Stories for Black Travel Groups: Let’s Share Our Adventure


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Dawn S. Booker, Managing Editor – Detour: Best Stories in Black Travel. Founder – Pack Light Global Itineraries.

Courtesy of Denise Allen

For me, traveling is like breathing, and I’m not the only one to have this conviction. That black people travel is obvious. I know black people have always traveled and we have always shared the stories, images and stories of our journey.

My early exposure to travel shaped my perception that travel is a natural part of our lives as black people, not a luxury reserved for others. Traveling and especially the beach are a source of joy for my family. Growing up in the working-class town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we weren’t near the ocean, but no matter what was going on in our lives, every summer the Booker family went on vacation. Either we drove to the seaside town of Wildwood on the Jersey Shore, or we were leaving on a rental bus with all of our cousins ​​and extended family for our annual reunion. There was beauty in loading the car, stopping at every Howard Johnson along the way singing the folk song 500 miles from home, and arrive full of anticipation of family time, laughter and community. More than 40 years after my summers in Wildwood, traveling still feels natural and essential to me.

After moving to Paris in my mid-40s, to pursue a master’s degree in global communications, I returned to North Carolina and started Pack Light Global, an experiential travel agency to encourage and inspire black women in their 40s. and more to see the world. .

I’m thrilled that award-winning travel journalist, avid traveler and author Ron Stodghill had the vision that inspired the creation of DETOUR. Ron realized that, now more than ever, black people are embracing the world of travel and seeking to find community with like-minded explorers. In many ways, black travel groups like Black Girls Travel Too, The Nomadness Travel Tribe, and the Black Travel Movement, along with popular social media influencers, have led the way in increasing the visibility of the black travel market.

Today’s launch of DETOUR: The Best Stories in Black Travel is a celebration of Black stories and tales around the intersection of race and place. As the name DETOUR suggests, our approach to travel and storytelling of place seeks to tell these previously underreported or ignored narratives by moving away from the usual routes framed by Eurocentrism. Through multimedia stories of travel, exploration and positioning in the travel industry in near and distant contexts, we reclaim our identity as travellers. As a content creation partner with McClatchy News Group, we are privileged to write, curate, tell and normalize the stories of Black people who travel while providing travel advice, recommendations to inspire and inform travelers on where to explore local culture, shop, eat, and pick.

DETOUR proudly joins content creators and storytellers in the black travel movement, including an ecosystem of travel, food, wine, art and culture writers, who uniquely tell stories through a lens black. In the months ahead, we will share stories of freedom, love, community and inspiration, rooted in the deep tradition of Black travel, culture and exploration.

Immediate boarding ~ DETOUR: the best travel stories in black

Dawn S. Booker,

Editor-in-Chief – Detour: The Best Black Travel Stories

Founder, Pack Light Global Routes

@packlightglobal

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