This year Nomadness Travel Tribe is changing it up and taking their yearly conference/festival to the West Coast; Oakland, California to be exact! The festival entitled, “The Audacity Fest,” is a day-long, interactive festival for travelers of color. We’ve attended travel festivals worldwide; however, a travel festival geared towards travelers of color is the first of its kind, and hopefully it won’t be the last.
Nomadness is covering the gamut of travel interests by including activities and speakers across six verticals: Culinary, Self-Care, Immersive, Adventure, Budget, and Luxury. To speak to the Black travel experience, they’ve invited speakers including Oneika Raymond, Tiffany Aliche, Jayne Ingram, Dr. Maytha Alhassen, Tamika Malloy, Kifah Shah, Jubril Agoro, Libryia Jones, Gloria Atanmo and many more!
Oneika Raymond is a veteran travel blogger, and we’ve been following Oneika The Traveller for years. She was even a featured writer in our book, #BlackTravel Anthology. However, she has leveled up her travel game immensely in 2017/18 and witnessing the trajectory of her career has been a pleasure. Not only did she surpass the 100 country mark, but she became a host of the Travel Channel’s digital series Big City, Little Budget and One Bag and You’re Out. She was also featured in Forbes, “The 35-Year-Old Teacher Turned Travel Channel Host Making Six-Figures.”
Tamika Malloy is another speaker we are looking forward to hearing from. She is the Women’s March national co-chair and a strong voice in the gun control movement. Her story, regarding becoming a single mother at 32 after her son’s father was killed, is emotional and compelling and her activism is inspiring.
Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche is another speaker to look for; especially for those looking for more information on balancing the budgets and their travel interests. Ultimately, Evita Robinson, the founder of Nomadness, has ensured that the mix of speakers at The Audacity Fest speaks to the issues concerning travelers of color. You won’t hear these issues at other major travel conferences or festivals.
The festival is being hosted at Jack London Square in Oakland California on September 8th, 2018 and it starts at noon and ends at approximately 7 pm. It is free of charge for general admission, so the opportunity to bring family and friends who likely think you’re crazy for traveling as you do is there. VIP tickets are also available for $150 and include refreshments, gifts, and private festival break out sessions.
Schedule of Events
12:00 PM: Festival Registration Open
12:30 PM- 1:00 PM: AUDACITY Fest Welcome with Founder of NOMADNESS Travel Tribe, Evita Robinson:
1:00P M – 1:40 PM: ‘The Journey to Travel Channel’ w/ Oneika Raymond
1:50 PM – 2:30 PM: ‘Catching Flights While Saving Coins’ w/ Tiffany ‘The Budgetnista’ Aliche
3:20 PM – 4:00 PM: ‘Traveling Under Trump 2.0’ w/ Janaye Ingram of Airbnb/Women’s March on Washington, activist Dr. Maytha Alhassen, Tamika Mallory of the National Action Network, and Kifah Shah of Suki Se.
5:45 PM – 6:15pm: ‘Traveling with PRIDE’ Panel
7:00 PM Festival Wrap Up
As usual, Nomadness is wrapping up their event with an after party that is sure to be amazing! Of course, the party is 21 and over, so you’ll have to take the kiddies home, get fly and come back out. Nonetheless, it should be a night to remember and an opportunity to meet other travelers of color and find your tribe. Access to the after party is $40 and tickets can be purchased at the Audacity Fest site.
We will see you there!