Looking for amazing Black Bloggers and Instagrammers? Read on.
If there’s anything 2020 should’ve taught us, it’s the need to diversify. Online and off, surrounding yourself with people of different stories and backgrounds is the only way to truly get perspective in life.
Whether it’s to travel, pick up a new hobby, or simply live my best life, seeing each one of these Black bloggers and Instagrammers doing their thing has added endless color and inspiration to my life. With content and stories definitely worth following.
Without further ado here are 20 Black bloggers and Instagrammers you need to know about.
1. Gloria of The Blog Abroad
Starting this list off with a woman that quite frankly has changed my life. Gloria’s journey from broke backpacker to full-time millionaire travel blogger is inspiring beyond belief. As one of the top Black bloggers in the world, she’s on a mission to share her business journey and help others do the same, while traveling the world of course.
Her BLAB course was also the best investment I’ve ever made.
2. Yaya of Hand Luggage Only
As one of the top UK travel blogs, I’d be lying if I didn’t say Hand Luggage Only plays a major part in my travels. Yaya and Llyod have the best energy and you can feel it from each and every one of their posts. But what inspired me the most is Yaya’s story of how racism led to him to take the jump into full-time travel blogging.
3. Eulanda of Dip Your Toes in
Eulanda of Hey Dip Your Toes, an award-winning travel blog, never ceases to amaze me. Her content always makes you want to smile and book a flight simultaneously. In addition to their stunning photography, Eulanda also shares tips for budding content creators on all her social media platforms.
4. N’neya of N’A Perfect World
A fashion stylist and travel writer by day and expat in Bermago Italy N’neya’s life is as dreamy as gets. When she’s not sharing her black girl magic and social commentary through the streets of Europe she’s writing for her equally insightful blog, N’A Perfect World.
5. Jo Franco of Shut Up and Go
One of the first black women I found in the travel space, Jo Franco holds a special place in my heart. My first inspiration for living abroad Jo runs the successful travel company Shut Up and Go and Youtube channel, Damon and Jo, all while learning several languages, traveling the world, and even starting her own journaling club. Talk about goals.
6. Sojo of Sojournies
A Fulbright scholar, social worker, travel writer, and everything in between Sojo’s page makes you learn something new every day. Getting candid on social issues and travel on her weekly IGTV series Let’s Unpack That she’s well worth the follow.
7. Some Call me Adventurous
Saying “boy bye” to a normal life Sam shares her love of travel, London, and body positivity on her blog and platform @callmeadventurous. Following her captions, life, and creativity always leaves me feeling inspired.
8. Ciara of Hey Ciara
I fell in love with Ciara’s courage to defy the status quo and quit her 9-5 to travel the world. After years of planning, she made the leap and uses storytelling to connect to locals and the world around her. Her captions are beautifully written and instantly make you want to take an adventure.
9. Somto of Somto Seeks
Somto is a powerhouse blogger and traveler using her platform Somto Seeks to help women achieve a life of freedom and independence through digital entrepreneurship. Between her travel-friendly resources for WOC and Black bloggers, informative travel blogs, and positive view on life she’ll never cease to make you chase your dreams.
10. Yanique of My Parisian Life
A 10+ year expat in Paris, fashion maven, and CEO of the travel platform My Parisian Life Yanique inspires me beyond belief. Between taking her love of a city and turning in into a massive brand, helping her followers have local Parisian experiences, and doing it all with class and style to match she’s the ultimate goals.
11. Maya of Shameless Maya
Living and learning shamelessly Maya is a creative connoisseur, Youtuber, and certified #bosswoman currently living in Sweden with her partner and sharing life shamelessly along the way. She’ll inspire you to live well, follow your passions, and embrace your weirdness all within a scroll.
12. Courtney of Color Me Courtney
Everyone needs a little color in their life. Courtney’s unapologetic style, quirky cosplay, and color theme of the month will make you want to do nothing more than follow along her colorful NYC adventures, outfits, and contagious positivity.
13. Charlotte of Traveling Black Widow
Living life and finding joy as a widow post 31 years of marriage, Charlotte’s story is heartwarming beyond belief. Following her journey to enjoy everyday and create a new normal while sharing her love of travel with the world always brightens my day.
14. Travis Levius of Mister Levius
With a dash of humor and writing that makes you want to whisk away to a new destination within seconds, Travis’ work is infectious. A travel journalist and content creator Travis has written for everyone from CNN and Nat Geo to Condé Nast Traveler. Sharing his love of the finer things while providing resources for the travel writing community.
15. Ufuoma of the Ufuoma
Showing millennials how to travel while working a 9-5 Ufuoma has trotted across the globe (and looked good while doing it) all while growing her career in Finance. Watching her seamlessly do it all with amazing travel tips to match will inevidetably make you want you want to follow along.
16. Abena of TravellingTuesdays
Starting with a study abroad stint in France Abena quickly realized she could make travel a lifestyle on a student budget and has been roaming the world ever since. When she’s not inspiring young people to travel she’s off to her next destination, with story antics to follow.
17. Jessica of Catch Me if You Can
A UN employee turned first black to travel to every country Jessica is #travelgoals. Sharing her journey in real-time we got to see her adventures and perspective on dozens of cities and countries that had never even crossed my mind. I’m in love with her look on life and determination to reach her goals, even if that includes 195 countries.
18. Kelle of Kelle Set Go
Seeing the world by land, air and sea Kelle Set Go is an adventure travel journalist and the first black woman to have her own show on the Travel Channel. Her life story is as inspiring as her feed, filled with travel content and captions that make you want to live a life nothing short of adventure.
19. Oneika of Oneika the Traveler
The first Black blogger (and Black woman) I found in the travel space Oneika Raymond is a TV Host, Writer and International Speaker. Sharing her travels and thought-provoking pieces her page is contagious. I always look to her page for travel tips and wisdom, and I’m never disappointed. Her class and candidness will make you want to follow instantly.
20. Candace of Candace Abroad
Growing up I always wanted to see myself represented in the London travel space. Living in America with a slight obsession for the UK (clearly) I would’ve loved to find more Black bloggers when it comes to life and travel across the pond.
But unfortunately, roaming cobblestoned streets, exploring the nooks and crannies of the city, and London travel content in general seemed to be disproportionately white (something I found odd for the most diverse city in the world).
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So I decided to represent myself. We all deserve to explore the magic of London and I hope my content not only helps you see this city, but realize travel is truly for any and everyone and I hope to see more black bloggers in this space.
What Black bloggers and Instagrammers have inspired you over the years? Let me know in the comments! Until then I hope we all go into 2021 with a diverse feed and a new perspective.