From hosts on well-known travel programs to popular travel bloggers on Instagram, the travel industry has not been representative of people of color. Over the past few years, there has been a surge of Black millennial travelers documenting their travels online known as the Black Travel Movement. Now, there are many prominent Black travel bloggers, tour operators, travel photographers, and communities online.
These Black women are the movers and shakers, the tastemakers and innovators of the movement. They are award-winning journalists, entrepreneurs, pilots, and hoteliers who are directly influencing how mainstream media represents Black people in the travel world. We’ve gone from not being able to travel after dark in sundown towns across America’s deep south to flying all over the world. These eight Black women are the epitome of Black girl magic and they are steering the ship to help change the narrative around Blackness in travel.