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So in a nutshell its like this, last year I decided I needed and wanted to try something different and do something totally different for my birthday in 2018. I love my homies, friends, family but a party or even nice dinners, well I could do those pre and post my actual Birthday day, I thought No, what I knew I wanted to do since last summer was travel somewhere out of the country, simple as that. While I have been so blessed and fortunate to travel abroad extensively in Europe, So. America, etc., the one place I had never traveled to was the Far East and any part of Asia. Imagine my very pleasant surprise after finding out from Passport Required Trip organizer Darnell Lamont Walker who is amazing at planning different and unique kinds of experiential destination trips around the globe (literally he has been to so many far off places round the world thus far..)that we were headed to Hong Kong, WTF!!!! It was a total of 4 of us and everyone was meeting for the 1st time, on the plane at LAX headed to Hong Kong. The trip did NOT disappoint and when I try to describe it to everyone since I have been back I usually just say it was a 110% perfect trip. From all the places we saw and walked around on the different islands, from Lantau Island, to Hong Kong Island, Macau, to small fishing villages where the people lived simply but happily, to being in the crazy cool metropolis of Hong Kong the metro city itself where certain aspects like the rush hour of people and its subway reminded me of NYC, the energy of the travel never stopped. We ate and ate, man did we eat, but it was all the local food markets and restaurants and the street meats as they were called in the different cities. I have never had so much Dim Sum in my life but loved every minute of it, some of us tried the deep Fried Pigeon (Uh-huh) that was on the menu at restaurants, to Fish Ball that was cooked on the street from the street vendors to some very delicious French toast (go figure..). We saw and walked up to The Big Buddha aka Tian Tan Buddha, and on Hong Kong Island they know how to party till wee hours in the am which is what we did the 1st night after dropping our backpacks off at the place we were staying, it started at the the Hard Rock and on to the many local bars, till the sun was coming up, so much fun. Darnell picked and showed us sights around all of Hong Kong that was a wonderful discovery each and every corner we turned and walked even if wasn't the street we needed to be in, it was fun and we always felt safe as group that if we got a bit lost Darnell and our group effort would get us back to our Main Street which is always what happened. From each day of walking between 8-9miles (an thats no exaggeration)it was an amazing experience combined with the local Hong Kongian people who were always kind and accommodating to us from small villages to the city, I have not a negative thing to say.. not one. I also feel like Aneesha, Shanice and of course Darnell are my new travel friends and extended family as that is how closely and how much we bonded. This trip that Darnell planned for us was special in so many ways for me personally and it just leaves me with a taste to see more of Hong Kong (you only need a Passport for there) to also wanting to see other parts of Asia as well like Japan, Tokyo, Taipei and you name it. Hopefully I will be doing some of those and more with Darnell and the crew with Passport Required, he is simply put a consummate, fun, deliberate and knowledgable travel leader who knew how to make every step on this journey and my Birthday that much more extra special for me personally. I will never forget it, and now where too next lol! Eric B
By Eric Brown for Scenic Route Into Yourself on Feb. 28, 2018
They say the best experiences often arise from engaging in the unexpected. I’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and booked. It was scary at first all the unknown but well worth the risk. I visited places I would have never ventured to on my own & now have beautiful memories. I met some wonderful people, ate amazing food, & learned how to stop being a tourist and be a traveler. I will travel with Passport Required again.
By Melise Smith for The Pursuit of Joy on Feb. 25, 2018
Our time in Peru was an experience to remember. The intimate group of five shared memorable stories, yelled across the table during a great debate and fellowshipped over delicious food. Our adventurous side came out in Huacachina, Peru as we screamed our way down the sand dunes. This is my second trip with PR and they only seem to be getting better. I highly encourage traveling with PR, you won't regret it.
