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Black Travelers Share Their Most Inspiring Travel Moments

Black Travelers Share Their Most Inspiring Travel Moments

One of the best things about travel is that it is filled with inspiring moments that can stay with you for a lifetime. We asked some of our favorite travel influencers to share the travel moments that have inspired them the most and their answers will make you want to head to the airport immediately!

Oneika: There are too many to name! I was very moved by my visit to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa. Learning more about the history of apartheid reminded me of the strength and tenacity of black people; this realization was inspiring and soul-shifting. On another note, doing a bungee jump over the Zambezi River was affirming as well. I’m deathly afraid of heights!

James: I think it was the time I got to ride elephants in Thailand. Never in my life have I come so close to an animal of such strength, toughness and beauty. You only see things like that in the zoo or circus around here.

Gloria: I was camping near Petra, Jordan in a Bedouin camp, surrounded by strangers-turned-friends, and the Bedouin boys played music around the campfire as we all started dancing to the beat in a circle. There was no wifi, there was hardly any light, and there was definitely no other civilization for miles as we were in the middle of the desert. With wine flowing through our blood and a million stars accessorizing the sky, we shared stories, laughs, and tears, and it was one of the most magical and inspiring moments of my life. Life, when stripped down to the basics, is beautiful. Sometimes all we need is good company, good music, and good wine.

What is the travel moment that has inspired you the most? Comment Below.

 

By Shontel Horne – Travel Noire

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The Advice Every Black Traveler Should Hear Before Going Abroad

The Advice Every Black Traveler Should Hear Before Going Abroad

There’s a special wisdom that comes only with being a frequent traveler. Some of our favorite influencers shared advice that they believe every black traveler should know about going on an international adventure.

Hermon and Heroda: Be brave, travel, experience and live. Traveling with a friend, brother or sister is important. It makes for shared memories, a better appreciation of each other and a stronger relationship. It also provides a better understanding of the culture you are visiting and the breakdown of perceived barriers.

Cyn: Push beyond your comfort zone and unless you’re really private, talk to people. It’s so great to have those conversations where you learn from others and others learn from you. It becomes a true cultural exchange when you engage with not just the country, but its people.

Gloria: While being black and abroad comes with its fair share of nuances, microaggressions, and racist encounters, please understand that those negative experiences are still in the minority. We are increasing our presence around the world as everyday tourists and some cultures that are closed-off to the outside world are finally starting to take notice. Though it is not your duty nor obligation to be explaining, teaching or debunking anything about black culture, you’ll find that it’s actually a pretty enlightening exchange, because more often than not, people are just fascinated by black people. I mean heck, we’re magical AF, so I’d be fascinated by us too!

 

By Shontel Horne – Travel Noire



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