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Are there any black travel bloggers out there? Hell yes! Traveling while black brings numerous challenges to overcome but that doesn’t mean that consequently, black people don’t travel. Just in the US, African Americans contributed more than $109 billion to the tourism industry in 2019! And many of them run a blog. Unfortunately black people are almost invisible in the tourism industry, an industry that painfully lacks diversity and inclusivity.
How ironic it is when you know numerous people say traveling opens their mind, makes them empathetic, blablabla… So here’s a list of black travel bloggers covering different travel niches: solo, adventure, budget, luxury, family, couple… I’m lucky enough to personally know most of them, running different black travel blogs! Here we go!
Roobens (Been Around The Globe)
Let’s start with some shameless self-promotion. I’m Roobens, black travel blogger from France. I’m sharing my experiences as a black traveler, but I also share numerous travel tips. Oh and I wrote a self-published book, Traveling while black.
Oneika (Oneika the traveller)
Oneika launched her blog in 2009! For a long time, she was one of the very few female black travel bloggers. She shares her experiences and doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind regarding the lack of diversity in the travel blogging field. She’s lived in Mexico, Hong Kong, France, Canada and the US. She worked with numerous brands and she also hosts Travel Channel’s One Bag and You’re Out and Big City, Little Budget. She’s encouraging black women to travel the world. Her blog.
Francesca (One girl one world)
Based in Los Angeles, Francesca shares travel tips but also beauty tips for black women traveling (hair, skincare…). She’s the author of a Martinique travel guide, and she’s polyglot. Francesca is also a journalist. Her blog.
Ciara (Hey Ciara)
Ciara worked for two years in corporate Human Resources and saved money. Then she quit her job and she’s been traveling solo since then. On her blog she share numerous tips and advice for solo female travelers (safety, how to take great photos…), but also cool stories to read. Her blog.
Olivia also quit her job to travel the world. She’s sharing travel itineraries, remote work tips but also wellness tips. She loves outdoor travel and she’s still traveling, although she’s living with lupus. Her blog.
Nadeen (The Sophisticated Life)
Nadeen is a travel blogger but she’s also a physician. Her blog covers travel, food, wine, culture and art. She shares affordable luxury travel tips, so you can enjoy chic travel without breaking the bank. She wrote several travel guides, and she’s been on CNN as a medical expert. Her blog.
Monet (The traveling child)
This is the family travel blog of Monet, James, Jordyn and Kennedy! Based in Miami, they realized there were no family travel blogs run by black people. They share tips for affording travel, but also itineraries to make planning process easier. Their blog.
Eulanda & Omo (Hey dip your toes in)
A couple travel blog run by Eulanda and Omo! Based in London, their blog shares travel tips but also focuses on food, lifestyle and culture. Their blog allowed them to win several awards, and they’re also speakers at conferences. Their blog.
Erick (Minority Nomad)
Erick wants to be the first African American to travel to every country in the world! Unlike many travelers who have the same goal, Erick takes his time to reach this milestone. Erick is also a great photographer, journalist and philanthropist. His blog.
She has her own Wikipedia page! Lola was first a travel blogger but she diversified and she’s also a speaker, photographer, and author of several books, one of them being the critically acclaimed In every mirror she’s black. Based in Stockholm, she visits popular countries as well as remote places, and shares her experiences through culture, food and tradition. Her website.
Ashlee (Will drink for travel)
The name of her blog speaks for itself. Ashlee likes to travel, and she also likes to drink! Her blog is a mix of travel and discovering new cocktails in the cities and countries she’s visiting. She shares tips about things to do but also what to eat and where to drink good cocktails. Her blog.
Lauren (Outdoorsy diva)
Lauren runs an outdoor travel blog. She wants to show the world black people also go hiking, skydiving, canoeing, camping, fishing, and backpacking! She dis many things like sleeping in a tree house, going to a nudist camp… On her blog, she also shares her love for food. Her blog.
Tomiko (Passports and grub)
A luxury travel blog! Tomiko shares on her blog the latest luxury trends but also where to eat all over the world. She also shares couple travel and family travel tips. Her blog.
Gabby (Packs light)
Gabby’s energy is contagious, even through a screen! She runs a blog where she shares how to find fully funded travel opportunities. During her studies she won $40,000 in scholarship to study abroad. Her blog is a goldmine for those who would like to travel but don’t dare to take the leap. Her blog.
Nicole (I luv 2 globe trot)
Nicole is a travel blogger, freelance writer and English teacher. She’s lived in South Korea, South Africa, Germany and now she lives in Oman. On her blog she shares numerous Oman tips. She also wrote a guide “A Guide to Landing an English Teaching Job Abroad”. And she’s the admin of a Facebook group with over 10,000 members to help those who want to be an expat. Her blog.
Sarah (Jet Set Sarah)
Based in Miami, Sarah runs a travel blog focusing on the Caribbean islands. Her blog is a good mix of travel, lifestyle and fitness. Sarah is also a TV host. She shares numerous tips for those who want to spend some time the Caribbean islands. Her blog.
Karen (The mom trotter)
A family travel blog! Karen wants to show people that having kids doesn’t mean not traveling anymore. She’s encouraging families to find the right balance between parenting, traveling the world with your family and homeschooling. She also shares budget travel tips for families. Her blog.
Ursula (Caribbean and Co)
This blog’s name speaks for itself. Caribbean and Co is a travel blog focusing on the Caribbean islands. Ursula promotes this area on her blog, with a touch of luxury lifestyle. She’s not just sharing beautiful pictures of idyllic spots, she also talks about the cultural heritage of the area. Her blog.
Annette (From Annette with love)
Annette defines herself as a ‘fat girl’. She wants to show the world fat people travel too. It seems like many women could relate to what she’s talking about, because she’s now running small group trips for plus-size women. On her blog, she also shares fashion tips for plus-size women. Her blog.
The list goes on…
There are numerous other ones running black travel websites, blogs or just black travel influencers! I’m thinking about Lee (Spirited pursuit), Glo (The blog abroad), Jeff (Chubby Diaries) a plus-size blogger, Ashley (Hey Ashley Renne), or Martina & LJ (That couple who travels).
There’s also Joanna (Joannae.com), Asiyami Gold, Kay (The awkward traveller), Jessica Nabongo (The catch me if you can) who visited all the countries in the world, Sojourner (Sojournies), or Travis Levius who’s not really a blogger but a freelance travel writer.
I have to mention Tausha (The globe getter), Kellee Edwards a great adventurer who’s also a TV host, Jessica (The ufuoma), Monique (An unstoppable journey), Carole Cain (Girl gone travel), and Marty San Diego, a diversity in travel consultant.
I’m gonna end this list with Ernest (Fly Brother) also a TV host, Kemkem (Next bite of life), Danielle (The thought card) who hosts an interesting podcast, Kerwin (Passrider) the flight expert, Philwaukee, and Xavier (Black Voyageurs) who owns a platform that curates one-of-a-kind travel experiences to Afro-descendant travelers, in destinations around the world.
That’s it! You have numerous travel blogs to read, and not just mine! Bloggers of different age, gender and travel niches. You can also read this article listing black explorers who made a mark in history.
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