Lee Litumbe is used to being synonymous with the phrase "travel goals". One look at her feed and it's a visual anthology of serene blues, earthy greens, and vibrant whites, reds, and yellows. You're instantly transported where she is at that moment, whether it's the rust colored sands of the dunes in the Namib Desert or the aquamarine waters of Cape Town where she is currently based.
It's perhaps one of the many reasons Lee Litumbe has seen her life and her work flourish in the culmination of her brand and site Spirited Pursuit. "I make content for my younger self, in a way, where I wish I would've seen someone who looked like me doing these aspirational things in Africa, because then it would've given me validity."
The 29-year-old creative entrepreneur got her first bite from the travel bug from her parents. Although she spent a lot of her life in The States, she spent her childhood in Cameroon where her parents own a travel and managing company. But it wasn't until four years ago that she started to document her travels with Spirited Pursuit, a move that resulted from a quarter-life crisis. "I was dealing with a lot of things that left me with really dangerously low self-esteem and I figured I would just have this creative outlet, because at the time, I was working in finance as a business analyst. My life was completely different," she recalled.
"The love for travel came from being exposed to it all my life. The Spirited Pursuit itself was really a manifestation of how I started to love myself through a really tough time, and revisiting the things that I loved and made me feel good about myself, and made me feel like I had value. Spirited Pursuit genuinely is my spirited pursuit and love for travel."
Lee Litumbe sows gems and creates beautiful postcards for the places she decides to spread her wings and wander to. From Senegal to the South of France, read on to experience some of her most memorable destinations so far:
"I love Senegal in general just because it's just a country that feels so African. It's my dream for most African countries, in the sense where it's so modern but it retains its traditions. Like everyone that I've met there, for the most part, there isn't this strong sense of colonial mentality that tends to exist in some countries that were colonized. There is so much of a vibrance to the culture in the city and the art, it's modern. People who visit will probably be very surprised. Everyone speaks their traditional language. You see people walking around in their traditional clothes. Right now, I'm in South Africa. South Africa is very modern, and I almost feel like it's lost its electricity because you don't always feel like you are in Africa in a sense."
"Zanzibar is one of the most beautiful places hands-down in the world. The very first time I went was maybe five or six years ago? My mum actually had a conference there [chuckle] and when she told me she was going, I was like, 'I need to find a way.' So, my mum lives in Cameroon, my parents still live in Cameroon, and I was living in Atlanta at the time and I was like, 'I don't care how I'm gonna make it happen, but I'm coming with you.' So, I ended up flying across the world [chuckle] to get to Zanzibar to only stay there for two or three days just because I was like, 'I need to come.' That was my first time being there and it was just so stunning and the beauty, of course, it's obvious. There's bleach white sand beaches with crystal clear blue water. And it's a stunning place from a landscape perspective, but then the culture is so rich."
"I think Morocco is stunning. I have a love/hate relationship with it because I experienced a lot of racism there. And so, on the one hand, I think it's such a beautiful country with a beautiful culture but unfortunately, I had some really unfortunate incidents while visiting which left a bad taste in my mouth, but it's still a very beautiful place and of course everyone isn't racist but there is definitely a strong undercurrent of racism there that I typically try to tell people about just to have a realistic perspective on."
Valensole, South of France
"I went on a road trip with my boyfriend through the south of France, earlier this year. And it was so stunning. We went to the lavender fields in Provence and we were at Côte d'Azur. It was just really stunning, and it was great cause he's French and German. So, he was showing me all these different places that he loves to go visit and we climbed, literally went hiking and climbed mountains. So that was a really beautiful as well."
Keep up with Lee and her Spirited Pursuit @spiritedpursuit.
Black Girl Wanderer is a series spotlighting the travels and explorations of black women journeying the world. Black women in all their magic and all their glory wander the earth, sprinkling the earth with their brown and their gold. If you're a Black Girl Wanderer, email us at email@example.com for a chance to be featured. #blackgirlwanderer