This year has been difficult on many levels, but it is also becoming an exciting year full of possibilities and hope. What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for?
We Are Travel Girls was built with the mission to create a global travel community to inspire, connect, educate and empower female travelers around the world. We have always strived for inclusivity, however the #BlackLivesMatter movement has shown us there is still so much more we can do. Together with our community we have learned a lot in the recent weeks and spent time considering how We Are Travel Girls can step up and improve the way that we use this platform to elevate female voices of color.
This is not just a moment where we share some information and then go back to what we were doing before. Now is the time to look inward, self reflect and commit to making improvements that will help bring positive change. In this Letter from the Editors, we are sharing some of the commitments we are making along with some helpful resources and information.
How Will We Continue To Amplify Black Voices?
1) On Our Instagram Feed
We have always strived to create an inclusive Instagram page that features women of all backgrounds and ethnicities. Going forward we will strive to feature more black women and women of color to ensure that all females are represented in our feed.
To be featured on our page you can submit a photo here.
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What places or experiences have you added to your bucketlist since you began quarantining? ⠀ ⠀ Being at home is making us lust after amazing travel experiences more than ever – like spending the night under the stars in the Sahara which is one of the incredible activities on our past @TravelGirlsGetaways in Morocco!⠀ ⠀ On our bucketlist right now: ⠀ – Seeing the penguins in Antarctica⠀ – Lazing on a beach in Atutaki ⠀ – Hiking to Machu Picchu ⠀ – Visiting the Lofoten islands⠀ – Safari in South Africa ⠀ ⠀ What's on yours? Then we can all daydream together! ⠀ ::::::⠀ Location: Sahara, Morocco⠀ ::::::⠀ We Are Travel Girls is a community created to inspire, connect, educate and empower female travelers. Head to our website, link in bio, to learn more about how you can get involved in the community and see your photos and travel tips on this page.⠀ ⠀ We are sharing travel tips and inspiration to inspire your future travels, but for now we ask everyone to stay home and stay safe. ⠀ ::::::⠀ #wearetravelgirls #travelgirls #travelcommunity #femaletravelcommunity #travelwomen #travel #morocco #underthestars #moroccocamping #glamping⠀
2) In Our Ladies We Love Features
Ladies We Love is an interview series featuring female travellers, bloggers and business owners. We are committed to interviewing more women of color in this series.
Read some past inspiring interviews:
- Hermon and Heroda of Being Her – Deaf twins who are fashion and travel bloggers at Being Her and advocates for living life to the fullest no matter what challenges it brings.
- Rachel Travels – Through creating travel content, online courses/ masterclasses, writing and speaking, Rachel inspires millennial, women of color to recreate their lives through travel and educates women on how to become online travel influencers.
- Asha Dyer – Founder & Editor-In-Chief of GirlTalkHQ, a daily women’s news media site focused on publishing only positive content.
- Maxine Outerbridge – Founder of the wonderful travel app Bungee Girl
3) In Our Blog Posts
This blog features travel articles from women all over the world creating a unique resource for every type of female traveller.
Going forward we are committed to ensuring that not only do we wait for female writers to submit their travel articles via our online submission form, but we actively reach out to a diverse group of bloggers and travel writers and request for them to write for us to ensure that the content on this website is relatable to all women.
To submit a travel article for consideration use our submission form here.
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#Repost @nikkolas_smith ・・・ The list of lives violently taken is too long to paint… Today I add 3 more beautiful souls who should still be on this Earth. Say her name. #RemMie Say his name. #Tony Say her name. #Riah #BlackTransLivesMatter @TransLifeline >> 877-330-6366 #BlackLivesMatter #DominqueFells #TonyMcDade #RiahMilton #FlagDay #Pride
Below we are sharing some ideas, resources, and information sources that we have been using to educate ourselves these past few weeks. This list is by no means extensive, but it’s a good place to begin and we will continue to add to this as we discover, watch, listen to more.
Start by watching White Women Who Truly Want to Help: Here’s How by Ivirlei Brookes to understand how you can begin self-reflecting and truly understanding how you can contribute to the Black Lives Matter movement. And importantly, not just how you can contribute today or tomorrow, but how you can take this forward in your everyday life – how you can stand up against racism on a day to day basis, not just at this moment in time.
This is a 12-minute powerful video that will help you understand the steps you need to truly be supportive of positive, longe term change. You can also read this interview with Ivirlei published on Well + Good.
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I’ve gotten a ton of messages from women who have decided they want to stand up and be allies. I’m hoping this video brings some clarity on how to do that. ?? This was hard to film. As passionate as I am about sharing to create change and connecting, I had very little bandwidth today. But I know that these conversations are urgent. Send it to your friends if you are having trouble articulating. As black women, it is not our job to educate and carry the weight of anyone else’s guilt. Our load is full. It’s up to you to stand up become the go-to amongst your friends. No more fear of using your voice and truly leading!! This is where things change.✊? #justiceforgeorgefloyd #ourlivesmatter #melanatedvoices #melanatedvoicesmustbeheard
2) Change Up Your Feed
Are the social channels you follow filled with people that look like you? Have you taken the time to look for accounts in your field of interest or niche that have black women and women of color? If not here are a few Instagram feature accounts that you can discover female travel accounts to follow.
