Is Budapest Safe? Solo Travel? Being Black?
Yes, yes, and yes! I get asked weekly if not daily if it is safe in Budapest. Budapest is the capital city of Hungary, so just like every major city in the world you have to travel smart. With that said, I can only tell you my experiences in Budapest. There are good sides of towns and bad sides of town, as a tourist you wouldn’t in a million years see the bad sides of town… you’ll be in the city center. So overall you are safe as a solo traveler. But again, be smart. If the alley is too dark, pick another street. If it doesn’t feel right, then its not right.
I’ve had nothing but positive experiences in this country. Yes there are stares, but its stares of curiosity and not hate. This is an Eastern European country so there aren’t as many people of different ethnicities like black, asian, indian, etc. So you may be the only person of color on the tram, or 1 of 3 people of color in a square, but its not that big of a deal. This city is screaming for diversity, and most welcome it with open arms. Come one, come all! Hey, I’m raising my daughter here. Here’s a blog I wrote on the topic! Don’t forget to check out my insta-memories in Budapest about “Being Black In Budapest.”
Where can I get my hair done? Can I find black hair products
Okay, so although I have solutions for you. It is still an overall interesting task for us kinky haired sisters. I’ve only had my hair cornrowed once in Budapest. She did a good job and even came to my house. I usually wear a weave, and crazy enough I’ve been back to the states every couple of months to just get my hair done there.
Here in Budapest I have found a lady who sells hair products a la carte (home business). There is a facebook group of women who can braid, weave, make wigs, etc. Once you join the group you just have to message the entire group what you want and then the ladies who can do it, will tag themselves or DM you. It seems as if you go to their home or they can come to you in some instances. There is the Afro Beauty Center that is a shop but I’ve heard mixed reviews. Like you have to be specific with the styling that you want, and pricing seemed to change a bit depending on length of hair, thickness, etc. There is Premium Locks and Totally Smitten who are also wig makers who I found on instagram. A Braider who solely does braids. Men, click here if you want to get a good shape up.
I wish there was an easier way to navigate this hair situation, but it seems to be a work in progress. I suggest, you stock up on your favorite products. Or spend the money importing them. Trial and error on your hair is never fun, but start with something simple and let me know how it goes.
Where Have you Traveled?
France: Paris, Marseille, Nice, Avignon, Toulouse
Netherlands : Amsterdam
Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, Girona
Italy: Naples, Rome, Pompei, Florence, Venice
Hungary: Budapest, Bük, Eger, Esztergom, Visegrad
Greece: Athens, Santorini, Crete Mykonos, Meteora
Croatia: Split, Plitvice Lakes, Dubrovnik, Zagreb
Romania: Bucharest, Constanta
Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Cruised through the waters
North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia, New York, Seattle, Maryland, Colorado, California, Chicago, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, Philadelphia
I am currently based in Budapest, Hungary and traveling often. I’m currently focused on creating meaningful content for my channel and the brands I work with.
How can you afford to travel so much?
I have family that works in the airline industry, so I am able to travel for free or cheap. Free, sounds great but it always comes at a cost. I am always on standby and will only get on a plane if there is a seat available. I'm usually the very last person to board, and am unsure if I will make a flight. This makes for longer travel days. Yes, it's cheaper, but more complicated. I do not recommend this option for everyone because this type of travel is made for the patient. In all honesty, I make it a priority. I travel on a budget – I’m not staying at nice hotels or going out to eat. I’m probably cooking at home, or eating out with the locals in a budget-friendly restaurant.
What do you do for work?
I work for a Production/ Post Production company remotely. I take my laptop with me all over the world, find a quiet spot with great internet, and do a variety of tasks for my company. From social media managing, website maintenance, building reels, business development, and more! Although I only work 25 hours a week, I am able to spend my efforts on my channel in hopes of making this my sole income.
Do you make money from your blog?
Yes, but not a ton. This website contains affiliate links. What that means is if I link you to a product and you buy something, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you. I only post about products that I stand behind, and am always honest about what I think. I choose not to place ads on this blog because I hate clutter.
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