Celebrate Black Travel

“Black travel is not a monolith,” wrote Dr. Alana Dillette and Dr. Stefanie Benjamin in 2021, referencing the findings of their comprehensive study into Diversity in Travel. As codirectors of Tourism RESET, an initiative dedicated to promoting social equity in the travel and tourism space, Dillette and Benjamin partnered with Evita Robinson, founder of BIPOC travel community Nomadness Travel Tribe, to explore both the immense spending power of Black travelers—and the missed opportunities. “Black travelers are seeking authenticity, not only in their experiences while traveling, but also in the depth of representation across media. .... Destinations, travel brands, and tourism companies need to further explore the intersectionality of what it means to be Black.”

Here at AFAR, we celebrate the myriad stories and voices of Black travelers all year long. Yes, Black History Month begins today, but the legacy can’t be contained to one narrative in one month.

For more than three decades, Alvin Lee Smalls has been turning out trays of rugelach—made the old-fashioned way.
The world’s second-largest continent is home to stunning landscapes, ancient cities, award-winning wine regions, and more. But for African passport holders, organizing trips within the continent comes with its share of obstacles.
Disappointed by the low percentages of people of color visiting U.S. national parks, Diamon Clark and Kristen Walker are creating a sense of ownership through Our Parks Too.
In an excerpt from her new book, poet and writer Crystal Wilkinson explores the idea of legacy.
Not yet—but a group of Black travel advocates is hoping to help change that.
A University of Virginia alum revisits Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to find much has changed.
Across the country, a number of compelling museums, monuments, and landmark trails commemorate significant moments in African American history.
J.R. Harris is one of the most prolific solo hikers the world has ever seen. But he’d never tell you that himself.
The Edna Lewis Menu Trail in Orange County, Virginia, is an overdue look at the home county— and culinary legacy—of one of America’s best chefs.
The James Beard Award–winning food writer digs into his Colorado roots and the places that make him feel at home.
A new generation of Gee’s Bend quilters are stitching to uplift their community.
For the past 70 years, the Circle L 5 Riding Club in Fort Worth has been honoring the legacy of its forefathers.