Jessica is a Detroit-born Ugandan-American who got her start with traveling when she was just four years old, and in October 2019, she became the first Black Woman to travel to every country in the world.
Jessica is a cultural ambassador, writer, photographer, travel expert and entrepreneur, whose work is about changing the travel narrative and making the travel space more inclusive. She is the founder and CEO of The Catch, a lifestyle brand featuring goods acquired during her global adventures.
Jessica is committed to raising cultural awareness and encourages people to think positively about other countries and the world at large, so that we don’t miss out on opportunities to have amazing experiences with our neighbours.
In March 2019, she was named one of the 30 Most Powerful Women in Travel by Conde Nast Traveler.
Jessica is currently working on her first book, to be published by National Geographic in May 2022.
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Being a liver and lover of life
Being known as the first Black woman to travel to all 195 countries in the world
Being a Global Citizen
Growing up in Detroit, Michigan
Travelling a lot as a family
Going to Canada when she was 4
Wanting to become a lawyer when she was younger
Getting into travel and wanting to be an entrepreneur
Working and living all over the world
Figuring things out on her own
Turning 25 and spending 9 months travelling
What draws her to travel
Being curious about the world and finding beauty in the mundane
Magical moment with people while travelling
Planning and paying for the travel
Making space for travel
Being location independent and working for herself
Doing a Go Fund Me and raising $28,000
Dealing with burnout from travel
Having a home base in Detroit
How 2020 made Jessica appreciate stillness
Top tips for women who want to travel more
Why you should just go
Corey Lee @CurbFreeCorylee
Her biggest challenge while travelling
Swimming with Wales in Tonga
Visiting high risk countries….
Travelling with open, positive energy
Travel routines and what a typical day looks like
Writing a book about her travel experiences
100 stories - 100 countries being published by National Geographic in 2022
Dealing with Covid and not being able to travel
Visiting the last country
Completing her challenge!
Spending time in Uganda
Enjoying solo travel
Wanting to settle down at some point
Practical advice for women
How to follow along with Jessica
What’s behind the website name…
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