My Travel Tales: Ashanti
Grammy Award-winning singer Ashanti shares her craziest travel memories and methods
Creating a Landmark
When I was visiting Frenchman’s Cove in Jamaica, I carved my name into a rock. It’s funny. I posted it online and later saw that other people went there and carved their names next to mine. They’d write me and say, “Hey, I wrote my name on the same rock as you!” It’s still there.
Milking It in Dubai
I don’t drink dairy. I probably haven’t had regular cow milk since my freshman year of college. When I went to Dubai, I participated in this really cool ceremony where they serve coffee with camel milk as creamer. At first, I was like, “Ehhh, I don’t know.” But I tried it anyway—and it was the best coffee I have ever had! It was sweet, and I didn’t need to add any sugar.
In Tobago, there’s a spot called the Nylon Pool. You take a boat to a sandbar in the middle of the ocean. The myth is it takes 10 years off your appearance. I rubbed that sand all over my body. I’m not even going to lie: I think it really did work! I filled up bottles with the sand and water to take home.
I was doing a photo shoot on a rock in the middle of the water in Malta. I wanted my mom to bring me my phone, but she didn’t want to get wet. There were these local guys nearby, and one of them actually got in the water and kept one hand above his head with my phone. I was thinking, “Please don’t drop my phone in the ocean!” I knew if he did, I couldn’t be mad, though. He didn’t drop it! I was so grateful.
Ashanti’s Must-Pack List
Regardless of what I’m wearing, I always have to pack my lucky furry flip-flops. They’re black and gray and match with everything.
They’re jalapeño and quinoa puffs. I always have to snack on those on the plane. They are gluten free, spicy and so good!
I know they give us good eye masks on the plane, but I always pack my furry leopard-print one.
When I go to sleep, I have to protect my hair, so I put on this big pink bonnet. Sometimes guys will look at me funny, but I don’t care.