Breaking stereotypes and opening doors. The future of Black travel is now and @dipyourtoesin are ready for it.
“We grew up continents apart;
A young boy in Lagos, Nigeria used atlases and encyclopedias to stretch his imagination and to dream about traveling the world someday.
A young girl in Denver, Colorado collected foreign currency every time she lost a tooth and dreamed of visiting each destination embedded on her cherished coins.
Decades later our love for adventure and travel brought us both to London; a city ripe with cultural diversity. Traveling frequently for work, family, and leisure made it so that we felt the need to call three countries home; the USA, Nigeria, and England. However, London--the city where our love story began, has become our gateway (and home base) for exploring the rest of the world.
Travel has shown us that our collective humanity is greater than the geographical borders that seek to divide us.
Travel heightens our insight and sensitivity to the people and cultures we encounter and helps unlock uncommon narratives.
The future we once hoped for is finally standing at our doorsteps.
As more Black travelers share their stories in the media, the next generation is taking note. They are seeing how we tackle unfamiliar cultures, overcome stereotypes and build our own tables when others deny us a seat at theirs. They are telling themselves, 'If this person who looks like me can live their travel dream, so can I.'
We see Black travelers becoming more confident and discerning about where and how they chose to spend their travel dollars.
In the future, we predict seeing an unprecedented amount of Black travelers reconnecting with the motherland, finding love in far-flung places, establishing careers outside of their home countries, acquiring international properties, and setting up businesses in destinations they previously never imagined they would.
In short, our collective influence will only continue to grow in the world of travel.
The future of Black travel has begun...and we are totally here for it! #blackhistorymonth "
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Travel is what you make it. @essieizspicy made it a part of her business and a way to break stereotypes for immigrants with a dream. “While my mother was pregnant with me, she kept traveling for work. That could be the reason why I actually find flying tranquil and soothing. I have a 10-month old niece and we want her to experience the joys, thrills and opportunities that traveling offers.
Travel for me opened many doors from education to therapy and ultimately starting a food business collecting flavors from around the globe and blending them with my native West African spices. One of the ingredients I use in my sauces is tamarind. Even though the tamarind plant originated from sub-Saharan Africa, the spice in our sauce is sourced from Thailand. Coming to Thailand helped me make the connection with the local food, which highlights the tamarind fruit. The trip to Thailand and my many other travels allow me to continually connect the dots showing the differences in cuisines but also how food unites us no matter where we are. Travel, therefore, can be a conduit for businesses across different borders, whether in food, tech, fashion or design. Whether you're looking for inspiration, sourcing ingredients or looking for raw materials, travel can be the spark you need to start your own business.
The future and landscape of travel are changing. When I moved to the US, it was difficult to explain to people where Ghana was located. But now, Ghana is one of the hottest travel destinations; everyone from Hollywood to Wall Street is in Ghana either for cultural exploration or business engagement. Last year, 2019, marked 400 years since the first slave ships landed on United States soil from West Africa and the Ghanaian government invited the entire black diaspora to return home and see Ghana as a land of opportunity; to visit, to invest and to make it home again.
Through my experiences as an immigrant moving to the US and establishing a food business, I aspire to break the stereotypes for immigrants wanting to dream beyond borders but especially to inspire my niece to be fearless in her pursuits and goals through travel; the world is her oyster. #blackhistorymonth "
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Meeting new people isn’t always easy, especially in new countries. But if there’s something @minoritynomad learned, it’s that genuine human-to-human connections prove we’re more alike than we are different.
“It's always special for me to be asked to discuss my views on Black travel. I've watched our travel community grow from a few intrepid travelers to a bustling community of amazing adventurers of color with pride. And I think the future is only going to get better.
As a travel photographer, I'm often asked how I'm able to get such candid shots in places where I don't speak the language or know the culture. My answer leads back to a simple idea—cultural exchange. Being Black is a travel superpower. By engaging people on a human level and allowing them to learn about me, they open themselves up to the same. The reality is, there aren't as many people of color exploring some lesser-known destinations and events.
It might surprise you that after visiting 95 countries and living in 11, the most common thing I learn is that I'm the first Black person many have met. From big cities like Istanbul and Bangkok to rural towns like Slobozia and Colonia del Sacramento, the lack of first-hand interaction with my people is common. The last five years of Black travel has been nothing short of amazing. With brothers and sisters sharing stunning images from destinations from around the world. Finally, putting melanated faces in the travel space regularly. But unfortunately, there is still a lack of Black travelers at cultural events and smaller known destinations. I believe the future is not only about sharing our stories, it's about engaging with locals in meaningful ways that allow for genuine cultural exchanges. Now is the time for the Black travel community to lead the way in ethical and sustainable tourism. In the future, we can create truly magical memories and cultural understanding by visiting smaller locations and exploring events relevant to the native populations of our destinations. Giving everyone involved a chance to understand each other better.
🇵🇹: Mais um pouco sobre a beleza natural da Tailândia. 😍🍃
Em breve vamos falar-vos acerca do nosso passeio às Erawan Waterfalls e de tudo o que nós achamos que não podem perder em Bangkok! 🇹🇭
🇬🇧:A little more about the beauty of nature in Thailand. 😍🍃
Soon we will talk about our tour to the Erawan Waterfalls and about everything we think you can't miss in Bangkok!🇹🇭
Some are scary, some are bumpy and some will bring you to a place unknown. They will test your internal compass to navigate through these routes alone. .
When I was a kid, this was “fun” and “adventurous” ... As an adult, it’s easy to forget the feeling of being free and fearless. Instead of running wild into the wind, you get buried in your comfort zone. .
Then you realize that the scariest thing is taking the paved route, when you could very well carve your own. A good reminder to myself to keep exploring, even if I don’t know where the dirt road is going. 👣
Buddhist monks, evoke in me a timeless and ancient quality, pictured here with there modern gadgetry. Showcasing a sense of the ancient and the modern in the same moment.
One monk concentrates on his digital camera, the other looks to the heavens whilst the third checks his fantasy football points??? 😃 Well, you never know.
Went on a walk on the „train to the cloud“ tracks with my two new friends.
The Tren a las Nubes (Train to the Clouds also known as the "C-14" line) connects the Argentine Northwest with the Chilean border in the Andes mountain range, over 4,220 metres above mean sea level, the fifth highest railway in the world. Originally built for economic and social reasons, it is now primarily of interest to tourists as a heritage railway.