A lot of us had plans for travel in 2019 and 2020, but with most of the world closed to casual travelers, a lot of experiences went unfulfilled. With vaccinations at a good saturation point, travel is now back on the books, and 2021 is set to be a year to remember. There is nothing better than packing your bags and setting out for an unforgettable adventure. Even if you are not looking for adventure, a relaxing vacation in places that you have always dreamed of exploring is worth your consideration.
The travel industry has always been a bit of a mixed bag for the Black diaspora even well before the outbreak. With the spotlight on equality and revolutions being launched across the world, now is a better time than ever to travel according to your moral compass. Use travel companies that support our causes and choose travel locations that not only are Black traveler-friendly, but also those that support black communities and our allies.
No travel list is complete without the addition of Morocco. Well known as being the city of creativity and mischief, Black travelers and black creative’s alike have been flocking to Marrakech in droves. By design, the city features a healthy mix of ethnicities and cultures which makes it easy to feel at home no matter where you are from. Marrakech has been the hub of international travel for hundreds if not thousands of years. No matter what your age, if you are looking for adventure and something a bit different from your normal beachside vacation, take a trip to the culture-rich city of Marrakech.
Amsterdam has long been a tourist spot for all races thanks to its highly progressive levels of tolerance. It has also been rated as one of the best places for single females to travel. Aside from that, Black travelers are guaranteed to enjoy their time in the city and feel welcomed by the community as a whole. There are several communities that are predominately black, such as Oost. The nightlight is rich, colorful, and always shifting with a steady influx of international travelers and locals alike. Their easy libation laws are another draw that many Black travelers will also come to appreciate.
Despite the name this little island is anything but cold making it a scenic place to visit when you want to get away. It offers a range of stunning glaciers, epic volcanoes, and even luxurious hot springs that the likes of Beyonce has enjoyed on occasion. Although the small nation is largely extremely homogeneous, it is very open to travelers of all backgrounds. There has been some controversy in the past regarding how the country celebrated some of its ancient festivals, which is in no way a reflection of how they treat people of color. The country is very welcoming to black travelers and even has a rich black community of natives of the island, including Ms. Chambers.
London, United Kingdom
While the UK may be known for its fog, it is also known for its welcoming atmosphere when it comes to travelers of color. The country features one of the world’s largest and oldest cities that boast a mix of interests, cultures and ethnicities. Many neighborhoods feature a rich and storied black culture such as Brixton which is located in south London. If you have a bit of extra time, you can even visit some of Idris Elba’s favorite spots in his home country. In addition to modern culture, London has a long history with the African race. Consider taking the Black History Walk tour which details in vivid color the contributions black people have given to the London scene.
It makes sense that Ghana would be welcoming to skin folk, being that black people are in a way kinfolk. Accra, in particular, is one of the most generous and friendly places to visit as a black traveler from any part of the world. As soon as you land, you will be greeted with warm smiles, kind words, and graciousness you will only find in west Africa. It may even surprise you to know that many Black Americans have taken their travel to the city a step further and moved there permanently. Although the county is different, it is a safe haven that will welcome you with open arms and open hearts for however long you choose to stay.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
For Black travelers who are seeking a bit of adventure or less commercial travel for their adventures, Vietnam should be one of the top choices on your list. This county offers lush landscapes, healthy food, and a rich culture that is extremely inviting towards melanated skin. A quick look at the film Da Five Bloods from Spike Lee’s will give you a few reasons to make this country a place to visit on your bucket list. Not only will you get a lesson of the real story behind the participation of the black diaspora in the Vietnam War, it will also give you a look at history from another perspective. Visit the War Remnants Museum and also take a tour through the underground complex to view history up close and personal. Aside from history, the country offers a wide array of luxury resorts, vibrant nightlife, and plenty of other attractions to keep you entertained during your trip.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, – Black Holocaust Museum
Most of the travel spots on our list have been international locations, but we have Stateside that is not only worth mentioning, but is also worth visiting. Milwaukee, Wisconsin has faced a long road in terms of racial history. It was almost destroyed in the ’60s due to various urban renewals but like all things Black, it has fought its way back from extinction with the same spirit our skin folk has always been known for. There are now many businesses and neighborhoods that are once again the highlight of the culture. One important place of note that is the main reason this spot deserves a place on your travel list is America’s Black Holocaust Museum that is set to reopen its doors this year. The museum originally opened on the site of the Sultan Muhammad Islamic Center. This is historically important because the center was opened by the only Black man in history to survive being lynched in America, Dr. James Cameron, who died naturally in 2006.
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