Episode 7: Traveling, Experiencing New Cultures - Catch Flights Not Feelings

Traveling has been a huge part of our lives, and the same deserves to be said for you. Whether you’re an avid traveler or not so much, we’re discussing the importance of traveling, and dropping some travel gems on how to do it right and have hella fun, but be detailed enough to maximize your cultural experiences.


Great Travel Crystals

Crystals come with great restoring and healing properties for everyday living. Whether you need more confidence or recently went through something traumatic, there is a crystal out there for you. When it comes to travel, we know one of the main concerns for black and brown travelers can be safety. Well, there are plenty of crystals whose intentions are to protect.

  • Amethyst is an all-purpose crystal that assist you with your spiritual journey, by protecting your spirit from negative energy. It can also help with anxiety and encourages you to be adventurous.

  • Moonstone is a crystal with a reputation for traveling. It can bring you comfort on the days when you’re missing home and protection when traveling over water.

  • Malachite aka guardian stone for travelers because it helps protect you from danger. Its also a good stone that can help with flying fears and jet leg.

  • Rhodonite provides great emotional balance, which is great during trips because things can get stressful. The stone also is aligned with the root chakra helping you feel grounded

Be sure to cleanse all crystals regularly are some tend to absorb negative energy more than others.

7 Yoga Poses for Traveling

Child’s Pose

Kneel on the floor. Touch your big toes together and sit on your heels, then separate your knees about as wide as your hips. Exhale and lay your torso down between your thighs. Broaden your sacrum across the back of your pelvis and narrow your hip points toward the navel, so that they nestle down onto the inner thighs. Lengthen your tailbone away from the back of the pelvis while you lift the base of your skull away from the back of your neck. Lay your hands on the floor alongside your torso, palms up, and release the fronts of your shoulders toward the floor. Feel how the weight of the front shoulders pulls the shoulder blades wide across your back. This is a resting pose. Stay anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes. Beginners can also use Balasana to get a taste of a deep forward bend, where the torso rests on the thighs. Stay in the pose from 1 to 3 minutes. To come up, first lengthen the front torso, and then with an inhalation lift from the tailbone as it presses down and into the pelvis.


Dangle Pose

Separate your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees, and bring your chest to your thighs. Fold forward, grab opposite elbows, and settle into this pose for two to three minutes. While this pose may resemble Standing Forward Bend(Uttanasana), which is an active stretch of the hamstrings, the goal in this yin pose is to dangle the upper body for a longer period of time to help release the lower back.


Hamstring Release and Chest Opening: Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

From Tadasana, step your left foot back and turn your foot in at about 45 degrees. Hinge at your waist to reach your right hand to your right ankle as you extend your left arm skyward. Let your gaze follow. Keep reaching through your lifted fingertips to find opening through your chest. Rotate your chest and outer hip upward, and keep your knees soft. Press the right thigh bone back to find release in the hamstrings.


Low Lunge with Shoulder and Chest Opener

Bend deeply through your back knee so that it hovers a few inches off the ground, and draw your clasped palms beyond your tailbone as you lift through your chest. Feel your collarbones broadening as your heart opens, and continue squeezing the shoulder blades together. Lift your chin slightly and smile, because this feels really, really good.


Warrior II

From Prayer Twist, press your back foot down to a 45-degree angle and cartwheel open to Warrior II: separate the legs a bit more, and move to square hips. Reach arms out strong.


Pumping Warrior

Get your heart rate up and your blood flowing with Pumping Warrior. From Warrior II, straighten out your bent leg, reach your arms overhead and press your palms together. Squeeze and release your muscles to your bones with the inhale and exhale, and come back to Warrior II. Repeat the pumping motion 3 times.


Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend

Lower down from Standing Split and come back to Warrior II. Straighten your legs, take your feet parallel, inhale your arms overhead, and exhale down into a wide forward fold. Grab your big toes with your Peace fingers, rotate your elbows out to the sides, and stretch the crown of your head down to the floor.


