Black is global. Not only are black people spread across the globe, we travel across the globe. A recent New York Times piece shone a spotlight on black travel, and particularly the black millennial women who are bringing visibility to it on social media.
The group began in September 2011 on Facebook as a fellowship of travelers who rely on one another as they navigate a world that is not accustomed to black American travelers, one that is liberating in the best cases and inhospitable in the worst. I joined over a year ago. Though open to any invitee with at least one passport stamp, the vast majority of Nomadness members are African-Americans and women. About half are millennials, and most are strangers, the plus-ones of plus-ones. We meet up like old friends in cities from Los Angeles to Seoul, refer to each other affectionately as tenders (a shortened slang term referring to attractive women) and JBs (short for “jungle brothers”), and snap up flights going just about anywhere in the world…
…African-Americans are one of the fastest-growing travel markets. Black travel spending is approaching $50 billion on domestic travel, and about one in five black travelers take at least one international trip each year, according to a 2011 online panel study by Mandala Research.
If you want to try international travel but have never done it before, the Nomadness Travel Tribe is a good place to start. The trailblazing Facebook group is dedicated to helping black people of all socioeconomic levels experience international travel;
Nomadness’s members, who range from broke college students to millionaires, share tips and tricks in group files. They use messenger services like WhatsApp to spread the word about cheap airfares in chat rooms governed by a single rule, “No dinging if it ain’t dealing.” Ms. Robinson also organizes several group trips each year with an average cost of about $500, before flights, and they sell out as quickly as tickets to a Beyoncé concert.
Jump on it! Here are some stunning #travelnoire photos from Instagram.
Incredible! Ladies, please share about your travels or travel inspirations.