Black Travel Feature Accounts
- We Go To World
- The Black Travel Feed
- Melanin Majority
- Black Passport Stamps
- The Black Travel Club
- Black Voyagers
- Blackish Travel Eats
- Blackish Travel
- Melanin Voyage
- Black Girl Travel Slay
- Black Travel Tube
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This could be you this summer but you haven’t clicked the link in our bio for #JetworkSantorini yet ? • Now that the weather is starting to break (thank you Spring Gawds ?), our excitement for @supadupaflysantorini this June is ramping up! For 5 days we’ll be soaking up the Greek sun on a luxe yacht, sipping some bomb wine and grooving to AULL the 90’s R&B on the beach! If you’re not trying to miss out on #thevibes, hit your travel partner up or join us solo dolo! Only a few slots left, y’all! • • • • • • • • • • • • #WeGoToo #BlackTravel #BlackTravelFeed #TravelNoire #BlackTravelMatters #BlackGirlsTravel #BlackGuysTravel #BlackGirlsTravelToo #MelaninKings #MelaninQueens #Wanderlust #AdventureSeeker #DoYouTravel #TravelMore #GoExplore #LoveToTravel #RoamThePlanet #BHM #BlackHistoryYear #SupaDupaFly #Santorini #Greece
3) Recommended Reading, Following & Watching
People learn in different ways and there are hundreds of resources out there that will educate you on where systemic racism comes from and how you can start your anti-racism journey. In this section, we highlight some social accounts to follow, books you can read, and documentaries/series to watch.
- Ava DuVernay – Creator, co-writer, and director of the 2019 original series When They See Us which tells the true story of The Exonerated Five
- Ethels Club – A social and wellness club celebrating people of color
- Ijeoma Oluo – Author of So You Want To Talk About Race
- Oh Happy Dani – Creates prints that are designed to educate and show an awareness of privilege
- Shaun King – A civil rights activist, writer and founder of Real Justice PAC
- Check Your Privilege – Helping people to “dismantle their relationship with systems of domination”
- Glo Graphics – Travel blogger currently sharing informative graphics and resources to her followers
- Rachel Cargle – Founder of The Loveland Foundation, an organization bringing mental health resources to communities of color
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This community has grown to over a million? I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to those who have been sent this way and decided to stay. • My name is Rachel Elizabeth Cargle. I was born & raised in Akron, Ohio. I am a 31 year old black woman. • ?I am a writer, lecturer & public academic. This means I do my studying and work independently & outside of any particular university. (I previously attended Columbia University where I swiftly left when I saw the ways black students weren’t protected. I often show up as a visiting lecturer, keynote speaker or workshop facilitator. . ? I developed and facilitate a community of self paced online (un)learners called @thegreatunlearn where I curate syllabi to aid in our collective approach to learning outside of the white lens. . ?Last year I started @thelovelandfoundation , a non profit that came about from a fundraiser I did in 2018. We now support hundreds of women of color in gaining access to mental health care they deserve, cost free! . ? Early in 2020 I moved from NYC to my hometown of Akron, OH to support in the care of my mother. Along with joy of experiencing “home” as an adult I have gotten the chance to plant some goodness here with a dream come true: a radical bookstore of my own! @elizabethsofakron • Thanks for being part of my world! I use this platform to inform, engage, & amplify. I think there is magic in social medias ability to bring like minded humans together to share our stories & know we are not alone in our fight for goodness. • My work often offers more critical language and a more critical lens to exploring how we exist together in the world. I hope my words can serve as a template for how you engage these issues in your own life’s work. • This space is dedicated to my ancestors, the bold & brilliant black women who have fought hard & long & passionately from the slave fields to the courthouses. I am a continuation of their work, I hope to be their wildest dream come to life. I want the legacy of my work to not just be that of my “family” or “name” but for it simply to be another step toward the whole & joy filled freedom of black women. • The work continues #revolutionnow
Documentaries & Series To Watch
Books To Read
- Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
- So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
- They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore and A New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery
Make a donation of your time or a financial donation to:
- Black Lives Matter – The official #BlackLivesMatter Global Network builds power to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people across the globe.
- Loveland Foundation – Committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls.
- NAACP – The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons
5) Sign The Petition
More information on petitions you can sign and letters you can write is included in this article.
6) Support Black-Owned Businesses
Next time you are shopping online, picking a beauty product, downloading an app, why not seek out black-owned businesses that you can support?
We are members of The Female Founder Collective and they put together this great list of businesses owned by black women and women of color that we can all support NOW and going forward.
This is an important movement and we are committed to using our platform to elevate the voices of women of color in 2020 and beyond.
We would love you to share your suggestions, ideas and other resources with us and the community. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below or email us at [email protected]
The time for change is now. Together we stand.