My sister and I started the Take A Leap Webseries after we were introduced to several Black-American expats living abroad. And when we decided to visit those countries, we would meet them, and simply video their responses to our questions. The concept was relatively untapped at the start in 2012, and our innovative style even got us an invite to the Oscars Red Carpet in 2013. But now you'll find a vast number of Black-Americans living abroad posting blogs, videos, snapchats, instagrams, and writing books. There are even travel groups that are full-fledged for-profit businesses.
I'm known to get my best ideas when I'm away from home. Sometimes its simply in my car en-route to work, and other times when I'm in the friendly skies. I took notice recently that I belong to a number of travel networks. Many are on social media, and others through subscribed blogs. However, the topics can be varied, easily veer off travel, and I would get "lost" in finding relevant connections. I've also taken notice that in addition to dishing out advice on travel, people continuously question my healthy eating habits. This realization hit me and my sister, and after a short discussion of opportunities that will incorporate our love to talk travel and healthy foods, we decided to start our own travel&food-related network or community. The initial thought was to build a for-profit travel network in our current city, but when I sent out a survey and the results were a little lackluster than anticipated, another idea surfaced.
We would go back to our humble beginning and blog weekly. We would ask family and friends to "freely join" the community by simply responding to posts and sharing with friends. We would then expand its reach by introducing people that we meet during our travels to the website and blog community. In due time, we'll expand to a Travel Chops Webseries. And then get picked-up by some major network like The Travel Channel. Seem simple enough.... :-)
Rhonda & Sharee Washington