Updated June 2020. Since this post was originally written 2 years ago, I have met additional amazing Black and Brown travel bloggers. But still, the travel industry lacks diversity. We are not well represented. Although “Diversity and Inclusion” is the current “it” phrase, how many travel brands are actually practicing this? How many are hiring travel bloggers of color for their executive teams and campaigns? How many of them are paying us equally? As you can see from this list, Black travel bloggers cover all travel niches including luxury, family travel, adventure travel, budget, solo, culinary and outdoor travel. The additional Black travel bloggers listed really deserve their own blog post as a Part II. However, I wanted to have one big fat list as a resource especially since this blog post still ranks as #1 for a Google search of “Black Travel Bloggers”. So, even if you have read this list before, please scroll to the bottom to follow the new travel bloggers listed. Thank you.
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The black travel bloggers listed range in age, sex, and travel niches. Although I have been blogging for years now, this is my first round up of black travel bloggers. I have admired many of these travel bloggers over the years and they have inspired me and supported me in this travel blogging journey. Another reason I wanted to feature these amazing black travel bloggers is because too often travel blogging lists look the same and lack diversity. Besides paying homage to the pioneers that you are probably familiar with, I wanted to showcase new and less familiar black travel bloggers. There are so many of us out here.
I have chosen Instagram as the means to introduce them because Instagram has also become very uniform in terms of what types of bloggers and photos get seen. Follow these amazing black travel bloggers listed below to get a diverse line up in your Instagram feed. I am sure you will love them as much as I do. It was actually hard to find pictures of some of these black travel bloggers on their Instagram accounts because their accounts are so focused on travel and beautiful photography.
Top 50 Black Travel Bloggers
1. Oneika The Traveller:
When I first started travel blogging, Oneika was the first person I could identify with (read more about my early experience as a black female travel writer). At the time, I honestly didn’t see any other female black travel bloggers on social media. Later I found several black travel couples I love to follow as well. Oneika is a trailblazer and I am so happy for her success. She speaks her mind about everything including the lack of diversity in travel blogging. Besides her blog, you can also catch her on Travel Channel’s Big City, Little Budget & One Bag and You’re Out.
2. Carol Cain of Girl Gone Travel:
I have also been following Carol for years and have had the privilege of meeting her in person. Carol is outspoken on her blog, on social media and in her work as a consultant about the need for diversity in travel blogging. She gave an excellent opening keynote speech at TBEX North America in 2015. She encouraged everyone to share their unique stories based on their different backgrounds. These days she is busy running @BraveWorldMedia
3. Erick Prince of Minority Nomad:
Erick wants to be the first African-American to travel to every country and I have no doubt that he will accomplish this. He has already traveled to 95 countries. Erick is not only one of my top 25 great black travel bloggers but he is also a vlogger and an accomplished photographer. He has the unique ability to capture humanity in pictures from all over the world.
4. Lola Akinmade Akerstrom
Lola is a travel blogger, speaker, an award-winning National Geographic photographer and author of two novels-Due North and Lagom Book. Her pictures are stunning. Lola definitely has a sense of adventure and will travel to popular tourist destinations or places off the beaten track to reveal their beauty.
5. Olivia of O.Christine Blog:
Olivia is a travel and wellness blogger. She left the hustle and bustle and stress of corporate America to find her own path on the road. Olivia often spends weeks to months in a destination and really gives you a sense of the people, place and culture. She was part of a guest post on my blog discussing how housesitting helps her see the world.
6. Ernest of Fly Brother:
Ernest is a travel blogger, host of his own TV show and podcast. Look out for Ernest as a speaker at a travel conference near you. He is also hosting travel events. If you are looking for information on Brazil-he is your go to guy. I am waiting on him to plan a trip to Bahia.
7. Ashlee of Will Drink for Travel:
Ashley runs a travel and spirits blog. She is a girl after my own heart because she incorporates wine and cocktails into her travels. If you are traveling to a destination, she shares great tips on places to go, places to drink and to eat. Ashlee was featured on Thrillist and can be seen as a travel contributor on Baltimore TV.
