By Ann Brown
To say Jessica Nabongo likes to travel would be a major understatement. She’s trying to be the first Black woman to visit every country–and she’s well on her way. The former UN employee turned travel blogger isn’t looking so much to get her name in the record books as she wants to promote world travel by women and people of color.
After working as a pharmaceutical executive in Detroit, she realized there had to be more to life. So she hit the road. First, she taught English in Japan, then attended grad school at the London School of Economics. Later she took a job at the United Nations, which led her to Benin and Italy. She even founded a boutique travel agency, Global Jet Black. But still, the travel itch didn’t go away.
So she decided to travel to the 195 UN member countries and observing states, which includes the Vatican and Palestine. “She has 89 to go, before her self-imposed deadline of May 15, 2019, which is also her 35th birthday,” Forbes reported.