Are you a Black traveller itching to see the world? Here are 6 travel groups shaping the Black Travel Movement and changing the narrative about what it means to Travel While Black. In the past, black travelers have been minimal and being a black traveler, meant you were in the minority.
However, in recent years, black travel has become a strong, thriving movement with thousands of black people making trips to numerous parts of the world. With the appearance of the “black travel movement”, we’ve seen an increased need for black-owned travel startups that give resources, support and guidance for black travelers.
Here are five groups shaping the Black Travel Movement and showing us how different and exciting Travelling While Black can be.
Nomadness is a pioneer of the black travel movement. It started as a web series back in 2011, when founder Evie Robbie began documenting her travels via YouTube after a year and a half of globetrotting. Since then, her project has evolved into a multi-platform community of more than 15,000 members with over 100,000 passport stamps. In addition to the NomadnessTV web series, they host a yearly travel conference, workshops and events, and group trips through the Nomadness Travel Tribe.
With a demographic that’s 80% female and 85% African-American, the Tribe unites like-minded individuals looking for an alternative to mainstream travel. Those wishing to join must have at least one passport stamp and complete a Newbie Bootcamp. The average sellout time for their trips is five minutes!
Watch the incredible Ted Talk by the group’s founder, Evita Robinson, on the importance of black travel
- Tastemakers Africa
Tastemakers Africa believes that you don’t have to travel to Europe or Asia to have an unforgettable travel experience. The company’s bold slogan is: “Travel Africa, Skip Mediocre”. According to Cherae Robinson, the company’s founder, it’s important to visit places like Senegal, Rwanda and Ghana, even though they are not traditionally considered relaxing vacation locations. They design itineraries that focus on interacting with the local people and culture through art, music, and cuisine. This black travel group hosts authentic activities curated and led by locals. Tastemakers Africa aims to shift global perceptions about Africa and encourage increased travel to the continent. The company also uses their mobile app to encourage and empower people of color to see more of the world, particularly the Motherland.
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- Sistes travelling Solo( Sts)
Sisters Traveling Solo (STS) is an all women traveling group created to empower women of color to travel solo. But don’t let the name fool you, if solo travel isn’t your thang, these sisters also curate groups trips to help you see the world with other amazing women in tow. Their mission is to inspire, connect, empower, and support sisters all over the world. STS is not just about jet setting the world, as a member you will be giving back by supporting local women as you roam the world and help support the brand’s mission of getting passports into the hands of more U.S. citizens, especially those of color. Browse their website for more details and join the Facebook group.
- Black and Abroad
And just when you were wondering where the black men were, founders Kent Johnson and Eric Martin bring you Black & Abroad. With a vision of seeing more of us exploring the world, these brothas created a brand to showcase black travelers doing just that, and they did it loud and proud. You’ve probably seen those dope Black & Abroad shirts while scrolling through your Instagram feed. The site features crowdsourced tips and insights for more than 120 countries, including many destinations not known for being minority friendly
- Black Girls Travel Too
A black women’s travel community for black women and founded by a black woman, Black Girls Travel Too is a women only collective planning various group trips every year. Group trips have been held in destinations like Barbados and Cuba. The trips are designed to leave travelers feeling empowered.
BGTT has built a large online community of black women travelers. These women come together for a good time while traveling but also to engage in voluntourism too. Previous trips have included volunteering with local communities in Barbados. When BGTT isn’t on the road, their cultivating community and sharing awesome travel tips on their Instagram feed.
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- Wind Collective
The London based travel group, Wind Collective was founded in 2017 by two black millennials. Wind Collective really delivers on their mission of being a creative global traveling community. They organize group trips all over the world from Europe to The Americas and Africa, too. The collective doubles as a content agency and works with hotels and tourism boards to create diverse travel content. They have hosted more than 30 trips, have more than 1000 global members and partnered with brands such as British Airways, Culture Trip, the Shangri La, and various tourism boards.
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