There’s something missing in family travel. Take a quick look at the world of family travel, and you’ll see that almost every family travel blogger shares the same verbal message: travel with kids is achievable for anyone.
I have to agree. Travel doesn’t have to stop just because you have kids, and traveling with kids can be achievable for any type of family. But look closely at the visual images on the majority of family travel blogs and Instagram accounts out there, and you’ll get a completely different message. The images on the screen tend to take on a somewhat homogeneous view, as if only certain types of families can travel. Something is missing from the visual world of family travel, and it’s families of color. And quite honestly, this lack of diversity in representation is troubling to me.
I know there are families of color out there who travel. My family is one of them, and we certainly aren’t the only ones! Whether they’re Black families, Asian families, Latino families, and every ethnicity in between, there are families out there who possess a curiosity in the world, and are dead set on experiencing it. So why then, do we mostly see white, not brown, faces splayed across our blogs and Instagram feeds? Why do many of the lists of top family travel bloggers rarely feature families of color?
I’m certain this exclusion is not made out of malice, but rather out of lack of exposure or even awareness that diversity in the family travel social media sphere is lacking.
So in honor of Black History Month here in the United States, I wanted to spotlight several black families who are showing the world that family travel is indeed achievable for everyone! I’m excited to share their stories with you, and encourage you to follow along on their adventures in travel.
The Traveling Child
Monet is a mother of two who started her blog, The Traveling Child, to show parents that it is possible to continue traveling after kids. Through her blog, Monet shares stories of their family’s travels through Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and North America, as well as tips for traveling domestically and internationally with young kids.
“We believe we are raising global citizens,” she says, “and travel is one of the best ways to be aware of the world and the different people, cultures, languages, foods, and customs that our world is made of.”
I love how this family approaches travel as an enriching and educational element to their kids’ upbringing. Their message is inspiring for all families!
“We hope our kids will make the world a better place as they are continuously interacting with different types of people, and know that great people exist everywhere,” she continues, “we believe there is so much more to learn outside of the classroom and travel provides that opportunity.”
Griggs Gone Global
By all accounts, the Griggs were a typical American family, with three kids and a dream home. But one day, they decided to sell everything they owned to travel full-time around the world! They’re now sharing their travel stories through Instagram and on their Facebook page, Griggs Gone Global.
“Exposing our family to the world through full-time travel is important to us because it expands our consciousness and gives us exposure to a broader world,” explain the Griggs.
Their travels will take them all over the world, to places like Hawaii, Costa Rica, Thailand, South Africa, Samoa, and many more. I appreciate their desire to learn about other cultures and how people live around the world.
“In our opinion,” they say, “travel is the best form of learning. We learn from other people and their culture, customs, beliefs, and history. We compare and contrast and build a worldview that can only be obtained by experience. Life is exploration and exploration is life.”
The Mom Trotter
For Karen and her husband, travel plays a big role in shaping the type of person they want their son to become.
She explains, “Travel is important for me and my family because we are raising our son to be a global citizen. We want him to be open and accepting of others most especially. We also want to expand his horizons so that he knows that the sky is the limit.”
I love this philosophy because it’s exactly what we want for our kids too! The best way to encourage our kids to become global citizens is by exposing them to different parts of the world.
Karen shares her stories of traveling through North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa with her family on her blog, The Mom Trotter. Her blog is full of great tips for traveling with kids, finding the right airfare, or traveling on a budget. Karen is also the brains behind the organization Black Kids Do Travel, dedicated to promoting travel among families of color. I love her desire to share her love of travel with others!
Jeuelle, a mother of two, is a self-proclaimed travel lover. With her family, she has traveled to Dubai, Mexico, the Caribbean, and many more exciting and unique places. She shares her travel stories and travel tips on her blog, Precious Mommy.
Aside from travel, Jeuelle is also passionate about homeschooling her children, and finding opportunities to learn outside of the standard classroom environment. Rather than being separate from each other, travel and homeschooling education are intertwined, two mutually enriching experiences that can help serve as a basis for her children’s education.
When I asked her why travel is so important to her and her family, she replied, “We are a family who enjoys homeschooling and learning as we travel the world together. We believe that investing in travel together and focusing on our adventures as a family is the best way to raise world citizens who value people and experiences over material things.”
Families come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and abilities, and it’s high time we promote the diversity that the family travel world has to offer. I admire any family, regardless of their skin tone, who is not afraid to take their kids on an adventure to experience some place new, whether it’s a new neighborhood in their town or a new country halfway around the world! There are so many amazing family travel bloggers out there who are making travel happen for them.
But we do families of color a great disservice by not often sharing and promoting the stories and experiences of families that look like them. By not consciously promoting diversity in family travel, we perpetuate the subconscious message that only light-skinned families can travel.
These four black families are showing the world that families of color do travel, and I think that’s amazing. I always believe that family travel is achievable for everyone, and these inspiring families are showing other families of color that it certainly is.
The traveling families highlighted in this post are just a few families of color who are making travel an important part of their lives, and sharing their stories with the world. Do you follow any other families of color? Share it with me in the comments below!
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