Don’t you wish you could be on a permanent vacation, traveling from various cities to exotic islands and back again? With no worries of work or money, you could explore every crevice of the Earth, meeting new people, sightseeing and eating tons of exotic food. Sadly, that wish will probably never be reality for most. But just because you can’t take an endless vacation does not mean you can’t feel like you’re constantly exploring the world. Thanks to social media, we can discover new cities and countries through the photos of people who have dedicated their profiles to taking you along on their travel journeys. And while there are hundreds of Black traveling accounts on Instagram dedicated to introducing you to new destinations and cultures, here are seven accounts you should be following:
If you choose to not follow any other travel account on Instagram, make sure you are at least following @travelnoire. With approximately 350,000 followers, this account kind of pioneered the idea of promoting pictures of Black travelers. They post a collection of pictures from various personal accounts of (usually) non-famous people who they find through the hashtag #travelnoire. Their photos span hundreds of countries from every single continent. But what truly makes this account special is that they offer their followers the chance join them on curated travel journeys in exotic places. This offer allows young, Black professionals—who may otherwise not have a travel partner—to explore a new destination with a group of like-minded people.
This New York-based travel blogger has crisscrossed the globe. While her blog gives her readers the inside scoop on what they should see or do when they travel to cities she has visited, her Instagram account combines her personal style with those perfect backdrops to create some really memorable snapshots. She has been dogsledding in Quebec, has seen the mosques of the United Arab Emirates and has visited nearly every single exotic beach. Her profile is vivid in color and eclectic in location, and although she does post photos of her friends here and there, her profile mainly consists of pictures of just her enjoying her travels and really awesome landscape shots.
I just recently started following Khalilah and fall more and more in love with her with every post. She refers to herself as the “natural hair nomad” and it’s evident why with just a few scrolls on her profile. She has a head full (and I mean full) of beautiful curls and takes her followers along with her on travels to the 20 countries she has visited. Although she is based in Boston, I feel like Khalilah is never there. Instead, you will find her backpacking through Costa Rica, exploring the unpaved roads of Peru and enjoying the unique culture of Spain. At only 22, Khalilah has seen more of the world than most people do in a lifetime, and I’m positive it is just the beginning! Lucky for us we get to keep up with her as she continues to explore.