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. They’ll say that travel with kids is achievable for anyone, even for traveling families of color.
I have to agree. Travel doesn’t have to stop just because you have kids. 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 traveling families of color. Quite honestly, this lack of diversity in representation is troubling to me.
Seeking out traveling families of color
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. These families are dead set on experiencing the world. 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 best family travel blogs rarely feature families of color?
I’m certain this exclusion is not made out of malice. Rather, I think it’s 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 do something different. I wanted to spotlight several black travel bloggers who are showing the world that family travel is indeed achievable for everyone! I’m excited to share their stories with you. I encourage you to follow along on their adventures in travel.
The Traveling Child
Monet is a mother of two who started her black family travel blog, The Traveling Child, to show parents that it is possible to continue traveling after kids. Through her blog, Monet shares stories of traveling with family through Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and North America. She also shares 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. They had 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. They plan to visit 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, one of my favorite black travel bloggers, shares her stories on her blog, The Mom Trotter. She travels with family through North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Her black family travel blog is full of great tips for traveling with kids. She also shares how to find the right airfare or travel on a budget.
Karen is also the brains behind the organization Black Kids Do Travel. This organization is 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. She often finds opportunities for them to learn outside of the standard classroom environment. Rather than being separate from each other, travel and homeschooling education are intertwined. To Jeuelle, they are 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.”
Showcasing all kinds of families traveling the world
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. It doesn’t matter 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. Top family travel blogs shouldn’t only be limited to white families. By not consciously promoting diversity in family travel, we perpetuate the subconscious message that only light-skinned families can travel.
These four black travel bloggers 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 top family travel blogs are showing other families of color that it certainly is.
The traveling families of color highlighted in this post are just a few families of color who are making travel an important part of their lives. They’re sharing their stories with the world. Do you follow any other traveling families of color? Share it with me in the comments below!
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