8. Travis Levius of Mister Levius:
Travis is a travel journalist and video host based in London. Travis is always living his best luxurious life. He is a freelance writer for CNN, National Geographic, Forbes, Telegraph and more. He is now doing coaching on travel writing which is awesome. Travis is also a speaker and we were both featured in a Griots Republic luxury issue.
9. Francesca of One Girl One World:
Francesca has studied and worked abroad and speaks 3 languages. She is the author of the world’s first digital English Guide to Martinique. Her Instagram photos will have you hopping on a plane to the Caribbean.
10. Ashley of Hey Ashley Renne:
Ashley is an Instagram star. Her pictures are breathtaking and garners 2000, 3000, 4000+ likes! She describes her brand as “eco-luxe travel and lifestyle content creator”. Ashley is now focusing on her vegan and sustainable lifestyle. She is a host of @shgliving-Smart, Healthy, Green, Living.
11. Tausha of The Globe Getter:
Tausha works fulltime but still makes time to travel around the world. On her blog, you can find tips on how to travel efficiently, travel stories, travel tips and travel guides. Tausha also shares my love of Jamaica. She has been featured in Travel & Leisure, Buzzfeed and Afar to name a few.
12. Nathan of World Wide Nate:
Nathan is the “Adventure Ambassador”. He is a hosts group trips and has been featured in major publications like Forbes and CNN. You can follow his travels on his YouTube channel and on UMC.tv “World Wide Nate: African Adventures”.
13. Roni of Roni The Travel Guru:
Roni has lived abroad, speaks several languages and has 25 years of travel industry experience. Roni shares this knowledge and travel tips with you on her blog. She is also the author of the book “How to travel to Paris like a rock star: Even if you have an indie band budget”.
14. Nicole of I Luv 2 Globe Trot:
Nicole is an expat with a wealth of travel knowledge and experience. She currently resides in the Middle East but globetrots to destinations near and far. If you are looking for the best hotels and spas in the UAE-this is the place to go. Nicole has built up a community of over 4000 expats and travel enthusiasts in her Facebook group. She is also the author of “A Guide to Landing an English Teaching Job Abroad”. Nicole and I were also part of the Jetsetter Roundups travel series. Check it out for valuable travel information.
15. Annette of From Annette With Love:
Annette is an award-winning writer. She has built a fat inclusive community called @fatgirlstraveling. She is also a powerful speaker. I have met Annette several times and she has a wonderful spirit. I love her message of inclusivity. Annette also hosts small group trips around the world as well as an annual @fgt_fatcamp.
16. Tyra of The Traveling Esq:
Tyra is a fulltime attorney, a travel blogger, a photographer and an entrepreneur. She is also a speaker at blogging conferences discussing copy write laws and trademarks. Tyra launched her travel group trips this year called “Been There Seen That” culinary experiences”.
17. Ciara of Hey Ciara:
Ciara quit her job to travel the world solo! Her Instagram pictures are stunning and informative. Her blog provides even more information with travel guides to beautiful locations around the world. She is also a speaker and has been featured in just about every major publication from Forbes to Cosmopolitan to Elle Magazine.
18. Lauren of Outdoorsy Diva:
Lauren is an adventurous blogger and outdoor enthusiast. Read her travel stories on a solo trip to the Azores, glamping, visiting a nudist camp, spending the night in a tree house and a yurt. You can also find her tubing, canoeing, kayaking or zip lining. Lauren’s adventurous spirit doesn’t end with travel. She is also a foodie and will share her unique eats in her hometown of Tampa and while traveling. Lauren also has a podcast and is a speaker.
19. KemKem of Next Bite of Life Blog:
KemKem and her husband live in Spain and travel extensively throughout Europe and beyond. Like me, she has a love of history, architecture and food. KemKem and her husband take their time in exploring each destination so her blog posts are full of useful information. She also contributed to the Housesitting 101 guest post. She also has a podcast and I was happy to be a guest appearance.
