The African American community is traveling a lot more now than they have in previous times. As more places are welcoming tourists again since the pandemic of 2020, there are Black travelers itching to see more of what the world has to offer.
Traveling while Black isn’t always the easiest thing to do, as a number of areas welcome Black tourists with racism and prejudice. However, we’ve put together a list of five destinations that seem to fit the bill for melanated travelers looking to broaden their horizons.
***As always, it’s imperative to do your own research beforehand and to follow any Covid-19 protocols that are in place.
Accra, the capital and largest city of Ghana, is a must-see destination for Black travelers. Being one of the most popular cities in West Africa for tourist travel, a person will soon realize all that this beautiful region has to offer.
From its plentiful outdoor markets to its historic museums to its vivacious nightlife, Accra is oozing with culture and tradition. If you’re looking to learn more about the Motherland, this hub definitely needs to be on your list.
If you’re looking for a place to visit with magnificent colonial architecture, beautiful beaches, and great music, Dakar is the place for you! Being the capital and largest city in Senegal, this city prides itself on agriculture, mining, and tourism.
Dakar is a tropical region, which makes it a great getaway for those looking to change up their routine by spending a day fishing or basking in the sun on the beach.
What would you do on a trip to this West African city?
Montreal is a fun, vibrant city with many things to do. Following Toronto, Montreal is the second-most populous city in Canada, so it’s no surprise that it’s on the bucket list of many melanated travelers. Being the hub of Quebec, this city is very diverse and you can expect to see people from all walks of life.
Whether you plan on visiting the famous Notre-Dame Basilica, the countless art museums, or explore the beautiful city, I’m sure you’ll find something you’d enjoy. Being the largest French-speaking city in Canada, be sure to brush up on your French to help your trip go more smoothly.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh is the largest city in Vietnam. This city, famous for its pho, has a growing tourist scene. Ho Chi Minh may not be the first Asian city on many Black travelers’ radar, with places like Shanghai, Tokyo, and Seoul leading the pack, but this bustling city has much to offer.
If you want to try some delicious Vietnamese food, find great souvenirs at the local shopping malls, or visit the abundant temples in the city, Ho Chi Minh will not disappoint!
Known for its lush rice terraces, sacred temples, and delicious, healthy traditional food, Bali remains one of the top destinations for travelers. This Indonesian island, home to the well-known Monkey Forest, is the ultimate relaxation spot.
Tourists visit Bali to get away from all the stressors of their lives back home. With its numerous white sand beaches and slow-paced way of life, it’s no surprise that one can easily forget their troubles while on vacation at this tropical island. If you’re looking for a little R&R, look no further!
Traveling is an amazing experience that will change how you see the world. Whether you’re looking to travel this summer or later in the year, you’ll surely have a good time visiting any one of these five places. Continue staying safe and remember to take a little time for yourself.