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11 new Black travel influencers to follow

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We are living and experiencing a major social movement across the world in the fight against racism and injustice. Undoubtedly, there is so much work that needs to be done, especially in the travel space. And a part of that work is amplifying the visibility of Black creators and culture. Following people with different experiences, perspectives, and travel goals not only broadens our minds but builds understanding to help us all progress forward in creating a better world. These are the Black travel influencers that aren’t just doing it for the ‘gram, each person on this list offers a different perspective and is changing the travel industry from the inside out.

Here are 11 ultra-talented Black travel influencers you need to follow – let them show you the world…

11. @thobi_rose

Travel blogger and content creator, Thobi is based out of South Africa and sparks conversations around travel all while sharing her experiences and expertise with others. With an aim to motivate young people to travel and explore their cities, she will give you serious vacation envy. Follow along as she serves up some of the best Africa travel advice and ultimate insider tips to exploring the diverse and expansive beauty of the continent.

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10. @callmeadventurous

Samantha is a Black travel influencer from Seattle with a TON of skills. She’s a digital strategist by day, sings, acts, and runs her travel and lifestyle blog, Some Call Me Adventurous. As a Black woman, she takes visibility seriously and aims to be an ambassador making it easier for women of color and future next generations to follow their dreams.

 

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I never want my weight, skin color, or gender to hold me back from being an explorer. I feel incredibly lucky to live in a time where women, and especially women of color, are able to see the world. Yes, there’s still unfortunate dangers that follow us moreso than men, but hopefully more visibility of us out in the world will help us change things for future generations. And I never again want to have the mindset of needing to lose a certain amount of pounds before accomplishing something. Boy bye to that toxicity ?? ?@ericantonell

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9. @mybreakingviews

Hey foodies, you won’t regret following Adebola’s experience around the world through food. Mouth-watering, to say the least, Adebola breaks down all you need to know about dishes and restaurants around the world. She is also a co-founder of the Black Travel Creators, a community for Black bloggers, YouTubers, and podcasters.od & Travel

8. @urbandan

Dan is a travel photographer and videographer and his feed is jaw-dropping. Within minutes, you’ll have your bags packed and ready to catch your next flight… you’ve been warned. See the world through Dan’s camera lens, trust us you don’t want to miss the view.

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7. @travellingtuesdays

Abena is based out of London and her travel vlogs and tips went viral on TikTok. From solo travel to budget travel, travel stories, and experiences traveling as a young Black female – Abena shares it all. As a 22 year-old her mission is to explore more and inspire other young people to travel. Follow Abena’s journey and get ready for all eye-catching blue and orange hues.

 

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Who else feels like the next time they travel, it will feel like the first time?✨ ⠀ I remember the excitement as a kid for our annual holiday to Ghana. Tbh, it wasn’t really about the holiday, which was usually spent shaking hands with old relatives??‍♀️. It was about the flight?! We always took British Airways(BA) and so knew how to prepare beforehand. My older brother would source that year’s movie brochure and we would plan the 3 movies we would watch on board.We decided between us what meals to choose, though it was usually always chicken with BA’s make-believe jollof rice. Fear of heights? That was just a distraction, shush I’m trying to watch my movie?. Unfortunately, I couldn’t escape the safety video at the start? – I can tell you BA used the same flight safety video for 10 good years and why they never changed it to even incentivise us to focus, I will never know??‍♀️ ⠀ But as I’ve grown up, taking BA is no longer a ritual as it can be cheaper to take alternative airlines. I discovered that not all planes have back seat screens (the horror?) and I’ve struggled with a fear of falling for various reasons. Honestly, the airport is the worst part of travelling for me – I walk though feeling like some criminal. I just want to reach my destination. So that child like awe? Gone. ⠀ But now as I write this, I think after Coronavirus I won’t feel that way. I’ve grown in immense gratitude for what travel gives us, even the wonder that is air travel. I want to stare out the window to the clouds now and savour every moment.Who’s gonna pop champagne with me at Heathrow???☺️

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6. @walkwithmswalker

Dev was born and raised in NYC and worked as an investment banker but has slowly turned to a full-time traveler and Black travel influencer. Having traveled to 40 countries and counting, Dev believes seeing the world is the best journey for self-exploration and growth. Follow her for ongoing travel inspo, positive vibes, and especially if you are looking to ditch your career for travel.

 

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In a place that’s almost 8,000 miles from where I reside, I’ve never felt more at home. This is Africa ??❤️⁣ ⁣ Have you ever visited a place that felt like home ? ⁣ •⁣ •⁣ •⁣ •⁣ •⁣ #luxuryworldtraveler #luxurytravel #traveldeeper #seetheworld #timeofmylife #goodlife #iamatraveler #destinationearth #worldnomads #travelawesome #wanderlust #globetrotter #travellife #worldnomads #essencetravels #sheisnotlost #bbctravel #contiki #theglobewanderer #forbestravelguide #cnntravel #bbctravel #travelbloggers #livingstoneisland #victoriafalls #devilspool #adventuretravel #discoverzambia t#livingstone #passionpassport

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5. @chubbydiaries__

Jeff Jenkins is an award-winning content creator and founder of Chubby Diaries, an online community redefining and reshaping what it looks like to travel. Not only does Jeff share amazing travel destinations he also shares body positivity and hopes to show you don’t have to be at your dream weight to travel and be adventurous.

 

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Embrace and Celebrate Diversity✊?✊?✊?✊?✊? I ♥️ traveling! I ♥️ learning new cultures, traditions, and OMG the food ? ✈️ ✈️ Traveling is one of the easiest ways to learn and celebrate other people’s cultures. But are you willing to learn from the cultures in your own country?? ✈️ ✈️ As I reflect on the past couple of weeks, we have so much more to learn, more listening to do, more advocating for marginalized groups, more work on the front lines, more celebrating and embracing other people’s cultures and giving more hugs and love to give! #pacaya #guatemala?? #blacklivesmatter #chubbydiaries

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4. @elaishajade

Canadian world explorer and meditation teacher Elaisha will fill your feed with her favorite travel destinations and well and mindfulness tips. After a tech start-up job, Elaisha turned to travel, meditation, and mindfulness to heal her spirit and never looked back. She began a series called #ElaishaGoes in 2014 to inspire other Black women to get out and explore the world too. She’s now a trained meditation teacher – check out Your Mindful for all the inspo.

 

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It looks like I was going to fall down the stairs but I promise I was totally fine. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #blacktravellers #travelstagram #travellersofinstagram

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3. @createadopelifee

James is a content creator with beautiful images that will leave you booking your next trip to faraway shores. Follow for uplifting captions and serious travel couple and family goals that will leave you with *heart eyes* for days.

 

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Let’s toast to the fact that we’re still here ? #AnniversaryLove

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2. @flex.mami

Explore the world with Australian-native Lil aka Flex Mami who is also a DJ, TV host, author, podcaster, and business owner. Saying she is a woman of many talents would be an understatement. Her beautiful photos are usually accompanied with positive and passionate conversations around identity, intersectionality, and some taboo topics. Follow Flex Mami for all things travel, DIY home decor, and more.

 

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Look!! At!! These!! Two!! Icons!! Go!! ? I can finally share piccies from the @contiki holiday I went on, so consider yourself warned: the spam is coming sweetie ? #contikifindyourpeople

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1. @thecatchmeifyoucan

Ugandan-American Jessica is the first Black woman to have traveled to EVERY country in the world. This Detroit-native’s drool-worthy travel experiences are serious feed goals. This world traveler also has a strong belief in humanity, conviction that most people are good, and we are all more similar than we are different. Jessica’s travels and personality will leave you beyond inspired.

 

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Antigua – January 2018 – Country 100 of 195 This turquoise waters of Valley Church Bay in Antigua is one of my favorite beaches in the entire world!! What are some of your favorite beaches?!? Today on #catchmewithfriends I will be chatting with photographer, artist and my friend @iamjamesanthony! We’ve traveled to so many places together and created so many epic moments, like these images in Antigua, Haiti, Kenya and New York. Join us today at 1:30pm EST on IG Live to discuss his inspirational journey, success and pivots!

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And that’s 11 of our fave Black travel influencers you need to follow asap. A big thank you to Debbie, co-founder of the Black Travel Creators for sharing her creator database with us, a space exclusively for Black travel content creators. If you are interested, you can apply here.

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