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12 Black Travel Bloggers You Should Be Following

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We’ve compiled a list of some Black Travel bloggers who are inspiring an educating us with their journeys around the world. Take a look, you just might get an idea for your next trip!

Black Travel Bloggers

The Sophisticated Life

HDYTI (Hey! Dip your toes in).

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๐™๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™จ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ก ๐™ฌ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ/๐™ฅ๐™๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฅ๐™๐™ฎ ๐™ฅ๐™ช๐™—๐™ก๐™ž๐™จ๐™๐™š๐™™: [Save this post for later!]โ € โ € Our first piece of travel writing to be published in a print magazine came in 2016. The publisher of the onboard print mag for a luxury ferry company asked to republish our blog post and photos.โ € โ € Once we saw the payment hit our account, we knew we'd made our first foray into travel journalism. However, it wasn't all easy going from there. โ € โ € Trust, our mistakes were plentiful, but we've learned so much along the journey.โ € โ € So here's a few tips to help you navigate this space, and get your work published:โ € โ € ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐Ÿญ: Have a consistent body of work that shows your writing style. Editors are likely to look at your pitch and then want to check out other things you've written.โ € โ € ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐Ÿฎ: Research the publication and understand their requirements surrounding word counts.โ € โ € ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐Ÿฏ: Engage with commissioning editors on social media. Developing some rapport could help in breaking the ground for your pitch. โ € โ € ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐Ÿฐ: If you have to cold pitch, NEVER email generic publication email addresses. Find specific editor emails through social media, LinkedIn, industry events, etc. Use the Hunter extension for Google chrome.โ € โ € ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐Ÿฑ: Pitch to publications that you actually read or are familiar with. If they offer a print magazine, buy a few issues. Study their tone of voice and get an overall feel for style and audience.โ € โ € ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐Ÿฒ: If you don't hear back from editors, realise that they get dozens of pitches per day. Refine, and keep stepping. Come back later and pitch a different story.โ € โ € ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐Ÿณ: If you're a keen photographer, make sure to communicate that you can provide professional images in your pitch. Through this, we've been able to sell our images alongside our written story.โ € โ € ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐Ÿด: Familiarise yourself with journalism terms like: byline, subbing, fact box/cut out, assignment, blurb, circulation, kill fee, pull-out quote, etc.โ € โ € ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐Ÿต & ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ: We're waiting for our journalist friends to chime in! Share your top tips, and we'll add to this list. We may turn it into a resource blog post…

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Brunch Belle

Spirited Pursuit

 

Robbi Enroute

Where Life Meets Living

 

The Traveling Child

 

Mister Levius

Worldwide Nate

 

Chidi Ashley

Exploring Legacy

Griggs Gone Global

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Going through a traditional Ghanaian name changing ceremony with the chief and elders of the local village was so surreal. ___ We received day names, which correspond to the day of the week each of us was born. For example, Brendan is "Papa Kobina" because he was born on a Tuesday. I am "Papa Kwamina" because of my Saturday birth. ___ Sarah, Jadyn, and Layla received "Mama Akua," "Mama Aba," and "Mama Araba" for their Wednesday, Thursday, and Tuesday births, respectively. ___ We also received surnames based on past prominent figures of the village. Brendan's complete name is "Papa Kwamina Mensa," who was a great local leader and skillful photographer. ___ Before receiving the name, we are instructed, "when you see water, see it as water. When you see soft drink, see it as soft drink," while drinking from both glasses (an essay could be written on my reflections/revelations from that nugget of wisdom). ___ Everyone in the room busted up in laughter when Brendan proceeded to drink the entire glass of orange soda. He saw "soft drink" alright! ๐Ÿ˜‚ ___ And now the attire… . We are no strangers to experiencing the local customs and attire of the places we've visited. Whether it was Dubai, India, Indonesia, Thailand, or Egypt, we patronized nearby merchants and enjoyed wearing local garb. #CulturalAPPRECIATION โœŠ๐Ÿพ ___ With that said, this is probably the first time we put on traditional clothing that felt incomparably personal. Words don't do it justice but suffice it to say that Ghana as a whole has felt like one big "welcome home" ceremony. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ ___ Thank you @ExploringLegacy (another traveling family you should follow) for helping us so much with our plans to Ghana (we almost didn't make it!) as well as @DreamKwame & @bigcycle_adventures_ghana for a truly amazing experience. And a special shoutout to my good friend @chukuonyemachi who flew out from Nigeria, also in the photos. ___ More to come… . . . . #Ghana #goldcoast #elmina

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