According to the experts at the New York Times, The Mandala Research firm located in Alexandria, VA says that “…nearly one-fifth of African Americans take one or more international trips per year.” As the population in the United States grows in leaps and bounds, more people are travelling abroad everyday. Many individuals travel internationally for either work, vacation, even for education or spiritual growth. The Black Travel Movement has grown exponentially in recent years.
What is the Black Travel Movement? It is a group/community of individuals that are interested in creating new friendships and experiences by travelling internationally. The community has over 250,000 members and is still growing. With their continued success, it’s only right to highlight the top five travel groups owned by African Americans. These five just happened to be owned by powerful, and strong African American women. Girl power!
When your budget needs a vacation too:
The leader of the group is Evita Turquoise Robinson. Although she is a New Yorker by heart, she began her role as the leader during the time when she lived abroad in Japan, Thailand, and France. Evita is also the creator of the urban traveller conference known as NMDN ALTERnative Travel Conference, the first of its kind. Her thought was to show other African American men and women that they, too, could travel the world.
The Nomadness Travel Tribe & TV is both a web series and online travel community. The group has over 11,000 members and its own Facebook group as well.
For those that enjoy the finer things life has to offer:
The leader of the group is Claire Soares. An adventurous person that has even ran with the bulls, literally, in Pamplona, Spain. Claire is a software sales rep with a travel junkie personality. She has an uncanny sense for planning group trips, which is why she created the group. Living life to its fullest is part of Claire’s lifetime bucket list.
As their homepage states, “We’re a luxury travel company that creates epic experiences.” It’s members want to live life to the fullest, experience the finer things in life.
For the adrenaline junkies out there:
The leader of the Beasts is Sonjia Mackey aka Lioness to those that know her. She has a wildly competitive streak, has travelled shamelessly to all seven continents, swam with the crocodiles, and has been to and conquered the world’s highest bungee jump in Macau. Extreme is the perfect word for Sonjia, and she has hopes that others will be inspired by her to do it also. YOLO so make the most of it.
The Beasts group is made of adrenaline pumping, extreme heart pulsating adventures only the brave dare to try. It’s not unusual to see photos of the members swimming with sharks, bungee jumping, and heading to far away destinations like Antarctica or surprise visits to Easter Island or other venues. Breaking out of your comfort zone is the key here, do you dare?
Ultra-hip travellers wanted:
The leader of the group is Zim Ugochukwu who currently resides in Chicago. A writer, photographer, pianist, and was once part of Forbes 30 under 30 list. She as accomplished much in her life, including the creation of Travel Noire.
Travel Noire has been featured in several media outlets including CBS and Time magazine just to name a few. The company’s mission is to educate others about the art of travelling, everywhere, anywhere, and doing it with style and finesse.
Africa bound travelers:
The leader of the group is Cherae Robinson. Her goal is to inspire and encourage Millennials to travel the continent of Africa.
Their homepage includes the group’s motto: “Travel Africa, Skip Mediocre.” The goal is to experience Africa, and Africa only. Where African Americans can learn about their culture and share adventures of their travels. They feel it’s time to change how people may perceive Africa, and it’s less travelled locations such as Ghana, Rwanda and more.
If you’re searching for the perfect travel location and community, these five will get your started on your journey. Enjoy!