive Editor of JOY Magazine, a travel and lifestyle magazine, that highlights the full spectrum of travel for today’s Black millennial traveler.

    I would love to discuss the opportunity for a cover feature for our Fall issue? How should we get in contact with your team?

    – Leroy A.

  7. I ordered your book and look forward to reading it cover to cover. I am a black female traveler, who is really curious about how blacks/females are treated in Asian and other countries outside of the Caribbean and South America. I also look forward to reading your travel tips.

  8. Hi! I’m excited to learn more about your travels! Maybe you could add a stop in Sacramento, but I’ll see if I can make it to Oakland!

  9. I will be traveling from Nashville, TN to New Orleans July 2nd. Super excited for you.

      1. I received your book today and have already started reading! Incredible story and beautiful pictures! Please come to Atlanta,GA next time. I’ll be in New Orleans for the Essence festival and hope to catch your book signing. Thank you for sharing your story.

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