I asked her how the travel industry could help to promote people from a B.A.M.E. background as travellers with cash to spend. She said she believes more representation could be achieved through marketing: "Advertising could be targeted at Africans, showing them enjoying the continent, Europe or Asia," she said. "Africans are almost always portrayed in positions of service, carrying things or guiding people."
As both an American and Ugandan passport holder, Jessica's travel benefits from joint passport power. She informed me that she'll always use her Ugandan passport in the first instance, which reinforces her aim of promoting the African traveller; however, sometimes she'll have to offer her American passport.
Of her 41 remaining countries, she's most looking forward to absorbing Persian history and architecture in Iran. Jessica's trip will eventually come to an end in the Seychelles. "I’m spending my last day surrounded by family and friends," she said. "So I’ll certainly be finishing on a high.”
When asked how she’ll feel upon completion of her journey, she said, “I hope to feel empowered! This is just the beginning. I really have no idea what I'll do next. At this point, I just want to do nothing for the next two months, and especially no more laundry!”