How This 2x Expat And News Reporter Traveled The World As A Fulbright Fellow In The DR And Colombia

In episode 19, I interview Stephanie Claytor. Stephanie is the author of Blacktrekking: My Journey Living in Latin America a riveting, coming-of-age story profiling Stephanie’s decision to move to a foreign country by herself not just once but twice. From the time Stephanie was a baby, she spent summers on family vacations exploring the United States with her family. As she became an adult, she made the decision to live abroad, and learn Spanish. From love and heartbreak, to violence, culture shock and exploration of racial identity, Stephanie details her time blossoming into an adult while living in the Dominican Republic and Colombia. This moving travel memoir weaves in tips for how to stay safe while living abroad, as well as how to have a good time and maximize the experience.

A naturally inquisitive storyteller and an award-winning multimedia reporter by trade, who has worked at numerous television stations across the United States, Stephanie put her journalism skills to work and shares never heard before interviews from displaced Colombians and from members of maroon communities. She intertwines the stories of others, who have fought for years to be recognized. Many of her adventures will have you laughing and reflecting, while simultaneously inspiring you to walk away with a greater understanding of Dominican and Colombian culture.

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