Voyage Interview: Travel Blogger Tia Montana

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Travel bloggers have been forced to take a vacation from traveling due to the pandemic, but they have found some unique ways to stay busy. We were able to sit down with travel blogger, Tia Montana to hear about what activities have been occupying her time in quarantine. Tia has traveled to over 30 countries and she is sharing some of her best-traveling memories and advice with Melanin Voyage readers.

Tell us a little about yourself! 

Sure, my name is Tia and I was born in Jamaica and raised in Maryland. I currently reside in South Florida now and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon! I received my master’s in accounting and have been working in that industry for 4 years now. To date, I’ve traveled to 33 countries. Although I’ve been traveling for a while now, I just started taking my blog seriously and documenting all of my travels. Check it out at

Tell us how your passion for travel started

I’ve been traveling since the age of 3 but I really started enjoying it just a few years ago in August of 2014. I and 2 other friends decided on taking a trip to Europe. We went to Paris, Barcelona, and Rome for 3 days each. The experience was amazing!

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How do you afford to travel so much, so often? 

I have a savings account that is specifically for traveling. So that at any given time when I find a great deal, I can just book it with no worries.

What tips can you provide to our readers about maximizing your trips and seeing multiple locations? 

I would definitely take advantage of long layovers! This is the best time to go out and explore another city or country. For example, on my way to and from Croatia, there was a 17-hour layover in Turkey. This is when time management is crucial because the last thing you want to do is miss your flight exploring somewhere other than your final destination!

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What is the worst travel experience that you’ve had? How did you overcome the situation?

Hmmm… Well, I almost missed my international flight from Madrid to Miami and that was terrifying! We were on a connecting flight from Barcelona to Madrid to Miami. The flight to Madrid was severely delayed and once we got there we had to run all the way to the other side of the airport and take one of those train/shuttle things. I’ve never been so out of breath and tired in my life, BUT I MADE IT! I don’t know what would have happened if I missed my flight and I don’t want to know.

If you had to pick any place in the world to go for just 24 hours, where would you go?

This is hard because I want to be able to explore for more than 24 hours, but I would go to Cappadocia, Turkey! Three words, hot air balloons.

What is the best travel memory you’ve had and what was the best part of it?

There are so many but bike riding in Brazil, Barcelona, Thailand, and Portugal, and the best part is just being with your friends exploring a new country together.

What are you doing to keep yourself busy since you can’t travel right now? 

I am working on a few projects that I’ve always wanted to start. And definitely working out to keep sane.

Voyage Interview: Travel Blogger Tia Gayle

How do you take a vacation from being a travel blogger?

This is a good question. My answer: you don’t. The thing is, that I don’t want to take a vacation from my passion. I really enjoy taking pictures and videos of my travels. It’s not a job for me. Even when I tell myself and others around me, “OK, today I’m not capturing any content…I just want to live in the present moment” …no one actually believes me and I don’t believe me myself and that’s because {for me} capturing photos and videos IS living in the present moment!

Where is the first place that you plan to travel to when the borders open back up?

Hmm… I’m really not sure exactly where I’ll end up. I love traveling and I miss it a lot but I’m also not in a hurry to get back out there just yet. In a few months maybe I’ll be in St. Lucia or maybe Greece

What are you doing to stay positive through the current situation going on in the world?

I am working out daily, getting my vitamin D outside, eating healthier, meditating, and working on projects that I always had too little time for.

Did you have to cancel or postpone any travel plans due to COVID-19?

No, luckily I didn’t. The last trip I took was my birthday trip to Tulum in January. I had nothing planned after. Although I did purchase a flight to DC for $38 (because it was SO cheap) at the beginning of March because of COVID-19, 5 days later we had the mandatory lockdown!

Have you ever had to deal with any racial issues while traveling?

In a certain country, my friend and I felt very uncomfortable when exploring the city because of all the mean stares we were getting. We ended up meeting a very nice local who we expressed concern to and he said they more than likely have never seen us (black women) in person before.

What are your goals for your travel blog/career in the long run?

I’d like to continue to give travel tips, itineraries, and recommendations to my fellow travelers out there and to continue to inspire people to step out of their comfort zone and explore the beautiful world around us. I’d also like to partner with travel brands and hotel brands for their campaigns.

What are your social media handles?

IG: @SunkissedComplexion

Facebook: SunkissedComplexion

Pinterest: Sunkissedcomplexion

Blog: Sunkissedcomplexion

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