We have compiled a list of 5 Black-Owned Travel companies that you should know about. Black Americans are expanding their horizons year over year. African Americans now spend more than $65 billion on travel annually. Yet national travel companies still do not create itineraries that cater to the Black Traveler. Yes, I know that we are not a monolith, but experiences that will speak to our overall culture are often ignored.
Luckily, today there is a black travel movement that has made international travel not only readily available but also incredibly affordable for African Americans and other passionate travelers. Through established liaisons and offices all over the world, various black-owned travel companies have made it possible for people of color to travel and experience various parts of the world. Read more below about 5 of these companies that create experiences that speak to our tastes.
Black Travel Lounge
Nomadness Tribe is one of the founding companies of the black travel movement. The black owned travel company was the brainchild of Evita “Evie” Turquoise Robinson, an African-American woman whose passion for travel and exploration has inspired thousands of other people of color to venture abroad.
Started in 2011 as a YouTube web series, the group has grown to more than 15,000 members and a collective total of over 100,000 travel stamps. Nomadness unites like-minded individuals seeking alternatives to mainstream travel. Evie’s dream has become such a success that tickets to Nomadness trips sell out in less than 5 minutes. Way to go, Evie!
Founded on the motto, “travel Africa, skip mediocre”, Tastemakers Africa is a black owned travel company that takes a new perspective to travel. The company organizes travel expeditions to Africa that focus on the cultural heritage of the continent, through music, art, and cuisine. From hidden beach escapades to pop-up restaurants, Tastemakers Africa ensures that your travel to Africa is as tantalizing to your tastebuds as it is exhilarating.
Tastemakers Africa was founded by Cherae Robinson, an African American who had gotten to work in various African countries and wanted to eradicate the negative perception associated with African trips. The company has since grown a worldwide membership and built a global community and network, with offices around the world. Tastemakers Africa is an excellent choice for you if you’re a foodie who likes to travel and enjoys soaking in exotic cultures.
Travel Noire was founded in 2013 by Zim Ugochukwu as an opportunity for people of color to travel the world. Three years later, Zim sold Travel Noire to Blavity Inc., a company also founded by another phenomenal African-American woman, Morgan DeBaun. Since then, Travel Noire has flourished into a brand that offers tailored travel experiences dubbed “Travel Noire Experiences” geared towards millennials and other young professionals.
Travel Noire is a black owned travel group whose belief is steeped on the premise that travel doesn’t have to be expensive, and neither does it require vacation days. Through various tools, resources, and experiences. Travel Noire offers opportunities for unconventional travelers to visit their dream destinations at affordable prices and on their own terms. The travel company has created a network of local travel groups to enable travelers to journey deeper and experience authentic and culturally rich experiences.
Black Girls Travel Too
Yet another black-owned travel company, Black Girls Travel Too, is a travel company that helps facilitate travel for women. Founded in 2015 by Dianelle Rivers-Mitchell as an Instagram account it has now expanded into a travel company that offers various group travel experiences.
Black Girls Travel Too are intentional in their efforts to create a sisterhood in their journies. Per their website, Black Girls Travel Too curates travel experiences with the intent on stretching, growing, and enriching women through travel. They create a sisterhood on their journeys and many travelers become lifelong friends and repeat clients.