Welcome To Passports & Grub
My name is Tomiko Harvey, I am the founder/editor of Passports and Grub, a luxury lifestyle publication for Black women, Conference Director for TBEX North America, Vice President of the Black Travel Alliance, and I am also an SEO Strategist who helps both brands and creators understand the power of SEO at Tomiko Harvey.com
My mission is to redefine the narrative surrounding women over 40 and travel. I aim to break the stereotypes and societal expectations that may discourage women from pursuing their dreams of exploration. I believe that travel is a form of self-care, personal growth, and empowerment, and we want to inspire and guide women in their journey to experience the world on their own terms.
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Your journey begins here. Welcome to Passports and Grub!
Why a Travel Blog
I am a self-confessed lover of food, cocktails, and different cultures. I love to slowly immerse myself in other cultures by spending time with locals, eating where they eat, or simply just trying to understand someone else’s point of view.
As a Black Travel Blogger, it is important that Black travelers are represented in the travel industry that is white-washed and does not market to Black folk.
Do I have a bucket list? Yes, I do but travel for me is not about just checking off an item and quickly moving on to the next destination – I don’t find this kind of travel fulfilling.
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I like to travel slowly, to experience different cultures, and to learn from them and this will help me become not only a better human but the absolute Best Travel blogger out there and assist me in creating kick ass stories and content for my clients!
This website has been featured on major media sites repeatedly because I give the best travel & beauty advice for women over 50. Here are just of a few featured publications you can find me in: Public Relations Society of America, Urbaanite, TBEX, Africa Travel News, Huffington Post,Yahoo News, IMM TravMedia, J/PR Public Relations, Black Southern Belle, USA Today, and Stratgic Vision,
Traveling With My Family
Travel exposes families to different cultures, customs, and perspectives. Experiencing diverse environments and interacting with people from different backgrounds can promote understanding, empathy, and appreciation for differences. This exposure encourages family members to be open-minded and accepting, ultimately strengthening their relationships.
Family travel can be an opportunity to establish traditions and rituals unique to your family. Whether it’s a specific destination you visit every year or a special activity you do together, these traditions create a sense of identity and reinforce the family bond.
Shared travel experiences often become cherished memories that family members can reminisce about for years to come. These shared memories can serve as a foundation for creating a strong family identity and can contribute to a sense of belonging and connection.
Despite the fact James and I both have full-time careers – My husband is also the photographer for Passports and Grub, Madison, and my beautiful 16-year-old daughter is my social media manager.
My family travels extensively because travel is a way of life for us and I want my daughter to be exposed to other cultures and to understand there is a big ole world out there maybe she will take over my travel blog in a few years or maybe her mom will be the first African American Travel Blogger with a show on the OWN Network!
YESSSS, I am speaking that thang into existence! If y’all know Oprah, give her my number.
Travel Nurtures Your Marriage
I think that there’s no better way to refresh yourself than to take a vacation away from work and the daily grind of everyday life.
James and I are committed to taking at least one vacation annually that is just for pleasure and not for the travel blog.
Traveling together allows you and your spouse to create shared memories and experiences. Exploring new places, trying new activities, and overcoming challenges together can strengthen your bond and create a sense of camaraderie.
Travel Nurtures Your Marriage
Traveling often provides an opportunity to spend quality time with your spouse without the distractions of everyday life. Away from work, household chores, and other responsibilities, you can focus on each other and deepen your connection.
Traveling often allows for more relaxed and intimate moments with your spouse. Whether it’s enjoying a romantic dinner, strolling hand in hand through a picturesque city, or simply sharing a quiet moment in a beautiful setting, these experiences can deepen your emotional connection.
Traveling can also provide a break from routine and offer a chance to rediscover each other. Away from the demands and stress of everyday life, you may find yourselves more open and receptive to new aspects of your spouse’s personality, interests, and desires.
Don’t Let Age Stop You From Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
I am here to provide you inspiration and convince you not to wait until you retire to get out and see the world and that you can balance a life of travel, have a career, and be one helluva parent without missing a beat.
Age should never be a barrier to experiencing new places and embarking on adventures. Traveling can be a fulfilling and enriching experience, regardless of one’s age.