So, if you haven’t noticed yet, I’m a black woman. *gives you a minute to realize this* Are we good? Are you still there? Ok, so I’ll continue. 🙂 I point this out to say that I love to see representations of myself in television, film, literature, fashion, every realm, including travel. So you can imagine my slight annoyance when I see a top ten (or whatever number) list where there are no black women included. Lately, I’ve come across posts containing the writers’ favorite Instagram travel accounts, and there were not any black women included. Now look, you like what you like, and that’s fine by me but it made me go “Hmmmmm”. I could’ve left a comment on these posts saying what about *insert IG handle of amazing black girl who travels*, but then I remembered I have my blog, and I can make my own list, so *drumroll* here are 8 of my favorite carefree black girls who travel and slay on Instagram!
Zim is the founder and CEO of Travel Noire, an online, global community for black travelers whose growth I have greatly enjoyed witnessing. One of the many things I respect about Zim is not only does she travel, but she encourages others to do so as well. Through the Travel Noire website, #TNDistrict community, and through amazing curated travel experiences called TNExperiences, I believe Zim and her team have played an integral role in the Black travel movement, and I am here for it!
Looking at Lee’s Instagram feed, the first thing that comes to mind is STUNNING! Lee is stunning. Her photos are stunning. The destinations are stunning. If you venture over to her website, you will see that even her writing is stunning. It’s fluid, heartfelt and is reflective of someone who doesn’t just take trips; this is the writing of someone who travels, explores, discovers and appreciates the beauty of a land, culture, and a people.
Earlier this year I came across an article Tausha had written for Yahoo Travel Explorers about how she spent her 30th birthday alone in Mexico. I have been longing for Tulum, Mexico ever since, and she has been inspiring me ever since. Tausha has managed to maintain her career while seeing the world and has the AUDACITY to make it look effortless :-). The calming waters, colorful homes, and beautiful skylines are just a taste of what you’ll find on her Instagram feed. Do yourself a favor and see the rest for yourself!
Scrolling through Lauren’s feed I don’t think she can take a bad picture. I assure you, you will find yourself saying “YAAAASSSSSS!” or “Werk!” or “Girl!” But what’s so amazing about these photos is, not only is she a beautiful young woman but the backdrops of these photos are just as beautiful. Whether it’s Colorado’s sand dunes, Maui’s roadside or the black sand beaches of Iceland, she is truly living up to her Instagram handle and inspiring her followers to live a #cantstayput lifestyle.
Although this is a post highlighting some of my favorite Instagram accounts, and Gloria’s is amazing, I would also encourage you to follow her on Snapchat (GL0 – with a zero) because her personality is magnetic. Gloria gives me carefree Black girl realness by excitedly approaching every experience with enthusiasm, and she gets me hyped! Her personality is contagious as well as her desire to travel, and I’m sure it has inspired many of her followers to get out there and see some world!
Asiyami’s Instagram feed is full of beautiful things, and she gives you the envy trifecta: Hair, Travel, and Food. On her website, she says, “Asiyami Gold’s mission is, and has been, to ambitiously fuel the ever evolving creative collective.” Her photos are a testament to the fact that she is doing just that showcasing images that are not only art but inspiration as well.
If you visit Modupe’s Instagram account without heading over to her blog, you are doing yourself a disservice. In addition to more stunning photos, you’ll also get to experience her style of writing that is not verbose or a bullet point list of everywhere she went, everything she saw or everything she ate. Nonetheless, by the time you’re finished reading, she has shared her experience with you, and she’s found a new reader because, at this point, you’re hooked and will be back for more.
Oneika is one of few people I follow, who can write a lengthy Instagram caption and I will read it from beginning to end! She shares anecdotes that can be funny, informative and inspiring and this coupled with awesome photos is all the reason I need to keep abreast of where Oneika’s headed next! Her country count gives me #travelgoals but she is not someone just travelling for stamps. Read her blog and you will meet someone who is honest about her experiences, helpful with her tips and fully aware of how fortunate she is to have travelled to so many places.
Being that I don’t get to travel as often as I would like to, these women really help keep my travel fire burning between adventures. This list doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all the carefree Black girls of the world traveling, slaying and inspiring women like me to do the same. Rest assured there will be a part two in the near future.
Are you already following these amazing women? Who are some of your favorite CBGs (Carefree Black Girls 😉 )? Drop me a comment below and let me know!