It is wonderful to be inspired to travel by all cultures and identities. But for me, there is something extra special that resonates when I see someone who looks just like me speaking Thai in Bangkok, riding llamas in Cuzco, or learning Azonto in Accra. This is not because our stories are more significant than anyone else’s, but because the mainstream representation of them is scarce, to say the least.
These Instagram accounts are not just a collection of pretty photos, they are reminders that our lovely shades of brown are present in every country. They are proof that we participate in cultural exchanges all over the globe. They are communities where we share and learn from our unique experiences. They are opportunities to engage in invaluable networking and dialogue. Most importantly, they are daily inspiration and motivation to travel!
What Is It?: Arguably the most popular community of black travelers in mainstream media!
Why Follow?: You want stunning visual inspiration, and a serious start/push into the life of traveling.
What Is It?: One of my favorites, Hardly Home has it all: motivational quotes, inspiring pictures, group travel opportunities, and even an official clothing line.
Why Follow?: You’d like some daily inspiration for traveling, and/or you’re finally ready to book a flight and go.
LAS MORENAS DE espana
What Is It?: Another personal fave, LMDES is the go-to for all lifestyle topics for black and brown travelers in Spain.
Why Follow?: You’re looking for general experiences or some help in preparation before a a trip to the European country, this is a no-brainer.
What Is It?: A totally bad-ass collection of adventurous #BlackGirlMagic all around the globe.
Why Follow?: You’re an adrenaline junky or just curious about fun activities abroad. The super fit adventuristas will likely make you put down the cheesecake and bacon burgers every now and then, too. Fitness and travel inspiration = Double win!
BLACK AND ABROAD
What Is It?: Snapshots of people traveling the world in their official Black & Abroad gear.
Why Follow?: You’re into making as much of a statement with your clothing as your presence!
What Is It?: Nomadness Tribe is just that, a tribe! It’s a group of over 10,000 people who not only fellowship and network in their hometowns, but travel the globe as a family, as well.
Why Follow?: You’re looking for travel inspiration in the form of community, support, and interaction!
BLACK TRAVEL HACKERS
What Is It?: Amazing collection of photos and lots of travel deals and tips!
Why Follow?: You’re looking for some travel guidance, and you’d like to be aware of fare glitches and airline sales!
What Is It?: The best of both worlds: lots of food and lots of travel. Soul Society also hosts fun events in the New York area!
Why Follow?: You’re inspired by adventures big or small, or you’re in NY and want to meet like-minded travelers!
What are you favorite accounts or websites for travel inspiration?