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Meet Trina Smith and Tonya Henderson-Smith of Curl Friends Abroad

Today we’d like to introduce you to Trina Smith and Tonya Henderson-Smith.

CurlFriends Abroad began in 2012 all because of hairJ! Trina had spent 7 years going back and forth trying to decide if going natural was for her. There was a lot of learning involved with maintaining natural hair and very few places to information or products.

During this time Trina found herself in a rut as her two sons were getting older and becoming more involved with their sports, friends and computers; and spending less time with her. Trina decided to join in hopes of finding activities and workshops that centered on natural hair. She was very impressed at the ability had with bringing people together with similar interests. She had an idea!! Trina decided to step out on faith and start a travel club based on two things she enjoyed; natural hair and traveling, hence the name CurlFriends Abroad!

The first CurlFriends Abroad trip she planned was to Aspen, Colorado. Trina needed to test the waters and guess what?? They had 7 members to participate and they all had an amazing time! This trip solidified that there were people out there who wanted to travel with a group.

In 2017 while in Bali celebrating their 5th anniversary with 29 members joining them on the trip, CurlFriends Abroad made a rewarding transition from a sole proprietorship to a partnership. Trina had previously reached out to one of her current members to inquiry about her interest in becoming a partner. With the support and encouragement from Tonya’s husband, Derrick, Tonya accepted and became the new managing partner of CurlFriends Abroad. Tonya brings 15+ years of accounting and human resource experience to the club. “Tonya is very driven and focused; and she does what it takes to make and keep our members happy”. An added bonus of bringing Tonya on a partner was her husband, Derrick Smith who is their official photographer and videographer.

This past June 2018, they celebrated their 6th anniversary in Lima/Cusco, Peru. In September 2018, they will travel to Iceland to chill in the Blue Lagoon and in October 2018, they will visit Greece (Athens, Santorini and Mykonos) for some fun in the sun!

“This club has truly been a blessing for us because of the relationships we’ve created and the memories we’ve made while traveling around the world with wonderful people”. The women and men they’ve met have been truly amazing; many who have become their very best friends all because of an initial journey about hair.

Has it been a smooth road?
CurlFriends has struggled minimally and we pray it stays that way. There can be challenges when it comes to things beyond your control such as flight delays, lost luggage, weather, etc. We can attest to the fact the benefit of having individuals who understand those things will, can and do happen on trips. It’s really all about the attitudes and when you have members like we do with a go-with-flow attitude it makes the journey all the better for everyone involved.  Our members know that the things we do have control over that we will go out of our way to ensure they have an amazing time. We contribute our success to several women who cheer us on daily to succeed with words of encouragement, volunteering their time, opinions and resources. These women are Shirley Staten, Valerea Maclin, Tamara Cole and Tonya Knox. Because of these women we will continue to succeed in our business and personal lives!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
CurlFriends Abroad is a travel club that was initially started for women with two things in common; natural hair and traveling. We have now evolved to include travel for women, men and families! We specialize in bringing like-minded wanderlust travelers together from various backgrounds who enjoy change, cultural aversion, building friendships and traveling in a fun group setting!

CurlFriends Abroad specializes in creating stress-free international and domestic trips. Over the past 6 years, we have traveled to London, Belgium, Austria, Germany, France, South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore, Barbados, St Lucia, St.Kitts, Puerto Rico, Washington DC, Aspen, Dubai, Peru and Switzerland just to name a few places.

In addition to being an affordable, payment conscious and all-inclusive travel club, we will also specialize in trips geared towards relaxations, golf, high energy “turn-up” and the 50+ club.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
We believe Dallas is a great, booming and perfect melting pot for travel clubs. Dallas, Texas is a great place to start and the majority of our members live in Texas, but we have members across the USA, as well as international. We believe in becoming established in your own backyard and then look to reach beyond your comfort zone.

Today, CurlFriends Abroad has 1100+ members and counting!


  • Trips range from $699 and Up

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Image Credit:
Blak Reign Photography

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1 Comment

  1. Derrell Cunegin

    July 27, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    very Nics Pics Trina!!!

    We have show these sites next time to our youth…


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