Black female travellers have been an inspiration for women of color and female travellers
Black female travellers are more visible than ever before as a result of the black travel movement, which was started by businesspeople like Travel Noire’s own Zim Ugochukwu. As a result, women of color have gone on to launch travel-related brands and companies. These black women are assisting in redefining how we all view and experience the globe since the context of female travellers is continuously changing. In this article, we present the top ten influential black women in travel.
1. Evita Robinson
A well-known speaker, brand strategist, and supporter of diversity in travel, Evita Robinson founded The Nomadness Travel Tribe out of her love of exploring the world and creating communities. Robinson won Afar’s Travel Vanguard award in 2018, and she also started the AUDACITY Fest, a one-day gathering of black and other travellers of colour.
2. Jessica Nabongo
Jessica Nabongo is taking on the trip of a lifetime by attempting to travel to every nation by the spring of 2017. The Detroit native, who is a devoted traveller and the founder of her own boutique travel firm called Global Jet Black, is more than halfway through her adventure and has already been to more than 100 nations and territories on six continents. Jessica will become the first black woman to travel to every nation in history after she accomplishes her lofty objective.
3. Kellee Edwards
As the first black woman to host a programme on the predominately white, male Travel Channel, Kellee Edwards made history. When new episodes of her adventure travel programme Mysterious Islands debut, look for the Chicago native everywhere. Edwards is qualified to take Travel Channel to new heights because she is a pilot, journalist, and scuba diver.
4. Shelia Johnson
What do you do after helping to start one of the most important cable TV networks ever? If you’re Shelia Johnson, you begin by establishing a chain of opulent resorts. Johnson and her ex-husband Robert Johnson co-founded BET, and for her follow-up project, she joined Salamander Hotels & Resorts in the hospitality sector. Salamander has quickly become the benchmark for boutique resort hotels, and Johnson’s company owns and operates high-end hotels all across the country.
5. Norma Pratt
The current owner, Norma Pratt, has worked hard to uphold the traditions of Rodgers Travel, Inc., which was founded in 1949 during the height of segregation and is the oldest black-owned travel agency in the United States. Even though clients’ preferences for personalised travel experiences have evolved, the little firm is still open and prospering.
6. Oneika Raymond
Oneika Raymond transitioned from a former foreign language teacher to a part-time travel blogger and TV programme host, using the popularity of her award-winning site Oneika the Traveller as a springboard for two episodes on the Travel Channel. She is an advocate for black women in travel, a public speaker, and a brand ambassador in addition to her work as a host.
5. Lola Akinmade Åkerström
As one of the few black female National Geographic photographers, Lola Akinmade Kerström’s work helped her win the coveted Bill Muster Award for Travel Photographer of the Year in 2018. She is also a skilled journalist and author.
8. Rue Mapp
Rue Mapp, the creator and CEO of Outdoor Afro, is dedicated to both the preservation of the environment and the promotion of outdoor exploration among black adults, adolescents, and children. Outdoor Afro, a non-profit with chapters in 30 states, organises activities and gatherings for travellers who wish to experience a location’s natural splendour.
9. Annette Richmond
Tourism writer Annette Richmond founded Fat Girls Traveling to promote diversity and body positivity in the travel industry. Her neighbourhood has contributed to bringing attention to the underrepresentation of plus-size travellers in the media.
10. Rachel Hill
Rachel Hill “retired” from corporate America at the age of 27 to pursue full-time travel, and she has since travelled the world and encouraged others to do the same. Her website, Rachel Travels, offers information on how she turned travelling into a full-time career. She is also a consultant and speaker.