Travel Noire is a digital publishing platform that creates tools and resources for the unconventional traveler. Founded by a Glamour Magazine award-winning entrepreneur, Travel Noire is a necessity in every traveler’s toolkit.
We hand select the most amazing individuals from the African diaspora, who reside all over the globe, to share their love of culture and exploration with you—in the hopes that you will hop out of your neighborhood and across one (or a few) of the seven seas.
Our curators live in major cities, sprawling metropolises, countrysides, on boats & in mountains and everywhere in between. They span from The Americas to the dunes of the Middle East, from Europe to Oceania and from the tip of Africa to the paddy fields of Asia. Interested in becoming a curator? Please apply within.
Last but not least, enjoy yourself! Travel Noire is an experience. Our goal is to take you from wherever you are–to a discovery of your inner explorer. If you have any love you’d like to share with us, shoot us an email.
Every idea starts with a problem. And ours was quite simple: we didn’t see travelers who looked like us. Not in travel magazines, in digital advertisements or in leading tourism campaigns. But we knew how important representation had been in almost every area of our own lives.
- It gave us a stronger sense of self and affirmation of identity.
- As kids, we had people to relate and look up to.
- It expanded people’s assumptions of our capabilities.
- It provided a more realistic look at the world’s population.
We were amazed at how hard it was to find a community of travelers who looked like us, much less find high quality images or engaging stories about them online. When Zim Ugochukwu founded Travel Noire, a google image search of “black travelers” led her to six pages of black suitcases.
It turns out there was a simple explanation. The travel industry is dominated by the story of one type of Western traveler. This particular traveler (we’ll call her Amanda), is in every travel magazine and on every billboard. She’s also the center of almost every tourism campaign worldwide. Is that too deep? We thought so. Please refer below to Case A: