About the Founder, Dia

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I’m a culture-craving travel enthusiast who has explored over 20 countries, studied abroad in Switzerland and Belgium, and taught English in France. 

I’ve stayed in accommodations outside of traditional Western hotel chains, including short and long-term homestays, rentals, and boutique hotels. My passion for immersive travel has led me to value a country’s unique culture over “country collecting.”

As a Black American traveler who started in a predominantly white traveler community, no one trained me for the unique challenges I would face and how to navigate the complexities of being a Black American abroad. I felt envious as I watched my peers lean on their familial networks for travel advice.

While the internet has expansive travel resources, I struggled to connect with the travel bloggers I saw. I felt that they only discussed superficial parts of their experiences and didn’t apply a racial lens. I also became frustrated with the “look at me” aspect and their long narratives. Get to the point, people! 

So, Travel Nitty Gritty provides insights into travel aspects that often go unspoken through the lens of a Black American traveler. We highlight the less glamorous but equally essential parts of travel. The blog focuses less on a single narrative and more on practical steps, road maps, and straightforward lessons. 

Ultimately, Travel Nitty Gritty is a bridge to authentic, unfiltered experiences. The blog is committed to shedding light on unspoken challenges so that fellow travelers, especially those who feel unrepresented in the travel community, can feel more supported during their travels.

-Dia