20. Holly of HollyDayz:
Holly is a travel blogger, travel vlogger and has a podcast. Holly’s blog posts tell you what you need to know prior to going to a destination and what to expect once you get there. If you do not have a lot of time, expect her to show you how to get the most out of it. She highlights destinations, hotels and restaurants on her blog and vlog.
21. Glo of The Blog Abroad:
Gloria has done it all. Blogger, entrepreneur, author, speaker, group trips, retreats and business coach. Her current Instagram feed is filled with inspirational and business advice. I love the first line on her account “Creating Resources for the Revolution”.
22. Danielle of Hotel Whisperer:
Danielle describes herself as a luxury hotel lover and global experiences collector.
No matter where in the world you are traveling to, if you are looking for a luxury hotel, Danielle is the person to check with. She is also a senior editor for Ebony magazine and a contributor to many other publications such as Essence and Travel Noire.
23. Jewels of Travel Jewels:
Jewels describes herself as a lover of cheap flights and authentic travel experiences. At some point last year, I subscribed to her blog and I am so glad that I did. It is clean and refreshing and pretty. Her pictures in destinations such as Brazil, Morocco and Bali are gorgeous and will surely cause wanderlust. With her blog, she not only inspires you to get to these destinations but gives practical advice on how to get there, what to do and even what to pack.
24. Nate Chambers of The Vagabond Experience:
Nate describes himself as a World traveler, an adventurist a content creator, an adventurist, a wine enthusiast and a lover of luxury. Nate also has a YouTube channel with stunning images of luxury resorts, world adventures such as white water rafting the Nile River and river rafting in Uganda.
25. Kellee Edwards of Kellee Set Go:
Kellee started out as a blogger and a vlogger and is now the Travel Channel star of “Mysterious Islands”. She is a pilot and a scuba diver and uses these skills to explore destinations by land, air or by sea. Be sure to check out her show and catch her as a speaker at major travel conferences like the Travel & Adventure Show.
And, if you are reading my blog for the first time-be sure to fall in love with me too! I am Nadeen of The Sophisticated Life Blog. I am a speaker, author and an award winning travel, food and wine blogger. I am also a physician and balance work with traveling around the world. I have been on CNN as a medical expert and featured on Travel Channel.com, Essence magazine, The Huffington Post, MSN Travel, Buzzfeed and Travel Noire. Check out my series of travel Ebooks on Amazon.
AND THE LISTS GOES ON AND ON………
Danielle of The Thought Card
Kim of Work Hard Travel Well
Joanna of Joanna E.com
Marty of Marty San Diego
Tomiko of Passports and Grub
Jakiya of Traveling Fro
Jessica of The Ufuoma
Monique of An Unstoppable Journey
Gabby of Packs Light
Emmanuela of Jetsetters Diary
Sam of Some Call Me Adventurous
Sarah of Jet Set Sarah
Karen of The Mom Trotter
Monet of The Traveling Child
Tiffany of Sweet Tiffys Inspirations/Tiffany Travels
Rachel of Rachel Travels
Jeff of Chubby Diaries
Lee of Spirited Pursuit
Eulanda & Omo of Hey! Dip Your Toes In
Kerwin of Passrider
Annita of Travel Bags with Annita
Martina and LJ Johnson of That Couple Who Travels
Meredith of Bag Lady Meredith San Diego
Brian of Beyond BMore
Colby of World of a Wanderer
Roobens of Been Around the Globe
Lily of Sunshine and Stilettos
Ursula of Caribbean & Co.
Kay of The Awkward Traveller
Phil The Culture of Philwaukee
Whew! You made it to the end! This list went from 25 amazing Black Travel Bloggers to 50+ amazing Black Travel Bloggers.
Honorable mention to Podcasters Lisette of Jet Set Lisette & Jerry of The Point Noir Travel Podcast
Please follow and support them all! Thank you and travel safe.