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History Of Black Travel

Created by the Black Travel Alliance in partnership with Tourism RESET to uncover and amplify leisure developments of the African diaspora globally!

History of Black Travel

Black travel through the centuries

Black people have been traveling the globe for exploration and leisure for centuries. Yet, most people are unfamiliar with the early explorers and groundbreakers. This is due to the lack of documentation and written records of these major milestone events. Consequently, most stories about Black people traveling to explore or for leisure were passed down primarily through word of mouth or oral histories for generations.

Even with documented evidence, many of these stories have been left out of history books and museums. Thus, the History Of Black Travel was created by the Black Travel Alliance in partnership with Tourism RESET to uncover, amplify and educate the public about Black travel explorers and groundbreakers, major migration movements and leisure travel developments of the African diaspora globally. 

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Learn about Black travel explorers, groundbreakers and leisure travel developments of the Africa diaspora globally.

Major Categories

The History Of Black Travel timeline entries are grouped into twelve categories including Ally, Accommodations, Explorers, Government, GroundBreakers, Leisure (Culture, Events, Outdoors, Food & Drink, Retail, Wellness,) Migration, Organizations, Publishing, Slavery, Television, Transportation.  Below are links to four of the major categories.

Black-owned guest houses, motels, hotels, and resorts; often the first in a particular city state, or country.

A Black person, often the first or one of the first to achieve a major milestone that required a massive undertaking.

Well known figures (politicians, actors, artists, etc.) that have traveled somewhere which then inspired Black travel.  

Developments by a Black person or company that has helped to inspire or progress Black travel. 

Project Team

  • Ursula Petula Barzey

    Ursula Petula Barzey

    Digital Marketing Consultant, MoxeeMarketing.com & Content Creator, CaribbeanAndCo.com. Ursula Petula Barzey is the founder of Moxee Marketing, a London-based digital marketing agency that works with travel and lifestyle brands to develop and implement their content marketing and social media strategy to increase their website traffic and ultimately leads/sales. She is.. Read More...

  • Kerwin McKenzie

    Kerwin McKenzie

    Author, Content Creator, Speaker at Passrider.com Kerwin McKenzie is an ex-airline employee (Delta, ATA, Continental, and United) who travels on average over 200,000 miles a year. He writes up-to-date airport, destination, and ground transportation guides plus airline flight and hotel reviews with a mission to motivate airline employees to use.. Read More...

  • Donna-Kay Delahaye

    Donna-Kay Delahaye

    Travel Blogger, Photographer, Digital Content Creator at HuesOfDelahaye.com Donna-Kay Delahaye is a solo travel blogger, YouTuber, and photographer. Her blog, Hues of Delahaye, inspires people to travel more even with a 9 to 5 while providing tips and hacks on how to utilize your annual leave, as you don’t have.. Read More...

  • Martinique Lewis

    Martinique Lewis

    Diversity in Travel Consultant Martinique Lewis is an award-winning diversity in travel consultant, creative lead for Nomadness Travel Tribe, President of the Black Travel Alliance and now you can add creator of The ABC Travel Greenbook, the number one resource connecting travelers to the African Diaspora Globally. Trusted amongst her.. Read More...

  • Alana Dillette Ph.D.

    Alana Dillette Ph.D - Tourism RESET

    Assistant Professor, L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, San Diego State University & Co-Director of Tourism RESET Alana Dillette, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management where she advises the National Society for Minorities in Hospitality and serves as the.. Read More...

  • Stephanie Benjamin Ph.D.

    Stephanie Benjamin Ph.D - Tourism RESET

    Assistant Professor of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, University of Tennessee, Knoxville & Co-Director of Tourism RESET Stefanie Benjamin, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Tourism Studies at the University of Tennessee. Her research agenda lies within the nexus of social equity and critical tourism scholarship exploring marginalized populations’ lived.. Read More...

  • Patricia King

    Patricia King

    Content Creator at SavvyTraveling.com Patricia King is a content creator and micro-influencer. Her site, Savvy Traveling, is a travel and lifestyle blog for adults over 50, empty nesters, and active baby boomers. Travel has been her passion since she took her first solo flight at the age of 13. She.. Read More...

  • Gabby Beckford

    Gabby Beckford

    Gen Z Travel Expert at Packslight.com Gabby Beckford is a TEDx speaker, Opportunity Expert, and Gen Z Travel Expert at Packs Light. In college, she was awarded more than $75,000 in scholarships which allowed her to study for one year in Dubai, UAE at no personal cost. Since then she.. Read More...

  • Davida Wulff-Vanderpuije

    Davida Wulff-Vanderpuije

    Content Creator & Audio Storyteller at WondersOfWanders.com Davida Wulff-Vanderpuije is a destination marketer and freelance travel writer based in London. She has 10+ years’ experience in the leisure, travel, and tourism space, including implementing traditional and digital marketing activities for destinations, cruise lines, luxury resorts, and escorted tour operators while.. Read More...