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Oneika Raymond
Oneika Raymond is a high school teacher, polyglot, and travel junkie who has traveled to nearly 70 countries on 6 continents. Originally from Canada, she is a serial expat who has lived in France, Mexico, and the UK. She currently calls Hong Kong home. An adventurer who is always in the midst of planning her next trip, Oneika has, amongst other things, trekked in Nepal, sailed in Croatia, and gone on safari in Tanzania. Her travel writing has been featured in number of online publications, including National Geographic Traveler and American Airlines' Black Atlas.

Follow Oneika's travels around the world at and on Twitter at @OneikaTraveller.

Entries by Oneika Raymond

How We Did the Maldives on the Cheap

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 10:29 AM

Come on, dream with me for a moment. Imagine you're on a beach. You're lying in a hammock, body as loose and floppy as a rag doll.  The soft strains of playful island music kisses your ears, its provenance indeterminable.  Your skin is warm to the touch -- the sun gilds...

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Yes, Black Folks Do Travel: Oneika the Traveller in Bangkok, Thailand (VLOG)

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 4:46 PM

Where are all the black travel vloggers at? Inspired by the lack of melanin in the travel vlogs in my Youtube feed, as well as by my recently acquired selfie stick, I decided to vlog my weekend trip to Thailand. Despite being slightly awkward on camera (even more so when...

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7 Tips for Traveling as a Couple

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 4:46 PM

He had me at hello "I backpacked solo through Asia for two months."

I knew that my husband Liebling and his itchy feet were a perfect match for me early on in our relationship. On our first date, we talked about life as expats, counting extended stints in Hong...

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Musings on Traveling While Black

(6) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 1:09 PM


I've been thinking a lot about race and travel lately.

You see, a post I wrote on Italy a while back got a lot of attention -- namely for my apparent misguided use of the term "pitch black"...

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Why I'm Sounding More British by the Day

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 12:38 PM

The change crept up on me slowly, unceremoniously, just as stealthily and sneakily as a cat.

While I haven't done a  full-blown Madonna (she was heavily derided for her sudden faux-British brogue after spending some time in the UK), this here Canadian's English is now peppered with British-isms.


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What Travelling to 66 Countries Has Taught Me

(13) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 6:14 PM

While I don't covet passport stamps and don't really pay attention to my little blue book anymore, I hit a travel milestone a couple of weeks ago that I couldn't ignore. My trip to Montenegro and Bosnia marked the 65th and 66th countries I've set foot in: a fact that...

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Chinese Foods to Try in Hong Kong

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 10:00 AM

I'll say it: Chinese food scares me. Chinese food, with its heavy sauces, mystery meats, and difficult-to-pronounce names makes me uneasy. I lived in Hong Kong for two years and shied away from it -- I'm just a grilled cheese and scrambled egg kinda girl. However, on my

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9 Things You Should Know Before Traveling to Asia

(7) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 3:08 PM

Planning a trip to Asia?  There are some things you should know.

I lived in Hong Kong for two years, from 2009 to 2011. I...

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Is The Media Stopping You From Traveling the World?

(6) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 7:17 AM

When I told my family and friends I was moving to Mexico for a year, there was an audible gasp. "Don't get shot, " one friend told me, only half-joking.

Time and time again I would take a deep breath before explaining that Mexico is a large country and only...

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My Top 5 Travel Pet Peeves

(5) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 7:36 PM

Travel can be transformative, exhilarating... and at times, ridiculously annoying. While I typically write about the sunshine-y aspects of travel (I'm just a rainbows and roses kinda gal), there's a whole spate of ish that positively annoys me to no end.

Read on as I rhyme off my top...

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9 Reasons Low Cost Airlines May Not Be Worth It

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Let's be honest. Travel can be horrifically expensive, particularly airfare. The proliferation of low-cost air carriers, then, has been a godsend for most travellers.  The ones I've used in Europe have been bountiful in terms of cheap travel deals, especially since I live in London, a major travel hub. This year...

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Lithuania: The Hill of Crosses

(11) Comments | Posted October 7, 2012 | 11:02 AM

Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, it appears: a mound thick with crosses of all shapes and sizes and colours, imposing and almost garish in design and number (it is estimated there are at least 100,000 of them). The place: northern Lithuania. The site: the Hill of Crosses. For...

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Controversy, Ethics & Bull Running in Pamplona, Spain: Why I Ran With the Bulls, Why You May Not

(4) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 10:17 PM

In travel, just as in life, one has to make choices. Last week I chose to run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. You may think that doing so makes me crazy... and cruel. Because while bull running and bullfighting have their roots in Spain, their continued existence...

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Tips for Improving Your Hostel Experience

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 6:10 PM

Do you stay in hostels? If not, would you? Why or why not?

I recently posed this question to some of my readers and was surprised by the range of...

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How To Do Paris Quickly And Cheaply

(29) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 2:01 PM

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A Day Trip To Atlantis' Aquaventure Water Park In Dubai (PHOTOS)

(5) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 8:00 AM

When I was asked if I wanted to visit Atlantis, The Palm's Aquaventure water park in Dubai, I said yes without hesitation. Then I remembered that I can't swim. Oops.

You see, the story goes something like this: nearly 20 years ago, I almost drowned (coincidentally at a water...

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A Different Side Of Dubai (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 8:00 AM

We decided to begin our Dubai explorations with a visit to the oldest part of the city. Driving in our little rented car from our gorgeous hotel, The Pullman, which sits in the jaw-dropping Mall of the Emirates, we braved busy highways as we set off on foot.


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9 Tips for the Solo Female Traveller (PHOTOS)

(39) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 8:00 AM

The most frequently asked question I get is how I afford to travel. The second? My tips for solo female travel.

I reluctantly did my first solo trip in 2007 to Zacatecas, Mexico.  I had just moved to Monterrey, Mexico to start a new...

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Afternoon Tea At The Burj Al Arab (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 8:00 AM

We feel woefully inadequate as we hand the keys to our rented Ford hatchback to the valet in front of the Burj Al Arab, the most luxurious hotel in the world. Around us is a flurry of activity as guests and valets drop off and hand back extravagant vehicles...

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How I Afford to Travel

(22) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 7:00 AM

In Guatemala last summer
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