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.

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.
A University of Virginia alum revisits Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to find much has changed.
Not yet—but a group of Black travel advocates is hoping to help change that.
The James Beard Award–winning food writer digs into his Colorado roots and the places that make him feel at home.
Featured Partner: Explore Charleston
From the arrival of the first slave ship through the civil rights era and into the present, Charleston’s Black residents have shaped the Holy City’s food culture, art, music, agriculture, faith, and reputation.
In South Carolina’s Lowcountry, descendants of the Gullah-Geechee, Africans brought to the state during slavery, are reviving the cuisine that defined the city.
Even on a short weekend getaway, you can’t escape the complex stories that define this Southern city.
On South Carolina’s Wadmalaw Island, the Charleston Tea Garden dates back decades—you can smell it before you see it.
J.R. Harris is one of the most prolific solo hikers the world has ever seen. But he’d never tell you that himself.
Across the country, a number of compelling museums, monuments, and landmark trails commemorate significant moments in African American history.
For the past 70 years, the Circle L 5 Riding Club in Fort Worth has been honoring the legacy of its forefathers.
It marks the world’s only institution dedicated solely to preserving and celebrating the central role African Americans have played in shaping American music.