By Ashley Kelley for Where The Sidewalk Ends. on Feb. 02, 2018
It wasn’t until the second or third day of our trip that I asked the obvious question, “how’d you hear about this?”. A GQ article introduced me to passportrequired. It lent credibility to doing all the things that my mom told me not to do, like not giving a stranger a large sum of money for the promise of something great. Travelling solo while black. It’s something “WE” don’t do. But travel and adventure beyond your comfort zone isn’t for any one race or skin tone. It belongs to those willing to embrace it. A few short months after I read the stories on I spent a night sleeping on the floor of international departures at Pearson International with my backpack as a pillow and my jacket as a blanket; I had run a gauntlet and come out the other end a blackpacker. The group was small. Morally supporting a person defying their fear of heights while they climb a mountain overlooking a gorge makes for fast friends. High fives and words of support cost nothing, but can make you a friend in the Lou. We were looking to throw caution to the wind, or off a bridge when necessary. Bungee Jump for $20? Twist my rubber arm! This was exactly what I didn’t know I came for. Offers of Hawaiian Rolls - foolishly declined, Bulk Barn treats and candy I won from an arcade the night before I left sustained me between delicious local meals that we sat and ate together. Nothing really went wrong. When you have zero expectations you can't be disappointed. The run-ins with customs, the closed thermal bath, no one cared. The one sketchy part? The resort we checked into at 3am for a couple hours rest before shuttling off to the airport - that one with the wet bed - at least one of us said a prayer out loud for our uber driver’s return trip. I think we were mostly sketched out by being in such touristy surroundings; And wet bed sheets -- they got changed. Things don’t always go right or as expected. The trip was a reminder that if you commit to having a great time, step out of your box and embrace what's in front of you, nothing can go wrong. We were a family, for better or worse, we had gone through some shit. Laughing, sharing meals, sharing one bathroom -- making necessary bathroom rules. We got to know each other. We asked awkward questions and supported each other through it all; Throwing only as much shade as we knew a person could handle. That IS family. In San Salvador airport a call came out for passengers to give up their seats on our flight. Normally, not an option. But normal had shifted somewhere between sleeping on the ground and jumping off a bridge. Our group tried to take advantage of the upgrade - lounge access and a flight voucher. They only needed one. I learned a hard but valuable lesson, just like with the hawaiian rolls: if you want something and it's being offered, take it - politely or not (preferably politely) don't pass on the opportunities you want. That way when you’re writing your story you can talk all about the sweet taste of adventure, hawaiian rolls, and complimentary airline lounge drinks. Just like that beyond a pink pillar in the distance Darnell disappeared like a genie, wishes of travel and adventure being granted. In short, pay the man offering you the magic beans. It’s worth it! The money I sent to passportrequired was the best use of my dollars in 2017.
By Roger Grandison for For The Culture! on Feb. 01, 2018
After I signed up for my passport required trip, I sat for a minute and thought, oh no, what have I done. Could I really go out of the country for the first time, with a bunch of people I didn’t know, and only take a backpack?? Especially, not having a clue where we would end up. The answer is I absolutely could, and I did. My trip to the Bahamas was an absolutely amazing experience. I did things I probably would never have done, and made friendships that I hope will last forever. I can’t wait to sign up for my next trip, and go somewhere equally as awesome, with some cool people. I can’t stop telling people what a fantastic opportunity this is. Definitely NO regrets!!!!
We had an adventurous time in Jaco, Costa Rica, full of surprises and happy to be with people who can adjust on the fly
By D Brown for Nupes After HomeKoming on Nov. 05, 2017
I had no idea of what to expect, but I was not disappointed. It was a great experience , waiting on the destination like Christmas. We were all complete strangers to start, but no one could tell by the end. I will definitely book another trip very spuerto Vallarta was great..locals, food, beaches and best hanging with new friends. oon with Passport Required.
By Nitasha Walder for Out There. on Aug. 15, 2017
My trip with Passport Required was a blast. Montreal is a beautiful city and Darnell did an amazing job displaying it to us newbies. We enjoyed delicious cuisine topped with intellectual conversation and endless laughter. I will definitely be attending another Passport Required trip in the near future.
By Ashley Kelley for A Thousand Splendid Suns on Jul. 08, 2017
This trip was about letting go of fears, embracing the unknowns, seeking and finding adventure, and making new friends. Thank you for the opportunity to join you and 5 others on the Sockless Summer trip. You have a gift for bringing people together, helping them step outside their comfort zone, and making it easy to trust the strangers that embarked on this adventure with you.
By Eugenia McDaniel for Sockless Summer on Jun. 23, 2017
Signing up for a trip with destination unknown was quite exciting. The group worked well together and we had a blast in Barbados. I would definitely travel with Passport Required again!
Awesome trip!
By Ebonee Gomes for Ain't No Boring Summer! on Jul. 11, 2016