There are many benefits to having points and miles in your back pocket. However, one of the immediate benefits of having points and miles is subsidizing expensive travel.
Consider this, if you plan a trip from the United States to anywhere in Africa, the flight alone will cost you $1000. Yes, there are exceptions like buying your ticket on a third-party website 8 months in advance, departing mid-week from New York City, making two (or more) connections and staying at least a week for the opportunity to buy a $700 ticket. But let’s hope that your plans don’t change because the airline will happily penalize you with a $500 (I’m exaggerating…sort of) fee for changing your ticket.
The fact is the majority of us don’t live in NYC and don’t know what we are doing next week, let alone, 8 months from now so spending $1000 is a critical decision.
AFRICA IS LIT!
One of my main goals this year (and the immediate future) is using my miles and points to see various parts of Africa. I have visited quite a few of the countries in Northern Africa (e.g. Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, etc.) and many of the countries in Southern Africa (e.g. South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, etc.) and they were some of best trips I’ve ever taken. Unfortunately, they don’t receive the praise and coverage they deserve.
Given the costly flight prices for arriving in Africa, it’s understandable why most people are unaware the these gems and ultimately never visit.
FASHION : MUSIC : FOOD : CULTURE
Last year, I read about an awesome cultural festival, called Afrochella, that celebrated and exposed the rich arts of the African continent to new audiences. The inaugural, one-day cultural festival took place in 2017 in Accra Ghana and had, approximately, 4500 attendees from around the world. A year later (2018), the festival welcomed more than 12,000 attendees.
You may have seen a few famous faces last year in the mix…
With performers, food, and attractions, Afrochella is not so different from California’s annual Coachella Festival, except for one very important note: it’s created by black people.
If you’ve ever been to Coachella, a space where individuality and cultural expression are generally encouraged, being a black person in that space can sometimes be uncomfortable. So attending Afrochella really speaks to my heart.
Additionally, Ghana’s President Nan Akufo-Addo declared 2019 as the “Year of the Return of the African Diaspora” and encouraged anyone of African descent to make the journey as 2019 marks the 400th year since the first slave ship left west Africa.
To be honest, I’m not sure what to expect but I do know this:
WHAT? Afrochella Festival
WHEN? 29thDecember 2019, 12:00p – 8:00 pm.
WHERE? El-Wak Sports Stadium
WHY? IT’S A CELEBRATION!
… and I will be there!
Note: There are various routes to arrive in Accra, however, if you’re in (or near) Washington D.C. or New York, South African Airways and Delta have direct flights to Accra (ACC), respectively. Personally, I am considering making this part of a larger trip but as time gets closer, I will post about my progress.
Have you ever been to Ghana? If so, what was your experience? Have you heard of Afrochella prior to now?