YOUR STAY: Pros/ cons to resort stays vs. local experiences



  • Not many activities to do can feel like a routine

  • Not all, all-inclusives are adults only

  • All things that are not included tend to cost a lot more money for activities that only last about 2-5 hours(varies on the excursion)

  • Food/bar places not open 24/7, so you have to follow the schedule

  • Food doesn’t always have the true culture aspect as they have to cater to a lot of people

  • Can cause anxiety to stay someplace foreign


  • All inclusive- free drinks and food for the whole stay

  • Usually Beachfront and pool provided by the resort

  • Great for relaxation because its everything is already provided

  • Have some free excursions available with stay

Local Experience


  • You get to experience the country like a local would

  • Authentic food and drinks

  • Being around locals provide you with a better sense of the culture

  • Tours and excursions won’t be as pricey as the ones at the resort


  • Paying for food and drinks daily

  • Can cause anxiety to stay someplace foreign in neighborhoods you don’t know

  • Can be misled by locals who know you are a foreigner

PLANNING YOUR STAY: Always coordinate an itinerary

Things to always include:

  • Flights Arrival and Departure details

  • The address of where you’re staying

  • All the things you want to see already planned for which day you want to see them


How to get your passport:

Whether you’ve never had a passport or need to renew one, the process is pretty much the same. Here's a list of what you’ll need:

a 5”-7” photo of you- can be done at CVS, or any place that says passport photo.

Proof of citizenship- Your original birth / naturalization certificate or Social security card if you don't have a copy

Photo ID- Drivers License/permit or

Payment Fee (varies depending on needs)

DS-11 Form (new passports https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds11.pdf) or

DS-82 (renewing passport https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds82.pdf) -this form is only used when your passport has recently expired. If your passport is damaged/lost/stolen, issued 15 or more years ago/ before your 16th birthday, filed under a different name and you do not have any proof of the change then you will fill out a DS-11

Local passport acceptance facility such as library, post office, or county courts. Please note some post offices require an appointment. Find some passport acceptance facilities here https://iafdb.travel.state.gov/

It’s good to give yourself enough time to receive your passport as the process can take about 4-6 weeks after your appointment. There are ways you can expedite your passport, but you must provide proof of travel and pay extra, of course. Expedited passports are only allowed for travel done within the next two weeks or immediate life or death emergency.

How to get your NYC ID:

Getting this new ID is swanky for more reasons than one. You can snag deals, get free access to museums, and even board a plane. If you love NYC perks, here’s how to get that ID:

With the IDNYC online portal you can:

- Select your language: English, Español (Spanish), 简化字 (Chinese), Русский язык (Russian), Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole), 한국어 (Korean), বাংলা(Bengali), and لعربية (Arabic).

- Read our application instructions including, eligibility and document requirements.

- Fill out and submit our application form online, so you won’t have to complete any paperwork when you come to the enrollment center for your appointment.

- Select the documents you are going to bring to the enrollment center on the day of your appointment.

- Schedule or reschedule an appointment for an enrollment center.

- Check your application status.

- Send IDNYC a message if you never received your card in the mail.

You can still fill out and submit your application at an enrollment center:

- Confirm you have the correct documents to apply. The IDNYC program uses a point system to determine if applicants are able to prove identity and residency in New York City. You will need three (3) points worth of documents to prove your identity and a one (1) point document to prove your residency. All applicants applying independently must provide photo identification and a document with your date of birth listed. To determine what documents you can submit, use the IDNYC Document Calculator. - If you are also applying for the IDNYC U.S. Veteran Designation, you will need one additional document to prove your veteran status. Consistent with the City of New York’s definition of veteran status, the IDNYC Veteran Designation is available to all veterans who have served in the active military service of the United States and who have been released from such service otherwise than by dishonorable discharge. View the list of documents that IDNYC accepts.

Applications will be available at the Enrollment Centers. Applications are available in more than 25 languages.

Find an enrollment center near you. There are enrollment centers across the City. See the full list of enrollment centers or go to the IDNYC map in order to find directions to the nearest enrollment center. You must apply for your card at an enrollment center with an appointment. HRA will not accept any applications by mail and HRA will not be responsible for any documentation submitted by mail.

The Enrollment Process: When you visit an enrollment center, you will be asked to submit your application and documents proving identity and residency. Your photo will be taken that will be included on the card. All of your original documents will be returned to you immediately when the enrollment process is complete. Your IDNYC card will be mailed to your home in 10-14 business days. If you do not have an address or have security concerns about an address appearing on your IDNYC card, you will be able to pick up your card at the Enrollment Center where you applied 15 business days later.


Ife Mathis

On the Go Travel



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