Despite the media’s misrepresentation, there is a large, fast-growing community of black travelers. African-Americans’ intent to travel reportedly increased by 19 percent just from 2015 to 2016. According to the Mandala Research Firm, 17% of us take one or more international trips a year, and we spend $48 billion on travel in the United States alone.
From securing lodging to booking flights and reserving excursions, there's a lot of work that goes into planning the perfect trip. To get you that much closer to your desired adventure, I've rounded up some of the best black-owned travel apps and companies to get you started.
Created after one of the founders experienced discrimination while try booking an Airbnb. While Airbnb has made efforts to counter discrimination, Rohan Gilkes and Zakiyyah Myers has taken that opportunity and created an online booking platform where people of all backgrounds can travel the world and stay with respect, dignity, and love. They now have accommodations in over 130+ countries.
Just as the name suggests this company makes traveling easier and more affordable. How? By allowing customers to secure their desired flight with an upfront deposit, and then pay in bi-weekly, recurring, installments until their flight is paid off.
Call Moovn for a smooth ride. This ride-sharing app allows you to hail a ride immediately or pre-schedule one to your destination. A key difference between Moovn and the more popular rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft is that it does not employ private drivers. Instead, the system taps into existing transportation services like taxis and town cars. They also don't engage in surge pricing.